10 Cat Facts...Did You Know?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Realty Center

Here are 10 fascinating feline facts!

1.  Whiskers behind the front legs help cats land safely and feel for prey.

 

2.  Whiskers above the eyes trigger blinking to protect a cat's eyes.

 

3.  Kittens in the womb acquire whiskers before body hair.

 

4.  Small, rigid projections on the tongue greatly increase its upper surface area so that it can hold more saliva to aid in grooming and temperature control.

 

5.  Because cats feel safer when everything smells like them, they deposit scent-filled saliva on themselves and on you.

 

6.  Cats lap liquids four to five times before swallowing.

 

7.  A cat's tongue curls downward when he drinks, throwing liquids into his mouth, no up, which would toss liquids into his face.

 

8.  Except for crunching dry food (and your plants), cats do little chewing.

 

9.  Cats have 473 taste buds and a less refined sense of taste than humans, who have 9,000 taste buds.

 

10.  Unlike other vocalizations, purring can occur when inhaling, exhaling and vocalizing.

 

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Rainmaker
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David Grbich
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Kristin - no I did not know!! Interesting facts and great looking cat! Regards Dave

August 15, 2012 07:18 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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Thanks David!

August 15, 2012 07:19 AM #2
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Leslie G. Rojohn
MoonDancer Realty - Sylva, NC
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My vet also tells me that cats don't like to drink or eat out of bowls smaller than the length of their whiskers. So flatter, wider bowls are better, especially for their water bowls, so they will want to drink more.

August 15, 2012 07:23 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Mark Loewenberg
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interesting tidbits for cat lovers out there, where do you find these things out?

August 15, 2012 07:28 AM #4
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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Leslie, that makes sense!!  Great tip!

Mark, I read mags, get emailed things from friends, etc :-)

August 15, 2012 07:36 AM #5
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Scott Hayes
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Kristin,

 

We have two cats and I didn't know any of that. The mystery of those little felines

August 15, 2012 11:33 AM #6
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Glad you liked it Scott and learned something too!  They sure are great creatures :-)

August 15, 2012 12:14 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
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Those are great facts....most of which I did not know! 

Here are our purrers...

August 15, 2012 01:00 PM #8
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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Ron, those furbabies are adorable, or shall I say PURRFECCCT!  :-)

August 15, 2012 01:22 PM #9
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Gene Riemenschneider
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We love our kitty.  I knew some of that, but learned a lot.

Weston with Miss Bailey

August 15, 2012 03:52 PM #10
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Lou Ludwig
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Kristin

Very interesting facts about cats, thanks for sharing them.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

August 15, 2012 07:22 PM #11
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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Gene, that picture is downright ADORABLE!!

Lou, thanks too!

August 16, 2012 06:12 AM #12
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Toni Weidman
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I didn't know a couple of those interesting facts, Kristin. Shayna says thanks for helping her Mom stay in the loop while she naps.Shayna Weidman

August 16, 2012 07:31 AM #13
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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Toni, Shayna is a sweetheart :-)

August 16, 2012 07:44 AM #14
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And, your baby is beautiful!

August 16, 2012 08:16 AM #15
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Thanks Toni...I agree :-)

August 16, 2012 09:34 AM #16
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