Oct 6, 2011

Amazing Facts About Cats!

If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much...

Most of us probably have at least one pet in our homes.  We happen to have Brutus...
Brutus came to us in 2006 and our lives have never been the same again.  I am a cat person, but Arvid has never been one to fancy having a pet....least of all a cat.  Ask him today and you will hear an entirely different story.  Just a few minutes ago Arvid said to me he does not understand how some people can just abandon their kitties....He said he would rather give up on something than abandon our Brutus...not that this would happen, but it was cute to see him so attached to little Brutus...they have bonded like true buddies.  Brutus follows him everywhere and if Arvid does not show up Brutus just waits until Arvid moves...very cute to see.

Just browsing around I came across some facts about cats and thought them interesting so here it is....

Did you know...
Ailurophilia is the "love of cats."

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.

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.

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

Know how old your cat really is. If your cat is 3, your cat is 21 in human years. If your cat is 8, your cat is 40 in human years. If your cat is 14, your cat is 70 in human years.  Check out the chart on the link below:)

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

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

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!

A cat that bites you after you have rubbed his stomach, is probably biting out of pleasure, not anger.

In an average year, American cat owners spend $2.15 billion on cat food and $295 million on kitty litter.

Americans spend more annually on cat food than on baby food.

Egyptians shaved their eyebrows as a sign of mourning when they lost a beloved cat

Cats step with both left legs, then both right legs when they walk or run. The only other animals to do this are the giraffe and the camel.

For those of you who are cat lovers this may be of interest for all the others maybe just informative....no matter what is your preference in pets, please remember treat them kindly for the joy they bring into our lives is unconditional...they don't ask for much, just kindness, love and affection...The cat could very well be man's best friend but would never stoop to admitting it.

The cat seldom interferes with other people's rights. His intelligence keeps him from doing many of the fool things that complicate life...

until next time...