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Hi everyone. I thought it might be fun to find true facts about cats. Here are a few and then post a few of your own.

  • Cats, not dogs, are the most common pets in America. There are approximately 66 million cats to 58 million dogs, with Parakeets a distant third at 14 million.
  • A cat can be either right-pawed or left-pawed.
  • A cat can jump as much as seven times its height.
  • A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.
  • A cat has 230 bones in its body. A human only has 206 bones.
  • A cat has four rows of whiskers.
  • A cat in a hurry can sprint at about thirty-one miles per hour.
  • A cat sees about six times better than a human at night because of the tapetum lucidum , a layer of extra reflecting cells which absorb light.
  • A cat uses its whiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through. The whiskers act as feelers or antennae, helping the animal to judge the precise width of any passage.
  • A cat will almost never meow at another cat. Cats use this sound for humans.
  • 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.
  • A cat will never break a sweat because it has no sweat glands.
  • A cat will spend nearly 30% of its life grooming itself.
  • A cat's arching back is part of a complex body language system, usually associated with feeling threatened. The arch is able to get so high because the cat's spine contains nearly 60 vertebrae which fit loosely together. Humans have only 34 vertebrae.
  • A cat's brain is more similar to a human's brain than that of a dog.
  • A cat's ear pivots 180 degrees.
  • A cat's hearing rates as one of the top in the animal kingdom. Cats can hear sounds as high-pitched as 65 kHz; a human's hearing stops at just 20 kHz.
post #2 of 8
Move your toes under the covers and a cat will surely think its a mouse that needs to be attacked.
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If you try to wrap gifts a cat will "help" you.
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an open book or newspaper is actually cushion for a cat's bum
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Cats prefer human cat trees over anything bought in a store.
Approaching the kitchen means you must open a can of cat food or face being meowed to death.
The best cat toy ever is the plastic ring from a milk jug.
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Cats can appear out of air. Next time, when you're looking for your cat and you can't find her, even though you check every single nook and cranny (even under the cushions) and you can't find her, go to the kitchen and crank open a can of cat food. The cat will appear in seconds, giving no hint as to where she was hiding, by the way.

I'm finding it more common for Willow to be sleeping somewhere, most usually downstairs on her favorite chair, and I won't see her upstairs all day. But when I get out a can and pop the lid, Willow will hear it (even if I try to muffle the sound) and she'll be upstairs within 2 minutes, lol. And I can't tell you how many times I've searched every possible space for my missing cats, only to turn around at one point and see the cat walking from a room I'd just searched.
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Originally Posted by SalemWitchChild View Post
  • A cat in a hurry can sprint at about thirty-one miles per hour.
I can verify this, Radar hit that speed easily when he was doing a circuit of the sitting room a minute ago! Nate is wondering why there is no 'cat racing' on telly like horse racing or greyhound racing
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Cats are color blind to red....................
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