Cool Facts About Cats

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November 11, 2010
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The nose pad of a cat is ridged in a pattern and it is unique to that cat like fingerprints are to humans?

There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world?

A cat’s heart beats twice as fast as a humans – 110 to 140 beats a minute?

Calico cats are almost always female?

Cats knead with their paws when they are happy?

If your cat’s tail quivers when she’s near you is it one of the greatest expressions of love your cat can give you?

“Ailurophilia” means “love of cats?”

Cats have 290 bones in their bodies and 517 muscles?

A social cat will monitor your activities and follow you from room to room throughout the day?

Cats can’t read your mood like dogs but they can tell if you’re sad or stressed and may behave differently?

Cats have 5 more vertebrate in their spinal columns than humans?

The domestic cat is the only cat species who can hold its tail vertical while walking? Wild cats walk with their tails horizontal or tucked between their legs.

Sir Isaac Newton, aside from many other impressive accomplishments, invented the at door?

Cats can see in color although they are color blind and have red and green problems?

Cats almost never meow at other cats, this is their mode of communication with people?

Their body temperature average 101.5 degrees?

The more cats are spoken to by their human companions, the more they tend to speak back?

The cat, giraffe, and camel are the only animals who walk by moving both their left feet, then both their right feet? This method of walking ensures speed, silence, and agility.

Cats can see up to 120 feet away and their peripheral vision is about 280 degrees?

Their ears have 30 muscles in each one and use 12 or more to control movement? They can move their ears 180 degrees.

A group of kittens is called a “kindle?”

Cats need 5 times more protein in their diet than dogs do?

They spend up to 16 hours a day sleeping?!

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

Your cat is probably a righty or a lefty? Only a small percentage of cats are ambidextrous.

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