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15 Things You Should Know About Your Cat

  • 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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Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.

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8:22AM PDT on May 25, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

9:43PM PST on Feb 11, 2014

ty, care2

10:23AM PST on Nov 15, 2013

Thank you!

3:06AM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

Thank you

9:56AM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

That Aha-now-I-know-moment. Meow. Thank you for this information :D

6:43AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

This article has a lot of good information !

4:48AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

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2:43AM PDT on Oct 2, 2013

Thank you :)

5:59AM PDT on Sep 29, 2013

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7:06AM PDT on Sep 28, 2013

Wow the black cat and the white cat in this article are so cute, like big pom-poms they are.

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