Wednesday, June 27, 2012

50+ More facts about cats( Amazing and Interesting)


  1. Two members of the cat family are distinct from all others: the clouded leopard and the cheetah. The clouded leopard does not roar like other big cats, nor does it groom or rest like small cats. The cheetah is unique because it is a running cat; all others are leaping cats. They are leaping cats because they slowly stalk their prey and then leap on it.
  2. A cat lover is called an Ailurophile (Greek: Ailurophile = cat lover).
  3. In Japan, cats are thought to have the power to turn into super spirits when they die. This may be because according to the Buddhist religion, the body of the cat is the temporary resting place of very spiritual people.
  4. Most cats had short hair until about 100 years ago, when it became fashionable to own cats and experiment with breeding.
  5. Cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear (humans have only 6). A cat can independently rotate its ears 180 degrees.
  6. During the nearly 18 hours a day that kittens sleep, an important growth hormone is released One reason that kittens sleep so much is because a growth hormone is released only during sleep.
  7. Cats have about 130,000 hairs per square inch (20,155 hairs per square centimetre).
  8. The heaviest cat on record is Himmy, a Tabby from Queensland, Australia. He weighed nearly 47 pounds (21 kg). He died at the age of 10.
  9. The oldest cat on record was Crème Puff from Austin, Texas, who lived from 1967 to August 6, 2005, three days after her 38th birthday. A cat typically can live up to 20 years, which is equivalent to about 96 human years.
  10. The lightest cat on record is a blue point Himalayan called Tinker Toy, who weighed 1 pound, 6 ounces (616 g). Tinker Toy was 2.75 inches (7 cm) tall and 7.5 inches (19 cm) long.
  11. The tiniest cat on record is Mr. Pebbles, a 2-year-old cat that weighed 3 lbs (1.3 k) and was 6.1 inches (15.5 cm) high.
  12. A commemorative tower was built in Scotland for a cat named Towser, who caught nearly 30,000 mice in her lifetime.
  13. In the 1750s, Europeans introduced cats into the Americas to control pests.
  14. The first cat show was organized in 1871 in London. Cat shows later became a worldwide craze.
  15. The first cartoon cat was Felix the Cat in 1919. In 1940, Tom and Jerry starred in the first theatrical cartoon "Puss Gets the Boot." In 1981 Andrew Lloyd Weber created the musical Cats, based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.
  16. The normal body temperature of a cat is between 100.5 ° and 102.5 °F. A cat is sick if its temperature goes below 100 ° or above 103 °F.
  17. A cat has 230 bones in its body. A human has 206. A cat has no collarbone, so it can fit through any opening the size of its head.
  18. A cat's nose pad is ridged with a unique pattern, just like the fingerprint of a human.
  19. If they have ample water, cats can tolerate temperatures up to 133 °F.
  20. Foods that should not be given to cats include onions, garlic, green tomatoes, raw potatoes, chocolate, grapes, and raisins. Though milk is not toxic, it can cause an upset stomach and gas. Tylenol and aspirin are extremely toxic to cats, as are many common houseplants. Feeding cats dog food or canned tuna that's for human consumption can cause malnutrition.
  21. A 2007 Gallup poll revealed that both men and women were equally likely to own a cat.
  22. A cat's heart beats nearly twice as fast as a human heart, at 110 to 140 beats a minute.
  23. Cat's sweat only through their paws Cats don't have sweat glands over their bodies like humans do. Instead, they sweat only through their paws.
  24. In just seven years, a single pair of cats and their offspring could produce a staggering total of 420,000 kittens.
  25. Relative to its body size, the clouded leopard has the biggest canines of all animals' canines. Its dagger-like teeth can be as long as 1.8 inches (4.5 cm).
  26. Cats spend nearly 1/3 of their waking hours cleaning themselves.
  27. Grown cats have 30 teeth. Kittens have about 26 temporary teeth, which they lose when they are about 6 months old.
  28. A cat called Dusty has the known record for the most kittens. She had more than 420 kittens in her lifetime.
  29. The largest cat breed is the Ragdoll. Male Ragdolls weigh between 12 and 20 lbs (5.4-9.0 k). Females weigh between 10 and 15 lbs (4.5-6.8 k).
  30. Cats are extremely sensitive to vibrations. Cats are said to detect earthquake tremors 10 or 15 minutes before humans can.
  31. In contrast to dogs, cats have not undergone major changes during their domestication process.
  32. A female cat is called a queen or a molly.
  33. In the 1930s, two Russian biologists discovered that color change in Siamese kittens depend on their body temperature. Siamese cats carry albino genes that work only when the body temperature is above 98° F. If these kittens are left in a very warm room, their points won't darken and they will stay a creamy white.
  34. There are up to 60 million feral cats in the United States alone.
  35. The oldest cat to give birth was Kitty who, at the age of 30, gave birth to two kittens. During her life, she gave birth to 218 kittens.
  36. The most traveled cat is Hamlet, who escaped from his carrier while on a flight. He hid for seven weeks behind a pane. By the time he was discovered, he had traveled nearly 373,000 miles (600,000 km).
  37. The most expensive cat was an Asian Leopard cat (ALC)-Domestic Shorthair (DSH) hybrid named Zeus. Zeus, who is 90% ALC and 10% DSH, has an asking price of £100,000 ($154,000).
  38. The cat who holds the record for the longest non-fatal fall is Andy. He fell from the 16th floor of an apartment building (about 200 ft/.06 km) and survived.
  39. The richest cat is Blackie who was left £15 million by his owner, Ben Rea.
  40. The claws on the cat's back paws aren't as sharp as the claws on the front paws because the claws in the back don't retract and, consequently, become worn.
  41. Cats can reach great heights. In 1963, France sent the first cat in to space. Known as Felicette, she was also dubbed "Astrocat" by the press. Via implanted electrodes, Felicette's vitals were constantly monitored and she successfully returned to Earth. Granted, shooting your cat into the cosmos via rocket is probably not the best of ideas, but it does attest to their durability. Rest assured a fall from a high shelf, the top of a refrigerator or a tree branch is probably very little threat to their well-being.
  42. Felines sleep two thirds of the day. On average, the facts about cats confirm they generally sleep about two thirds of every day. If you do the math, it means your nine-year-old kitty has pretty much slept away about six years of life. Chances are, they'll find a particular place they enjoy and it becomes their favorite napping spot.Keep it clean for your feline friend and free of a build-up of fur and pet dander. It's also a good idea to make sure it's safe and stable. Although injuries in falls for most cats are rare, they are more likely to occur in very short distance slips. When combined with the sleeping state, some cats don't always have the time to right themselves and land on all fours.
  43. Cats have human-like emotions. A cat's grey matter shares some remarkable similarities to a human brain. Although experts disagree on the depth and range, all confirm that kitties feel emotions not that dissimilar from people. Happiness, excitability, playfulness, depression and anger. Any cat lover will agree -- they've witnessed all that and more in their quadruped BFF. Watch out for that last emotion - an unhappy cat can leave you with a urine soaked chair, shredded rolls of toilet paper strewn about or even broken dishes.
  44. Cat bites are dangerous. It's true - the bite from a cat can be toxic and dangerous. According to the existing facts about cats and their owners, approximately 40,000 individuals are bitten by cats in the United States every year. "It is a serious danger," says Peter Muller, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and the owner of Briarcliff Animal Hospital in Atlanta. "A cat bite can result in a serious bacterial infection of Pasteurella multocida," Muller explains. "It can be treated very easily with penicillin, but left unchecked, especially in the elderly or those with compromised immune systems, it can potentially grow underneath your skin, spread throughout your lymph system, and, in some rare cases, lead to death. That's why it's always a good idea to see a doctor right away after a cat bite."
  45. Cats can jump high. Did you know that some cats can jump up to five times their own height in just one leap? It's true. What does that mean for a cat owner? Make sure fragile breakables are stored out of harm's way: opt for china cabinets with closing doors or enclosed display cases to protect heirlooms and collectables from an acrobatic cat.
  46. Cats can be cloned. Have a favorite cat with the best personality ever and a lot of extra money to spend? Have 'em cloned! Yes, the technology exists and is accessible if you have the dough to fork out. "Little Nicky" was born in 2004 and was the first commercially cloned feline. Reportedly produced from the DNA of a deceased Maine Coon, the owner doled out $50,000 to replicate a new version of an old friend and claims the personalities of the two cats are strikingly similar.
  47. Cats have internal GPS systems. Lost cats really can find their way home. Various experts point to sunlight angles, the earth's magnetic fields and another capability referred to as PSI Traveling. Whatever the case, recorded facts about cats confirm their often long and arduous journeys to reach home and a favored human companion.
  48. Cats can use pet doors. For families that maintain indoor-outdoor cats, nothing's more convenient than a pet door. Know who came up with the idea? Gravity King Sir Isaac Newton! According to various tales passed down over the years, Newton was experimenting with light in a darkened room and one of his most prized cats (reportedly named "Spithead") kept opening the door and disrupting the experiment. To keep his work intact and allow the cat free roam, he cut a small hole in the door and covered it with cloth. That evolved into what is today known as a pet door, suitable for both cats and dogs.
  49. Cats have a lot of hair. A cat's body is covered with approximately 130,000 hairs for each square inch. Everybody knows what that means for your house or apartment: hair, hair, everywhere! Let's be honest - there is nothing you can do that will ever get rid of all of those feline follicles. However, you can minimize the impact with daily brushings, and, of course, regular vacuuming. For clothing, try a lint brush and a pair of tweezers.
  50. Cats can use the toilet...and they can flush. I interviewed cat-training experts and they claim that there's no need for kitty litter. You can definitely train your cat to use the toilet.

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