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Fun Fact about Cats

Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 5:00:45 PM EST by Cam Day

Ten Fun Facts about Cats

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  1. A group of cats is called a 'clowder'.
    (Ed.  I am sure that's a condensation of 'crowd', 'clawed' and 'louder'  - which fully describes the turmoils of owning a group of cats.

    A cat vet friend says 'Owning more than 4 cats means you have a mental disorder'!  We have 4 cats - am I on the edge of insanity?
    )
     
  2. In Ancient Egypt, cats were worshipped as Gods, and punishment was severe for injuring a cat in any way.
    (Ed. OK so I live in Egypt because our cats are worshipped as gods. And my cats punish me if I hurt them in any way.)
     
  3. Cats' paw pads are as remarkable as their coats: the same pigments that determine the colour of a cat's coat also determines the colour of their paw pads. 
    (Ed. Really? Where did that come from? Must look at the colour of my cat's paws when I get home. So, do tortoiseshell cats have multi-coloured paws? Cat owners - inspect your cat's paws and leave a note in the Comments. I want to know if this is true!)
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  4. Domestic cats aren't the only purring felines. Cheetahs, Pumas, Ocelots and even Tigers purr. Lions, Panthers, Jaguars and Leopards do not purr.
    (Ed. Yeh ok. But why doesn't my cat purr when I want to hug him? Oh - of course he's a Panther, Jaguar or Leopard. Now I'm worried!)

  5. Ever notice your cat pull its lips back (without hissing) and opens its mouth slightly? That's called the 'Flehmen Response' and happens when your cat wants to examine a scent more closely.
    (This is often seen in non-desexed cats when detecting the scent of a mate. Occurs in many other animals including the Giraffe and Rhino. Occur with my cat when he is going to bite me.)
     
  6. When a cat rubs against you, it is marking you. A cat has scent glands either side of its face - the cat uses these glands to mark its territory.
    (There are several pheromones in a cat's facial rubbings. One is the main ingredient of Feliway.)
     
  7. Whiskers are very important for cats that hunt. Whiskers allow the cat to identify precisely where their prey is so they can attack more efficiently.
    (Ed. So Desmond, my Rag Devil, uses his whiskers to determine where I am so he can attack me with more precision - is that's what's happening?)
     
  8. A mother cat commonly chews her kittens' whiskers off.
    (Ed.  Who says so?  Never heard of that!  Cat breeders please advise - or is that the cat version of the 'hair of the dog that bit you'?)
     
  9. Kittens generally have 26 teeth while adult cats have 30.
    (Ed. Simple science!  Adult cats need more teeth to bite their owners. Thus it's evolution at its best. )
     
  10. A cat has between 230 - 250 bones in its body, compared to the 206 bones a human has.
    (Ed. So where are the extra 40 or so bones?  Are you sure the researcher didn't measure a cat that had just eaten a mouse?)
 

Comments

Comment by: Jan
Jan
Feb 14, 2014 at 3:35 PM
Hi Cam - I'm so relieved the white coats will be knocking at your door, because maybe they won't have time to knock at mine! If they do, of course I will hide one of my darlings in the cupboard under the sink!
Comment by: Cam Day
Feb 13, 2014 at 8:40 PM
Thanks Sonia. But you know how many cats I have! The men in white coats are knocking at my door now! Keep purring. Cam
Comment by: Amy
Amy
Feb 13, 2014 at 8:32 PM
I was told that a cat will chew off another's whiskers as a show of dominance. It has appeared to have been true when I have gotten to know different groups of cats and kittens.
Comment by: Cam Day
Feb 13, 2014 at 8:29 PM
Thanks Sonia. But you know how many cats I have! The men in white coats are knocking at my door now! Keep purring. Cam
Comment by: Sonia Baker
Feb 13, 2014 at 8:20 PM
Now I am feeling fortunate. I have two cats and I have been told that i am a 'mad cat lady'. I am so relieved to find out that '4 cats = mental health disorder'. I will use that as evidence now! And yes, i checked the little paws. My lilac burmese has very light coloured paw pads and my chocolate burmese has dark brown paw pads! And funny thing, when i first got my kitten burmese, one of them had very very short whiskers! Maybe her mum DID eat them! crazy. Great to read these bits of trivia! Thanks
Comment by: Elements Massage
Jan 24, 2013 at 6:12 PM
Amazing blog! Thanks for the great contribution with this post…
Comment by: leased line
Dec 12, 2012 at 3:42 PM
Never got to read or got to know about those facts..Well would check this on my cats too!!
Comment by: CinderElla
Nov 2, 2012 at 1:55 PM
My cat, Cinder, is black and white and has a bit of white on her paws. I was checking out her tootsies last night and the toes that have white fur have pink pads and the toes that have mostly black fur have black pads. The palm pad is black too.
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