Interesting Cat Facts

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Cat Facts!

* Cats can make more than 100 vocal sounds, whereas dogs can only make 10, but cats will almost never meow at each other. That sound is reserved for humans.
*  In a lifetime, the average housecat will spend approximately 10,950 hours purring.
*  Cats have approximately 244 bones in their bodies and 517 muscles—with 32 muscles in each ear!
*  A cat’s heart beats twice as fast as a human heart, at 110 to 140 beats per minute.
*  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.
*  An average unspayed cat has one to eight kittens per litter and two to three litters per year.
*  Each cat’s nose is ridged in a unique pattern, just like a human’s fingerprints.
*  The largest cat breed is the Ragdoll. Males can tip the scales at 12 to 20 pounds. The smallest cat breed is the Singapura, weighing just 4 to 5 pounds.
*  Cats can become sunburned (they can also get freckles!). Light-colored (especially white) cats are particularly susceptible to sunburn (and according to our veterinarians, skin cancer ).
*  A cat’s normal body temperature is about 101.5 degrees, slightly warmer than a human’s.
*  Indoor cats live to an average age of 15, and outdoor cats live 3 to 5 years. The oldest cat on record was Puss, from England, who lived to be 35 years old.
Catfancy October 2010

Whisker Wisdom

Similar to people-who smile and frown to show emotion- cats use their prominent facial whiskers’ position and amount of spread to communicate three distinct moods:

Shy or afraid- Closely bunched whiskers lying flat against a cat’s cheeks make its face appear smaller and less threatening. This look can also mean your cat is angry or feels vulnerable. This position is typical of cats that are feeding or are greeting another cat.
Tense or excited- Your cat needs to sense all outside stimuli when hunting, playing, or walking, so its whiskers will be bristling, fully fanned and bending almost straight forward. When the long whiskers are positioned this way, the shorter facial whiskers will bend forward as well to allow your cat to assess prey positions.
Content or calm- The whiskers will be pushed neither forward nor back, but resting somewhere in between since your cat has no reason to sense its environment.

Whisker Smarts

There are roughly 12 mystacials (upper lip whiskers) on each side of a cat's muzzle mostly for navigation.

Superciliary (above the eyes) and genal (cheek) whiskers trigger protective eye blink and warn of danger.

Carpal (wrist) whiskers help capture prey and aid in climbing.

Whisker follicles are embedded three times deeper beneath the skin than normal hairs.