Facts About Cats


Cats have been domesticated only half as long as dogs.

Cat hearts beat twice as fast as human hearts.

Calico cats are almost always female.

Cats have 297 bones and 597 muscles.

When a cat becomes so overweight that its sides stick out farther than its whiskers, it could lose the sense of perception and stability.

If a cat is born with one blue eye, it is almost always deaf in the ear closest to the blue eye.

Sir Isaac Newton invented the cat door.

In relation to its head, cats have the largest eyes of any mammal.

Feeding a cat a steady diet of dog food can cause blindness because dog food lacks taurine, a nutrient essential for cat health.  Taurine keeps their hearts healthy and their eyesight sharp.

The nose of a cat is ridged in a pattern that is unique to the cat, like a human fingerprint.

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

Both humans and cats have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion.

It has been scientifically proven that owning cats is good for our health and can decrease the occurrence of high blood pressure and other illnesses.

Stroking a cat can help to relieve stress, and the feel of a purring cat on your lap conveys a strong sense of security and comfort.

The life expectancy of cats has nearly doubled over the last fifty years.

The cat's front paw has 5 toes and the back paws have 4. Cats born with 6 or 7 front toes and extra back toes are called polydactl.

Ailurophile is the word cat lovers are officially called.

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.

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

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

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.

The most popular names for female cats in the U.S. are Missy, Misty, Muffin, Patches, Fluffy, Tabitha, Tigger, Pumpkin and Samantha.

AGES - Cats versus Humans

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Cat Quotes

"If animals could speak the dog would be a a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much."
-Mark Twain

" There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats."

"One cat just leads to another."
-Ernest Hemingway

"For a man to truly understand rejection, he must first be ignored by a cat."

"No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens."
-Abraham Lincoln

"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this."

"There are two means of refuge from the misery of life - music and cats."
-Albert Scwheitzer

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."

"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."
-Winston Churchill