Sunday, July 11, 2010

Some interesting cat facts

Did you know that ...
  • The nose pad of a cat is ridged in a pattern that is unique, just like the fingerprint of a human.
  • The domestic cat is the only cat species able to hold its tail vertically while walking. All wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs while walking.
  • There are three body types for a cat.
    • Cobby type is a compact body, deep chest, short legs and broad head. The eyes are large and round.
    • Muscular type is a sturdy body and round, full-cheeked head.
    • Foreign type is a slender body, with long legs and a long tail. The head is wedge-shaped, with tall ears and slanting eyes.
  • A cat will amost never "meow" at another cat. This sound is reserved for humans.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Backward-pointing spikes on a cat's tongue aid in their grooming.
  • Cats love high places. They share this love with leopards and jaguars, who sleep in trees.

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