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Yes, you knew it! Cats are THE most popular pet in America (and probably the world.) According to recent figures, there are more than 66 million pet cats in the United States, as opposed to about 58 million pet dogs.

The cat population finally exceeded the dog population in the mid 1980's. This means that nearly 1/3 of American households is run by at least one cat. Now that's "mew sic" to my ears! Way to go cat lovers!


In September 1950 a four month old tabby kitten followed a group of climbers to the top of Matterhorn Mountain in the Alps; that's an elevation of 14,691 feet!

**The largest recorded number of kittens born in lifetime of fertility to a single female cat is 420!

**It's been calculated that when a cat reaches the age of nine (in human years) she has been awake for only two of them. This figure is derived from the fact that the average house cat sleeps at least 16 hours a day!

**Cat owners in the United States in an average year are spending a total of $2.2 billion on cat food and nearly $300 million on kitty litter.

** Would a new kitten make a good companion for an elderly cat? Maybe not. In their senior years, cats tend to show low tolerance for any feline additions to the household - particularly kittens and their pesky demands for attention. Think twice before disrupting his golden years.

** Both humans and cats have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion.

** A cat's brain is more similar to a man's brain than that of a dog.

** Cats have 30 vertebrae, 5 more than humans have.

** A cat's field of vision is about 185 degrees.

** Cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear (compared to human's 6 muscles each). A cat can rotate its ears independently 180 degrees, and can turn in the direction of sound 10 times faster than those of the best watchdog.

** A cat can jump 5 times as high as it is tall.

** Cats step with both left legs, then both right legs when they walk or run.

** In relation to their body size, cats have the largest eyes of any mammal.

** Most cats do not have eyelashes.

** A domestic cat can sprint at about 31 miles per hour.

** A kitten will typically weigh about 3 ounces at birth.

** The typical male housecat will weigh between 7 and 9 pounds, slightly less for female housecats.

** Cats take between 20-40 breaths per minute.

** Normal body temperature for a cat is 102 degrees F.

** A cat's normal pulse is 140-240 beats per minute, with an average of 195.

** Cat's urine glows under a black light.

** Cats lose almost as much fluid in the saliva while grooming themselves as they do through urination.

** Cats do not have a collarbone, so they can fit through any opening the size of their head.

** A cat uses its whiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through. The whiskers act as feelers, helping the cat to judge the precise width of any narrow passage.

**Elderly cats are prone to stress-related illnesses, so their owners should try to provide an anxiety-free environment. Sudden noises, strange smells, even rearranged furniture in a favorite room are all disruptions of routine.

**If you have to apply commercial pesticides or fertilizers to your lawn, make sure to keep your cats indoors for at least 24 hours afterward. Always check for adverse reactions such as nausea, tremors, or salivation.

**A meal or two of white fish (such as scrod, cod, or haddock) is good for tempting a cat with a poor appetite. Gently poach the fish or steam it, and remove all bones. Never serve raw fish to your cat.

**When choosing a new kitten, look for these signs of good health: velvety, slightly damp nose; clear, bright eyes; soft, glossy fur (no bald patches); pale pink mouth and gums (no bad breath); clean ears; no potbelly.

**Covered litter boxes are appreciated by timid cats who like their privacy and also by household members who find cat boxes objectionable. A variety of covers, from lain plastic to colorful cardboard "houses" are available at pet stores and mail-order firms.

**Did you know that a cat's hearing rates as one of the sharpest in all of the animal kingdom? Have you wondered why your cat is always waiting for you at the door to greet you when you come home? The fact is that your kitties can hear and recognize your unique footsteps (or the engine of your car) from hundreds of feet away.

**Cats have no ability to tastes sweet things.

**Ailurophobia: fear of cats


**Ancient Egyptians (who worshipped felines) shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the death of a cat.

**In parts of West Africa, it is still believed that when people die their souls pass out of their bodies and into the bodies of cats.

~Tiddles, the ladies room cat at the Paddington Station in London, weighed 32 pounds and had his own refrigerator.

~The Savoy Hotel of London employs "Kaspar," a wooden cat in dinner dress, to be the 14th guest for parties of 13 - thus avoiding bad luck.

~In Lancashire, England there was a cat named Mickie who was employed as a mouser for Shepherd and Son, Ltd. From 1945 to 1968 Mickie was reported to have caught over 22,000 mice!


--There is no single cat called a panther. The name is commonly applied to the leopard, but it is also used to refer to puma and the jaguar. A black panther is really a black leopard.

--Of all the cat breeds, only the cheetah cannot retract its claws.

--No two tigers have the same stripes and markings.

Rubber masks tied to the back of their heads - because tigers are known to attack humans only from behind.
The mangrove forests of the Sunderbans in West Bengal, India are home to deadly Bengal tigers, which are easily able to kill a human. Yet hunters, woodcutters, and honey gatherers often enter these swampy forests. How do they protect themselves?
Each person who enters the Sunderbans wears a rubber mask of a human face on the back of his or her head. The belief is that the tiger will only attack its prey from behind. If it can see your face, it will not attack.
The masks, issued by the government, are part of a larger program that includes the placement of electrified human dummies and the construction of freshwater ponds to keep the tigers out of the rivers, where people are often attacked.
The Sunderbans is one of the few places where the tiger population is growing:

A reptilian tiger-equivalent that lived 260 million years ago:

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