Cat Facts

Several ancient religions believe cats are companions or guides for humans

•According to a myth in many cultures, cats have nine lives

•It is also believed that cats land on their feet because they are able to twist their bodies mid-flight to land on their feet


Some cats can be trained to use the human toilet, eliminating the litter box and its attendant expense, unpleasant odor, and the need to use landfill space for disposal. Training may involve four to six weeks of incremental moves, such as moving and elevating the litter box until it is near the toilet, as well as employing an adapter such as a bowl or small box to suspend the litter above the toilet bowl.Several kits and other aids are marketed to help toilet-train cats. When training is complete, the cat uses the toilet by squatting on the toilet seat over the bowl.


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Ailurophilia is the "love of cats."


The nose pad of a cat is ridged in a pattern that is unique, just like the fingerprint of a human.


There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with 33 different breeds.


The American cat population reached nearly 68 million in 1996.  American Demographics magazine estimates that's about 200 million kitty yawns per hour and a whopping 425 million catnaps each day!


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


25% of cat owners blow dry their cats hair after a bath.



If your cat is near you, and her tail is quivering, this is the greatest expression of love your cat can give you.   If her tail starts thrashing, her mood has changed --- Time to distance yourself from her.


Cats wag their tails when it is in a stage of conflict.  The cat wants to do two things at once, but each impulse blocks the other.  For example:   If your cat is in the doorway wanting to go outside, and you open the door to find it raining, the cat's tail will wag because of internal conflict.  The cat wants to go outside, but doesn't want to go into the rain.  Once the cat makes a decision and either returns to the house or leaves into the rain, the tail will immediately stop wagging.


Don't pick a kitten or a cat up by the scruff of its neck;  only mother cats can do this safely, and only with their kittens.


Cats knead with their paws when they're happy.


Your cat loves you and can "read" your moods.  If you're sad or under stress, you may also notice a difference in your cat's behavior.


An average cat has 1-8 kittens per litter, and 2-3 litters per year.



During her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens.



The average age for an indoor cat is 15 years, while the average age for an outdoor cat is only 3 to 5 years.



People who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.



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.



A falling cat will always right itself in a precise order.  First the head will rotate, then the spine will twist and the rear legs will align, then the cat will arch its back to lessen the impact of the landing.



"Sociable" cats will follow you from room to room to monitor your activities throughout the day.


Give your cat a quality scratching post to deter her from scratching your furniture.  Still scratching?  Try putting lemon scent or orange scent on the area.  Cats hate these smells.



Cats get their sense of security from your voice.  Talk to your cats!   And be mindful of your tone of voice.  Cats know when you're yelling at them (though they may not care).



The more cats are spoken to, the more they will speak to you.


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