Thursday, November 26, 2009

Odds and Ends

Interesting Feline Trivia

There are about 100 breeds of cats.

A cat has a total of 24 whiskers, 4 rows of whiskers on each side. The upper two rows can move independently of the bottom two rows. A cat uses its whiskers for measuring distances.

Cats have 30 teeth (12 incisors, 10 premolars, 4 canines, and 4 molars), while dogs have 42. Kittens have baby teeth, which are replaced by permanent teeth around the age of 7 months.

Cats purr at the same frequency as an idling diesel engine, about 26 cycles per second.

A domestic cat can sprint at about 31 miles per hour.

Blue-eyed, pure white cats are frequently deaf.

Normally, cats are born with only four toes and a thumb on each paw. In comparison, polydactyl cats can be born with up to seven toes on a paw. Recently the Sanctuary had some polydactyl kittens, and as you can see here, the extra toes make it appear as though they have “large hands”.

The Pilgrims were the first to introduce cats to North America.

Oldest Cat:
There is an unverified claim of a 43 year old cat who lived in Scotland. However, the oldest confirmed cat was Creme Puff of Austin Texas who lived to be 38 years old.

The largest litter of kittens was produced by a Burmese/Siamese mother. There were 19 kittens. However, 4 of the kittens were stillborn.

Over the last 50 years the life expectancy of cats has nearly doubled. Let’s hope that’s a trend that continues!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this cat trivia.

And in closing, let me share with you one of my favorite “cat quotes”…

No home is complete without the pitter patter of little furry feet!



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