about cats:did you know that...
April 10, 2007 6:19am CST
ailurophilia is the "love of cats." cats have three eyelids. the nose pad of a cat is ridged in a pattern that is unique, just like the fingerprint of a human. white paws on cats are commonly called boots when in fact they are referred to as gloves. there are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with 33 different breeds. Chattam island in the Pacific is overrun by thousands of cats-everyone of them black-that live on fish. the american cat population reached nearly 68 million in 1996. american demographics magazine estimates that's about 200 million kitty yawns per hour and a whopping 425 million catnaps each day! scientific comparison and examination of both a dog's brain and a cat's brain has shown that a cat's brain is more similar to a human that that of the dog. a cat's heart beats twice as fast as a human heart, at 110-140 beats per minute. cats fur easily becomes charged with electricity, you can see sparks if you rub your cat's fur in the dark. 25% of cat owners blow dry their cats hair after a bath. almost 10% of a cats bones are in its tail. cats have 30 teeth. kittens have baby teeth which are replaced by permanent fangs at around 7 months of age. cats spend about 30% of their time grooming. during her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens. cats have 290 bones in their bodies, and 517 muscles. cats have about 100 different vocalization sounds, dogs have 10. a cat has five more vertebrae in her spinal column than human does. they are the only animal, along with giraffe and camel, that could walk by both their left feet, then both their right feet when walking. sir isaac newton also invented the cat door cats can see up to 120 feet away. cats are partially color blind. they have the equivalency of human red/green color blindness. cats are more active during the evening hours. cats love high places. domestic cats are essesntially loners. your cat is either a "righty" or a "lefty". only 40% of cats are ambidextrous while another 40% are either right-pawed or left-pawed. cats love to hide.