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Facts & Trivia on Cats
Interesting and Fun Facts about our Furry Feline Friends
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Cats do not think that they are little people.
They think that we are big cats.
This influences their behavior in many ways.
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SPAYING AND NEUTERING YOUR PET DOES NOT:
* Cause laziness or hyperactivity
* Reduce your pet's instinct to protect your family and home
* Cause immature behaviors
* Postpone or delay normal behavioral maturity
* Alter your pet's personality in any manner
All cats are members of the family Felidea
The oldest living cat was a non-pedigree called Spike.
Bought in 1970 by Mo Elkington of Bridport, Dorest
died in 1999 at 29 years of age.
Cats have 30 vertebrae, which is 5 more than humans.
Cats have 230 bones, 24 more than humans.
Cats do not have a collarbone, which allows them to fit through
any opening the size of their head.
Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four
toes on each back paw
Cheetahs have been clocked at speeds up to 92 MPH
A five-year-old-cat, Jake, holds the Guninness World
Record for the cat with most toes. Jake, an orange
tabby from Bonfield, Ontario, Canada has a wooping 28 toes!
Most cats have no eyelashes
Cats are great contortionists. Their forelegs can turn in almost
any direction and both halves of their bodies can move in opposite
Cats' hearing is much more sensitive than that of humans and
dogs. (Cats' hearing stops at 65 khz whereas humans' hearing stops at
Cats start breeding at six months of age, and can produce
three litters a year.
Caterwauling as it is called. It is the sound the male cat makes
when ready to breed, usually as a prelude to a fight over the favors
of a female.
The female cat, also know as a queen, when in heat, or season
begins to rub and purr. As she gets more excited, she may call,
paw the ground or rollover. Siamese females are especially vocal.
During the mating act the female crouches in front of the male
who mounts her and grabs hold of the scruff of her neck with his
teeth. The male cat then kneads the female's sides and moves
his pelvis in rapid thrusts until ejaculation occurs.
The mating period usually last four to seven days.
If left to her own devices, a female cat may have three
to seven kittens every four months. This is why population
control using neutering and spaying is so important.
Pedigree cats are bred in a cattery
Gestation period is about 65 days from copulation
In 1987 a domestic cat give birth to two kittens at
the age of 30 years.
A tabby cat from Texas once give birth to 420 kittens
during her life.
Cats have excellent night vision and can see much better than us
even in a badly lit environment, though they cannot see in total
darkness. This special ability, so useful for the nocturnal
predator, comes at the expense of daytime vision. In fact, cats are
relatively shortsighted and during daytime tend to rely more
than us on their senses of smell and sound.
Cats have the largest eyes of any mammal (in relation to body
We don't know for sure what kind of colors cats can see, but
scientific tests indicate that cats can recognize at least some
of the colors that we do.
A cats field of vision is about 185 degrees.
A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why
the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor
You can tell a cat's mood by looking into its eyes. A
frightened or excited cat will have large, round pupils.
An angry cat will have narrow pupils. The pupil size is
related as much to the cat's emotions as to the degree of light.
Cats has approximately 60 to 80 million olfactory cells; a human
has between 5 and 20 million.
As hunters, cats have a good ability to detect motion. They can
see movements that are too fast for our eyes, yet find it hard to
focus on very slow movement.
Like birds, cats have a homing ability that uses its
biological clock, the angle of the sun, and the Earth's
magnetic field. A cat taken far from its home can return
to it. But if a cat's owners move far from its home,
the cat can't find them
Cats rely heavily on their sense of smell. A cat will always
sniff its food before eating and scent marks are an essential part of
Cats also have a unique mechanism at the top of their mouth,
which enables them to make a special analysis of air molecules.
A pair of organs, called Jacobson's organs or the vomeronasal
organs, let the cat analyze air that is inhaled through the
mouth rather than the nose.
When a cat uses this special mechanism she curls back her lips,
opens her mouth and seems to grimace with a smile or an
expression of disgust. This is called the flehmen reaction and is
seen in connection with special scents that the cat wants to
To purr, cats use extra tissue in the larynx (voice box).
This tissue vibrates when they purr.
Cats can get tapeworms from eating fleas. These worms
live inside the cat forever, or until they are removed with medication.
They reproduce by shedding a link from the end of their long bodies.
This link crawls out the cat's rear, and sheds hundreds of eggs.
These eggs are ingested by flea larvae, and the cycles continues.
Humans may get these tapeworms too, but only if they
eat infected fleas. Cats with tapeworms should be dewormed by a veterinarian.
Cats can get tapeworms from eating mice. If your cat
catches a mouse it is best to take the prize away from it.
The catgut formerly used as strings in tennis rackets
and musical instruments does not come from cats.
Catgut actually comes from sheep, hogs, and horses.
A farmer from Texas once kept 1,400 cats on his farm.
The first cat show was in 1871 at the Crystal Palace in London
The major cat shows in the United States are as follows:
San Diego, CA
Villa Park, IL
San Francisco, CA
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Florida,
houses 60 cats. About half the cats at the museum are
polydactyl (meaning they have extra toes).
To help your cat stay cool, keep the window shades drawn, and
perhaps the windows shut, in the early part of the day, and then
open windows in the evening to invite cooler air indoors. Keep
several fans blowing at floor level (which your cat can also
freely avoid if she desires) to circulate air.
Fresh water is always important, of course.
The record number of people killed by a single cat is
84 by a lion
400 by a Leopard
436 by a tiger
A cat bites one in every 170 people in the U.S. each year. This
includes children and people who don't even own a cat.
300,000 mummified cats were found in an ancient Egyptian tomb
A domestic cat can run at speeds of about 31 miles per hour.
Cats have extremely sensitive nervous systems.
A cat is able to jump 5 times as high as its height.
The world’s longest cat named Slinky Snowbie, measures
103 cm (40.8 in) from nose to tip of tail.
Every cat's nose pad is unique, and no two nose prints are the
Cats are the only animals that purr. They purr at about 26 cycles
Cats respond better to women than to men, probably due to the
fact that women's voices have a higher pitch.
Purring does not always mean that a cat is happy; some cats
will purr loudly when they are scared or hurt.
Like us, cats have touch receptors all over their body. These
nerve cells transfer sensations of pressure, temperature and pain
from any point to the brain.
The most sensitive places on the cat's body, where the nerve
cells are concentrated, are the face and the front paws. This is
because these are the most important body parts the cat
uses while hunting.
The cat's whiskers are the most sensitive of all. The special
hairs, called vibrissae, are set deep within the skin and
provide the cat with sensory information about the slightest
air movement around it - a valuable tool for a nocturnal hunter.
A litter of kittens is a kindle.
It is estimated that there are over 60 million feral cats in the
People who are allergic to cats are actually allergic to their
saliva or their dander (regular bathing can help with the
It has been scientifically proven that stroking a cat can lower
one's blood pressure.
In ancient Egypt, killing a cat was a crime punishable by death.
The average cat can be expected to live for an average of
15 to 16 years.
To determine how old your cat is in human years start with 20
years for your cat's first year, then add 4 human years for each
cat year after that.
Cat coat patterns are combinations of colors in a specific
layout. There are six basic varieties : Solid, Tabby, Bicolor,
Tortoiseshell, Tricolor, and Colorpoint.
The largest cat was an Australian cat Himmy who weighted
21.3 kg and was 96cm long.
Cats are the 'sleepiest' of all mammals. Most cats will sleep for
about 16 hours a day.
If your cat rolls over on his back to expose his belly, he/she
When your cats rubs up against you, you are being marked
with his/her scent.
When your cat pushes his/her face against your head, it's a
sign of affection.
Sometimes cats may hiss or make other sounds during play,
but there is usually no loud wailing and howling.
All cats will misbehave at some point, but punishing them must be
done in a way to stop the behavior, not cause more problems.
Punishments like hitting, slapping, and shaking will not break a
habit and it's cruel. For any punishment to be effective, it's
got to occur while the cat is in the act. A delay, even of a few
seconds, will render the punishment ineffective.
There are a few things you can do to stop problem behavior.
Try a water pistol. The cat will become afraid of the pistol but
not you, which is what you want. Another good trick is to shake a can
filled with coins, marbles or anything else that will make noise.
If your Cat was Fed at the Plaza Hotel tonight ....
would be on the menu?
What would your cat think if you took it to
the Plaza hotel in New York City for it's evening
The Plaza is a 5 star hotel noted for their
top of the line, first class cuisine.
Think how much fun that would be to waltz in their
with Miss Kitty and sit down at a table to be waited on.
If that were possible, there would be only 1 feline food
on the menu.
And it would be .... Life's Abundance Premium Cat Food.
This feline delight is the only food a 5 star hotel
like the Plaza would dare feed it's feline customers,
because the maitre d' would be ashamed to offer
anything less than the best to it's patrons.
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