A closeup of a Siamese cat with crossed eyes.

Cross-eyed Siamese Cats

Caitlin Dempsey

The same genes responsible for the colorpoint coat pattern in Siamese can also lead to a cross-eyed condition.

A closeup of a colorpoint cat with blue eyes against a blurry hedge.

Blue-eyed Cats

Caitlin Dempsey

Some adult cats, like siamese, have blue eyes due to a lack of pigmentation. All kittens are born with blue eyes.

A color drawing from the 19th century of a fully white cat licking a cat's head against a red drape. A third cat sits behind the all white cat.

How Many Cat Breeds are There?

Caitlin Dempsey

Purebred cats are those cats whose lineage is from the same breed of cat.

A black cat eating a cake on top of a wooden table.

Some Cats Will Eat Cake Even Though They Can’t Taste Sugar

Caitlin Dempsey

Some cats will eat cake for a variety of reasons, just not because they have a sweet tooth.

A choropleth map with blue shading gradient showing the number of cats per European country.

How Many Domestic Cats are There in the World?

Caitlin Dempsey

Researchers estimate there are between 600 and 750 million cats worldwide.

Black cat sleeping with its front paw stretched out.

Why Do Cats Knead?

Caitlin Dempsey

Kneading is a common behavior in domestic cats where they alternately push and pull their front paws in a relaxed manner.

A long-haired tabby with a white underbelly lying down.

What are Tabby Cats?

Caitlin Dempsey

Tabbies, often known as tabby cats, are domestic cats with a unique coat pattern.

A grey tabby with a white muzzle and chest lying on a red tiled floor in front of rows of candy in boxes in a deli.

Bodega Cats of NYC

Caitlin Dempsey

Bodega cats are found in many local delis across New York City and are used to help control rodents.

Two pages from a medieval manuscript showing illustrated drawings of cats catching mice.

Role of Cats in Medieval Manuscripts

Caitlin Dempsey

In medieval Europe, scribes often included cats in the margins and drawings of manuscripts.

A gray tabby on a gray background reaching on the top of a gray cabinet for some chocolate that has a red circle with a slash across it.

Eating Chocolate is Bad for Cats

Caitlin Dempsey

While chocolate may be a sweet delight for humans to eat, chocolate can be toxic to cats.

An orange tabby cat licking catnip from the floor.

Why Do Some Cats Love Catnip?

Caitlin Dempsey

Cat nip is a popular herb that some cats respond enthusiastically to.