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Kossacks like pooties. Kossacks also, by virtue of being liberal, like facts. Since I didn't have time to prepare anything else for tonight, I thought I'd combine the two and share some interesting facts about our furry friends that you may not know. I stumbled upon an article with a list of 99 mildly to very interesting pootie facts. Here are some of my favorites...

On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life.
The technical term for a cat’s hairball is a “bezoar."
A group of cats is called a “clowder.”
Cats make about 100 different sounds. Dogs make only about 10.
While it is commonly thought that the ancient Egyptians were the first to domesticate cats, the oldest known pet cat was recently found in a 9,500-year-old grave on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. This grave predates early Egyptian art depicting cats by 4,000 years or more.
The first cat in space was a French cat named Felicette (a.k.a. “Astrocat”) In 1963, France blasted the cat into outer space. Electrodes implanted in her brains sent neurological signals back to Earth. She survived the trip.
A cat can travel at a top speed of approximately 31 mph (49 km) over a short distance.
A cat rubs against people not only to be affectionate but also to mark out its territory with scent glands around its face. The tail area and paws also carry the cat’s scent.
Researchers are unsure exactly how a cat purrs. Most veterinarians believe that a cat purrs by vibrating vocal folds deep in the throat. To do this, a muscle in the larynx opens and closes the air passage about 25 times per second.
The most popular pedigreed cat is the Persian cat, followed by the Maine Coon cat and the Siamese cat.
A cat’s eyesight is both better and worse than humans. It is better because cats can see in much dimmer light and they have a wider peripheral view. It’s worse because they don’t see color as well as humans do. Scientists believe grass appears red to cats.
The little tufts of hair in a cat’s ear that help keep out dirt direct sounds into the ear, and insulate the ears are called “ear furnishings.”
The heaviest cat on record is Himmy, a Tabby from Queensland, Australia. He weighed nearly 47 pounds (21 kg). He died at the age of 10.
The lightest cat on record is a blue point Himalayan called Tinker Toy, who weighed 1 pound, 6 ounces (616 g). Tinker Toy was 2.75 inches (7 cm) tall and 7.5 inches (19 cm) long.
The claws on the cat’s back paws aren’t as sharp as the claws on the front paws because the claws in the back don’t retract and, consequently, become worn.
Hit the link for the rest.

Missing from this list is one that I have found to be true in my home, at least. If I open the refrigerator, there is approximately a 33 percent chance that Zoe will jump in and try to lick the turkey pepperoni.


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Originally posted to Kitchen Table Kibitzing on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 05:00 PM PST.

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