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10 Cat Facts for National Cat Day

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

In honor of National Cat Day, I thought it would be fun to share some interesting cat facts with you.  Enjoy!

  1. Most kittens are born with blue eyes.  They change color as they age.
  2. There are calico male cats - about one calico in every 3,000 is male.  This occurs due to Klinefelter Syndrome.  This condition occurs when a male cat possesses an extra X chromosome, which allows for the expression of the calico coat pattern (Vetstreet).
  3. According to Discover Magazine, cats are near-sighted, but not close-sighted; they cannot see anything less than a foot from them.  
  4. Cats do not have collarbones, which allows them to fit through spaces the size of their heads, according to Trupanion
  5. Cats are one of the few mammals that lack taste receptors for sweetness (Discover Magazine).
  6. According to Purina, more cats are left-pawed than right.
  7. Approximately 75% of cats respond to catnip (Purina).  
  8. Cats almost never meow at each other - they reserve this type of communication for humans (North Shore Animal League). 
  9. Cats use their whiskers to determine if they can fit through a space.
  10. According to the North Shore Animal League, a scared feline can run at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour! 

This post is written by Sierra M. Koester, Cat Care Society Volunteer and Professional Blogger. 
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