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More Interesting Cat Facts
Here are some more interesting Cat Facts:
- If a cat is frightened, the hair stands up fairly evenly all over the body. But, when the cat is threatened or is ready to attack, the hair stands up only in a narrow band along the spine and tail.
- Cats can spend sixteen hours per day in sleep. So, a seven year old cat has probably only been awake for two years of its whole life.
- A cat has approximately 60 to 80 million olfactory cells, in contrast to humans with only between 5 and 20 million.
- Cats have a special scent organ in the roof of their mouth which is called the Jacobson’s organ. It analyses smells, and is the cause of the interesting “grins” your cat sometimes shows, when he encounter an interesting odor. This grin is called the flehming or the flehmen response.
- A cat has 24 whiskers, with four rows of whiskers each side. The upper two rows of whiskers can move independently of the bottom two rows.
- Kittens baby teeth are replaced by their permanent teeth somewhere around the age of 7 months old.
- A cat’s jaw can only move up and down. It cannot move side to side like dogs and humans.
- A cat’s tongue has little barbs on it.
- Cats purr at the same frequency as an idling diesel engine and about 26 cycles a second.
- Cats purr both when exhaling and inhaling.
- The cat’s front paw has five toes, but the back paws only have four.
- Some cats are born with as many as seven front toes and extra back toes. These cats are referred to as Polydactl.
- Cats actually walk on their toes.
- A domestic cat can sprint at up to 31 miles per hour.
- A cat’s normal pulse rate is between 140-240 beats per minute, with an average of 195 beats per minute.
- Cat’s urine glows under a black light.
- Cats can lose almost as much fluid as saliva when they are grooming, as they do through urination.
- Cats can spend thirty percent of their waking hours just grooming themselves.
- Newborn Kittens cannot see or hear.
- Kittens eyes open around 8 – 14 days after birth.