Cat Facts 3


Published September 2009

  1. Give your cat a quality scratching post to deter her from scratching your furniture.  Still scratching?  Try putting lemon scent or orange scent on the area.  Cats hate these smells.
  2. Try hanging an orange or lemon scented air freshener in the inner branches of your Christmas tree, if your cat is a seasonal "climber."
  3. In English, cat is "cat."   In French, cat is "Chat."  In German, your cat is "katze."   The Spanish word for cat is "gato," and the Italian word is "gatto."  Japanese prefer "neko" and Arabic countries call a cat "kata" and a kitten is"kitte."
  4. Cats get their sense of security from your voice.  Talk to your cats! And be mindful of your tone of voice.  Cats know when you're yelling at them (though they may not care ). The more cats are spoken to, the more they will speak to you.
  5. The richest cat in the Guinness Book of World Records is a pair of cats who inherited $415,000 in the early '60s.  The richest single cat is a white alley cat who inherited $250,000.  (Now that will buy a lot of catnip!)
  6. The Giraffe, Camel and Cat are the only animals that walk by moving both their left feet, then both their right feet, when walking.  This method of walking ensures speed, agility and silence.
  7. It is believed that a white cat sitting on your doorstep just before your wedding is a sign of lasting happiness.  White cats are a symbol of good luck in America, while black cats are a sign of bad luck.
  8. Cats can see in color!
  9. Cats are partially color blind.   They have the equivalency of human red/green color blindness.  (Reds appear green and greens appear red;  or shades thereof.)
  10. Cats don't see "detail" very well.  To them, their person may appear hazy when standing in front of them.
  11. Cats need 1/6th the amount of light that humans do to see.  Their night vision is amazing!
  12. Cats can see up to 120 feet away.   Their peripheral vision is about 285 degrees.
  13. Cats eyes come in three shapes:   round, slanted and almond.
  14. The color of a kitten's eyes will change as it grows older.
  15. At birth, kittens can't see or hear.   Cats open their eyes after five days and begin to develop their eyesight and hearing at approximately 2 weeks.  They begin to walk at 20 days.
  16. Kittens begin dreaming at just over one week old.
  17. A cat's ear pivots 180 degrees.   They have 30 muscles in each ear, and use twelve or more muscles to control their ear movement.
  18. A group of kittens is called a "kindle."
  19. A group of grown cats is called a "clowder."
  20. Cats rub up against other cats, and people, in an attempt to "mark" them with their scent glands.  They most often use the scent glands between their eye and ear (near the temple area) or their scent glands near the base of their tail.


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