Facts on cats

November 11, 2007

Did you know ….

A cat’s heart beats twice as fast as a human heart, at 110 to 140 beats per minute.

The largest cat breed is the Ragdoll.   The smallest cat breed is the Singapura. 

The domestic cat is the only cat species able to hold its tail vertically while walking.  All wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs while walking.

If your cat is near you, and her tail is quivering, this is the greatest expression of love your cat can give you.  

The weirdest cat on record was a female called Mincho who went up a tree in Argentina and didn’t come down again until she died six years later.  While treed, she managed to have three litters with equally ambitious dads.

A cat will kill it’s prey based on movement, but may not necessarily recognize that prey as food.  Realizing that prey is food is a learned behavior.

The richest cat in the Guiness Book of World Records is a pair of cats who inherited US$41,000 in the early ’60s.  The richest single cat is a white alley cat who inherited US$250,000. (Now that will buy a lot of catnips!)

The Giraffe, Camel and Cat are the only animals that walk by moving both their left feet, then both their right feet, when walking.  This method of walking ensures speed, agility and silence.

It is believed that a white cat sitting on your doorstep just before your wedding is a sign of lasting happiness.  White cats are a symbol of good luck in America, while black cats are a sign of bad luck.

Your cat is probably either a “righty” or a “lefty.”  Only 40% of cats are ambidextrous while another 40% are either right-pawed or left-pawed.

Cats love high places.  They share this love with leopards and jaguars, who sleep in trees. 

Domestic cats are essentially loners.   When placed in a group, they develop their own hierarchy.  As long as there is plenty of food on hand, a cat can learn to share it’s domain with other cats.

A cat that bites you after you have rubbed his stomach, is probably biting out of pleasure, not anger.

Read more interesting facts from Catscan.com


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