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    What You Need to know as a Cat Owner

    People who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.

    There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with 33 different breeds.

    More than 35,000 kittens are born in the U.S. each year. Spay or neuter your cat.

    A cat will kill it's prey based on movement, but may not necessarily recognize that prey as food. Realizing that prey is food is a learned behavior.

    A cat's normal body temperature is 101.5 degrees. This is slightly warmer than a humans

    A cat will almost never "meow" at another cat. This sound is reserved for humans.

    Cats wag their tails when it is in a stage of conflict. The cat wants to do two things at once, but each impulse blocks the other. For example: If your cat is in the doorway wanting to go outside, and you open the door to find it raining, the cat's tail will wag because of internal conflict. The cat wants to go outside, but doesn't want to go into the rain. Once the cat makes a decision and either returns to the house or leaves into the rain, the tail will immediately stop wagging.

    What kind of "mood" is kitty in? Her eyes, whiskers and ears will tell you. Learn to read the signs she gives you.

    Cats knead with their paws when they're happy.

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    "Sociable" cats will follow you from room to room to monitor your activities throughout the day.

    The more cats are spoken to, the more they will speak to you.

    95% of all cat owners admit they talk to their cats.

    Give your cat a quality scratching post to deter her from scratching your furniture. Still scratching? Try putting lemon scent or orange scent on the area. Cats hate these smells

    A falling cat will always right itself in a precise order. First the head will rotate, then the spine will twist and the rear legs will align, then the cat will arch its back to lessen the impact of the landing.

    If your cat is 3, your cat is 21 in human years. If your cat is 8, your cat is 40 in human years. If your cat is 14, your cat is 70 in human years

    If an overweight cat's "sides" stick out further than her whiskers, she will lose her sense of perception and stability. Don't be surprised if she starts to squeeze into an opening that the rest of her can't fit into, only to back herself back out quickly!

    Your cat loves you and can "read" your moods. If you're sad or under stress, you may also notice a difference in your cat's behavior.

    If your cat is near you, and her tail is quivering, this is the greatest expression of love your cat can give you. If her tail starts thrashing, her mood has changed --- Time to distance yourself from her.

    Cats get their sense of security from your voice. Talk to your cats! And be mindful of your tone of voice. Cats know when you're yelling at them (though they may not care).

    Your cat is probably either a "righty" or a "lefty." Only 40% of cats are ambidextrous while another 40% are either right-pawed or left-pawed.

    Cats love high places. If a cat begins to fall, his inner ear canal (which controls balance) will help him right himself and land on his feet.

    Cats love to hide! If yours comes up "missing," be sure to check in the bathtub, in your closet, in the dresser drawers, under a blanket or rug...or anywhere else you can possibly think of!

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    An average cat has 1-8 kittens per litter, and 2-3 litters per year.

    Cats are more aggressive when they are not neutered or spayed.

    A cat that bites you after you have rubbed his stomach, is probably biting out of pleasure, not anger.

    According to myth, a cat sleeping with all four paws tucked under means cold weather is coming.

    Expect to spend an average of $80 per year on vet bills, for the lifetime of each cat you own.

    It costs $7000 to care for one household cat over its lifetime. This covers only the necessities; the pampered pet will carry a higher price.

    A collar and tag can help your cat find his way home should he ever be lost or outfit your cat with an electronic identification chip

    To make sure your cat's collar fits properly, make sure you can slip two fingers under the collar, between the collar and your cat's neck.

    The easiest way to pick up cat hair? Spray an anti-static spray on the area you want to clean. Wait one minute, then wipe up the hair with a six inch brush.

    Stings to the mouth can be very dangerous to cats. If your cat is stung, or ever experiences any type of sting to the mouth, take her to the vet immediately. As her mouth swells from the sting, she may be unable to breath. Stings require urgent medical care.

    The fumes from moth balls destroy a cat's liver cells. Use cedar in your closet instead.

    The largest cat breed is the Ragdoll. Males weigh twelve to twenty pounds, with females weighing ten to fifteen pounds. The smallest cat breed is the Singapura. Males weigh about six pounds while females weigh about four pounds.

    Calico cats are almost always female.

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