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    Default Thursday Trivia: Cats

    Probably more than you ever wanted to know about cats.....!


    Cats — including lions and tigers — appear to be the only mammals that can't taste sweetness. That means they don't get any particular satisfaction from eating sugary things, which is just as well since their bodies don't digest sugars efficiently. They're not the only creatures without a taste for sugar — chickens can't taste sweetness either.

    The Salty Cat: If you’re ever lost at sea, don’t drink the ocean water. The large amount of salt in the water dehydrates humans. Cats, on the other hand, can drink sea water in order to survive. Cats have crazy kidneys that filter out the salt from the water so they can re-hydrate themselves.

    Smelly Cat, Smelly Paws: Cats do not have sweat glands, like humans. Instead, when they want to cool off they sweat through their paws. The sweat glands on cats’ paws secrete a scent that they use to mark their territory. So whenever they are walking or scratching they are actually marking that spot as their own.

    Disney's Cat Obsession: Disneyland owns about 200 cats! While they probably love the cute creatures, their pets have another purpose. Every night, the cats are released in the park to hunt down all the little Mickeys and Minnies. The park first started employing cats in the 1950’s and now the program has grown tremendously.

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    Kitty Alzheimer's: Senior cats start to experience something like human dementia or Alzheimer’s when they reach an old age, usually around 8. The cats wander around the house a little dazed and confused, which is why they meow constantly. If your cat is displaying these symptoms, experts say it is best to comfort it and provide an extra blanket at night.

    Wide Load Whiskers: Cats’ whiskers grow to be as long as the cat is wide. Whiskers don’t just make cats adorable they also serve an important purpose. Cats use their long whiskers to make sure their body will be able to fit through tight openings. If the whiskers bend or move, the cat knows it won’t be able to fit.

    Natural Sky Divers: Ever wonder why cats always seem to land on their feet? Well, they actually don’t violate the laws of physics; instead they place themselves in an umbrella position, much like a skydiver to slow down the fall. Also, due to their keen sense of direction that can easily tell which side is up then adjust their body accordingly.

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    Height Lovers: However, it takes some time for cats’ bodies to realize they are falling and properly adjust. Cats are more likely to survive a higher fall because they have more time to prepare their body and decelerate. The death rate for cats falling from a 2 to 6-story building is much higher than falling from a 7 to 32-story building.

    Middle Ages: The existence of cats can be traced back to the Middle East. But a genetic study changed the way we look at cats. The study found that every single domesticated cat could be traced back to one of five African wild cats from 8000 BC! That’s one big family.

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    Unique Prints: If you take a look at your cat’s nose, you will notice it has a bunch of tiny bumps and ridges. Like a human’s fingerprint the pattern of bumps and ridges is unique to each cat. So if your cat every gets arrested its nose print will be in the kitty criminal records for ever!

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    Meow
    Your cat probably meows a lot at you, but have you ever noticed that it rarely show the same vocalization to other cats. Kittens meow at their mothers to tell them they are hungry or cold, but once the cat gets older it doesn’t meow at other cats. Cats do “yowl” at each other, usually during breeding season or if they are annoyed. But mainly, cats just meow at humans to get us to do what they want.

    Cats are the most popular pet in the United States: There are 88 million pet cats and 74 million dogs.

    There are cats who have survived falls from over 32 stories (320 meters) onto concrete.

    A group of cats is called a clowder.

    Cats have over 20 muscles that control their ears.

    Cats sleep 70% of their lives.

    A cat has been mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, for 15 years. His name is Stubbs. And one ran for mayor of Mexico City in 2013.

    In tigers and tabbies, the middle of the tongue is covered in backward-pointing spines, used for breaking off and gripping meat.

    When cats grimace, they are usually "taste-scenting." They have an extra organ that, with some breathing control, allows the cats to taste-sense the air.

    Owning a cat can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by a third.

    The world's largest cat measured 48.5 inches long. His name was Stewie, short for Mymains Stewart Gilligan.

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    In the 1960s, the CIA tried to turn a cat into a bonafide spy by implanting a microphone into her ear and a radio transmitter at the base of her skull. She somehow survived the surgery but got hit by a taxi on her first mission.

    The technical term for "hairball" is "bezoar."

    Female cats are typically right-pawed while male cats are typically left-pawed.

    Cats make more than 100 different sounds whereas dogs make around 10.

    A cat's brain is 90% similar to a human's — more similar than to a dog's.

    Cats and humans have nearly identical sections of the brain that control emotion.

    A cat's cerebral cortex (the part of the brain in charge of cognitive information processing) has 300 million neurons, compared with a dog's 160 million. Cats have a longer-term memory than dogs, especially when they learn by actually doing rather than simply seeing. Basically, cats have a lower social IQ than dogs but can solve more difficult cognitive problems when they feel like it.

    Cats have 1,000 times more data storage than an iPad.

    It was illegal to slay cats in ancient Egypt, in large part because they provided the great service of controlling the rat population.

    In the 15th century, Pope Innocent VIII began ordering the killing of cats, pronouncing them demonic.

    A cat has five toes on his front paws, and four on the back, unless he's a polydactyl. Polydactyl cats are also referred to as "Hemingway cats" because the author was so fond of them. A polydactyl cat is a cat with a congenital physical anomaly that causes the cat to be born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws.

    There are 45 Hemingway cats living at the author's former home in Key West, Fla.

    Abraham Lincoln kept four cats in the White House. When asked if her husband had any hobbies, Mary Todd Lincoln is said to have replied "cats."

    Isaac Newton is credited with inventing the cat door.

    A cat can jump up to six times its length.

    A house cat is faster than Usain Bolt.

    The first cat in space was French. She was named Felicette, or "Astrocat." She survived the trip.

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    Cats have free-floating clavicle bones that attach their shoulders to their forelimbs, which allows them to squeeze through very small spaces.

    Hearing is the strongest of cat's senses: They can hear sounds as high as 64 kHz — compared with humans, who can hear only as high as 20 kHz.

    Cats can move their ears 180 degrees. They can also move their ears separately.

    A cat has detected his human's breast cancer.

    Cats have scent glands along their tail, their forehead, lips, chin, and the underside of their front paws.

    A cat rubs against people to mark its territory.

    Cats lick themselves to get your scent off.

    When a family cat died in ancient Egypt, family members would shave off their eyebrows as they mourned. They also had elaborate memorials that included mummifying the cat and either burying it in a family tomb or pet cemetery.

    Cats were mythic symbols of divinity in ancient Egypt.

    Black cats are bad luck in the United States, but they are good luck in the United Kingdom and Australia.

    Most cats don't like water because their coats do not insulate them well enough.

    However, a cat called the Turkish Van does not have that insulation problem and LOVES it.

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    The Egyptian Mau is the oldest breed of cat. This breed is also the fastest pedigreed cat. The Egyptian word for cat is, in fact, "mau."

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    Cats have inferior daytime sight, but during the night they need seven times less light than humans to see.

    The largest litter of kittens produced 19 kittens.

    Whew.....that's a lotta cat info......hope you enjoyed......or at least feel like a nap.....

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    Missouri Star

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    Aaaaaachoo. Interesting facts but I am still allergic no matter. hahahaha
    Blessed are the children of the piecemakers for they shall inherit the quilts!

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    I am a dog person but enjoyed this interesting trivia. Thanks for sharing.

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    That's very interesting. I love my boys, PJ and Sox. They are indoor cats and provided a great sense of daily amusement.

    Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

    Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.

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    Monique may be sneezing, but I'll be scratching. Cats give me hives, so weird.
    Katrina


    “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
    ― Maya Angelou

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    I especially liked the tips for older cats. I now know to bring an extra blanket when they get overly talkative. Thanks

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    Just seeing this. Love my kitties, definitely a cat lover here. I always knew my cats were smarter then dogs now its for sure. Gotta love the warm cuddly balls of fur and entertainment.
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    Time spent with cats is never wasted.
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