Wilds Cats Fun Facts

Wilds Cats Fun Facts

Anything You Have Been Dying to Know?

Wild cats are superior animals that are close to the top of the food chain.  People and animals alike fear them because of their large, lean build and wild instincts.  There is so much more to these cats than being scary and hungry.  Below, I have listed some fun facts about wild cats so you can expand your horizons or maybe learn something you never thought you would know.  Enjoy!

  • There are 37 species of wild cats in the world.  While most prefer warm climates, some, such as the snow leopard, prefer the cold.
  • The Amur Tiger is the largest cat in the world.  It can grow up to 13 feet long.  
  • Cheetahs are the fastest animal in the world.
  • Cats have pupils that expand, which allows them to see clearly in the dark.
  • The only cats that roar are the lion, tiger, jaguar and leopard.
  • Lions survive for approximately 15 years in their natural habitat.
  • Jaguars have the most powerful teeth of all wild cats.
  • Although tigers are an endangered species, approximately 400 of them are killed each year.
  • Zoos and sanctuaries are extremely helpful in preserving big cats and their species.
  • A group or family of lions is called a "pride"
  • A lioness leaves her "pride" to have cubs and stays away until the cubs can walk.
  • A lion's roar can be heard up to 5 miles away.
  • A leopard can carry prey twice its weight up a tree.
  • Leopards can go a month without water.
  • One stride of a cheetah can cover 23 to 26 feet.
  • A cheetah cannot retract its claws.
  • There are 8 sub-species of tigers recognized today.
  • A tiger cub makes its first kill around 18 months of age.
  • A mountain lion's tail is used for balancing.
  • A mountain lion can drop 65 feet to the ground without being injured.
  • Jaguars spend the hottest part of the day in a stream.
  • The Jaguar has the most powerful bite of all big cats.
  • The snow leopard's tail is 90 percent of its body length.
  • The snow leopard is much smaller than a leopard, but its fur makes it look larger.
  • Clouded leopards have the longest canine teeth of all cats.
  • Cats use whiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through.
  • Cats have 100 vocal sounds while dogs only have 10.