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10 fascinating facts about cats
MNN ^ | ? | David Aaron Moore

Posted on 12/29/2012 2:12:11 PM PST by Slings and Arrows

People love their pets. Be it a cat, dog, hamster or goldfish, most U.S. residents have some kind of non-humanoid companion sharing their home. According to a survey by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA), however, cats win hands down when it comes to the sheer numbers that reside in American abodes.

 
The facts about cats confirm there are over 73 million in houses throughout the country, as opposed to 68 million dogs. Although many dog owners would disagree, that means cats are the preferred pets among the four-legged furry variety.
 
Ken Hubbard is an antiques dealer with the company 2wice As Nice in Wheat Ridge, Colo., a suburb of Denver. He’s also the owner of two black American shorthairs, Lace and Bear.
 
“Cats can be fun, intuitive and loving. But they can also have an evil side,” Hubbard chuckles. “They have their routines and they can be very demanding. Mine will torment me in the morning until they get me out of bed, with lots of stalking around the room and covers and a lot of meowing.”
 
If you’re a cat lover you’ve certainly experienced both sides of the coin. For your reading pleasure, we’ve pulled together a handful of interesting facts about cats.

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Fascinating Fact #11: Cats eat trolls.
1 posted on 12/29/2012 2:12:16 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
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2 posted on 12/29/2012 2:14:47 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

LOL!!!!!!


4 posted on 12/29/2012 2:20:52 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Fascinating Fact #11: Cats eat trolls.

My cat does nothing........she's just there.

5 posted on 12/29/2012 2:22:41 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Fascinating Fact #11: Cats eat trolls.

Not before playing with them for a while, tossing them in the air, batting them around with their paws, etc, etc :)

6 posted on 12/29/2012 2:23:23 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

7 posted on 12/29/2012 2:24:48 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; TheOldLady

03:15

Malcolm comes into the bedroom and starts yowling.

I stumble out of bed and ask what’s the trouble.. house on fire?
Coyote in the yard? Litterbox suddenly unacceptable?

Stumbling further, I ask him to show me the trouble.

He leads me into the kitchen and hops onto the island.

“I’d like some treats, please.”

Woo and yay.


8 posted on 12/29/2012 2:25:14 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: The Cajun

All part of their charm.


9 posted on 12/29/2012 2:25:56 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
# 12
Dogs chase squirrels while cats murder them.
10 posted on 12/29/2012 2:30:32 PM PST by Happy Rain (Outlawing firearms because of Adam Lanza would be like outlawing free speech because of Bill Maher.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
We have one who will never drink out of the water dish directly, she will wet her paw and lick it.
She has been that way since a kitten.
Heard that was not too uncommon with some cats.
11 posted on 12/29/2012 2:31:42 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: humblegunner

Sounds like you are “Kitty wipped”....


12 posted on 12/29/2012 2:33:22 PM PST by JZoback
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To: Happy Rain
# 12 Dogs chase squirrels while cats murder are skilled enough to catch them.

Fixed.

13 posted on 12/29/2012 2:36:54 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

plant one, watch it grow.

14 posted on 12/29/2012 2:40:58 PM PST by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

15 posted on 12/29/2012 2:42:32 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Hot Tabasco
My cat does nothing........she's just there.

I got one of those too...
Doesn't do anything....
Hates to be touched, hates to be held, couldn't care less about the dog,
doesn't kill mice, or flies or ants...

she's just...There.

16 posted on 12/29/2012 2:45:47 PM PST by libertarian27
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Cat’s eyes have difficulty seeing objects that are motionless. She might be doing that because she can’t see the surface and is afraid she’ll accidentally dunk herself.


17 posted on 12/29/2012 2:49:58 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Fred Nerks

I want the whole garden.


18 posted on 12/29/2012 2:51:13 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: JoeProBono
Working title: Cats in Heaven
19 posted on 12/29/2012 2:53:04 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Tax-chick
"Preferred pet"? More households own dogs than cats.

If cats are the 'preferred' pet, then it's because of Eleanor Abernathy Syndrome. Except for Tax-chick. In her case it's because she's brilliant and practically perfect in every way.

28% of dog owners own more than one dog. 52% of cat owners own more than one cat, plus their share of the 60,000,000 stray and feral cats.

For the record, my family owns two dogs. My youngest daughter, still at home and still in high school, owns two cats. And she neglected to clean the litter box before heading off to working the closing shift at Chick-fil-A.

20 posted on 12/29/2012 2:53:08 PM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: The Cajun

My cats are also particular about drinking water. One wants it out of the tap, another wants the sink filled, a third takes it out of a cup on the bathroom counter. There is a benefit to standing there for five minutes brushing my teeth, waiting for them all to do their thing. My dentist is most impressed with my lack of placque.


21 posted on 12/29/2012 2:57:56 PM PST by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Cat’s eyes have difficulty seeing objects that are motionless.

Like the Senate's progress on the U.S. budget?

22 posted on 12/29/2012 2:58:36 PM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Scoutmaster
52% of cat owners own more than one cat ...

There you go! Also, babies like cats.

Little-box-neglect is characteristic of teenagers. Sometimes it gets bad enough that the catz go on the bathroom floor.

We currently have Batty Pat, just turned 11, on box-duty.

23 posted on 12/29/2012 2:59:12 PM PST by Tax-chick (I'm not crazy ... I'm just not you.)
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To: The Cajun
http://www.safehavenhumanesociety.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/cat_lapping_water.jpg

24 posted on 12/29/2012 2:59:29 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Scoutmaster

25 posted on 12/29/2012 3:02:56 PM PST by Tax-chick (I'm not crazy ... I'm just not you.)
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To: Scoutmaster

Definitely needs a few whacks with a paw, you betcha.


26 posted on 12/29/2012 3:07:35 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

One of the cats likes to watch Walking Dead.


27 posted on 12/29/2012 3:09:46 PM PST by machogirl (First they came for my tagline, (it's back). 2008, the Decline of America)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Our cat, Brutus, drinks milk IF it is Stonyfield Organic Milk. Otherwise, not so much. (If milk keeps increasing in price - ugh!) - It’s real cold here. She got outside today and now won’t come when I call her; it’s getting colder now that night is upon us


28 posted on 12/29/2012 3:14:26 PM PST by Twinkie (The WICKED walk on every side when EVIL men are exalted. Psalm 12:8)
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To: Slings and Arrows

planted a few days ago, all growing well...when they go to seed, I can send you some.

29 posted on 12/29/2012 3:38:08 PM PST by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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To: The Cajun

I have an old male tabby that does the same thing. He’s nearly 14 years old. He also makes a dig/covering motion with his front paws on either side of his food dish after I put dry food in it. I guess he thinks he’s out in the woods covering it up to come back later. Call of the Wild I guess.


30 posted on 12/29/2012 3:45:23 PM PST by MachIV
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To: Fred Nerks

I had 2 wonderful cats. One hated people the other loved them. When someone came over’ one cat wanted to rub against her leg while the other tried to take it off.


31 posted on 12/29/2012 3:48:52 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (You can't bring something to its knees that refuses to stand on its own)
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To: Slings and Arrows
This is Morgan. Do not look directly into his eyes and you may be safe. He is a very good cat and leaves no bug, mouse or mole alive! I adore him!


32 posted on 12/29/2012 4:07:02 PM PST by Casie (Chuck Norris 2016)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

to be sure you end up with a really brave attack-cat, you have to start training them from very young...

33 posted on 12/29/2012 4:07:57 PM PST by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Cats can use pet doors.

Oh, this one brings back memories. I put in a cat door in my cabin in Colorado. My wife's humongous black cat Baby tried to use it and squeegeed his fur and fat into a wedge that stopped him mid-midriff. I couldn't help but laugh, but ol' Baby was P.O.'d at me for weeks after that one.

34 posted on 12/29/2012 4:12:06 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: The Cajun

Use steel, or glass bowls only. Plastic retains oders over time. My cat did the same. If your already not using plastic. Your cat is crazy. ;)


35 posted on 12/29/2012 4:18:26 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: MotorCityBuck
Your cat is crazy. ;)

Quirky, just quirky wife and I tell friends :)
We have 2 plastics, one a flowing fountain type thing and a stainless, she does the same with all.
The other 4 cats really like the flowing fountain thing, it entertains them.

36 posted on 12/29/2012 4:34:01 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

#12 My dog says they taste like chicken...


37 posted on 12/29/2012 4:38:46 PM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: JoeProBono
That's why we bought the *Flowing Fountain* cat water dish after seeing them with a dripping kitchen sink.
Some smart clown probably saw that habit with cats, put two and two together and made decent coin from that idea.
38 posted on 12/29/2012 4:41:11 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: MachIV
We had a big male Maine Coon outside cat when I was a kid, in the summer he would put his front paws in the big water dish outside while he drank.
If it was really hot he would stay there with his paws in the water for 1/2 hour or so, smart cat.
39 posted on 12/29/2012 4:47:25 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: nevergore

All our cats yell at me and only me.

We had a bipolar cat that would kill squirrels and gnaw off their tails to collect them. After we had it killed by the vet, we found the tails around its house.


40 posted on 12/29/2012 4:47:35 PM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a masscre at a gun show.)
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To: Scoutmaster

Xactly.

It’s easy for cats to outnumber dogs when one out of five cat owners have 47 cats!

I have the privilege of living next door to one of the crazy cat ladies... she has, the last time I counted, at least 6 or 7 coming and going and routing around my house.

So far, I have spared her the agony of watching me Bar-B-Q one of her cats.

Don’t know how long that will last...

I tried everything to keep them from digging my garden.
Even got this powdered Coyote urine, (MAN, WE ARE TALKIN SOME FOUL STUFF), them bastid cats of hers just laughed...

So. Go on thinking cats are gods.
They agree.

What does that make you?


41 posted on 12/29/2012 4:53:25 PM PST by djf (Conservative values help the poor. Liberal values help them STAY poor!!!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Our cat, Shadow, decided to jump over the fence into the neighbor’s back yard. They had two huge dogs back there. Do you know that a cat can run perpendicular to the ground across the front of a wooden fence? She looked like one of those motorcycles you see at the carnival in that Circle of Death thing they do. She made one lap and then popped over the fence and straight into the house. The dogs thought it was great fun.


42 posted on 12/29/2012 5:03:06 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: The Cajun

Quirky works.

I had my cat for 19 years. Still miss his antics.


43 posted on 12/29/2012 5:04:05 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: Slings and Arrows
#13 Cats were born to be waited on


44 posted on 12/29/2012 5:45:51 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tax-chick

That’s one pretty baby right there.


45 posted on 12/29/2012 5:55:27 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: The Cajun

46 posted on 12/29/2012 5:56:07 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: machogirl
"One of the cats likes to watch Walking Dead."

Your cat has fine taste in television viewing. Does he/she like Daryl?

47 posted on 12/29/2012 5:57:33 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: Scoutmaster

“And she neglected to clean the litter box before heading off to working the closing shift at Chick-fil-A. “

I am sure her customers at Chick-fil-a won’t see that as a negative.


48 posted on 12/29/2012 6:05:30 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: djf

I’ll bet you don’t have rats.


49 posted on 12/29/2012 6:06:07 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Slings and Arrows

Does anyone know if cats sharpening their claws in car tires will hurt the tire?


50 posted on 12/29/2012 6:09:15 PM PST by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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