Did You Know ...
- Cats respond most readily to
names that end in an "ee" sound.
- The female cat reaches sexual
maturity within 6 to 10 months; most veterinarians suggest spaying the female
at 5 months, before her first heat period. The male cat usually reaches sexual
maturity between 9 and 12 months.
- Female cats are "polyestrous,"
which means they may have many heat periods over the course of a year. A heat
period lasts about 4 to 7 days if the female is bred; if she is not, the heat
period lasts longer and recurs at regular intervals.
- A female cat will be pregnant
for approximately 9 weeks - between 62 and 65 days from conception to
- Female felines are "superfecund,"
which means that each of the kittens in her litter can have a different
- Many cats love having their
forehead gently stroked.
- If a cat is frightened, put
your hand over its eyes and forehead, or let him bury his head in your armpit
to help calm him.
- A cat will tremble or shiver
when it is in extreme pain.
- Cats should not be fed tuna
exclusively, as it lacks taurine, an essential nutrient required for good
- Purring does not always
indicate that a cat is happy and healthy - some cats will purr loudly when
they are terrified or in pain.
- Not every cat gets "high" from
catnip. If the cat doesn't have a specific gene, it won't react (about 20% do
not have the gene). Catnip is non-addictive.
- Cats must have fat in their
diet because they can't produce it on their own.
- While many cats enjoy milk, it
will give some cats diarrhea.
- A cat will spend nearly 30% of
her life grooming herself.
- When a domestic cat goes after
mice, about 1 pounce in 3 results in a catch.
- Mature cats with no health
problems are in deep sleep 15 percent of their lives. They are in light sleep
50 percent of the time. That leaves just 35 percent awake time, or roughly 6-8
hours a day. Cats come back to full alertness faster than any other creature.
- A cat can jump 5 times as high
as it is tall.