Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Interesting cat trivia

  • Researchers claim that the domestic cat has a vocal range of as many as sixty notes, from a gentle purr to growls of varying intensity
  • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten
  • Just like fingerprints, every cats nose pad is different
  • Cats are the only four-footed animal, with the exception of camels and giraffes, that walk by moving their front and hind legs first on one side and then the other
  • With powerful leg muscles, especially in their hind legs, the domestic cat has been known to reach running speeds of up to twenty-five miles an hour
  • The top two rows of a cat's whiskers can move independently of the lower two rows. This allows maximum perception of the cat's immediate surroundings
  • A cat uses whiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through. The whiskers act as antennae, helping the animal to judge the precise width of any passage
  • The lightness of a feline's tread can be attributed to the fact that they walk on their toes - the soles of their feet rarely touch the ground. The pillow-like balls of their paws allow them to prowl noiselessly in the wild

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