Cats are adorable little creatures and amazing hunters, the majority of them are solitary animals outside of the breeding season, but doesn’t stop them from being amazing companions and a great addition to your family. They are always attentive, watching you and being aware of everything you do. Here are some amazing facts about your feline partner:

A cat can see six times better than a human at night.

Cats can travel at a top speed of approx. 31 mph (49 km) over a short distance.

Besides smelling with their nose, cats can smell with an additional organ called Jacobson’s organ, located in the upper surface of their mouth.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

Cats can jump up to 7 times their height.

Cats can “taste” smells and “smell” tastes.

A cat cannot taste sugary foods due to a faulty sweet receptor gene. Also, Chocolate and Tylenol are poisonous to cats.

A cat’s tongue consists of small “hooks” which come in handy when tearing up food.

On average, cats spend 2/3 of their day sleeping. That means a 9 year old cat has only been awake for 3 years of its life.

Contrary to popular belief, cats have better hearing than dogs. They can detect frequencies ranging from 55 Hz to 79 KHZ while dogs can only hear up to 44 HZ. Humans can only hear up to 18 KHZ.

The average cat food meal is equivalent to about five mice.

Population of cats in the world is enormous with the top countries being: US with 75 million cats, China 47 million cats, Russia 13 million cats.

A cat almost never “meows” at another cat. It is a gesture that it only reserve for humans.

Domestic cats purr at about 26 cycles per second, the same frequency as an idling diesel engine.

Some cats have survive falls of over 65 feet (20 meters) due largely to their “righting reflex”

Many cats cannot properly digest cow’s milk.

Cats have a weak sense of taste. They only have 473 tastebuds, while humans have 9,000.

There’s no reliable scientific way to calculate the relationship between human and cat years, but it’s generally agreed that the first two years of a cat’s life are roughly equal to the first 25 of a human’s, and after this, each additional year is around four ‘cat years‘.