Thursday, June 07, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - More Cat Facts

  1. If your cat is near you, and her tail is quivering, this is the greatest expression of love your cat can give you. But if her tail starts thrashing, her mood has changed, time to move away from her.
  2. The domestic cat is the only cat species able to hold its tail vertically while walking. Wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs while walking.
  3. A group of kittens is called a "kindle" and a group of grown cats is called a "clowder."
  4. The cat lover is an ailurophile; a cat hater is an ailurophobe.
  5. Cats roll on their backs to show affection. They expose their bellies only when they feel totally secure.
  6. Cats respond most readily to names that end in an "ee" sound. The most popular names for female cats in the U.S. are Missy, Misty, Muffin, Patches, Fluffy, Tabitha, Tigger, Pumpkin and Samantha.
  7. Black cat superstitions are American. Black cats are lucky in Asia and England.
  8. Sir Isaac Newton invented the cat door.
  9. A falling cat will always right itself in a precise order. First the head rotates, then the spine twists and the rear legs align, finally the cat arches its back to lessen the impact of landing.
  10. The more cats are spoken to, the more they will speak to you.
  11. Cats get their sense of security from your voice. Talk to your cats! And watch your tone of voice. Cats do know when you're yelling at them (but they probably don't care!).
  12. Cats eyes come in three shapes: round, slanted and almond.
  13. Cats rub up against other cats and people to mark them with their scent glands. They usually use the scent glands between their eye and ear or near the base of their tail.

19 comments:

caspersmom said...

These are great facts about cats. Maybe if our Mom's read these real good the will know more about us and treat us accordingly. Mom says she doesn't like the scent at the base of the tail, especially if the cat squirts. Oh well, take us or leave us. No, don't leave us. What would we do without you. Hi Missy, hope you are doing O.K. You are so pretty, still really like that picture of you sleeping.

Casper

Munchkin, Missy and Monte said...

Very informative. Munchkin has what some cats call RTS (restless tail syndrome), its always twitching.

Karen Jo said...

I like your cat facts very much.

Skeezix the Cat said...

Vary informutive TT, thanks!

Marie the Defender said...

Pawesome cat facts. Mommy can attest to a number of these. She seen almost all of our tails quiver at one point or another. And we figure it's why mommy and daddy keep giving us "ee" ending sounds to our names....

Lux said...

Interesting - I didn't know wild cats don't lift their tails up high!

DK & The Fluffies said...

#5... I do that not for love but to lure DKM in for a massive pounce!

Kimo & Sabi said...

Names like...Sabeeeee and Misseeeee (of da M's)

Daisy said...

I do the quivering tail thing! And my favorite thing when I see my Mommie is to THROW myself onto the ground and roll onto my back, showing my tummy. But my next favorite thing is to give the bitey! So, I guess I am good and bad.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Those are grate fakts. We bet Sir Newton was trying to get some work done and gots tired of having to let his cat in and out!

Ali & Fiona said...

Very interesting facts, no wonder I talk to momma all the time, she talks back to me.

Purrs,

Ali

Oscar the Puppy Cat said...

I love cat facts! There is nothing that fascinates me more than learning about cats!
Kim

We totally rock!
Oscar

The Meezers said...

those is great fakts!!! mommy saided that my scent glands maded a really bad smell when she taked me to the v-e-t. - Miles

Ann M & the Kitties said...

Wow, another great 13 facts. I am learning so much. When Lemieux rolls around on her back (quite frequently), we call it the roly poly oly. I guess we're a little silly.

The Furry Kids said...

What a great TT! Our Momma learned lots about cats. (She's a kitty newbie, you know.) :)

Emma's Kat said...

Very interesting and informative kitty facts! Great T13!

Libby said...

My old friends=)

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

"Cats roll on their backs to show affection."
well, I did that this morning when the Allergic Girl came into the room. plus I said "purrow". and I tilted my head all cute. so she petted my tummy. then I clawed up her arm. ::sigh:: it's fun to be me.
Grr

jcfloresinc said...

Greta facts. It's nice to let Mom read them and understand us better.
Cat's rule!!
Samantha, Tigger and Mom