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Cute Pictures And Facts About Cats

Updated on January 19, 2016

A poem about our furry friends.

Cats sleep, anywhere,
Any table, any chair
Top of piano, window-ledge,
In the middle, on the edge,
Open drawer, empty shoe,
Anybody's lap will do,
Fitted in a cardboard box,
In the cupboard, with your frocks-
Anywhere! They don't care!
Cats sleep anywhere.

Facts

  • Cats have 30 teeth (dogs have 42) and most of us know how sharp they are!
  • Cats can travel at speeds of up to 30km per hour.
  • Cats rub against us and scratch as a form of communication. They have scent glands on their cheeks and paws, so rubbing against us or scratching on vertical surfaces transfers their scent.
  • There are over 500 million domestic cats in the world.
  • cats conserve energy by sleeping for an average of 13 to14 hours a day.
  • Cats spend a large amount of time licking their coats to keep them clean.
  • Cats can be lethal hunters and very sneaky, when they walk their back paws step almost exactly in the same place as the front paws did beforehand, this keeps noise to a minimum and limits visible tracks.

The Woman Who Spends More Than $1.6million Per Year Taking Care of Her 1000 Cats

Sixty-seven-year-old Lynea Lattanzio has taken the phrase 'cat lover' to new heights by given up her 4200 square foot home to more than a thousand rescue cats.

Lattanzio runs cat house on the kings, California's largest no-cage, no kill sanctuary for feral and abandoned cats, and, along with her team of volunteers, care daily for and estimated 800 adult cats and 300 kittens - and even a handful of peacocks.

You can’t really call me a crazy cat lady – I’m obsessive! I’d rather have 800 cats than another man. I don’t need a man in my life.

Lattanzio first began fostering cats in 1992, even going so far as to become a veterinary technician in order to keep the animals' medical costs as low as possible as the number of cats she homed began to grow.

Since the founding of the sanctuary, Lattanzio and her team have saved over 24,000 cats and 7000 dogs and is also responsible for 40,000 animals being spayed and neutered over the years.

While many people will be quick to label her a crazy cat lady, Lattanzio wears the titled with pride: "I’m at the top of the list of eccentric cat ladies - I don’t think there has been anyone who has lived with 28,000 cats in 24 years. That’s probably a record.

"I love cats because they’re independent, they’re beautiful and graceful.

"Back then I was single, had no kids and bought this 4,200 square foot home and thought what am I thinking. I started taking in cats but it wasn’t my intention to have 1,000 plus cats - but it’s happened one step at a time.

You can take the woman out of the [cat] shelter, but you can't take the shelter out of the woman Lynea Lattanzio

"I went from my five bedroom home with a swimming pool, bar and a view of the river to a 1,600 square foot mobile home with rusty metal."

The spacious house is now pure feline territory, consisting of a kitchen where all the cats are fed by staff, a wood stove room for them to keep warm, an indoor 'kitty garden' to help acclimate any cats who have spent their lives indoors, and even a 'condo room' with beds, food, water, and benches for the cats to sleep on.

Outside, there is the 'pasture project' - a fenced enclosure with two sheds, patios, and enough grass and trees for them to play without getting bored.

But while Lattanzio has given her cats free reign of the house, some have even begun to invade her trailer: "When I moved to the trailer, I swore it would be a cat free zone, but I currently have 20 kittens and four puppies in there.

"You can take the woman out of the shelter, but you can't take the shelter out of the woman."

Lattanzio and her team of volunteers start the day at 4am with early morning feedings and providing medical attention to any critically ill cats: "We have an ICU and a vet that comes once a week to check our animals."

While Lattanzio loves all the cats in her care, she aims to find them all new homes and currently has over 500 for adoption who are "friendly and ready to go."

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