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7 Cool Facts About Cats

By Edited Oct 21, 2016 22 37

7) Lactose Intolerant

Cats are always depicted in cartoons as milk junkies, who will take any chance they can get to get at the white stuff. In reality, it is true that most cats, both adult and young will drink milk when presented with it. Most cats however, share a trait that some humans have: lactose intolerance. Most feline professionals will tell you that not only is milk a bad idea, but it can also be dangerous for kittens because of the indigestion that it causes. And like our fellow humans, you can buy specialty lactose free milk that are designed specially for cats!
Cat milk

6) Where's the beef?

Unlike dogs, cats don't have taste buds for sugars. This is reflective of their predatory ancestry. Felines are predominantly predators so they do not require the need to taste sugars.

nom nom nom meat

5) Purring

Cats that are purring are not necessarily happy. Although cats do frequently purr when petted, the purring actually symbolizes strong emotions in general. Cats frequently purr when they are in pain such as during birth or death.

4) Tortois Shells

Calico cats are cats that have 3 colors and are usually called tortoiseshells. Almost all calico cats are females because a cat must have 2 X chromosomes (XX) in order to display 3 colors at once. Males are XY, and therefore can only have 2 colors at most. However, on very rare occasions, a genetic defect can occur where a male cat has 3 sex chromosomes. These cats chromosomes look like XXY, and will be male but still have 3 colors. Unfortunately, being genetic mutants, they are usually sterile and will not be able to reproduce.

3) Cat Crack

Catnip comes from a variety of plants of the family Lamiaceae. Cats usually go crazy and start behaving wildly, almost as if intoxicated. If you've ever seen cats in the presence of catnip, you would probably understand why people call it cat weed. Approximately one third of cats are not responsive to catnip at all, and whether they do is dependant on genes and heredity. There is some confusion as to how this plant actually affects the cats. The active chemical in catnip was indentified as Nepetalactone, but the way it interacts with the cat's brain is still unknown. Some have suggested that the chemical may resemble feline sex hormones.

2) Speed

Domestic cats can run in bursts of up to 30 mph. The fastest human Usain Bolt can only manage a measly 27 mph.

lazy cat

speed varies with model

1) High six!

A cat's front paws have 5 toes. Their thumb is higher up than the rest of the toes. The rear feet have 4 toes each. Sometimes, genetic mutations can make cats have upwards of 6 or 7 toes. This condition is called polydactyl (many-toes).



Dec 9, 2009 8:38pm
Nice artical. Love the picture of the fat cat LOL.
Jan 5, 2010 9:55am
nice article! :) and...a 'thumbs-up', for sure!
Jul 6, 2010 4:46pm
This is one of my new favorite articles! LOL @ the cat crack that's hilarious. Awesome pictures and awesome article thumbs up for sure!
Jul 26, 2010 2:15am
Excellent article, and I'm not even a big cat fan.
Jul 26, 2010 7:38am
love the pictures! great article!
Jul 26, 2010 8:48am
Great article. I'd never heard of purring being associated with general strong emotions, including pain, before!
Jul 26, 2010 9:33am
Great article! This is some great, value adding content. Keep up the great work.
Jul 26, 2010 10:40am
Humerous and informative! Meowww good article!
Jul 26, 2010 3:52pm
LOL Awesome! I love cats. :D
Jul 26, 2010 5:31pm
Like the article. Being a "cat freak" this was nothing new for me; however, I like the way you presented the facts and the photos really add to the article. Great job!!! Definitely one of my favorite articles.
Jul 26, 2010 9:07pm
The fat cat is really funny, a fun article good work!
Jul 28, 2010 5:08am
It's really proud of our cats!
Jul 28, 2010 5:16am
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Jul 28, 2010 5:26am
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Jul 28, 2010 1:42pm
Funny cats :)
Aug 24, 2010 12:34am
Great article. I have several cats, and always enjoy reading about them.
Aug 24, 2010 7:26am
I love my cats, so thanks for clearing up some misconceptions!
Aug 26, 2010 1:16pm
This is a fun article. It reminds me that I need to get some fresh catnip for Luna.
Sep 1, 2010 6:33am
Nice and fun article ;) I wish I heve a cat, hehe;)
Sep 4, 2010 7:21am
this is an informative one! haha. i enjoyed it since i love cats.. i hope you also get to follow my articles to be published soon.
Sep 4, 2010 7:21am
this is an informative one! haha. i enjoyed it since i love cats.. i hope you also get to follow my articles to be published soon.
Sep 14, 2010 6:20am
love the pictures!
Oct 8, 2010 11:46am
Fun article to read! I'd also like to add a little tidbit; most people think that all ginger cats are male. This is not necessarily true. If the father was ginger and the mother tortoiseshell, the cat could potentially be a ginger female! I used to have one that we rescued from a dustbin called Tiger. :)
Oct 31, 2010 7:09pm
I definitely have to agree with others on this one. It was a great article. Informative, but more than that fun and interesting to read. Thanks!
Nov 4, 2010 8:31am
I'm a dog person but this was fun reading. Maybe the catnip really does contain sex hormones.
Nov 4, 2010 6:16pm
Great article. The pictures add the spice. Cool cats.
Nov 24, 2010 1:43pm
u can buy cat milk in pet stores and i think walmart
onions and grapes are toxic to cats as well as tyelynol
Dec 19, 2010 9:30pm
I learned a lot from this cat article. Did not know about 3 color cats being female - and we have one!
Jan 12, 2011 1:34pm
Fascinating selection of feline curiosities and I love accompanying pictures.
Now I understand why a cat purred while glaring at me.
Oct 24, 2011 12:34pm
My cat is one of the 1/3 that doesn't respond to catnip.
Oct 24, 2011 1:53pm
My cat does not respond to catnip either so maybe mine is part of the 1/3.
Jun 22, 2012 12:04pm
Wow--as a cat lover, I really love your articel--5 starsfor U
Dec 21, 2012 11:51am
Now I understand my cat a little better! LOL thank you!
Dec 21, 2012 11:54am
Now I understand my cat a little better! LOL thank you!
Dec 21, 2012 11:58am
Now I understand my cat a little better! LOL thank you!
Dec 21, 2012 12:03pm
Now I know what is wrong with my cat. LOL thanks for the entertaining info.
Dec 21, 2012 12:04pm
Looks like my computer freaked out again. Sorry for the page spill. Can these be deleted?
Feb 5, 2013 7:46pm
Very nice!
Mar 28, 2013 6:44am
Cats also love peppermint and valerian. Watch out for any food containing xylitol. This sugar substitute may be included in some diabetic foods, for instance. It causes hypoglycaemia and fatal pancreatic problems in cats (and dogs.) Even tiny amounts are not good.
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