Kao Taem (Nine Points). Treatise on Cats, 19th Century, British Library, Or 16008.

How Thai People Felt About Cats in the 19th Century

Caitlin Dempsey

19th century Thai culture believed that different cats, as well as other animals, could have different effects on their owners.

Drawing of a Manx Cat. From "Great Britain for Little Britons. A book for children, etc" by Eleanor Bulley, 1881.

Manx Cats Naturally Don’t Have Much of a Tail

Caitlin Dempsey

One of the most distinguishing characteristics of a Manx cat is the absence of a tail, which is caused by a genetic mutation.

Orange tabby sleeping.

Why Cats Sleep A Lot

Caitlin Dempsey

Cats can sleep up to 70% of their day.

A cheetah sitting against a dark blue sky.

Cheetah Claws Don’t Fully Retract

Caitlin Dempsey

Besides the cheetah, only three other cats are known to have semi-retractable claws.

Closeup of a gray tabby cat's face.

How Well Can Cats Smell?

Caitlin Dempsey

Cats have a keen sense of smell that they use to hunt, determine enemies, and find mates.

A black and white cat lying on the floor holding his back leg while grooming. He is licking his lips and the rug is a light blue color.

11 Things to Know about Cat Grooming

Caitlin Dempsey

The typical cat spends a lot of time grooming.

The whiskers on cats helps them to decide if they can safely pass through narrow openings. Photo: Caitlin Dempsey.

Where Do Cats Have Whiskers?

Caitlin Dempsey

Whiskers help cats navigate their environment more accurately.

Black kitten sitting on a tree stump

10 Things to Know About Kittens

Caitlin Dempsey

Here are some interesting facts you should know about kittens.

An orange tabby cat eating treats from a white dish.

Cats Don’t Have a Sweet Tooth

Caitlin Dempsey

Cats, including the domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus), are believed to be the only animal that is unable to taste sweetness.

A gray tabby cat trying to catch a bird at a bird feeder.

Study: Safety is the Biggest Reason People Keep Their Cats Indoors

Caitlin Dempsey

While environmentalists advocate keeping cats indoors to minimize predation on native species, a new study indicated that the top reason people keep their cats home is for safety.

An orange tabby cat eating treats from a white dish.

Food Obsession in Cats

Caitlin Dempsey

Food-obsessed cats will consume all of their food as soon as it is placed in front of them, and will continue to beg for more even after they have had their fill.