Our furry friends are very intriguing creatures indeed. Here are some things you may not know about them.
· A group of cats is called a clowder, a male cat is called a tom, a female cat is called a molly or queen.
· Cats with long, lean bodies are more likely to be outgoing, more protective and vocal than those with a stocky build.
· Female felines are “superfecund,” which means that each of the kittens in her litter can have a different father.
· Cats lose almost as much fluid in the saliva while grooming themselves as they do through urination.
· It’s been proven that male cats shed much greater amounts of allergen than females. A neutered male, however, sheds much less than a non-neutered male.
· A cat has two vocal chords, and can make over 100 sounds. (dogs have about 10). They start early – kitten’s can purr at 2 days old.
· Scientists and vets still don’t have the answer as to why cat’s purr. There are many theories out there, all up for debate. It’s definitely related to communication and healing of themselves, their family and us! Purring releases endorphins which sooth the cat, and the low vibration has also been known to lower the blood pressure in elderly people.
· Cats respond most readily to names that end in an “ee” sound.
· Not every cat gets “high” from catnip. If the cat doesn’t have a specific gene, it won’t react (about 20% don’t have the gene). Catnip is not addictive.
· Cats step with both left legs, then both right legs when they walk or run. The only other animals to do this are the giraffe and the camel.
· Cats only sweat from the pads of their paws.
· A cat uses its whiskers for measuring distances. The whiskers of a cat are capable of registering very small changes in air pressure.
· A cat bite is more infectious than a dog bite because a cat’s teeth can penetrate more deeply and carry bacteria deeper into the wound.
· The world’s best documented mouser was tortoiseshell moggy named Towser. From April 21st, 1963 to 20th March 1987 she caught 28,899 mice. Towser worked for the Glenturret Distillery in Perthshire, Scotland.
· In Argentina, female cat named Mincho went up a tree and didn’t come down again until she died six years later. While treed, she managed to have three litters.
· A tabby car named “Dusty” gave birth to 420 kittens in her lifetime.
· A female tabby named “Ma” lived for 34 years, making her the oldest reliably documented housecat.
· And our favourite – Cats respond better to women than to men, probably due to the fact that women’s voices have a higher pitch.
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