Fun Facts for Whiskers on Wednesday

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  • Cats have 290 bones in their bodies, and 517 muscles.
  • If your cat is 3, your cat is 21 in human years. If your cat is 8, your cat is 40 in human years. If your cat is 14, your cat is 70 in human years.
  • The average age for an indoor cat is 15 years, while the average age for an outdoor cat is only 3 to 5 years.
  • Ailurophilia is the “love of cats.”
  • The nose pad of a cat is ridged in a pattern that is unique, just like the fingerprint of a human.
  • There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with 33 different breeds.
  • A cat’s heart beats twice as fast as a human heart, at 110 to 140 beats per minute.
  • Calico cats are almost always female.
  • If your cat is near you, and her tail is quivering, this is the greatest expression of love your cat can give you. If her tail starts thrashing, her mood has changed — Time to distance yourself from her.
  • Sir Isaac Newton, discoverer of the principles of gravity, also invented the cat door.
  • A cat will amost never “meow” at another cat. This sound is reserved for humans.
  • A cat’s normal body temperature is 101.5 degrees. This is slightly warmer than a humans.
  • People who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.
  • Give your cat a quality scratching post to deter her from scratching your furniture. Still scratching? Try putting lemon scent or orange scent on the area. Cats hate these smells.
  • Try hanging an orange or lemon scented air freshener in the inner branches of your Christmas tree, if your cat is a seasonal “climber.”
  • A cat’s ear pivots 180 degrees. They have 30 muscles in each ear, and use twelve or more muscles to control their ear movement.
  • A group of kittens is called a “kindle.”
  • A group of grown cats is called a “clowder.”
  • According to myth, a cat sleeping with all four paws tucked under means cold weather is coming.
  • Cats have some of the sharpest hearing in the animal kingdom. If you often find your cat waiting for you at the door when you come home, it’s because he or she can hear and recognize your footsteps from hundreds of feet away.

Happy Whiskers on Wednesday!

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3 Responses to “Fun Facts for Whiskers on Wednesday”

  1. sharon Says:

    I posted an article on library cats.

  2. StarSpry Says:

    Great facts! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Monnibo Says:

    I would looove a Calico to compliment my Henry’s colours!

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