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Humans and cats have a similar range of hearing when it comes to low-pitched sounds, but cats have a much greater ability to hear very high notes-better, even, than dogs.

All the big cats, including lions and tigers, react to catnip just the way our little cats do. In fact, some zoos give their big cats catnip as part of a general program of environmental enrichment.

Cats like to be a lot warmer than we do. We start to feel uncomfortable when our skin temperature gets higher than about 112(F (44.5(C), but cats don't start to feel uncomfortable until their skins reaches about 126(F (52(C).

In the language of the ancient Egyptians, the word for cat was miou. The name has been somewhat revived in the modern breed the Egyptian Mau.

Cats can judge within three inches the location of a sound being made one yard away. This is an essential skill for a predator who needs to catch a mouse hiding in tall grass.

More than 20 muscles in each ear enable a cat to move her ears like radar dishes and pinpoint the source of a sound. The two ears can rotate in different directions, as well.

The Ragdoll and the Maine Coon are the biggest breeds. Both can weigh 20 pounds or more.

A cat's heart beats about twice as fast as your heart—about 110 to 140 times a minute in the average cat.

Cats seem to have an instinctive ability to find their way home; tests have shown that they use the earth’s magnetic fields to navigate.

Our beloved housecats are descended from the African wildcat, a small brown tabby that today is an endangered species.

Cats can compress or elongate their spine, making them smaller to sleep in snuggly places or longer to leap across wide open spaces.

Protruding eyes give cats a wider angle of vision than we have. They also have great peripheral vision. Both these adaptations are advantages to animals who are both predator and prey in the wild.

The Persian is the most popular breed of cat, followed by the Siamese and the Maine Coon Cat.

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Pouncing is powered by a cat's thighs. These muscles are so powerful that if you had a cat's thigh muscles, your thighs would be as big as your waist and you could jump from the ground to the top of a house.

Of all the parts of the body, the cat's paws have the most sensitive touch receptors. They are exquisitely pressure-sensitive, and some researchers believe they can even sense tiny vibrations.

Cats walk by moving their front and back legs on one side, then the other side. That is, the right hind leg moves forward, then the right foreleg; then the sequence is repeated on the left side. Only camels and giraffes move in the same way.

Cats spend about 70 percent of their day sleeping and 15 percent grooming. This is not only true for domestic cats. In the wild, a lion will sleep 20 hours a day.

The most common eye colors in cats are in the middle of the eye color spectrum (greenish-yellow to gold). The colors at the ends of the eye color spectrum (deep green or brilliant copper) are usually seen only in pedigreed cats who have been selectively bred for dramatic eye color, but they may sometimes appear in non-pedigreed cats.

In the Siamese cat, a lower temperature causes more dark coloration in the growing hairs. This is why newborn kittens, warm from their mother's womb, are white all over. As they grow up in normal temperatures, the hottest areas of their body, around the stomach and back, remain pale in color, while their cooler extremities gradually become darker.

The first cat show took place in 1871 at the Crystal Palace in London. The first cat show in North America was held in New England in the 1870s for Maine Coon Cats.

The orange gene that results in the tortoiseshell coat pattern is linked to the gene that determines a cat's sex. This means nearly all tortoiseshell cats are female, and the rare male tortie is usually sterile.

A cat has 250 bones in his body, compared to 206 in our bodies. Think about how much bigger you are than your cat, and you'll understand why cats have a lot more places where they can bend and twist than we do

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