February 20, 2013

A Celebration of Cats

Elmo


Someone sent me these facts about cats today, so I thought I would share it...just for all you cat lovers everywhere..... with plenty of pictures of our own past and present cats inbetween and some from a friend's kittens that were hand reared.


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

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

3. Cats knead with their paws when they're happy.

Rupert
4. 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.

5. During her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens (the birds in Gareth's back yard are particularly uncomfortable with that fact!)

6. Cats have 290 bones in their bodies and 517 muscles.

7. There are three body types for a cat - Cobby type is a compact body, deep chest, short legs, broad head and the eyes are large and round; Muscular type is a sturdy body and round, full-cheeked head; Foreign type is a slender body with long legs and tail, wedge-shaped head, tall ears and slanting eyes.

8. Know how old your cat really is? If your cat is 3, they will be 21 in human years, if your cat is 8 then 40 in human years and if your cat is 14 then they will be 70 in human years.

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

Bailey


10. A cat's normal body temperature is 38.6 C.

11. There are two species of wild cats in Africa and Europe that still hunt. These two species both resemble the domestic tabbies.

12. Cats are partially colour blind with the equivalent of human red / green colour blindness.

Rupert
Elmo


13. Cats don't see "detail" very well. To them, a person may appear hazy when standing in front of them.

14. Cats only need 16% of the amount of light that humans do to see. Their night vision is amazing!

15. The colour of a kitten's eyes will change as it grows older.



16. At birth, kittens can't see or hear. Cats open their eyes after five to fifteen days, begin to develop their eyesight and hearing at approximately 2 weeks and begin to walk at 20 days.

17. Kittens begin dreaming at just over one week old.





Nala



18. A cat's ear pivots 180 degrees. They have 30 muscles in each ear and use twelve or more muscles to control their ear movement.

Motley

Rupert
Bailey


19. Cats are the sleepiest of all mammals. They spend 16 hours of each day sleeping. With that in mind, a seven year old cat has only been awake for two years of its life!


20. Cats are more active during the evening hours.

Beatrice


21. An adult cat has 32 teeth.

Beatrice


22. Cats spend 30% of their waking hours grooming themselves.


Rupert

Interesting.... hope you enjoyed that

I will leave it to the kitten to say bye


:)

2 comments:

  1. Wonderful pictures and some great facts! I didn't know that about the horizontal/vertical tail.

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  2. Lots of things I didn't know but I was surprised by how many I did know.

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