Cat Trivia Your Cat Doesn't Even Know

Argh! I'm a Pirate's Dream!

Once Miss Kitty discovered her ancestors came to the United States by boat, she fell into her pirate phase.
Once Miss Kitty discovered her ancestors came to the United States by boat, she fell into her pirate phase. | Source

The fact that cats are my second favorite fur bearing critter should not discourage cat lovers from continuing to read on. As my dog always says, "Know your enemy." Don't get me (or my dog) wrong, we adore cats, but have always put canines first. Placing those feeling aside, the reality is that this Dog Lovers Guide to "Cat Facts" will actually let you (and your feline) in on some pretty unusual cat trivia; so unusual that your feline doesn't even know it!

How Did Cats Get to the USA

Like the Majority of us, "Cats" are Immigrants

This does not mean cats are immigrants in the sense that they sneak into the country smuggled in the back of coyote driven trucks (cats generally avoid coyotes at all costs). It means that cats are not native to the continental United States. Due to the fact that cats have always been placed into service on sailing vessels because of their hunting skills, it is presumed that they came over at around the same time as did the human Europeans. These Euro-kitties adapted remarkably well to life stateside, making themselves very comfortably at home.

Next time you find your cat doing something unexplainable, remember that transitioning to a new country and its social environment takes time, and even as it has been centuries, it is never wise to rush a cat under any circumstances!

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Why Do Cats Continually Clean Themselves

"Cat Grooming" is an OCD Thing

Random behavior has no place in a cats grooming rituals. Felines have a strict pattern to their grooming technique, and will follow it almost every time. If you watch closely you will notice: Grooming begins as a cat licks her muzzle and then dampens the inside of her front paw. Then this damp paw gets wiped over the side of her face and over the back of her ear (like using a hand towel), repeating this same series of moves on the other side.

Next, she will lick her front legs, shoulders, and sides. Then the acrobatics begin as up goes one leg, and then the other, getting to all of her important personal places. Everything comes to a graceful end as she takes a final lap down to the tip of her tail.

The cats goal here is to remove any signs of food odors so predators won't catch a whiff of temptation. She is also spreading her own aroma all over her body (no shame in a little feline narcissism). Finally, the act of grooming herself or others, brings a calm and relaxed feline state.

Hey, a little privacy here! We shall never speak of this again...

When Miss Kitty realized she had been seen conducting her cat grooming routine, the embarrassment was overwhelming. I have been sleeping with one eye open for days now (send catnip!).
When Miss Kitty realized she had been seen conducting her cat grooming routine, the embarrassment was overwhelming. I have been sleeping with one eye open for days now (send catnip!). | Source

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Hmmm....I think that's her now. It looks like..., yea..., maybe...,YES! Tuna this time! This tree thing works out great!
Hmmm....I think that's her now. It looks like..., yea..., maybe...,YES! Tuna this time! This tree thing works out great! | Source

Why Do Cats Get Stuck It Tree's

Being Stubborn Has Nothing to do with a "Cat Stuck in a Tree"

The idea that a cat climbs up a tree and won't come down until she is good and ready is exactly what a cat wants you to believe. Just the thought that you think she has the inability to mange descent from those high branches makes her blush under her fur covered cheeks. In actuality cats do encounter some degree of difficulty coming down from the tree tops.

Cat claws are designed to move a cat forward, anchoring her as she propels herself. When that forward motion happens to be up a tree, it can be pretty difficult for her to make it back down. Instead, the ballet like movement she conducts as she goes up the tree is counterbalanced by what we witness as a spiral tail-spinning, controlled (hopefully) free fall she undertakes to return to earth.

The majority of cats will find their way back down, which is a great thing. It's a rare city that will allow its fire department to respond to "my cat got stuck in a tree" calls anymore. Don't be tempted to climb up a ladder to save your cat either; this will likely result in a poor outcome (for the human) as a frightened cat has no other interest than to save itself, leaving you to bear the scars of sharp freaked-out kitty-claws! You will be better off opening a can of tuna and leaving it at the base of the tree; stand back and watch as you discover cats have some very resourceful methods for quickly reducing altitude.

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Why Does My Cat Bring Me Dead Rodents

Only Love will "Inspire a Cat" to Share Her Mouse

While your lover may graciously bring you chocolates and flowers, a cat will bring you rodents. Each of us has our own way to say, "I love you." But consider this: cats don't bring you just any old mouse. Since your cat can't hop over to the mall to simply buy you a tasty mouse, the gift of mousy-goodness your cat brings, is that which she has hunted and killed herself.

The thrill of the hunt is a highly revered component to the feline lifestyle, even in the best-fed cat. To stalk, chase, and pounce is the most glorious event in her day. The spoils are treasures that only love will inspire her to share.

If you don't understand that the gift of a headless mouse is a sign of respect and admiration—well possibly you are not a true cat-lover at all. And those critters she gives that still have a little fight left? These are the gifts of a cat that really loves you. You not only have a meal, but you are being taught how to hunt for your own food. Besides, she wants you to have as much fun as she does with that prey. Gotta love a friend who shares her toys.

APPROXIMATE CAT YEARS IN CORRELATION TO HUMAN YEARS

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CAT YEARS   
EQUIVALENT HUMAN YEARS   
15 
2
25
3
28
4
33
5
37
41 
45 
8
49
9
53
10
57
11
61
12
65
13
69
14
73
15
77
16
81
17
85
18
89
19
93
20
97

Godfather Cat Poster

"Godfather Cat Poster"  When Princess Pretty Cat heard the boys talking about the power of the Godfather, she decided to take the chance her true identity would not be discovered. The old tomcats from the block still don't know her secret.
"Godfather Cat Poster" When Princess Pretty Cat heard the boys talking about the power of the Godfather, she decided to take the chance her true identity would not be discovered. The old tomcats from the block still don't know her secret. | Source

Why We Call Boy Cats Tomcats

A "Tomcat" is no Sheep

Have you ever noticed how old tomcats look like they came straight out of a Godfather movie? Their big puffy cheeks appear to be like that of Brando himself. The hormones that serge through intact male cats cause these "stud jowls" to form. Male cats that are neutered before maturity will never develop the "Corleone mobster" look (tuxedo not included). These stud jowls often are considered attractive to felines of the opposite gender, who tend to flirt uninhibited with the older tomcats on the block; it's always the bad boys who end up with the pretty girls.

As far back as most can recall, a male cat—especially an unneutered one—has been referred to as a "tom." However, this has not always been the case. Prior to the late 1700s, all male cats were known as "boars" (like a pig) or "rams" (like a sheep). The slang term tomcat comes from the name of the primary character "Tom" in a book written about cats, circa 1700. This publication became very popular in the latter part of that century; since then, male cats have been called tomcats, after this inspirational character.

"Cat anatomy" the internal side of your cat
"Cat anatomy" the internal side of your cat | Source
White tiger rolling around to cool herself on this hot California day.
White tiger rolling around to cool herself on this hot California day. | Source

What Do Domestic Cats and Tigers Have in Common

Boning Up on "Cat Anatomy"

Surprisingly, domestic cats and tigers have very similar skeletons except for the tigers' chest has more depth; there is also a difference in structure at the base of the tongue, which allows the cat to purr (which tigers can't); and a cattail is a great deal more flexible.

The best we can do when it comes to counting cat bones is average it out. Any given cat can have a different number of bones than other cats. Due to variables in cat anatomy, the number of bones range between 230 and 250, with the average cat having 244 bones—we humans sport only 206 bones, in case you were wondering.

The variables in the number of cat bones comes into play when we consider that a cat with a normal tail will have more vertebrae than a Manx which has no tail, or a Bobtail with only part of a tail. I can't neglect to mention that those cats with extra toes are packing around a few extra metatarsals, too.

Concluding this "Cat Facts" Guide

Hopefully you have discovered one or two bits of cat trivia that had evaded you before taking in this guide. Cats are special creatures that carry within their being the ability to survive, entertain, and love as no other. Gaining the favor of a cat is a gift only true cat lovers can appreciate; and possibly the dog lover who created this guide for you to enjoy.

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Comments for A Dog Lovers Guide to "Cat Facts"... 46 comments

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schoolgirlforreal 4 years ago from USA

Thanks, K9, I enjoyed learning these facts about cats!

The part about the cat grooming itself was particularly interesting as well as climbing trees, giving "gifts", and loved the quiz.

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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Great hub, k9keystrokes! Very interesting and informative. Funny and entertaining, too. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this; your writing is excellent and the dose of humor just adds to the total reading experience. I love cats and, now, I know why!!! UP Awesome Useful Interesting Beautiful AND funny!!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

What an awesome tribute to cats!! Dogs are my favorite followed by bunnies, fish and turtles. We often visit our local pet store so that my granddaughter could play with kitties, she adores cats. Maybe one day she could add one to her pet collection:)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, this was fabulous! I never knew that about the corleone cat jowls as you called them, fascinating! and so much more that I can't write here, I did the quiz and only got one question wrong so phew! lol! this was fantastic, a great read and I learned so much, voted up! and shared on hubs, cheers nell


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theclevercat 4 years ago from Massachusetts

I prefer cats, but I do love other people's dogs. :-) What a very fun read, even for someone who knows a heck of a lot about cats. Thanks! Hit my up vote and interesting.


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littlethespians 4 years ago from Farmville, Virginia

nice.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Mardi~ Thanks so much for the HubLove! I am honored you are linking in.

Cheers~

K9


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

You Bet! Thanks for stopping by!


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Mardi 4 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

Great hub. I too am a dog/cat owner. I am linking this to a hub I just did on cat nutrition since it is so comprehensive.

Thanks again!


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marimccants 5 years ago

Great hub. Thanks for sharing.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Stephanie~ So glad you found this Cat Lovers Guide! I find the fact that my dog does not bring me dead things to be a bonus to K9 ownership; however when my feline girls leave a snack for me to appreciate, I act as if no better prize exists! It is a wonderful thing to love, protect, and be adored by those loyal things that we call pets. I would be lost without them!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I am honored you played along!

HubHugs~

K9


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

I don't know how I missed this Hub until now, but I love it! As a cat lover and owner, I thought I knew quite a bit about cats, but your Hub was jam-packed with things I didn't know. I did know that my cat really loves me, though. He often brings me tasty little rodents, sometimes dead, sometimes alive. Now, how many dogs would bring you fresh food? :) Voted Up!


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Great job! For some reason, I did not find this hub in a timely manner! But I sure can see why you won the staff pick!

I love the photo of the kitty caught in the middle of her ablutions! Priceless expression!

We have 4 cats, and used to have a dog, but she passed away in 2008.

Voted up & awesome.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Normaruth~ Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate that you are enjoying the hub!

Happy Hubbing~

K9


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NormaRuth 5 years ago from Oregon

What a wonderful hub! I will return to read more! Your writing is witty and insightful. Thanks


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

absolutely wonderful - voted up across the board and I MUST share it with my friends. :O)


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Linda Bliss 5 years ago from San Francisco

My dog will never speak to me again now for saying this, but this is a really interesting and fun hub about cats! Congrats to your win :-)


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Simply awesome! How did I miss this hub until now? My cat is so much happier since our little dog passed away earlier this year. We still have our big dog, but its not the same with him. Congrats on the win.


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Cats have such attitude but you love it... Great hub... A re read again and again..


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

WOW... Look at you.... The hubbers love your article... Way to go...


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cat on a soapbox 5 years ago from Los Angeles

I loved your hub and all the great info. Your photos and marvelous sense of humor are the icing on the cake! Congratulations on your win. :>)


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RosalieTuomey 5 years ago

I am a cat lover since childhood. Your hub was great! For a dog lover.....you certainly seem to know and understand kitties!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Well, from a cat lover, this is a great hub...packed with clever and cute ways in which to share great information. Methinks you DO love your kitty companion as you do your canine companion...else, you could not have written such a respectful and true article. Thank you so much. Kathy aka Lucky Cats


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

A perfect hub. Well researched and so educational. You earned my vote


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

This is just brilliant K9, as a cat lover - I must say that you know your cats, even if it is through a K9's i's...I am actually a lover of all creatures and just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed this hub ^_^


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

P.S.--Congrats on the win!!


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Wonderful hub. We own 4 cats--or rather--they own us. Even so, you've managed to provide a few formerly unknown tidbits, such as differing numbers of skeletal bones!

As Mark Twain said, "If man could be crossed with a cat, it would improve the man but deteriorate the cat."

Great hub!! Voted up!


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Jane Bovary 5 years ago from The Fatal Shore

The cat way is..."When in doubt, wash!"

This is a terrific hub k9, very reader-friendly and beautifully laid out (I covet your green capsule dividers). From an evolutionary point of view, it's hard to see how the design of the cat could be improved upon.

Cheers


Candy Campbell 5 years ago

Love hubs, love dogs, love cats, love you! What more can I say? It was a great article and I enjoyed it. Keep it up!


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amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL

As a cat lover, I am pretty impressed, considering your more a dog person! There's some great facts here that even I didn't know, I guess my lite tomcat is a boar- who knew? :) voted up!!


lilly 5 years ago

no one cares if u own a dog


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Native Gardener 5 years ago from Topanga Canyon, California

What a fun Hub for cat lovers. Lots of info here to share with mine. Congrats on your win!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Great hub. Congratulations on your well deserved win. Love your humor sprinkled throughout the "cat facts." When we lived in the countryside of Wisconsin, my mother was continually being presented with half alive mice from the fields. She was certainly favored! Haha!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Gordon~ I am so sorry to hear about your cat phobia, that's a scary thing. That you read this cat hub makes your comments even more appreciated.

Thank you!

K9


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Fabulously constructed Hub with a great deal of wonderful information - even though I have a major phobia of cats! :)


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

WOW. Thank you everyone. It's a blast to have won considering how great all the other hubs have been. I am so stoked. I appreciate each of the well wishes and cngrats. I just love this community of writters!


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Pretty interesting--I can see why it won the contest!


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Great info and congrats on your win!!


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

I have a dog and cat and even after 8 years I can't really grasp their relationship. Pets are ever interesting. Congrats on your win.


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WannaB Writer 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

I thoroughly enjoyed this. I love the pictures,and learned a bit about cats I didn't know before. Congrats on your win.


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Mutiny92 5 years ago from Arlington, VA

Outstanding Article K9! This is well deserving of the winning entry for the contest!


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Congrats K9keystrokes! This Hub won the Staff Pick award for Day 9 of the So You Think You Can Write Online contest!


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Oh boy, this Hub is PACKED with interesting info! So cool! Love the quiz, and the cool table, and your photos are so cute, too!! Voted up and useful and awesome and funny and beautiful!


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Uninvited Writer 5 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Great hub, I learned a lot about my cat :)


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BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

Another interesting fact about cats: Their ratio of brain weight to body weight is about 1/100. They have an encephalization quotient of 1.0 That means that their brain size is exactly as expected -- not too big not too small.

Humans on the other hand, have an encephalization factor of 7.4 -- meaning they have brains much bigger that what is expected for their body size. Maybe that is why we are smarter than cats.


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Steph Harris 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Yes, K9, I own a dog and a cat, the two took a little while to get used to each other but once the dog realised that the tiny ginger and white female cat was the boss of the house, she accepted him fine. Very useful hub. Thank you.

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