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Ask the Expert: Cat Facts

Cat Facts

by Jen Koscheka

  • Did you know cats spend a whopping 70% of their lives sleeping? That’s 16 hours a day! Cats need an enormous amount of energy to hunt or to pounce on that little toy mouse. Sleeping is their way of storing up energy.
  • The Dumb Friends League has a Working Cat adoption program for barn cats and other mousers, but Disney may have us beat with the number of cats they “employ.” Disneyland owns about 200 cats! Every night, the cats are released in the park to hunt down unwelcome rodents. The park first started employing cats in the 1950s and since then the program has grown tremendously.
  • A genetic study changed the way we look at cats. The study found that every single domesticated cat could be traced back to one of five African wild cats from 8000 BC! That’s one big family. The evidence of cat domestication was surmised from ancient graves. Cat bones were found next to the bones of humans, suggesting that they lived amongst each other.
  • If you take a look at your cat’s nose, you will notice it has a bunch of tiny bumps and ridges. Like a human’s fingerprint, this pattern of bumps and ridges is unique to each cat. Hopefully your cat never gets arrested and has a “nose print” done!
  • A cat’s meow has developed as a means of communication with humans. Kittens meow at their mothers when they are hungry or cold, but once the cat gets older it doesn’t meow at other cats. Cats do “yowl” at each other, usually during breeding season or if they are annoyed, but a cat only meows to mimic human speech! So, the next time someone gives you a weird look because you are “talking” to your cat, you can tell them your cat is trying to “talk” back!

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