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Ailurophobia is the fear of cats [used for kitty fact
It has been established that people who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks [used for kitty fact
To drink, a cat laps liquid from the underside of its tongue, rather than the top [used for kitty fact
Cats deprived of tryptophan, found in milk, eggs and poultry, become insomniacs [used for kitty fact
A cat can sprint at 30 miles per hour and jump 7 times as high as its tail. When cats jump their footpads absorb the shock of landing. [used for kitty fact
Cats do not have sweat glands. This is why on a hot day, they will find a cool shady spot to sleep in. [used for kitty fact
A cat has from 230 to 250 bones in it's body. Most domestic cats have 244 and a human has 206 bones. The determining factor has to do with how long a cat's tail is, and how many toes the animal has. [used for kitty fact
Both humans and cats have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion. [used for kitty fact
-Siamese coat color and crossed eyes may be caused by the same gene.
-Cats do not think that they are little people. They think that we are big cats. This influences their behavior in many ways.
-Cats have a full inner-eyelid, or nictitating membrane. This inner-eyelid serves to help protect the eyes from dryness and damage. When the cat is ill, the inner-eyelid will frequently close partially, making it visible to the observer.
-Although it's not quite the largest cat breed, the Ragdoll cat is still a big kitty with perhaps the most laid-back attitude of any other breed. Males weigh 12 to 20 pounds, with females weighing 10 to 15 pounds.
-Calico cats are nearly always female.
-A cat's heart beats at 110 to 140 beats per minute, twice as fast as a human heart.
-Cats can see color. Studies have shown that cats can distinguish between red and green; red and blue; red and gray; green and blue; green and gray; blue and gray; yellow and blue, and yellow and gray.
-A cat will almost never meow at another cat. Cats use this sound for their mothers and their human care-givers.
-A cat's ear pivots 180 degrees.
-The giraffe, camel, some horses and the cat are the only animals that walk by both their left feet, then both their right feet when walking.
-Cats average 16 hours of sleep a day, more than any other mammal.
-A cat will spend nearly 30% of its waking hours grooming itself.
-In relation to their body size, cats have the largest eyes of any mammal.
-Cats can see up to 120 feet away. Their peripheral vision is about 285 degrees.
-Young cats can distinguish between two identical sounds that are just 18 inches apart at a distance of up to 60 feet.
-Cats only need a sixth the amount of light that humans do to see. However, their daytime vision is only fair compared to that of humans.
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It has been scientifically proven that stroking a cat can lower one's blood pressure.
The average canned or dry cat meal is the nutritional equivalent of eating five mice.
The domestic cat is the only cat species able to hold its tail vertically while walking.
A cat will clean itself with paw and tongue after a dangerous experience or when it has fought with another cat. This is believed to be an attempt by the animal to soothe its nerves by doing something natural and instinctive.
Catnip can affect lions and tigers as well as house cats. It excites them because it contains a chemical that resembles an excretion of the dominant female's urine.
Cats have about 100 different vocalization sounds. In comparison, dogs have about 10.
Cats have better memories than dogs, and even those of monkeys and orangutans, with a memory span of 16 hours.
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- After being handled, cats lick themselves to smooth their fur and get rid of the "human" smell. Licking is also thought to produce a calming effect.
- If your cat is in the habit of rolling over and exposing his stomach, you can be sure he feels perfectly safe with you. It's also a way of demonstrating his pleasure in your company.
Submitted by [irulan
-the type of cat that most people think is "naked", really has a thin layer of fuzz that covers its body.
-a domestic mother feline can take care of a wild kitten.
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- Studies show that when a cat falls off of the seventh floor of a building, it has a thirty percent less chance of surviving then a cat who fell off of the twentieth floor. It takes a cat about eight floors for it to realize that it is falling and relax and correct itself.
- A group of kittens is called a kindle, and a group of adult cats is called a clowder.
Submitted by [chocolatemonster
A male cat's ego is partly dependant on him sticking up the hair between his paws.
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