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Did you know -

It has been scientifically proven that stroking a cat can lower one's blood pressure!

Cat's sense of smell is 14 times stronger than a human's!

Besides their noses, cats can smell with something called the "Jacobson's organ", located in the upper surface of their mouths. This is what cats are using when they scrunch up their eyes and open their mouths after sniffing something intently!

Cats have 244 bones in their bodies! (About 40 more than humans!)

Cats have 32 muscles in each ear!

Cats only sweat from the pads of their paws.

Cats aren't hunters by nature; their mothers teach them to hunt!

Female cats can reach adulthood in as little as five months, but male cats can take nine months to a year to reach adulthood. Most breeds of cats have reached their full growth by two years!

To drink, a cat laps liquid from the underside of its tongue, rather than the top!

Cats are said to see color. Studies have been able to prove 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!

Whiskers tell a cat whether the space they are entering is big enough for it!

The oldest cat on record was a female tabby that lived to be 34 years old!

Cats have about 100 different vocalization sounds. In comparison, dogs have about 10!

Cats respond most readily to names that end in an "ee" sound!

The Maine Coon cat is America's only "natural" breed of domestic feline. It is FOUR TIMES larger than the Singapura (the smallest breed of cat)!

There are approximately 100 breeds of cats!

In relation to their body size, cats have the largest eyes of any mammal!

A domestic cat can sprint at about 31 miles per hour!

The heaviest cat on record weighed 46 pounds!

Cats step with both left legs, then both right legs when they walk or run!

The cat's front paws have 5 toes, but the back paws have 4. Some cats are born with as many as 7 front toes and even extra back toes (called polydactyl)!

Cats walk on their toes!

The two most popular names given to feline citizens of the United States are "Tiger" and "Samantha"!

Cat people seem to use more imagination and creativity when choosing a name for their pet than do dog fanciers!

People who like cats are called ailurophiles . This word comes from the ancient Greek language.

If a cat is frightened, the hair stands up fairly evenly all over the body; when the cat threatens or is ready to attack, the hair stands up only in a narrow band along the spine and tail!

Cat families usually play best in even numbers. Cats and kittens should be acquired in pairs whenever possible!

Cats must have fat in their diet, because they can't produce it on their own!

Cat's urine glows under a black light! (How many of you are going to check this one???)

If a cat is frightened, put your hand over its eyes and forehead, or let him bury his head in your armpit to help calm him!

Not every cat responds to the effects of catnip. If the cat doesn't have a specific gene, it won't react. About 80% of cats DO have the gene, and enjoy the effects of catnip, which is purr-fectly safe and non-addictive!

Cats with long, lean bodies are more likely to be outgoing, and more protective and vocal than those with a stocky build!

A cat can jump FIVE TIMES as high as it is tall!

Cats lose almost as much fluid in the saliva while grooming themselves as they do through urination!

A cat will spend nearly 30% of her life grooming herself!

The largest litter of kittens on record is 19!!!

Cats can purr to express pain or fear in addition to expressing pleasure. Female cats often purr when they are in labor, as well as when they are nursing their kittens!

A cat's brain is more similar to a man's brain than that of a dog!

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

Cats respond better to women than to men, probably due to the fact that women's voices have a higher pitch!

If your cat snores, or rolls over on his back to expose his belly, it means he trusts you!

Cats purr at the same frequency as an idling diesel engine...about 26 cycles per second!

The domestic cat is the only species able to hold its tail vertically while walking. Wild cats hold their tail horizontally, or tucked between their legs while walking!
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Those are really interesting. Learn something new every day around here.
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Yup - those are really interesting. I wans't aware of most of them.
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Some of those are surprising! The color thing makes sense, however, because cats like red velvet. Like my violin case, Leslie.. Hey I didn't say they had good taste! Squeak, squeak, squak squak, Squeaky squeaky, squak.
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You know I was just thinking last night about how petting a cat can lower your blood pressure as I was petting Fallon. Then I thought about how owning a cat can sometimes raise your blood pressure like when they run around the house at 3 in the morning knocking over everything including my fav plant which they feast on till I find it tipped over in the morning.
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