Cat Answers and Facts

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Domestic or house cats are the second most popular pet in the US. Their common ancestor is only 10-15 million years old and includes lions, tigers, cougars and many more. The domestic cat’s behavior is very similar to the large wildcats, which allows the domestic cat to easily survive in the wild. They have the ability to see in near darkness and their keen sense of smell helps them in the wild. Cats are active both day and night but tend to be more nocturnal. They sleep more than most animals to conserve their energy for hunting. The average hours of sleep for an adult cat is 13-14 hours per day. Some breeds can sleep up to 20 hours per day. These regal animals can live on the highest mountains and in the hottest deserts making them a very charismatic animal.

Development

The first year of a cat’s life is equal to the first 15 years of a human life. After its second year, a cat is 25 in human years. And after that, each year of a cat’s life is equal to about 7 human years. The first 12 weeks of a kittens life is the most rapid development stage. Kittens are born blind and deaf, but within 2 weeks they will open their eyes and start to develop their keen sense of smell. The third week allows the ear canals to open and awareness begins to develop. The ability to walk begins around week 2 or 3. In the very beginning, the kitten will try to stand and balance. By week 4 the kitten is able to walk and allows the kitten to venture away from the mama cat. Week 5 begins the weaning process and the time to introduce the litter box. Week 6 is the time to start socializing and learning simple rules. It is best to keep the kitten with its mother until week 12 so she can help develop the kitten into adulthood.

 

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  1. Cats can rotate their ears 180 degrees.
  2. A cat’s hearing is at least 5 times keener than a human’s hearing.
  3. In the largest cat breed, the average male weighs 20 pounds.
  4. Domestic cats spend around 70% of the day sleeping and 15% grooming.
  5. A cat cannot see directly under its nose.
  6. Most cats do not have eyelashes.
  7. Cats normally have 5 toes on each front paw and 4 toes on each back paw.
  8. Meows are not innate cat language, they developed them to communicate with humans.
  9. A group of cats is called a clowder, a male cat is called a tom, a female cat is called a molly or queen and the young cats are called kittens.
  10. The heaviest cat on record is 46 lbs. 15.2 oz.(21.297 Kilograms).
  11.  Calico cats are almost always female.
  12.  Most cats are lactose intolerant and should not be given cow’s milk.
  13.  Cats knead with their paws when they are happy.
  14.  A male cat is called a “Tom” and a female cat is called a “Queen.”
  15.  Cats can get tapeworm from eating mice.
  16.  Cats have more than 100 different vocal sounds.
  17.  An adult cat has 30 adult teeth.
  18.  Cats can run up to 30 miles per hour.
  19.  A cat can jump approximately seven times its height.
  20.  A female cat carries her kittens for about 58-65 days before they are born.
  21.  Cats cannot taste anything sweet.
  22.  A cat’s sense of smell is approximately 14 times greater than that of a human.
  23.  A group of kittens is called a kindle; a group of adult cats is called a clowder.
  24.  Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw.
  25.  Cats who fall five stories have a 90 percent survival rate.
  26.  A cat’s whiskers aren’t just for show – they help cats detect objects and navigate in the dark.
  27.  Cats cannot see in complete darkness, only at low light levels.
  28.  Humans greet each other by shaking hands; cats greet one another by touching their noses together.
  29.  Cats have sandpaper-like tongues that they use to clean groom themselves.
  30.  Unlike humans, cats only sweat through their paws. This is why you may see them leave moist paw prints in the summer time!
  31.  The domestic cat is the only cat species able to hold its tail vertically while walking. All wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs while walking.
  32.  In English, cat is “cat.” In French, cat is “Chat.” In German, your cat is “katze.” The Spanish word for cat is “gato,” and the Italian word is “gatto.” Japanese prefer “neko” and Arabic countries call a cat a “kitte.”
  33. Sir Isaac Newton, discoverer of the principles of gravity, also invented the cat door.

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Cats are amazingly intelligent creatures, in fact in some ways their brain even compares to a human adolescent.

You may have noticed how your cat even acts like a teenager sometimes! Other animals, like dogs, switch between simple feelings of joy and fear. But cats, having more developed brains can also feel lazy, remorseful, giddy, and a wide range of other emotions of significant complexity.

This is why it truly is my passion to help cat owners like yourself to take the next step and communicate with your animal at a higher level with The Cat Language Bible.

For The Love of Animals Everywhere!
                                                                                      GeeRie

8 Comments

  1. Gee, I like you statement ‘only 10-15 million years old’. And they have survived for most of that by themselves – no humans required!

    My first cat in in Australia was in Sydney. A friend was driving to work and saw a tiny ball of fur curled up on a concrete traffic island. It had most likely been dropped by mum in a home relocation! (Hopefully it wasn’t a person.) So, causing a huge traffic jam in rush hour, she stopped, hopped out and grabbed the kitten.

    That little puss, three to four weeks old, became Rags and she lived with me for just under nineteen years. Being so young she had no socialising at all so when upset I was the scratching bag. But I loved her all the same.

    At four weeks she managed to fall into the litter box for her first piddle. What a wonderful thing that was; I never had to train her.

    I just watched a TV show called something like Dogs versus Cats. It was testing the intelligence of both. Now to me this is like comparing apples to oranges but the results were interesting. All polls came back with dogs being more intelligent but the testing showed cats beat them in many areas. And in some eg where the dog compared two boards and went to the one with more things on it, the dog got more right but the cat walked away after the first few successful attempts. Now you can’t tell me the dog is smarter. The cat just got bored!

    Ciao
    Helen

    • Helen I am so happy you were and your friend were there to rescue this little kitten. Yes dogs may be more intelligent but cats are just as important. My Himalayan was as good of a watch cat as any dog. She was my nurse during chemo and radiation and I could not have had a better nurse. I love all animals but cats and dogs hold a special place in my heart. I really like the independence cats have over dogs. However, dogs are not as moody or temperamental which makes cats much more challenging. Thank you for your comment. Continue loving and caring for all the babies who can not care for themselves.

      For The Love of Animals Everywhere!
      Gee

  2. I have most always had a cat or two around. And dogs. Two huskies. It is amazing to me how my huskies will recognize our two cats but go after any other cats. But anyways, this was a great article. I never realized a group of cats was called a clowder-who came up with that?!? Moving on, thanks for the post and thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you Brent for commenting. Oh how I love Husky’s, not the brightest dogs but so beautiful. My cousin had a husky who was all legs and clumsy. He even chased a corvette, hit it and did $2500 damage in the 70’s. what a crazy dog. That is pretty awesome your dogs like your cats but not other cats. Guess they know their own family well. Continue the love for the cats and dogs of the world!

      For The Love of Animals Everywhere!
      Gee

  3. (Almost) everybody loves cats, but I don’t think a lot of people ever took the time to learn a bit more about them. Quite an interesting facts list you have here! Some (like the straight tail and 4 toes instead of 5 on the back paws) are a first time hear for me.

    My girlfriend wants another cat for a long time already but we can’t keep it in the appartment we live in now. In about 6 months we move to a house and I must say, I should hang out a bit more on your website and it wil not take a lot of time to convince me to get a cat once we’ve moved 🙂 I’ll be checking back soon!

    • Thanks for the comment. I really hope you and your girlfriend get a cat. My son lives in a small apartment with his girlfriend and they got a cat, but there are many times they wished they had waited. It is very hard to keep one of these furbabies entertained in a small apartment.

  4. I love cats. Own two used to own 3. They will have to sedate me if and when I have to let go of them. I’m so attached to them it’s awful. They are laying on me and follow me everywhere around the house. Really enjoy your site. Keep up the good work and keep working hard.
    Peace, Peter

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