Tuesday, 7 April 2015

F Is For Facts

A to Z Blogging Challenge

Here are some facts about cats because day it is 

F Is For Facts.

However, I have to take issue with a few of these facts... 

  • Cats are the most popular pet in the world, outnumbering dogs by 3 to 1: This is balderdash. Cats are not our pets, we are their pets. 500 million of them worldwide have deigned to come and live with us.
  • Cats and humans have lived together for at least 10,000 years. While it is commonly thought  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 predates early Egyptian art depicting cats by 4,000 years: There is a small mistake in this statement (see above); we did not domesticate cats, they decided to live with us and drive us wild.
  • Cats sleep for an average of 15 hours a day: This is true. They sleep 15 hours A DAY but are up ALL NIGHT, dashing about the house as if the hounds of hell are after them.
  • A group of cats is called a clowder, a male cat is called a tom, a female cat is called a molly or queen while young cats are called kittens: Yes, and they are all little princes and princesses with ideas above their station.
  • On average cats live for around 12 to 15 years. In March a cat called Tiffany, from San Diego, California, had her 26th birthday. She is believed to be the oldest cat in the world: This is all true - and isn't she gorgeous?

Tiffany, officially the oldest cat in the world.

  • Domestic cats usually weigh around 4 kilograms (8 lb 13 oz) to 5 kilograms (11 lb 0 oz). The heaviest domestic cat on record is 21.297 kilograms (46 lb 15.2 oz): Yes, but as everyone knows, a cat's weight fluctuates wildly. They are very heavy after scoffing a bowl of cat food, half the food on your plate, most of a mouse and 15 insects. Then they are very light after bringing it all up again, often in your shoes.
  • Isaac Newton invented the cat flap. Newton was experimenting in a pitch-black room. Spithead, one of his cats, kept opening the door and wrecking his experiment so he made a cat flap: This is also true, but only part of the truth. Spithead was annoyed with Newton because he was busy and had only spent 20 minutes on rubbing his tummy rather than the customary 45. So Spithead was punishing him for this misdemeanour by ruining his experiments.
  • Cats are lethal and efficient hunters. When they walk their back paws step almost exactly in the same place as the front paws did before to keep noise to a minimum and limit visible tracks: Yes, true, but unfortunately they are not so efficient at disposing of their prey, hence the need to wear footwear when you get up in the morning so you don't step on half a frog.
  • Cats can see in the dark. Their night vision is six times stronger than a human's. Cats also have excellent hearing and a powerful sense of smell: All true. Cats are superhuman and will never pass up an opportunity to let you know it.
  • Domestic cats love to play, this is especially true with kittens who love to chase toys and play fight. Play fighting among kittens is a way for them to practise and learn skills for hunting and fighting: Yes, but it is also a way for them to learn how to control a human by playing at how to look cute, beg for food and punish you when you step out of line.
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9 comments:

SENCO Cat Herder said...

Absolutely loved this post - especially about Isaac Newton (now I know why he was hit on the head with an apple - Spithead was up the tree in a huff!!) I will be back for more - so very glad I found you along the way in the A o Z Challenge :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

onespoiledcat said...

WOW....what a cool bunch of cat facts! Lotsa stuff I didn't know......!

Sammy

Birgit said...

Spithead knew how to drive him nuts eh? When we introduced our 4th cat to the family(a rescue) she is a calico where our other 3 are tabbys. She likes to try to be dominant. Our olderst Cat, Naddy, is a whiny boy who must have his kitty litter cleaned and must have it as his own without Mia's leftovers. He did get a urinary tract infection which was fixed and he is good in this way but he has a tendency to now poop and pee where he is not supposed to. He knows where to go but won't. Last night I found out he used our bed for a pee station. I could have made a violin out of him.

When the cat is away said...


Haha. I’ve to write a similar post when my cats can finally leave the shelter. When I was trying to find a name for my blog, the saying “When the cat’s away, the mice will play” came to my mind. I’m pretty sure I’ll be the mouse – the cats won’t play, when I’m away (they’ll do it all the time), but I’ll have some time off when they’re away.

A to Z challenge. www.whenthecatisaway.com Participant number 1390.

Melanie Atherton Allen said...

Cats are also total escape artists. My boyfriend and I took in a stray cat, and this is the first thing we learned about the species. Our lil buddy was badly starved when we found him, but this didn't prevent him from getting out of the room we decided would be his 'cat bedroom.' Every night, we'd put him in the room, and every morning, he'd be out of it, mewing reproachfully at us. We couldn't figure it out- until I saw the escape happen. See, our house has a window between the 'cat bedroom' and the dining room, due to some odd piece of home expansion the former tenants seem to have indulged in. There was a fan in this window. I was sitting in the dining room when I saw Anubis pushing the accordion part of the fan back with his body as he slowly eased into the room, more like a liquid than anything mammalian. The accordion snapped back into place when he was through, concealing his mode of escape. Now the whole downstairs is his 'cat bedroom.'

Liz A. said...

Of course, you can make a cat crazy with one of those laser pointers...

Liz A. from Laws of Gravity

MAJK said...

I love it. Even though I own dogs, these were fun and informative cat facts. Also, I think Spithead was entirely reasonable in his course of action.

Mark Clough said...

Spithead is a great name for a cat.

Freya3377 said...

Very true. They aren't pets, we are! :P