- The Maine Coon cat is America's only natural breed of domestic feline.
- The female cat reaches sexual maturity within 6 to 10 months; most veterinarians suggest spaying the female at 5 months, before her first heat period. The male cat usually reaches sexual maturity between 9 and 12 months.
- Female felines are "superfecund," which means that each of the kittens in her litter can have a different father.
- Cats should not be fed tuna exclusively, as it lacks taurine, an essential nutrient required for good feline health.
- A steady diet of dog food may cause blindness in your cat - it lacks taurine.
- Tylenol and chocolate are both poisonous to cats.*
- Never give your cat aspirin unless specifically prescribed by your veterinarian; it can be fatal. *
- Be sure to keep anti-freeze away from all animals - it's sweet and enticing, but deadly poison. *
- Most cats adore sardines.
- Both humans and cats have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion.
- A cat has more bones than a human; humans have 206, but the cat has 230 (some cites list 245 bones, and state that bones may fuse together as the cat ages).
- Cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear (compared to human's 6 muscles each). A cat can rotate its ears independently 180 degrees, and can turn in the direction of sound 10 times faster than those of the best watchdog.
- Cats have 30 teeth (12 incisors, 10 premolars, 4 canines, and 4 molars), while dogs have 42. Kittens have baby teeth, which are replaced by permanent teeth around the age of 7 months.
- Normal body temperature for a cat is 102 degrees F.
- The life expectancy of cats has nearly doubled since 1930 - from 8 to 16 years.
- A cat will tremble or shiver when it is in extreme pain.
- When your cats rubs up against you, she is actually marking you as "hers" with her scent. If your cat pushes his face against your head, it is a sign of acceptance and affection.
- It has been scientifically proven that stroking a cat can lower one's blood pressure.
- If your cat snores or rolls over on his back to expose his belly, it means he trusts you.
- Cat bites are more likely to become infected than dog bites.
- Cats lived with soldiers in trenches, where they killed mice during World War I.
- The cat appears to be the only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible.
- When a domestic cat goes after mice, about 1 pounce in 3 results in a catch.
- A cat can jump 5 times as high as it is tall.
- Declawing a cat is the same as cutting a human's fingers off at the knuckle. There are several alternatives to a complete declawing, including trimming or a less radical (though more involved) surgery to remove the claws. Instead, train your cat to use a scratching post.
- Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw.
- A cat is pregnant for about 58-65 days. This is roughly two months.
- 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.
- Kittens are born with both eyes and ears closed. When the eyes open, they are always blue at first. They change color over a period of months to the final eye color.
- The cat is a social animal. A pet cat will respond and answer to speech , and seems to enjoy human companionship.
- Cats have AB blood groups just like people.
- A form of AIDS exists in cats.
- People who are allergic to cats are actually allergic to cat saliva or to cat dander. If the resident cat is bathed regularly the allergic people tolerate it better
- Most cats have no eyelashes.
- Many cats cannot properly digest cow's milk. Milk and milk products give them diarrhea.
- Cats lack a true collarbone. Because of this lack, cats can generally squeeze their bodies through any space they can get their heads through. You may have seen a cat testing the size of an opening by careful measurement with the head.
- Cats can get tapeworms from eating mice. If your cat catches a mouse it is best to take the prize away from it.
- There are tiny, parasitic worms that can live in a cat's stomach. These worms cause frequent vomiting.
- 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.
- A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.
- To purr, cats use extra tissue in the larynx (voice box). This tiuue vibrates when they purr.
- Today there are about 100 distinct breeds of the domestic cat.
- 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.
- Mother cats teach their kittens to use the litter box.
- Cats sleep 16 to 18 hours per day. When cats are asleep, they are still alert to incoming stimuli. If you poke the tail of a sleeping cat, it will respond accordingly.
- Besides smelling with their nose, cats can smell with an additional organ called the Jacobson's organ, located in the upper surface of the mouth.
- A large majority of white cats with blue eyes are deaf. White cats with only one blue eye are deaf only in the ear closest to the blue eye. White cats with orange eyes do not have this disability.
- Neutering a cat extends its life span by two or three years.
- Neutering a male cat will, in almost all cases, stop him from spraying (territorial marking), fighting with other males (at least over females), as well as lengthen his life and improve its quality.
- Pregnant women are advised not to come in contact with cat feces, because it can contain an organism which can affect the unborn child and even cause miscarriage.
- The ancient Egyptians were the first to tame the cat (in about 3000 BC), and used them to control pests.
- In ancient Egypt, killing a cat was a crime punishable by death.
- In ancient Egypt, mummies were made of cats, and embalmed mice were placed with them in their tombs. In one ancient city, over 300,000 cat mummies were found.
- The Pilgrims were the first to introduce cats to North America.
- A cat has a total of 24 whiskers, 4 rows of whiskers on each side. The upper two rows can move independently of the bottom two rows. A cat uses its whiskers for measuring distances.
- The domestic cat is the only species able to hold its tail vertically while walking. You can also learn about your cat's present state of mind by observing the posture of his tail.
- Cats' hearing is much more sensitive than humans and dogs.
- Cat's urine glows under a black light.
- When a cat drinks, its tongue - which has tiny barbs on it - scoops the liquid up backwards.
- If a cat is frightened, the hair stands up fairly evenly all over the body; when the cat threatens or is ready to attack, the hair stands up only in a narrow band along the spine and tail.
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