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  • Ailurophilia is the love of cats.
  • Ailurophobia is a fear of cats.
  • Cats have 18 toes in total. 5 toes on each front foot and 4 toes on each rear foot. Some cats have more than the "normal" number of toes, these are known as polydactyl or Hemingway cats.
  • Normal body temperatures in cats range between 100 - 102.5°F (37.7 - 39.1°C).
  • At rest, a cat breathes approximately 20-30 times per minute which is roughly twice that of a human.
  • A heart beats approximately 150 - 220 beats per minute.
  • White cats with blue eyes are quite often deaf.
  • Calico and tortoiseshell cats are almost always female.
  • A litter of kittens is called a "kindle".
  • A group of cats is called a "clowder".
  • A female cat is pregnant for 9 weeks.
  • Adult cats have 30 teeth.
  • Kittens have 26 teeth.
  • Cats have 244 bones, humans have 206.
  • A cat is pregnant for 63-65 days.
  • Isaac Newton invented the cat flap.
  • The largest breed of cat is the Maine Coon.
  • The smallest breed of cat is the Singapura.
  • The oldest breed of cat is the Egyptian Mau.
  • The most popular breeds of cat are; Persian, Maine Coon, Exotic, Siamese, Abyssinian, Ragdoll, Birman, and Oriental.
  • All kittens are born with blue eyes. They change colour around the 8th week of life.
  • Cats can run around 48 kph (30 mph), but only over short distances.
  • Cats sweat through their paws.
  • A cat's urine will glow under a black light.
  • The first cat show was held at Crystal Palace, London in 1871.
  • Cats sleep between 12 - 18 hours a day.
  • Cats don't only purr when they are happy, they also purr when they are in pain. It is thought to be soothing to them.
  • A cat's tongue contains a number of backward facing hooks known as filiform papillae. These assist with grooming and help to remove flesh from the bones of prey.
  • Whiskers are the same width as the cat's body, helping it determine if a space is wide enough to walk through.
  • Around 50% of cats are affected by catnip, it has no effect on kittens under the age of 8 weeks.
  • Cats are good for human health. It is said they help to lower blood pressure, depression, cholesterol, and cat owning heart attack patients have a higher survival rate.
  • Cats transfer "feel-good pheromones" from their face onto you, furniture and objects.
  • A cat's meow is reserved for to humans, they don't meow to other cats or animals.

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