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15 Things You Should Know About Your Cat

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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.

 

 

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Cherise Udell

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

ty

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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