Feline Trivia

• The largest recorded number of kittens born in a lifetime to a single female cat is 420.

• Feeding dog food to a cat can make it go blind. Dog food lacks taurine, a substance necessary for a cat's eyesight and healthy heart.

• Cats deprived of tryptophan, found in milk, eggs and poultry, become insomniacs.

• The ancient Egyptians considered cats so sacred that dead felines were embalmed, then buried in tiny coffins with mummified mice for food in the afterlife.

• The nose pad of every cat is ridged in a pattern as unique to your cat as a fingerprint is to a human.

• Cats' moms teach them to hunt and kill. If a kitten isn't taught by its natural mother, chances are it won't know what to do with prey once it catches it.

• The average outdoor only cat has a lifespan of about three years. Indoor only cats can live sixteen years and longer.

•  Whiskers are very sensitive, even to small changes in air currents. A cat has four rows on each side of its face. The upper two rows can move independently of the bottom two rows.

• A group of cats is called a clowder, a group of kittens is called a kendle.

• Cats roll on their backs to show affection. They expose their bellies like this only when they feel totally secure.

• When a cat rubs against your legs, it is showing a affection and also putting its personal scent on you.

•  Cats that live together sometimes rub each others heads to show that they have no intention of fighting. Young cats do this more often, especially when they are excited.

• Does your cat snore? That means that your kitty is totally relaxed and a sign that your cat trusts you enough to let her guard down.

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

•  Adult cats with no health problems are in deep sleep 15 percent of their lives. They are in light sleep 50 percent of the time. That leaves just 35 percent awake time.

• Folklore has it that the tabby cat got the M on the forehead as a gesture of thanks from Mary, the mother of Jesus. She gave this to the kitties to show her appreciation for the kitties purring the baby to sleep.

• Cats are the only animal that walk on their claws, not the pads of their feet.

• The first tamed cats were used for pest control, probably around 3,000 BC in ancient Egypt.

• After being petted, sometimes you will see a cat cleaning himself. He is trying to get the "person" smell off.

• Declawing a cat is the same as cutting a human's fingers off at the knuckle.

• Want to know your cat's age in human years? At one year of age, kitty is the equivalent of a fifteen year old human. At two years of age, kitty is equal to a twenty-four year old human. For every year after that, add four. So, an eight year old kitty is equal to a forty-eight year old human!

• A frightened cat can run at speeds of up to 31 mph, slightly faster than a human sprinter.

• A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.

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

• A cat will amost never meow at another cat. Cats use this sound for their mothers and their human care-givers.

• Human painkillers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) are toxic to cats. Chocolate is also poisonous to cats.

• A cat can jump five times as high as it is tall.

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

• 95% of cat owners admit they talk to their cats. A quarter of cat owners blow dry their cats after bathing them.

Some common causes of stress in cats are:
• The introduction of a new cat, dog or person to the household.
• The loss of a companion.
• A move to a new home.
• Construction activity in or near the home.
• A change in diet. Many cats would rather eat the same food each day than be "treated" to new tastes and textures in their diet.

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