Sunday, October 14, 2007

Cat Facts

• A cat's heart normally beats between 120 and 220 times per minute, with a relaxed cat on the lower end of the scale. It's not unusual for a cat's heart rate to be high at the veterinarian's because cats don't like to be away from home, and because they certainly don't like being poked and prodded by strangers. (ain't dat da truth)

• Not all white cats are deaf, but deafness is certainly not uncommon among them. White cats with blue eyes are more likely to be deaf than white cats with eyes of any other color.

• The average domestic cat can run at a speed of around 30 mph. To put that in perspective, a thoroughbred racehorse can maintain a speed of 45 mph for more than a mile. Racing greyhounds can hit just under 42 mph for about a third of a mile. But it's a cat that takes the land-speed record: The cheetah can go 70 mph for a couple of hundred yards. Like the cheetah -- albeit not as fast -- domestic cats are built for quick bursts of speed. While you could never outrun a dog over distance, you could outrun a cat. They quickly overheat when running and have to stop after just 30 to 60 seconds to cool down. (whew!!)

• The British government for many years kept cats "on the payroll" to help keep buildings free of rodents.

• The first Siamese cat in the United States is said to have been a cat named Siam, given in the late 1870s as a gift to first lady Lucy Hayes, the wife of President Rutherford B. Hayes, by the ambassador from Siam (now known as Thailand). These cats became highly sought-after in the United States and United Kingdom, and they are now among the most recognizable of breeds (even though other breeds also share the distinctive pointed markings, with darker fur on the head, legs and tail).

6 comments:

Beau Beau & Angie said...

Fanks for da facts! We cats are furry interesting creatures aren't we?

Henry Helton said...

Those are really cool facts! I didn't know these. My Lady was very interested in this post today.

michico*Adan said...

Thanks for these facts~!
I learn so much today~!

Tara said...

Those were really interesting facts!

I have you an award!

Tara

Ramses said...

Interesting facts! :)

Parker said...

This is why we are so good at Thundering Herds of Elephants!