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Why Cats Rule

Friday, August 07, 2009

Cats have 32 muscles that control their outer ear (humans have six). These abundant muscles enable them to move their ears like radar dishes and pinpoint the source of a sound, rotate them independently 180 degrees, and turn in the direction of sound 10 times faster than those of the best watchdog.

In relation to their body size, cats have the largest eyes of any mammal. Most cats do not have eyelashes.

Protruding eyes give cats a wider angle of vision and greater peripheral vision than humans have. A cat's field of vision is about 185 degrees. However, a cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why cats can't seem to find treats and crumbs on the floor.

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.

Cats have 250 bones in his body, compared to 206 in our bodies. This is why they can bend and twist better than acrobats. Almost 10% of a cat's bones are in her tail, and the domestic cat is the only species able to hold its tail vertically while walking.

Cats use more than 500 muscles to leap, jump, and sprint. Their thigh muscles are so powerful that if you had them, your thighs would be as big as your waist and you could jump from the ground to the top of a house! (No more ladders necessary!)

Cats do not have a collarbone, which is why they can fit through any opening the size of their head. And get out of- and into places that you never thought possible.

A cat will hunt for birds and rodents, regardless of how well he/she is taken care of and how much you feed him/her - it is a natural behavior and it is also programmed into the cat's genes. (My 4, are indoors only fur-kids; I have no bug or insect problems - ever).

Cats have twice as many smell-sensitive cells in their noses as we do, which means they can smell things we are not even aware of. In addition to using their noses, cats can smell with the Jacobson's organ, which is located in the upper surface of the mouth.

In the Siamese cat, a lower temperature causes more dark coloration in the growing hairs. This is why newborn kittens, warm from their mother's womb, are white all over. As they grow up in normal temperatures, the hottest areas of their body, around the stomach and back, remain pale in color, while their cooler extremities gradually become darker.

Cats lose almost as much fluid in the saliva while grooming themselves as they do through urination.

Both humans and cats have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion, and a cat's brain is more similar to a man's brain than that of a dog's. (And you wondered why your cat seems to know what you're thinking.)
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  • IDEBORAH
    We are catless for the first time in a decade. It is so strange. We are waiting to see which cat/s the universe brings into our lives, because I believe cats happen, especially to us rural dwellers. Thanks for your blog and the info. It's so hard not to run to the nearest shelter and pick up an armful!
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    Thanks for all the information. I adore my cat- he has more control over me than I have over my children. He knows exactly how to get my attention.

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  • ALMMOM
    Their ablility is amazing.
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  • DESERTDREAMERS
    I love my little kitties (and pups)!
    3943 days ago
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