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Ailurophilia is the love of cats. Cats have three eyelids.
The nose pad of a cat is ridged in a pattern that is unique,
just like the fingerprint of a human.

White paws on cats are commonly called boots when in 
fact they are referred to as gloves. 

There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with
33 different breeds.

Chattam Island in the Pacific is overrun by thousands of 
cats--every one of them black--that live on fish.

The American cat population reached nearly 68 million in 1996.
American Demographics magazine estimates that's about 200 million
kitty yawns per hour and a whopping 425 million catnaps each day!

Scientific comparison and examination of both a dogs brain 
and a cats brain has shown that a cats brain is more 
similar to a humans than that of the dog.

A cat's heart beats twice as fast as a human heart, at 110 to
140 beats per minute.

Since housecats are clean and their coats are dry and glossy,
their fur easily becomes charged with electricity. You can see
sparks if you rub your cat's fur in the dark.

Cougars can kill animals eight times their size.

There is no single cat called the panther. The name is commonly
applied to the leopard, but it is also used to refer to the puma
and the jaguar. A black panther is really a black leopard.

25% of cat owners blow dry their cats hair after a bath.

Almost 10 percent of a cats bones are in its tail

The largest cat breed is the Ragdoll. Males weigh twelve to
twenty pounds, with females weighing ten to fifteen pounds. The
smallest cat breed is the Singapura. Males weigh about six
pounds while females weigh about four pounds.

Calico cats are almost always female.

Cats have thirty teeth. Kittens have baby teeth
which are replaced by permanent fangs at around seven
months of age. 

If your cat is near you, and her tail is quivering, this is the
greatest expression of love your cat can give you. If her tail
starts thrashing, her mood has changed --- Time to distance
yourself from her.

Cats wag their tails when it is in a stage of conflict. The cat
wants to do two things at once, but each impulse blocks the
other. For example: If your cat is in the doorway wanting to
go outside, and you open the door to find it raining, the cat's
tail will wag because of internal conflict. The cat wants to go
outside, but doesn't want to go into the rain. Once the cat
makes a decision and either returns to the house or leaves into
the rain, the tail will immediately stop wagging.

Don't pick a kitten or a cat up by the scruff of its neck; only
mother cats can do this safely, and only with their kittens.

Cats knead with their paws when they're happy.

Cats spend about 30% of their time grooming.

The Cat Fanciers Association recognizes 35 breeds of cats,
The International Cat Association recognizes 38.

Your cat loves you and can "read" your moods. If you're sad or
under stress, you may also notice a difference in your cat's

The domestic cat is the only cat species able to hold its tail
vertically while walking. All wild cats hold their tails
horizontally or tucked between their legs while walking.

Calico cats are nearly always female.

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An average cat has 1-8 kittens per litter, and 2-3 litters per

To drink, a cat laps liquid from the underside of its tongue, 
rather than the top

During her productive life, one female cat could have more than
100 kittens.

In 1952, a Texas Tabby named Dusty set the record by having more
than 420 kittens before having her last litter at age 18.

The largest known litter (with all surviving) was that of a
Persian in South Africa named Bluebell. Bluebell gave birth to
14 kittens in one litter!

A single pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as
420,000 kittens in just 7 years.

A cat will almost never meow at another cat. Cats use this 
sound for their mothers and their human care-givers.

More than 35,000 kittens are born in the U.S. each year. Spay
or neuter your cat.

Cats have 290 bones in their bodies, and 517 muscles.

Cats have about 100 different vocalization sounds.
In comparison, dogs have about 10

A cat has five more vertebrae in her spinal column than her
human does.

The giraffe, camel, and cat are the only animals that
walk by both their left feet, then both their right
feet when walking

There are three body types for a cat. Cobby type is a compact
body, deep chest, short legs and broad head. The eyes are large
and round. Muscular type is a sturdy body and round,
full-cheeked head. Foreign type is a slender body, with long
legs and a long tail. The head is wedge-shaped, with tall ears
and slanting eyes.

Sir Isaac Newton, discoverer of the principles of gravity, also
invented the cat door.

Know how old your cat really is. If your cat is 3, your cat is
21 in human years. If your cat is 8, your cat is 40 in human
years. If your cat is 14, your cat is 70 in human years.

A prehistoric horse called Eohippus was approximately the size of
a house cat.

The average age for an indoor cat is 15 years, while the average
age for an outdoor cat is only 3 to 5 years.

The oldest cat on record was Puss, from England, who died in
1939 just one day after her 36th birthday.

The weirdest cat on record was a female called Mincho who went
up a tree in Argentina and didn't come down again until she died
six years later. While treed, she managed to have three litters
with equally ambitious dads.

Cats can see up to 120 feet away

A cat's normal body temperature is 101.5 degrees. This is
slightly warmer than a humans.

95% of cat owners admit they talk to their cats.

People who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have
fewer heart attacks.

Slippers, a gray cat with six toes on each paw, was favored by
President Theodore Roosevelt and was allowed to appear at
diplomatic dinners.

Cats love to chew on grass, catnip, parsley or sage. Become a
green thumb and plant an indoor garden for your cat! But be
careful -- many plants are toxic to your cat!

There are two species of wild cats in African and Europe that
still hunt. These two species both resemble the domestic

Scientists have tried to make a "mouse flavored" cat
food, but every attempt so far...the cat's hated the taste.

The behaviors shown by most house cats have a parallel in the

The most popular names for male cats are Tiger, Tigger, Smokey,
Pepper, Max, Maxwell, Simon, Snoopy, Morris, Mickey, Rusty,
Rusti, Boots, and Bootsie.

The most popular names for female cats are Samantha, Misty,
Patches, Cali, Calico, Muffin, Angel, Angela, Ginger, Tiger,
Tigger, Princess, Punkin, and Pumpkin

A cat will kill it's prey based on movement, but may not
necessarily recognize that prey as food. Realizing that prey is
food is a learned behavior.

The greatest number of mice killed by one cat? 28,899! Towser,
a tortoise-shell tabby in charge of rodent control in Scotland,
killed 28,899 mice in her 21 years. This is about four mice per
day, every day, for 21 years. Towser died in 1987.

Not all cats like catnip. The behavior of those who do like
catnip is likened to a tom around a queen in heat. Catnip
contains a chemical called trans-neptalactone, which is closely
related to a substance excreted by the queen, usually in urine.
The herb valerian can also produce this effect.

The first cat show was held in 1895 at Madison Square Garden in
New York City, New York.

Kittens are born both blind and deaf, but the vibration of their
mother's purring is a physical signal that the kittens can feel -
it acts like a homing device, signaling them to nurse.

A falling cat will always right itself in a precise order.
First the head will rotate, then the spine will twist and the
rear legs will align, then the cat will arch its back to lessen
the impact of the landing.

"Sociable" cats will follow you from room to room to monitor
your activities throughout the day.

What kind of "mood" is kitty in? Her eyes, whiskers and ears
will tell you. Learn to read the signs she gives you.

The cat was the symbol of liberty in ancient Rome

Give your cat a quality scratching post to deter her from
scratching your furniture. Still scratching? Try putting lemon
scent or orange scent on the area. Cats hate these smells.

There is no mention of cats or rats in the Bible

In English, cat is "cat." In French, cat is "Chat." In
German, your cat is "katze." The Spanish word for cat is
"gato," and the Italian word is "gatto." Japanese prefer "neko"
and Arabic countries call a cat a "kitte."

Cats get their sense of security from your voice. Talk to your
cats! And be mindful of your tone of voice. Cats know when
you're yelling at them (though they may not care).

The more cats are spoken to, the more they will speak to you.

A group of cats is called a clowder of cats. 

The richest cat in the Guinness Book of World Records is a pair
of cats who inherited $415,000 in the early '60s. The richest
single cat is a white alley cat who inherited $250,000. (Now
that will buy a lot of catnip!)

The Giraffe, Camel and Cat are the only animals that walk by
moving both their left feet, then both their right feet, when
walking. This method of walking ensures speed, agility and

A fifteen year old cat has probably spent ten years of its life

It is believed that a white cat sitting on your doorstep just
before your wedding is a sign of lasting happiness. White cats
are a symbol of good luck in America, while black cats are a sign
of bad luck.

Cats are partially color blind. They have the equivalency of
human red/green color blindness. (Reds appear green and greens
appear red; or shades thereof.)

Cats don't see "detail" very well. To them, their person may
appear hazy when standing in front of them.

Cats need 1/6th the amount of light that humans do to see.
Their night vision is amazing!

Cats can see up to 120 feet away. Their peripheral vision is
about 285 degrees.

Cats eyes come in three shapes: round, slanted and almond.

The color of a kitten's eyes will change as it grows older.

At birth, kittens can't see or hear. Cats open their eyes
after five days and begin to develop their eyesight and hearing
at approximately 2 weeks. They begin to walk at 20 days.

Kittens begin dreaming at just over one week old.

Cats, not dogs are the most common pets in America. There are
approximately 66 million cats to 58 million dogs, with Parakeets
"flying" a distant third at 14 million. 

A cat's ear pivots 180 degrees. They have 30 muscles in each
ear, and use twelve or more muscles to control their ear

A group of kittens is called a "kindle."

There is a species of cat smaller than the average housecat. The
black-footed cat (Felis nigripes). is native to Africa and its
top weight is 5.5 pounds.

Cats rub up against other cats, and people, in an attempt to
"mark" them with their scent glands. They most often use the
scent glands between their eye and ear (near the temple area) or
their scent glands near the base of their tail.

Have you ever tried to feed your cat food that was just taken
out of the refrigerator? Most cats prefer their food at room
temperature, and will boldly REFUSE any food that is too cold or
too hot.

The Persian cat has the longest and thickest fur of all domestic
cats. The topcoat may be up to 5 inches long. 

Many experts report that cats will purr when feeling any intense
emotion (pleasure or pain).

Ailurophobia, Aelurophobia, Elurophobia, Felinophobia, and
Gatophobia are various names for the fear of cats.

Give your cat fresh water at least once a day. If your cat
refuses your tap water, it may be sensing (with it's superior
sense of smell) the chlorine or other minerals in your water.
Many finicky felines demand bottled water, just like their human

Don't put your cat on an all-vegetarian diet. Cats need protein
to survive.

Catnip can affect lions and tigers as well as house cats

Never feed your cat dog food. Cats need five times more
protein than dogs do.

If your cat misses one meal, a trip to the vet may be necessary.

In 1982, Cats opened at the Winter Garden Theatre. On June 
19, 1997, it became longest running show in Broadway history

Cats are the sleepiest of all mammals. They spend 16 hours of
each day sleeping. With that in mind, a seven year old cat has
only been awake for two years of its life!

Cats are more active during the evening hours.

President Calvin Coolidge, thirtieth U.S. president, 
liked cats and would often walk around the office with 
his yellow cat draped over his shoulders like a fur piece.

Bill Clinton is allergic to cats.

95% of all cat owners admit they talk to their cats.

Backward-pointing spikes on a cat's tongue aid in their

The average cat weighs 12 pounds.

If you can't feel your cat's ribs, she's too heavy.

If an overweight cat's "sides" stick out further than her
whiskers, she will lose her sense of perception and stability.
Don't be surprised if she starts to squeeze into an opening that
the rest of her can't fit into, only to back herself back out

According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the heaviest cat
on record was Himmy, an Australian cat, who weighed 46 pounds,
15.25 ounces in 1986. Himmy's waist was 33 inches! The previous
record-holder had been Spice, a ginger-and-white tom cat from
Connecticut, who weighed 43 pounds when he died in 1977.

The tiniest cat on record was Tinker Toy from Illinois. A male
Himalayan-Persian, he weighed 1 pound, 8 ounces fully grown and
was 7.25" long and 2.75" tall!

Your cat is probably either a "righty" or a "lefty." Only 40%
of cats are ambidextrous while another 40% are either right-pawed
or left-pawed.

Cats love high places. They share this love with leopards and
jaguars, who sleep in trees. If a cat begins to fall, his inner
ear canal (which controls balance) will help him right himself
and land on his feet.

Domestic cats are essentially loners. When placed in a group,
they develop their own hierarchy. As long as there is plenty of
food on hand, a cat can learn to share it's domain with other

Cats are more aggressive when they are not neutered or spayed.

21% of U.S. households have at least one cat.

The number of pet-owning households is expected to grow nearly
12% between 1993 and 2000, and another 5% between 2000 and 2010.

34% of cat-owning households have incomes of $60,000 or more.

32% of those who own their own home, also own at least one cat.

"Pair bonds" can develop between two cats who live together, or
between a cat and a person.

A cat that bites you after you have rubbed his stomach, is
probably biting out of pleasure, not anger.

An adult cat has 32 teeth.

Never leave your cat in a vehicle alone. On summer days,
temperatures in an automobile can reach 160 degrees in just
minutes, even with the windows cracked.

According to myth, a cat sleeping with all four paws tucked
under means cold weather is coming.

Each year Americans spend four billion dollars on cat food.
That's one billion dollars more than they spend on baby food!

Expect to spend an average of $80 per year on vet bills, for the
lifetime of each cat you own.

It costs $7000 to care for one household cat over its lifetime.
This covers only the necessities; the pampered pet will carry a
higher price.

In an average year, American cat owners spend $2.15 billion on
cat food and $295 million on kitty litter.

There have been three different cats who have played the famed
"Morris the Cat." The first Morris was adopted from a shelter in
1968. In 1969 he landed the role of Morris the Cat in the famous
9 Lives Cat Food commercials...and was an overnight success! The
first Morris died in 1978 and was subsequently replaced by two
more cats who played "Morris." All three of the "Morris the
Cat" cats were rescued from shelters.

Morris the cat has been the mascot of Heinz`s 9Lives pet food since
1968. He is credited with "writing" three books on cat care,
Morris ran in the 1988 and 1992 presidential elections on the
Finicky Party platform, campaigning for cats everywhere to enjoy
a standard of nutrition by eating 9Lives, of course.

Choose your cat toys carefully. Choose light toys (for
tossing), soft toys (for teeth and claws) and toys large enough
that they can't be swallowed.

A flashlight makes a great cat toy! Turn the flashlight on in
a dark room, and watch your feline "chase" the beam of light!

Cats love to hide! If yours comes up "missing," be sure to
check in the bathtub, in your closet, in the dresser drawers,
under a blanket or rug...or anywhere else you can possibly think

A collar and tag can help your cat find his way home should he
ever be lost. Better yet -- outfit your cat with an electronic
identification chip.

To make sure your cat's collar fits properly, make sure you can
slip two fingers under the collar, between the collar and your
cat's neck.

The easiest way to pick up cat hair? Spray an anti-static
spray on the area you want to clean. Wait one minute, then wipe
up the hair with a six inch brush.

Egyptians shaved their eyebrows as a sign of mourning when they
lost a beloved cat.

Hebrew folklore believes that cats came about because Noah was
afraid that rats might eat all the food on the ark. He prayed to
God for help. God responded by making the lion sneeze a giant
sneeze -- and out came a little cat!

Stings to the mouth can be very dangerous to cats. If your cat
is stung, or ever experiences any type of sting to the mouth,
take her to the vet immediately. As her mouth swells from the
sting, she may be unable to breath. Stings require urgent
medical care.

The fumes from moth balls destroy a cat's liver cells. Use
cedar in your closet instead.

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