The Cat


  • Leonardo da Vinci called the cat “nature’s masterpiece.”

  • The commonest injury to cats in long falls is a nose-bleed.

  • Cats can get acne.

  • Most white cats with blue eyes can’t hear. Among such, the females tend to be exceedingly timid.

  • Catnip does nothing for kittens. Only full-grown cats.

  • When a kitten bats at a ball of yarn, it almost invariably does so with the left paw.

  • A kitten, too, loses its baby teeth. Then grows 30 permanents.

  • Most domestic animals were domesticated by man, but the cat, it's said, is unique: it domesticated itself.

  • A cat has 53 vertebrae in its back. A human has 34.

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Cats Revisited

  • If a cat were to eat nothing but mice, it would need 12 a day at 30 calories per mouse to get its minimum daily caloric requirement.

  • Your cat has more muscles in its tail than you’ve got in your head.

  • What a cat wants when it purrs, so say the experts, is attention...that’s all. Cats purr when injured, when content, when giving birth.

  • And speaking of purring, wanna know how a cat can purr continuously without stopping between breaths? Two vocal cords. One purrs on the inhale, the other on the exhale.

  • A falling cat first tenses up, but then it somehow senses when it gets to peak velocity, so it relaxes and spreads its legs. That’s why a cat is more likely to survive a 20-story fall than a 10-story fall.

  • A cat laps milk with the underside of its tongue.

  • Cats’ eyes are the biggest of all mammals’ proportion to body weight.

  • The whiskers of a walking cat point forward. Slightly downward if the cat is calm. Slightly upward if the cat is excited.