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From Profitable Practice magazine, by James Ruddy.


  1. There are more than 500 Million domestic cats in the world with 33 different breed
  2. Cats sweat through the bottom of their paws and rub off the sweat by “pawing” or “kneading” in order to mark their territory.
  3. Cat urine glows in the dark when a black light shines on it.  This technique can be used in the home to locate an accident.
  4. The print on a cat’s nose is unique, like a fingerprint
  5. 25% of cat owners admit to blow drying their cat’s hair after a bath
  6. If your cat is near you and its tail is quivering, that is the greatest expression of love you can get
  7. A thrashing tail is a sign of a bad mood in your kitty, steer clear!
  8. Only domestic cats can hold their tails straight up while walking.
  9. During her productive life one female cat could have more than 100 kittens.  A single pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just seven years
  10. Sir Issac Newton invented the cat door
  11. The more you talk to your cat, the more it will speak to you
  12. Kittens begin dreaming when they are over one week old
  13. A group of kittens is called a kindle, a group of grown cats is called a clowder.  A male cat is a tom and a female is called a molly or queen.
  14. Each year Americans spend 4 billion dollars on cat food. They spend 3 billing on baby food!
  15. Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds while dogs can only make 10.
  16. The majority of cats have no eyelashes
  17. Cats spend 90% of their waking hours grooming themselves
  18. In Belgium in 1879, cats were used to deliver mail, but it was found they were not disciplined enough to keep it up.  Or maybe they just realized it interfered with grooming time.
  19. In a lifetime the average house cat spends 10.950 hours purring
  20. A cat’s jaws cannot move sideways
  21. Cats rarely meow at other cats
  22. When cats are happy, they may squeeze their eyes shut
  23. Cats don’t use their voices natural frequency range to verbally communicate feelings such as affection, anger, hunger, boredom, happiness and fear – this would be inaudible to humans as this frequency is much lower than humans can hear.  Some researchers believe cats may have learned we cannot hear them in their natural range and have adapted so they can relate to us on our terms.
  24. The reason for the lack of mouse-flavoured cat food is due to the fact that the test  subjects (cats, naturally) did not like it.
  25. Cats see so well in the dark because their eyes actually reflect light. Light goes in their eyes, and is reflected back out.  This means that their eyes actually work almost like built in flashlights.



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