Did You Know?
- Cats naturally use silent body language to communicate because it is safer to use in the wild than making sounds.
- Domestic cats have adapted to dealing with humans, who do not read cat body language well, by making approximately 20 different voice sounds.
- Cats have no ligaments. Muscles connect directly to bones. This is one reason cats are so fast, agile and flexible.
- Cats have more bones than a human. Human: 206 bones and approximately 640 skeletal muscles. Cats: 230 bones and 517 muscles.
- Cat fur has approximately 60,000 hairs per square inch on the back and twice that many on each square inch of the underside.
- Cat average litter size is 2 to 6 kittens after a gestation period of 62 to 65 days. One mother can give birth to more than 100 kittens in her lifetime.
- When a cat rubs up against you, the cat is marking you with it's scent and claiming ownership of you. Cats also mark, in the same way, many objects they like in the home.
- Cats cannot taste sweets, many are lactose intolerant, and chocolate is highly toxic.
- Blue-eyed, white cats are often prone to deafness.
- Calico cats are almost always female.
- Cat whiskers are very specialized and sensitive large hairs with roots three times longer and deeper than normal hairs. They are used to navigate with agility in dark and narrow spaces.
- Cat teeth each have special nerve sensors for pressure control. This prevents their bone-crushing jaw power from injuring their kittens when carried by their neck or head.
- Domestic cats have been clocked at speeds up to 30 mph (48 kph).
- Cats can stand on pavement that is up to 126 degrees F. (52 C.) while humans normally jump off at 111 F (44 C.).
Also, cats' body temperature is 100.5 F. (38 C.) to 102.5F (39 C.). High compared to most animals, possibly because cats' ancestors were desert wildcats.
- A cat's heart beats twice as fast as a human heart, at 110 to 140 beats per minute.
- Cats walk like the giraffe and camel: the only other animals that walk moving both left feet, then both right feet.
See video of cat walking slow motion.
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