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Cat Facts

  • Ancient Egyptians worshiped cats and would shave their eyebrows in mourning when their cats died.

  • If you killed a cat in ancient Egypt, even by accident, the punishment was death.Let that sink in for bit… Egyptian gods had sacred animals, and many Egyptian gods had a feline aspect. Hunting, killing or harming a sacred animal was seen as a direct insult to that particular god.

  • House cats can reach up to 30mph

  • Cats sleep an average of 15 hours a day.  The genetic programming of house cats is very much like their wild ancestors who would need to conserve energy and rest up for the coming hunt, therefore they slept quite a lot,and so the sleep pattern continues in your lovable house kitty!

  • A study released by Banfield Pet Hospital found that neutered male cats live 62% longer than un-neutered males, while spayed female cats live 39% longer than un-spayed females.

  • The average un-spayed female cat can have up to 3 litters per year beginning at around 4 months old... That's a LOT of cats, so please be sure and get your cats spayed and neutered! Do your part to help keep homeless cat numbers down!!

  • If you see an outdoor cat with a quarter tip of its left ear missing, this usually indicates a feral or community cat that has been captured by a Trap-Neuter-Return, or TNR program and has been spayed or neutered and vaccinated. The cat has been taken to a participating vet to undergo the procedure and then returned to his/her home area. When released, it is then easy for those monitoring and caring for feral and community cats to see and won't be trapped again. TNR is a great way to help feral and community cats and control numbers in order to reduce the population.  Support your local TNR programs whenever you can to help cats!

  • Cat tongue's are quite unique and feel a bit like sandpaper if you've ever had your cat decide to groom you with his tongue. The rough texture is actually dozens of backward-facing barbs on the tongue called papillae, which are made of keratin. These work as combs when they are grooming, but are also strong enough to rip the flesh from the bones of their prey... Another meaning for the term 'liked clean'!

  • The Tabby is a color and can come in many different cat breeds.  There are 4 general patterns, blotched, striped, mackerel and ticked and they can come in several colors. The most distinguishing feature of the Tabby is the prominent letter M on the middle of their forehead which is a result of the Tabby's genetic makeup.

  • Ever wonder why your cat gets a little weird when you try to touch his paws?  Cat's paws are extremely sensitive and filled with nerve receptors that help them with balancing as well as sensing texture, vibrations, pressure and hunting prey.  Their paws do help with shock absorbing when they jump, but the paw pads are Not insulated so mind the hot and cold when it comes to your kitty!

  • While cats are great at getting up into tree's, they're not always able to get down.  The why is in their claws.  The curve of a cat's claws prevents them from going down a tree head first.  A cat actually has to learn how to back down a tree and not all cats know how to do this...

With the age old adage, curiosity and the cat, we thought it necessary to include a page dedicated to those curious cats and facts about them to help dispel the myths that seem to follow our lovable little felines! 

We will be adding to our Cat Facts list daily, so be sure and check back for more cat knowledge!

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