Cats' mouths are not cleaner than the mouths of humans. According to Keeping it Kleen, felines have hundreds of micro-organisms living in their mouths like humans. A cat's bite is also more likely to foster an infection because they have sharper teeth.
However, cats do clean their coats frequently, which decreases their chances of contracting parasites like lice or ticks. Cats also keep their mouths closed more often than dogs, preventing additional bacteria from getting in the mouth. Keeping it Kleen believes cats are cleaner in regards to bathing habits, when compared to dogs, but dispels the notion of a cat's mouth being cleaner than a person's mouth.
Families.com notes that a cat's tongue contains hair-like tissues called papillae. These little tissues play a role in catching excess fur and dead skin, along with keeping odor at bay. Papillae also hold food and prey into place. A cat's tongue has the same composition as sandpaper, in order to act as a natural comb and brush.
The Nest mentions a cat's saliva as being a natural antiseptic against wounds, bacteria and viruses. Cat saliva contains a variety of antiseptic compounds,, including nitric oxide, lysozyme and lactoferrin. These compounds also prevent bacteria growth. Another element called opiorphin acts as a pain-killing agent.Learn More
During the Space Race fervor of the mid-1900s, humans from several different countries sent a number of non-human animals into space, including a cat who flew a successful French space mission in 1963, parachuting safely back to earth at the end of her trip. According to NASA, this cat, named Félicette, made the first successful feline trip into space on a Veronique AGI sounding rocket No. 47. Her French cat astronaut successor, an unnamed cat, was not able to be recovered and died during the mission, which took place just a few days after Félicette made her groundbreaking trip.Full Answer >
Though the stereotype of feeding cats a saucer of milk may have influenced the way some humans feed the cats they encounter, adult cats actually cannot properly digest the lactose in dairy products such as milk and cream, making it a bad idea to let an adult cat drink milk. Not only will this lactose intolerance likely cause some discomfort for the cat, but it will also most likely result in diarrhea, vomiting or other symptoms of an upset stomach, which can be unpleasant to clean up. However, even though adult cats are lactose intolerant, this doesn't stop the furry felines from wanting to drink milk, so it is best for cat owners to make sure their pets don't have access to it.Full Answer >
Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder than only affects humans, so cats cannot have it. There are other chromosomal disorders that affect cats and can have symptoms similar to those of Down syndrome.Full Answer >
Cats see better than humans in semi-darkness, although they cannot see in complete darkness. Cats need only one-sixth of the amount of light that humans require to see.Full Answer >