If you’ve been reading this column for a while, you probably already know the average cat sleeps 16 to 18 hours per day and calico cats are almost always female, but do you know that most cats are lactose-intolerant and should not be given cow’s milk? There are enough fascinating facts about our furry friends to fill several columns, but today let’s take a look at 10 of the most interesting items. How many of these little-known facts do you already know?
1) Today cats are living twice as long as they did just 50 years ago. Outdoor cats’ expected life is from 3 to 5 years, but indoor cats can easily live until they are 16 years or more. If you spay or neuter your cat, you are adding about 2 or 3 years to its life.
2) Cats have more than 100 sounds in their vocal repertoire, while dogs only have 10. In North America, nearly 73 million cats are kept as pets and only 63 million dogs.
3) Cats tend to get along better with housemates of the opposite sex. If you are interested in getting a companion for your single cat, it is best to get a cat of the opposite sex.
4) More cats are left-pawed than right.
5) Cats dream, just like we do, and start dreaming when they are a week old. Kittens sleep a lot because their bodies release a growth hormone only when they are asleep. Never wake a sleeping kitten, especially during the first two months of their lives.
6) Cats have five toes on their front paws and four on each back paw. They usually keep the front claws retracted unless they are climbing or using them for defense or occasionally for offense!
7) Cats can actually see blues, reds, and greens. It’s a myth to think that cats are colorblind.
8) Cats make great nurses and companions. If you are feeling blue or sick, your cat will often rub up against you or lie on top of you to cheer you up.
9) The word clowder is used for a group of cats, and kindle is used for a group of kittens.
10) Cats are masters at getting their owners to do exactly what they want them to do! When your cat circles in front of you at the refrigerator and you feed her, she’s taught you when it’s dinnertime. She has trained you to reward her behavior by doing what she wants you to do! Feed me!
Cats are fascinating creatures, and each one is different. Armed with all this information, come in during adoptions to find the purr-fect kitty for you and your family. It is best to come in with an open mind about what kind of a cat you want to bring home. Remember the most important things to consider are temperament and personality.
Our Cat of the Week is Raven, a beautiful black domestic shorthaired female. This young lady is between 1 and 2 years old and sports a gleaming black fur coat accented by a light dash of white on her chest and another one on her tummy. She is a sweet, friendly and affectionate cat who loves to rub against your legs and claim you as her own. Raven was found as a stray and efforts to find her previous owner have been unsuccessful, so she is now available for adoption. She is spayed and microchipped, up-to-date on her shots and looking for a “fur-ever” home of her own. Come in and meet Raven and experience her “purrfect” charm!
Right now, we have few cats available for adoption, but our census changes constantly. We have just admitted a few new cats and other cats are still waiting to have their veterinarian appointments before they can be put up for adoption. Check with us often because—who knows?—the kitty you are seeking may be here waiting for you!
People For Cats is at 44 Beagle Lane in Teaticket. Our mailing address is PO Box 422, West Falmouth, MA 02574.
The shelter is open for adoptions and visitors Wednesday from 4 to 6 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM. If you need to get in touch with us when we are closed, call our hotline at 508-540-5654: press 1 for cat-related issues, questions, are interested in volunteering, or for additional information about People For Cats; or press 2 if you need financial assistance for veterinary care or spay/neuter surgeries. All calls are returned as quickly as possible.
All for the love of cats….