Amazing Cat Facts

   The worlds fattest cat was a neutered male tabby named "Himmey" When Himmey died of respiratory failure he weighed a whopping 46 lbs 15.5 ounces! He had a 15 inch neck, was 38 inches long, and had a 33 inch waist.
   The worlds smallest cat is a male blue point Himalayan-Persian named "Tinker Toy." He is just 2.75 inches tall and 7.5 inches long!
   The oldest age that a house cat has attained and has been reliably documented is the case of a female tabby named "Ma." She lived to the ripe old age of 34!
   Worlds Most "Prolific" Cat was a tabby named "Dusty" gave birth to 420 documented kittens in her lifetime.
   The largest litter was produced by a Burmese\Siamese mother. There were 19 kittens. However, 4 of the kittens were stillborn.
   The largest feline ever recorded is a captive Siberian tiger named "Jaipur." He is 10 feet 11 inches long and weighs 932 lbs! "Jaipur" lives is New Jersey.
   The oldest feline (domestic kitty) mother was the originally named "Kitty." In 1987, she gave birth to two kittens at the age of 30 years. She died at the age of 32 after having a total of 218 documented kittens.
   Currently, the King of Cats is a neutered male, Siamese/Tabby mix named "Rabies." He lives with Brian J. Dawson in Lansing, Michigan. He was crowned King of Cats following the death of the former King, "Dude."
   The cheetah is the worlds fastest land animal it is also the only cat that can't retract its claws?
   A tigress shot in India was reported to have killed and eaten 436 people between 1906-1907?
   When cats are "declawed" they are actually having their 3rd phalanx removed? It is the equivalent of you having your fingers cut off at the 3rd knuckle.
   Cat's urine glows under a black light.
   Tylenol and chocolate are poisonous to cats.
   Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
   The ancestor of all domestic cats is the African Wild Cat which still exists today.
   In ancient Egypt, killing a cat was a crime punishable by death.
   In ancient Egypt, mummies were made of cats, and embalmed mice were placed with them in their tombs. In one ancient city, over 300,000 cat mummies were found.
   In the Middle Ages, during the Festival of Saint John, cats were burned alive in town squares.
   The first cat show was in 1871 at the Crystal Palace in London.
   Today there are about 100 distinct breeds of the domestic cat.
   Genetic mutation created the domestic cat which is tame from birth.
   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.
   Hunting is not instinctive for cats. Kittens born to non-hunting mothers may never learn to hunt.
   Cats bury their feces to cover their trails from predators.
   Mother cats teach their kittens to use the litter box.
   Cats sleep 16 to 18 hours per day.
   When cats are asleep, they are still alert to incoming stimuli. If you poke the tail of a sleeping cat, it will respond accordingly.
   In Great Britain, black cats are thought to bring good luck.
   Besides smelling with their nose, cats can smell with an additional organ called the Jacobson's organ, located in the upper surface of the mouth.
   Cats can't taste sweets.
   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.
   The average cat food meal is the equivalent to about five mice.
   The catgut formerly used as strings in tennis rackets and musical instruments does not come from cats. Catgut actually comes from sheep, hogs, and horses.
   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.
   Neutering a cat extends its life span by two or three years.
   Pregnant women are advised not to come in contact with cat feces, because it can contain an organism which can affect the unborn child and even cause miscarriage.
   Ten human years translate to about 60 cat years. A one year old cat is similar in age to an 18 year old human.
   Tigers have round pupils and yellow irises (except for the blue eyes of white tigers). Due to a retinal adaptation that reflects light back to the retina, the night vision of tigers is six times better than that of humans.
   No one knows exactly why tigers are striped, but scientists think that the stripes act as camouflage, and help tigers hide from their prey. The Sumatran tiger has the most stripes of all the tiger subspecies, and the Siberian tiger has the fewest stripes. Tiger stripes are like human fingerprints; no two tigers have the same pattern of stripes.
   Cats cannot see in complete darkness but they can navigate by sound, smell, and the sensitivity of their whiskers.


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