FAQs: What Do You Call a Group of Cats?

June 12, 2018

FAQs: What Do You Call a Group of Cats?

I love cats and I like to read about them as much as I can. 

But, sometimes there are things that you randomly find out about these adorable creatures that fascinate you even more! In this blog post, I will answer the question, "What do you call a group of cats?" along with some other facts. 

Let's begin, shall we? 

What Do You Call a Group of Cats?

The correct term to use when you're referring to a group of cats is 'clowder.' 

There are also two other valid ways to refer to a group of cats, other than just saying “group of cats” or “cats”.  Those other two terms are:

  • clutter
  • glaring

That's not all, though. 

If you want to refer to a group of wild cats, the correct term to use for it is destruction or dowt. When neutered, a male cat is called a gib, and if not, he is called a tom. Similarly, female cats are known as molly. 

Did you know that the word “cat” itself derives from the Old English 'Catt'?

Catt has its source in the Late Latin “catus”, meaning: “domestic cat”.

Some Interesting Cat Facts

In this section of the blog post, I would like to go through some interesting facts about cats. Let's begin. 

  • Cats can't detect sweet taste
  • Domestic cats can run as fast as 30 mph
  • Cats purr at around 26 cycles per second, which is about the same as an idling diesel engine
  • The heaviest cat ever recorded was 46 pounds 15.2 ounces
  • Cats can see quite well in light levels as little as 1/6 of what is required for humans to see well
  • Domestic cats typically have a lifespan of around 12 to 14 years
  • A female cat will often mate with several male cats while they are in heat.  This will often result in cats within the same litter having different fathers

Do you have any interesting cat facts that you would like to share with us? If so, leave them in the comments! 


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