15 Things You Should Know About Your Cat

Cats have been popular companion animals for thousands of years, yet they continue to carry that air of mystery about them that dogs just do not. Below is a list of feline facts that will shed a little light (or fur!) on Felis silvestris catus – that seemingly half-domesticated, half-wild little lion prowling around your house.

  • Most cat owners know this instinctively, but it has also been scientifically proven that petting a cat can lower a person’s blood pressure.
  • A healthy cat’s body temperature is between 100.5 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. A cat is ill if its temperature dips below 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above 103 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The hairless cat breed known as the Spynx is a very young breed. If you have a Spynx cat, he or she can be traced back to a hairless kitten born in Toronto, Canada in 1966.
  • A cat’s jaws are designed to only chew up and down, but not sideways like human and dog jaws.

 

 

 

  • Cats do not develop a sweet tooth because they basically cannot taste sweet.
  • Most cats dislike water immensely, but not the Savannah breed. This cat breed acts very dog-like in its love of water, as well as its willingness to be leash-walked and taught to fetch.
  • Persians are the divas of cats (which is saying a lot!) and thus it may not surprise you that Persians originated in Persia (Iran) and were smuggled out of the kingdom on camels, nestled among baskets of exotic spices, silks and jewels.
  • The outer ear of cat has 32 muscles which allows the cat the rotate each ear 180 degrees – and independently from one another.

 

 

  • A domestic kitty can sprint at 31 mph.
  • Felines have 230 bones in their bodies, but lack a collar bone. Humans have only 206 bones.
  • Cats do not have sweat glands. Instead, they release heat from their paw pads. Only when a cat is suffering heat exhaustion will he or she pant like a dog.
  • Scottish Fold kittens are all born with regular ears. At about three to four weeks, their ears begin to fold, if they have the gene for this characteristic.

 

 

  • The technical term for a hairball is bezoar. Charming.
  • The Egyptians, we all know, loved their cats. So much so, that when a cat died, human family members would show their mourning by shaving off their eyebrows.
  • Since cats are asleep about 2/3 of each day, a nine-year old cat has really only spent about three years of its life awake.

 

 

How Cat Smart are You?

Question 1
Cats have which special feature on their tongue?
A
suction cups
B
hooks
C
stripes
D
microscopic leprechauns
Question 1 Explanation: 
Microscopic leprechauns would be fun, but the answer is hooks. Cats use these hooks, which can easily be seen by the naked eye, primarily to groom their fur and drink water.
Question 2
A mother cat is also called a ________________.
A
queen
B
omega
C
she-tom
D
all of the above
Question 3
Some cats have extra toes. These cats are called __________________.
A
Hemingway cats
B
lucky by seamen
C
polydactyl
D
all of the above
Question 3 Explanation: 
All of the above (Hemingway cats, lucky by seamen, polydactyl). Ernest Hemingway, who was gifted a polydactyl cat by a sea captain friend (polydactyls are popular ship cats), fell in love with this cat and all her subsequent kittens, many of whom were also polydactyl. You can actually visit Hemingway’s estate in Key West, Florida and meet the many polydactyl progeny of Hemingway’s original cat.
Question 4
How do some cats greet other cats and humans to show affection?
A
nose nuzzles
B
tail between their legs
C
grinning with teeth showing
D
Valentine cards
Question 4 Explanation: 
Nose nuzzles. If a cat nose-nuzzles you, consider it a Valentine!
Question 5
The African wild cat of the Kalahari Desert is thought to be the main ancestor of our domesticated cats. True or False?
A
True
B
False
Question 5 Explanation: 
True. Felis silvestris lybica, the African wildcat (also known as the Kaffir Cat or Egyptian Cat) is thought to be the ancestor of all domesticated cats. This wild species has been roaming the earth in its current form for over 1 million years, and in spite of its name, it is found throughout the Mediterranean Islands, Arabia, India, and Turkestan.
Question 6
All cats can retract their claws. True or False?
A
True
B
False
Question 6 Explanation: 
Almost true, but not quite. Cheetahs cannot retract their claws. By keeping their claws protracted, they can grip the earth to run faster.
Question 7
A female cat can start breeding at what age?
A
six months
B
nine months
C
twelve months
D
three months
Question 7 Explanation: 
Six months! Many new cat mothers are still nearly kittens themselves, so really a cat having kittens this early in life is like a teenager having a child — and teen pregnancy is so not cool — or easy.
Question 8
Who first domesticated cats?
A
Greeks
B
Egyptians
C
Trekkies
D
Mayans
Question 9
Which of the below are true cat breeds? (choose all that apply)
A
Birmans
B
Ragdolls
C
Sphynx
D
Garfields
Question 9 Explanation: 
Garfield would likely consider himself to be a true breed, but alas he is only a cartoon cat. The other three breeds listed — Birmans, Ragdolls, and Sphynx — are all recognized breeds with pedigrees.
Question 10
In many cultures, cats are thought to bring good luck. Which sign is considered lucky?
A
hearing a cat sneeze
B
having a cat follow you home
C
having a cat lick your left toes
D
receiving a black cat for a wedding gift
Question 10 Explanation: 
In Japan, receiving a black cat for a wedding gift is considered good luck for the marriage.
Question 11
Staring at a cat without blinking is considered:
A
threatening
B
a sign of love
C
charming
D
cats don’t care if you stare them
Question 11 Explanation: 
Staring at a cat you do not know is considered threatening by the cat. If the cat knows you well, he or she is likely to blink at you, which is a sign of affection. You can blink back to return the love — but don’t be surprised if your cat once again blinks at you!
Question 12
Cats purr when they are:
A
injured
B
content
C
nursing
D
all of the above
Question 12 Explanation: 
All of the above (injured, content, nursing). Cats are the only animal that purrs, and this soothing low rumble is one of the things many humans love about cats.
Question 13
A cat standing on its toes is saying:
A
please give me the remote control
B
please pick me up
C
I need to use the litterbox
D
please clip my claws
Question 13 Explanation: 
Garfield the cat is likely to be asking for the remote control, but for all other cats this body language means, “please pick me up!”
Question 14
A cat that rises up to meet you when you are stroking it is ___________________.
A
afraid
B
enjoying the attention
C
nervous
D
wanting cha cha lessons
Question 15
A cat that is irritated will:
A
swish its tail
B
bat you with a paw
C
nip you
D
all of the above
Question 15 Explanation: 
Be respectful of your cat, or any cat you meet, by honoring this body language that says loud and clear, “I need my space.”ť If you don’t, you may have an intimate encounter with a pawful of claws or a pair of sharp fangs.
There are 15 questions to complete.

 

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Jeanne Rogers14 days ago

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