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15 Fascinating Cat Facts

  • In 1871, the first cat show was organized in London’s Crystal Palace.
  • Sir Isaac Newton’s claim to fame includes describing gravity — and the cat flap. One version of the story suggests that Newton was conducting experiments in a dark room, but his cat Spithead kept opening the door and ruining his experiments. To resolve this problem in a way amenable to both cat and scientist, Newton invented the cat flap.
  • Cats are believed to be highly sensitive to vibration and thus able to detect earthquakes 10 to 15 minutes prior to humans.
  • Unlike other cats big and small, the clouded leopard has pupils that never get fully round nor morph into slits. Rather, they stay oblong in shape.
  • Most cats have 24 whiskers in four rows on each cheek. The upper rows can move independently from the bottom rows.

  • A cat’s nose pad has ridges and grooves just like human fingerprints. And like human fingerprints each cat has it own signature nose print.
  • For approximately every 30,000 Tortoiseshell cats all will be female except one.
  • If you love cats you are an ailurophile. If you have a cat phobia you are ailurophobia.
  • If you read all of these facts – and are now reading this one – you must truly be an ailurophile!

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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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11:46AM PST on Jan 28, 2015

I learned a couple of things today. I always knew I was an ailurophile! Thanks!

1:19AM PST on Nov 14, 2014

Thank you!

6:27AM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

"Spithead???" Really Sir Isaac, you couldn't come up with a cuter, nicer name than that? No wonder the cat kept ruining his experiments!

10:06PM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

I never knew that about their noses! Thanks for the post!

8:33AM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

loved it!

9:26AM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

I am, too.

9:17AM PDT on Aug 24, 2013


12:47PM PDT on Aug 23, 2013

Thank you!!

8:45AM PDT on Aug 17, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

1:34PM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

Thanks for the article :)

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