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What You Might Not Know About House Cats

There are over 500 million house cats that are kept as pets in the world. You’d think that with so many people owning cats, that most people would know a great deal about this animal. However, the truth is that most people either don’t know all that much about cats or have some misconceptions about them. This includes long-time cat owners.

A lot of the information is actually quite interesting, too. Are you ready to test your knowledge about these feline furry buddies?

The following are statements about house cats. All you have to do is figure out if the statement is true or false. It sounds simple enough, but it isn’t nearly as simple as it sounds.

  • Medical research shows that people who have a pet cat are over 40% less likely to have a heart attack, heart disease, or stroke than those who don’t have a pet cat.

    • True
    • False
  • Pet dogs make about 10 or 12 vocal sounds. Pet cats can make around 100.

    • True
    • False
  • The Egyptians domesticated and had pet cats at least 5,500 years ago, 3,500 years before the birth of Jesus. However, there is evidence that domesticated cats were kept as pets on the island of Cyprus 4,000 years earlier; 9,500 years ago and 7,500 years before Jesus’ birth.

    • True
    • False
  • In 1963, France lauched a cat named Felicette into space. This was the first cat in space and she survived the trip.

    • True
    • False
  • Both ‘feline’ and ‘cat’ come from Latin, but they don’t have the same meaning. ‘Feline’ comes from the Latin ‘Feles’, meaning ‘wild cat’. ‘Cat’ comes from the Latin ‘Catus’, meaning domesticated cat.

    • True
    • False
  • Cats are the second most popular pets in the US, after dogs. There are an estimated 73 million pet cats in the US.

    • True
    • False
  • Cats actually have a better sense of hearing than dogs do and can hear sounds that are two full octaves above what a human can detect.

    • True
    • False
  • It is a proven fact that a frequency of 18-35 HZ increases the mobility of joints and muscles in a human and also aids a person to heal faster. As it happens, house cats purr at a frequency of 20-140 HZ.

    • True
    • False
  • Cats rub against people to show affection. However, they also rub against a person and scratch furniture, door jams, and so forth to claim their territory and possessions. A cat’s paws and face have scent glands and the behavior puts their scent on people and objects the cat “owns”.

    • True
    • False
  • A cat’s brain has nearly double the number of neurons than a dogs brain. Cats also have an area of the brain that is identical to a human’s, which controls emotions.

    • True
    • False
  • The average house cat has about two dozen whiskers on each side of the face.

    • True
    • False
  • The average house cat spends about 66% of its day asleep, which means that a 15-year-old cat will only have been awake about 5 years.

    • True
    • False
  • Almost all female house cats are ‘right handed’ (right-pawed?). Nearly all male house cats are ‘left handed’.

    • True
    • False
  • The word “Ailurophilia” means “cat lover”, or person who loves cats.

    • True
    • False
  • The oldest recorded cat lived 38 years. The heaviest house cat was a tabby that weighed almost 47 pounds. The smallest house cat on record grew to be a little over 1.25 pounds, stood under 3 inches tall, and was less than 8 inches long.

    • True
    • False

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  1. 10 out of 15 right on the cat quiz. What I notice about cats is one cat who is female has this meow has sound like a bass voice for a male cat. Her name is Mumps since my nephew who sleeps with a few of the six cats in the home usually gives them strange names.

    • I’ve noticed the same thing. We also have a male cat that has a very petite meow.

      Our cats also tend to have unusual names. Our latest additions are Thunder and Mystic. Thunder is curled up in my lap at the moment. My long-time cat that died a year ago was named Garae (pronounced guh-RAY-ya). One of our current cats is named “Ya-hannahe”, Cherokee Indian for ‘spirit person’.

      • One cat is named Munster cheese since she looks a dark version of the cheese meal, one is named The Pain for unknown reasons, one male cat is called Bond after James Bond, the oldest cat is named Relish, Ramon after the late Mexican actor Ramon Valdez and another cat named whose name escapes me for the moment.

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