Monday, March 3, 2008

20 Cat Trivia of the Day

Kak Sara's kitty, Cikano and her "unique" sleeping position ^_~
  1. A person who loves cats is called an ailurophile; cat haters are known as ailurophobes.
  2. Some common houseplants poisonous to cats include: English Ivy, iris, mistletoe, philodendron, and yew.
  3. Tylenol, aspirin and chocolate are poisonous to cats.
  4. The average cat food meal is the equivalent to about five mice.
  5. People who are allergic to cats are actually allergic to cat saliva or to cat dander.
  6. A group of kittens is called a "kindle" while a group of cats is called a "clowder”
  7. A male cat is called a “tom” and a female cat is called a “queen.”
  8. Cats can't taste sweets due to a faulty sweet receptor gene
  9. In ancient Egypt, killing a cat was a crime punishable by death.
  10. Like birds, cats have a homing ability that uses its biological clock, the angle of the sun, and the Earth's magnetic field. A cat taken far from its home can return to it. But if a cat's owners move far from its home, the cat can't find them.
  11. The chlorine in fresh tap water irritates sensitive parts of the cat's nose. Let tap water sit for 24 hours before giving it to a cat.
  12. The word "cat" in various languages: French - chat; German - katze; Italian - gatto; Spanish/Portugese - gato; Yiddish - kats; Maltese - qattus; Swedish/Norwegian - katt; Dutch - kat; Icelandic - kottur; Greek - gata; Hindu - katas; Japanese - neko; Polish - kot.
  13. A cat can also express happiness by slightly closing its eyes or slowly blinking
  14. A Calico cat is usually female
  15. Mother cats teach their kittens to use the litter box.
  16. When well treated, a cat can live twenty or more years but the average life span of a domestic cat is 14 years.
  17. An adult cat has 30 teeth, 290 bones and 527 muscles!
  18. Cats on average will sleep 16-18 hours a day
  19. A large majority of white cats with blue eyes are deaf. White cats with only one blue eye are deaf only in the ear closest to the blue eye. White cats with orange eyes do not have this disability.
  20. A cat is pregnant for about 58-65 days.

Sources credits to : Catpert

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