Nice compilation by Chaos In The House Of Cat. (Those are my thoughts in italic blue btw.) Cats are either left pawed or right pawed. I read somewhere that handedness distribution in cats is about 50-50 - unlike humans' skewed 90-10 When in a hurry, cats can run over 30 mph. I just doubt the home slackers are going to win any medals on this. Cats don't sweat. Actually, they do, through their pawpads. Cats eyes comes in three shapes: round, almond, and slanted. So cute! One of our street gang members, Macy look like she's got inverted semi-circles though. Gives a permanently pissed look. But she's actually a sweet little thing. Cats lick themselves to calm down. Or as a delay tactic it seems, especially when they're schemy like Bam Bam, our resident coot. Cats that lack a certain gene will ignore catnip. Teddy does, I think. Cats were brought to North America by the Pilgrims. All cats are born with blue eyes. That's how Teddy conned us! The first cat litter, a dry granulated clay, was "invented" by Ed Lowe in 1947. Most cats do not have eyelashes. Then it must be pseudo lashes we see on the monsters. A kinder is a group of kittens. A clowder is a group of adult cats. Most blue-eyed white cats are deaf; cats with one blue eye are deaf in the ear closest to the blue eye. Aspirin and chocolate are toxic to cats. So's raisins, and a number of things (ref: here, here and here), including some houseplants. Cats' jaws cannot move sideways. Each kitten in a litter can have a different father. Teddy and Bam Bam are the testament to that. Milly, Philly and Rhielly would be the anti-thesis. The first cat to live in The White House was Tabby, who was one of Abraham Lincoln's cats Cats have a third eyelid (haw) which is rarely visible (usually when the cat is ill). So don't wait if it shows. Cats should not be fed tuna on a regular basis as it lacks taurine, an essential nutrient. SIGH, them slackers love it though. Have to balance their taste with their health Scientific studies show that petting a cat will lower a person's blood pressure. D.E.F.I.N.I.T.E.L.Y! Sir Isaac Newton invented the swinging kitty door. Not surprised, he DID discover gravity. All cats are members of the Family Felidea. A polydactyl cat is one with 6 toes (one more than the normal 5). Cats' whiskers are called vibrissae. They grow on the face and the back of her forlegs and... The top two rows of a cat's whiskers can move independently of the lower two rows and... They look blooming cute when every whisker's tuned forward. The whiskers act as a sensor, helping the cat to judge whether he can fit into a space. Cats can't see directly under their nose (making it seem they sometimes have trouble finding treats on the floor). 95% of all those who have cats talk to them. *raises hand* Cats ears can pivot 180 degrees. People who are allergic to cats are usually allergic to cat saliva or cat dander. Cats can jump up to seven times their height. Julius Caesar and Napoleon were among those who suffered from ailurophobia, the fear of cats. Bad people do, it seems. Cat urine glows under a black light. Orange peels and lemon rinds are offensive to cats. yeah, that's why cat repellents have citrus essence, or so I read. Besides using their noses, cats can smell with the Jacobson's organ (located in the upper surface of the mouth). If you're interested in a easy-to-read quickie guide to cat behaviour and physiology like vibrissae, Jacobson's organ, check out Catwatching by Desmond Morris (Review). It's also available in the nlb.
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