The cat (Felis catus) is a domestic species of small carnivorous mammal. It is the only domesticated species in the family Felidae and is often referred to as the domestic cat to distinguish it from the wild members of the family.
While cats were not the first animal that humans domesticated, they are one of the most popular. Except for those souls who are unfortunate enough to be allergic to these beautiful balls of fur, most people can benefit from having a cat in their home. It keeps the rodent population away, it provides love and companionship, and it sounds the alarm in case of burglary or fire. Having a cat in the house with kids also helps to boost their immune systems and thus reduce the incidence of allergies and asthma, plus it helps to teach children how to care for someone other than themselves, which is a win for everyone (especially the cat). For those whose allergies or lifestyles don’t permit them to have a cat at home, they can still enjoy cats vicariously thanks to the magic of the internet, which provides an endless plethora of cute pictures, funny or touching videos, and gifs that just get better with each loop.
All that said, people often don’t actually know that much about cats. Sure, there is some received wisdom — they always land on their feet, they have nine lives, and they love to fish and hate water — but is any of it true? Let’s find out if you know the answer!
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1 Which country's ancient civilization had a big crush on cats?
Egypt was the first major civilization that had very high regard for cats. Cats were actually revered, and even seen as part of their religion.
2 Not to be contrary, but what do Indians think of black cats?
- Separated Breed
In many parts of India, black cats are seen as bad luck. In India, a black cat crossing your path is a sign of bad things to come!
3 What term is used to refer to a litter of kittens?
While the term "kindle of kittens" sounds odd, it makes sense when you think about the word. "Kindle" has its roots in "kindel," which means "offspring." Others trace it back to the German "kinder," which means "children."
4 What natural disaster can cats sense before others, because of their sensitivity to vibrations?
- Forrest or Wild Fires
Cats are very sensitive even to the smallest vibrations. Some scientists believe that they can sense the initial small tremors of earthquakes, before the big shifts happen.
5 If a cat is white and has blue eyes, what kind of disability would it most likely have?
- No Sense of Smell
Cats with white fur and blue eyes are usually deaf. In the case of cats with only one blue eye, the nearest ear to the eye is usually deaf.
6 Why do cats lick themselves after being handled?
- To Remove The Human Smell
- To Get Rid of Stress
- To make the Human pick them up again
Cats groom themselves after people handle them to remove the human smell from their fur. This makes sense since they don’t want an odd smell on them when their hunting instincts kick in. Don't take it personally.
7 For cats, grapes aren't a healthy. What can it cause?
- Kidney Failure
- Excessive Vomiting
Grapes are very poisonous to cats. Large enough amounts or regular smaller amounts cause kidney failure, and even a small bit can make cats really sick.
8 Why you should keep Onions away from Cats?
- Makes them Feverish
- Makes them Anemic
- Makes the Smell Worse
Cats have a bad blood reaction to onions, aside from giving them an upset stomach. Onions can trigger breakdowns in a cat's blood cells, leading to anemia. Occasional small doses might be okay, but large doses are out of the question.
9 Believe it or not, most people aren’t allergic to cat fur. People are allergic to what's on their fur. What is it?
Cat dander, or dander of any kind, is mostly made of dead skin cells, something like dandruff. In cats, their dander has a specific chemical that comes from cat saliva and their skin glands. This chemical can trigger allergic reactions in people.
10 Why do our cats bring us "gifts" of dead animals after they've hunted?
- They think we need more food.
- They think we are bad hunters.
- They think we are their masters.
When cats bring us dead animals as gifts, they're encouraging us to be better hunters. Whether they think we need to be taught, or that we really suck as hunters is unknown.
11 If humans shake hands, how do cuddle-loving cats greet each other?
- Smell Backsides
- Claw at each other
- Touching Noses
Cats touch their noses as a form of greeting. This also allows them to smell the scent of the other cat deeply, so they can really remember the other cat.
12 What are a cat's sensitive whiskers for?
- Making their way in the dark
- For Mating rituals
- They are decorative
A cat's whiskers allow them to navigate in the dark, and can tell them if there is an object in front of them. They act like tripwires or laser alarms, telling a cat if they are about to hit something that they can't see.
13 If a male cat is a 'Tom,' what do you call the more regal female?
While male cats will have to keep themselves happy with the earthy 'Tom' as their nickname, female cats are given higher regard. Female cats are known as 'queens.'
14 When cats are awake, what takes up a third of these fantastic creatures' time?
Cats can spend up to a third of their time awake grooming themselves. Aside from keeping themselves clean of dirt and smells, it also helps them maintain temperature by keeping their coat in top condition.
15 If you know your cat, what is it doing for two-thirds of a day?
Cats are known to sleep around 16 hours a day, or two-thirds of a day. This is because they still keep the habits of hunters, and hunting needs a lot of energy.
16 What is the one taste that cats can't sense?
Cats can't taste sweetness. Some scientists think this is a mutation, but others think it's because they are predators, so they don’t need to taste sweetness; they need their savory taste buds more.
17 Cats meow, and we love them for it. But to whom do they direct it at all times?
Cats meow only at people. They don't vocalize like that to fellow cats, or any other animal.
18 If you want to have a national cat database, what part of a cat's face would you use for "thumbprints?"
A cat's nose has a unique pattern of folds. You can technically do a "nose print" with ink, and it would be as good as a fingerprint for humans. That is, if the cat will let you.
19 What non-furry areas are the only places where cats can sweat?
Cats sweat through their paws. Sadly, this sometimes isn’t enough for them to get rid of heat, and that's why they always look for shaded areas, and don't move unless they have to.
20 Are there more pet cats than dogs?
- Same general number
Not surprisingly, more cats are taken as pets when compared to dogs. Some estimates state there are more than 70 million cats in American households, compared to a little more than 60 million dogs. Also, one in three American households has a cat.
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