National Geographic Society

  • Connect:

Attack of the Big Cats Facts

Attack of the Big Cats

Attack of the Big Cats (View larger version)

Published
  • The tail makes up around a third of the cat's length.

  • The cheetah is the only cat that cannot retract their claws.

  • Cats cannot chew food with their teeth. Their teeth are designed to tear chunks of food that are swallowed whole.

  • The Cheetah's lungs and heart are large relative to their size. Their nostrils are larger too to help them breathe better after racing to catch their meal.

  • Each cat's whiskers are in a pattern that are as unique as a human fingerprint.

  • Cheetah cubs are camouflaged to look like an aggressive honey badger to discourage other predators from attacking.

  • Leopards like to store their food safely in branches of trees.

  • Tigers have a harder time in hot climates than other large cats. So it is no surprise why they love to swim!

  • Lions only hunt for 2 to 3 hours a day. But when they do, they can eat up to 75 pounds at a time and go a week before they need to hunt again.

  • The only cat known to have a diet heavily rounded with fruits and veggies like the sweet potato is the Flat Headed Cat.

  • Lions used to roam the North American frontier, but disappeared around 10,000 years ago.

  • All living tiger species are endangered today. There are six in total.

  • Charlemagne and Genghis Khan kept cheetahs as pets.

  • The cheetah used to be called a hunting leopard.

0 comments