12 abilities cats have that make them Olympian and Superhero worthy

Domestic cats, can run speeds up to 30 miles per hour at short distances

That’s faster than the fastest person alive — Usain Bolt — the current world record holder runs at almost 28 miles per hour. The cat’s larger and faster cousin, the cheetah, can run at 61 miles per hour!

Cats can jump as much as 5 times their height

That’s the equivalent of an average-sized man jumping nearly 30 feet. By comparison, the world record high jump holder, Javier Sotomayor of Cuba jumps at 8.04 feet, which was set way back in 1993.

Super hearing that’s 5 times stronger than human hearing

A cat’s ears can pick up and funnel sound and movement up to five times farther than humans can, helping him pinpoint the exact location of the source from 3 feet away. Hello Steve Austin, Bionic Man!

Another superpower? Cats have physchic whiskers

A cat’s whiskers provide important sensory information. They are are so sensitive that they don’t have to touch an object for a cat to sense nearby movement — changes in airflow can be enough. Whisker-like hairs behind the front legs help cats feel their prey, while whiskers above the eyes trigger a blinking reflex to protect the eyes when an object nears the cat. Woah!

Cats are master linguists

Cats can make over 100 different sounds. Yes, they only speak Cat, but humans only speak human languages too. In comparison, dogs only speak 10 different dog sounds…

Articulating shoulders make them masters of escape

You might want to name your next cat, James Bond or perhaps Jason Bourne because cats can get into some really tight situations — but their shoulder is held in place purely by muscles attaching it to the spine and sternum, so if their head can fit their body can fit (assuming they aren’t out of shape superheros like Mr. Incredible).

supercat-visionAmazing 285° vision + night vision

While humans and dogs have better  distance vision, when it comes to peripheral vision, there’s no comparison: Humans can only see at about 180 degrees. And their night vision? Bonus, cats need only one-sixth the amount of light that we need to see in the dark.

A cat’s superhero suit doesn’t need to be drycleaned

A cat’s tongue has papillae, or small, throatward-pointing projections on the surface of the cat’s tongue. They contain keratin, the tough substance that is also found in human fingernails. These abrasive needle-like fingers act like a comb and area an essential tool in untangling fur.

Cats have super smellers too

The average cat has some 200 million olfactory (smell) receptors. A cat’s sense of smell is 14 times keener as humans. Cats also have a scent organ on the roof of their mouth that opens for activation by wrinkling their muzzle, lowering the chin and letting their tongue hang out a bit. Hello superpower!

supercat-catpawTheir paws have built-in cushioning Nike and Converse only dream of

The large pad on the back of the front paw serves as a brake after leaping forward. That pad and the other rounded pads on the paws below the toe bones, cushion movement and are prime shock absorbers when landing.

A cat’s tail is more than just a mood indicator

It helps him balance when climbing a tree or perching on the back of your sofa. The tail also helps cats to maintain their balance when making a sharp turn in pursuit of an prey.

They have brains that act like super computer processors

Cats can process some 6 million operations per second. For reference, an iPad processes 170 million operations per second.  Research has shown that short-term memory of cats, at least when it comes to recalling where food was hidden, lasts about 16 hours. For dogs, it’s only about five minutes. And for the average pubescent boy, 5 seconds! Kidding, it’s about 30!

Kitty Kryptonite: their near vision

Have you ever noticed that a cat can’t seem to see a treat on the floor right under his nose? This is because cats have a hard time focusing their eyes on close, unmoving objects — they’re much better at seeing movement and objects that are farther away.

Cats often paw water before drinking to determine where the surface is, the speed at which the water is flowing and if there is any danger under the surface. While this unlikely in a water bowl safely positioned on your kitchen floor, cats are nothing, if not always ready, to thwart danger and injustice in the home.