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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
Post any little known cat facts you know here.

Cats can't drink cows milk - they can't digest the lactose (I think it's spelt) in the milk. Cat milk is fine for them.

They can't eat chocolate either - it's poisonous to them (apparently)
post #2 of 28
Weeeeeellll, not ALL cats are lactose intolerant. Chocolate is more dangerous to dogs I believe. So, I'm not sure where the line would be drawn between fact and fiction.
post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 
I'm just saying what I've heard.

Beauty can't have cats milk OR cows milk, because cats milk makes her hyper. Cows milk, I've been told, has too much lactose in it and most cats, if not all, can't digest it. A volunteer at the rescue centre I work at told me.
post #4 of 28
they can drink cows milk, but they shouldn't. some of them can't digest the liquid well and it can cause diarrhea and stomach upset. i have in a pinch fed bottle babies diluted cow's milk but only as a last resort.
post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 
What I meant was they can't digest the amount of lactose in cow's milk.

I know for a fact Beauty can't have cats milk for the reason I've said above.
post #6 of 28
Some cats ARE fine with it though, so it isn't really a fact.

Some facts

Heat periods usually last 4-8 days
Gestation (pregnancy) is usually 62-64 days
Cars are capable of around 100 different vocalisations
post #7 of 28
Cats are wierd. Umm, a cats vomit reflex is in their back by the base of the tail. I found that one out from the vet.
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by luvmycat1 View Post
Cats are wierd. Umm, a cats vomit reflex is in their back by the base of the tail. I found that one out from the vet.
that is weird I have never heard of that, I know that some people say cats should have cow's milk, but my Grandmother, used to feed a very large colony of feral cats, she had two old metal wash tubs she would fill one with cat food, leftovers,meat leftover from the store they owned. and the other one she would fill with milk, her friend had a cow that produced too much. those cats used to go crazy for the milk, they'd trip over each other to be the first one in, I saw more than one cat take a bath in it
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by rescuecatsrule View Post
Post any little known cat facts you know here.

Cats can't drink cows milk - they can't digest the lactose (I think it's spelt) in the milk. Cat milk is fine for them.

They can't eat chocolate either - it's poisonous to them (apparently)
Then technically my pair should be dead. They do both. And Chocolate is poisonous to dogs

Natural yoghurt is great for settling bad kitty tummies.

I'm sure we all know that all tri colours are female.... and that all white cats with blue eyes carry the genetic marker for deafness (if they aren't completely deaf themselves)

"All red cats are male" MYTH!
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by luvmycat1 View Post
Cats are wierd. Umm, a cats vomit reflex is in their back by the base of the tail. I found that one out from the vet.
Um, thanks for the warning... Lol! But then why do they always beg for us to scratch their tail bases?

Chocolate is poisonous to dogs because of the caffeine, I think. Probably the same reason cats shouldn't eat it too, they get enough from catnip to get wild and crazy! Also, kittens can drink cow's milk though it's not recommended. As they grow up, many cats become more lactose intolerant thought there are the few that can still drink cow's milk. (At least, from what I've heard on Animal Planet.)
post #11 of 28
I know my two cannot drink milk, they are more lactose intolerant than I am I have never fed them chocolate because I have heard the same thing about it being poisonous. And, of course, they really don't need either milk or chocolate
post #12 of 28
Siamese cats have been known to live over 30 years.

A cat has whiskers on its forelegs!
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by Callista View Post
A cat has whiskers on its forelegs!
I've noticed that on the back of Popsies front legs. I always wondered what they were.
post #14 of 28
I have a cat that likes cheesecake, the plain kind. She also hangs around when I have cereal and milk. Prob'ly for the milk. Now I've heard about the lactose problem, and I'm thinking maybe I could give her a drop of that new kind of prep milk the one LACTOSE FREE. And see how she reacts. Well, I hope.
post #15 of 28
Have you noticed also, that cats have long whiskery type eyelashes? Graduating in size, from short to long- about 5+ (she didn't hold still for me to count) on each eye.
post #16 of 28
Cats do not always land on their feet.

Remember that old Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom? When I was about 8 years old, I saw an episode where a mother cougar was running from something and she fell a long way and did not land on her feet. Her back was broken. I remember Marlin Perkins explaining the myth. Not sure why that stuck with me, I can still see it
post #17 of 28
My cats right now prolly couldn't land on all fours if their lives depended on it!! They are clumsily cute!! LOL
post #18 of 28
So, what would happen if we stick a slice of toast with butter to a cat's back and we throw it to the air? The cat, by law, will land on its feet, but the toast, (by law too) will land on the butter's side. Against this problem of physics laws, the nature chooses the best (and laziest, I think) way of taking a solution: the cat may just not fall.
The cat with the toast, once it's free in the air, will float at its cat-toast equilibrium point, where butter repulsion forces and cat forces are in balance. This point can be adjusted by removing some butter from the toast, adding it, or cutting some hairs from the cat. In theory, this will cause the cat to remain stationary, however, in reality, due to varied nature of gravity and the non-uniform profile of Earth, the cat will simply spin around its center of gravity at ever-increasing speed.

In fact, most civilized species in the universe already use this principle in order to build their UFO's. Thus, the buzzing that you can hear when you see an UFO is actually the purr from the cats.

True story.
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by Spyral View Post
So, what would happen if we stick a slice of toast with butter to a cat's back and we throw it to the air? The cat, by law, will land on its feet, but the toast, (by law too) will land on the butter's side. Against this problem of physics laws, the nature chooses the best (and laziest, I think) way of taking a solution: the cat may just not fall.
The cat with the toast, once it's free in the air, will float at its cat-toast equilibrium point, where butter repulsion forces and cat forces are in balance. This point can be adjusted by removing some butter from the toast, adding it, or cutting some hairs from the cat. In theory, this will cause the cat to remain stationary, however, in reality, due to varied nature of gravity and the non-uniform profile of Earth, the cat will simply spin around its center of gravity at ever-increasing speed.

In fact, most civilized species in the universe already use this principle in order to build their UFO's. Thus, the buzzing that you can hear when you see an UFO is actually the purr from the cats.

True story.
OMG, I hope this is supposed to be funny
post #20 of 28
LOL Spyral! Do they eat buttered toast on those UFOs?
Actually, I saw some nature program that talked about why cats, when they are up in the air, do a summersaulting move that rights them up so they land on their feet. They had slow-action pictures that showed how the cats did it.
Fascinating.
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by LilleKat View Post
I'm sure we all know that all tri colours are female....
There are actually 3 ways a male cat can be tri colour or tortoishell.... and they are not all infertile.

1) XXY Syndrome - where a male cat has a genetic anomaly and has an extra X chromosome - normal males are XY. If one X has the orange gene and the other has the non-orange gene, then the male cat will show both black and red in its coat. They are all infertile without exception - there is absolutely no way that any individual with an odd number of chromosomes can produce fertile sperm or ova.

2) Chimerism - where 2 foetuses fuse in the uterus at an early stage of development. If a male and a femal foetus fuse, the resulting cat is XXXY genetically, and can be tortoishell, provided it has both orange and non-orange genes on its combination of X chromosomes. These males have an even number of chromosomes, and are usually fertile. They can produce either black or red offspring.

3) Somatic Mosaicism - best described as birthmarks. The male cat is genetically either red or black, is fertile, but can only pass on either the orange or the non-orange gene. The appearance would be patches of red and black (as in a calico) rather than brindled. This is common in some Rex lines, and really it's the exact same thing as a human having a port wine stain birthmark.

And some red cat facts:

Although in the cat fancy the colour is known as red, the gene that causes it is referred to by geneticists as the orange gene, causing untold confusion to cat owners about the correct terminology!

Contrary to popular belief, cat colour is NOT sex linked - the only sex linked feature of cat colouration is whether the cat produces red pigment instead of black/brown pigment. A red cat still has black/brown genetics, but cannot produce the correct pigment to express those colours. A cat which has black base genetics and the orange gene is usually a very slightly darker shade of red than a red cat whos base genetics are for a brown/chocolate coat - however this is rarely noticeable to the naked eye.
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by Spyral View Post
So, what would happen if we stick a slice of toast with butter to a cat's back and we throw it to the air? The cat, by law, will land on its feet, but the toast, (by law too) will land on the butter's side. Against this problem of physics laws, the nature chooses the best (and laziest, I think) way of taking a solution: the cat may just not fall.
The cat with the toast, once it's free in the air, will float at its cat-toast equilibrium point, where butter repulsion forces and cat forces are in balance. This point can be adjusted by removing some butter from the toast, adding it, or cutting some hairs from the cat. In theory, this will cause the cat to remain stationary, however, in reality, due to varied nature of gravity and the non-uniform profile of Earth, the cat will simply spin around its center of gravity at ever-increasing speed.

In fact, most civilized species in the universe already use this principle in order to build their UFO's. Thus, the buzzing that you can hear when you see an UFO is actually the purr from the cats.

True story.
Um, what?
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by Spyral View Post
So, what would happen if we stick a slice of toast with butter to a cat's back and we throw it to the air? The cat, by law, will land on its feet, but the toast, (by law too) will land on the butter's side. Against this problem of physics laws, the nature chooses the best (and laziest, I think) way of taking a solution: the cat may just not fall.
The cat with the toast, once it's free in the air, will float at its cat-toast equilibrium point, where butter repulsion forces and cat forces are in balance. This point can be adjusted by removing some butter from the toast, adding it, or cutting some hairs from the cat. In theory, this will cause the cat to remain stationary, however, in reality, due to varied nature of gravity and the non-uniform profile of Earth, the cat will simply spin around its center of gravity at ever-increasing speed.

In fact, most civilized species in the universe already use this principle in order to build their UFO's. Thus, the buzzing that you can hear when you see an UFO is actually the purr from the cats.

True story.
Oh, good. I was afraid we wouldn't get any actual, verifiable, facts.
post #24 of 28
Yes, it is supposed to be funny..lol Cats and buttered toast together can generate anit-gravity.
post #25 of 28
I've heard that 98-99% torties are female & 85% orange tabbies are male.
The tabby pattern is the most common coat pattern in wild cats. Tigers are striped tabbies, leopards are spotted tabbies & the lion is a tabby agouti. Most coat colors in domestic cats have a tabby pattern except white.
post #26 of 28
My little girl must be a little weird cause she dont really like milk at all. She would much rather have a big drink of fresh cold water. I dont mind tho for i love milk leaves more for mommy lol
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by hammyandwaf View Post
My little girl must be a little weird cause she dont really like milk at all. She would much rather have a big drink of fresh cold water. I dont mind tho for i love milk leaves more for mommy lol
Some cats like milk, others don't.
post #28 of 28
Quite a lot of humans are lactose intolerant too (I was as a child, but can drink it now), and even watered down cat milk can cause issues in cats. Milk is actually a food for them not a drink, so intake needs to be monitored.
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