Tigers are unlike any other feline. Discover what makes them stand out from the rest of the cat crowd.
1. Tigers have a roaring good time.
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When tigers roar, the sound can be heard nearly two miles away. Why are a tiger’s pipes so powerful? It turns out they can stretch their vocal cords in a special way that pumps up the volume of their vocalizations.
2. These cats are hyped for stripes.
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No two tigers have the same stripe pattern on their coats. So the animals’ fur is sort of like a human fingerprint. What’s more, a tiger’s skin is striped identical to its coat—fur real!
3. The feline has a big-time appetite.
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Tigers can eat more than 80 pounds of meat in one meal—that’s like eating 70 T-bone steaks! Their favorite snacks are deer, water buffalo, and antelope.
4. They have a lot in common with your cat.
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Tigers and domestic cats might not look that much alike, but they share some behaviors. As with domestic kitties, tigers groom a lot and sleep for much of the day. Some are also affected by catnip, just like pet cats.
5. Tigers are splashy.
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Unlike most felines, many tigers enjoy swimming. They take dips in rivers to cool off when it’s hot. These wild-for-water cats have been known to paddle five miles through bodies of water!
Text by April Capochino Myers