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Fun and Funny Facts about Cats - 32

Cats are sometimes born with extra toes. This is called polydactyl. These toes will not harm the cat, but you should keep his claws trimmed just like any toe.


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Orange and lemon rinds are offensive to cats. A light rubbing of orange peel on furniture will discourage your cat from using it as a scratching post.


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The Ancient Egyptian word for cat was mau, which means 'to see'.


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Phoenician cargo ships are thought to have brought the first domesticated cats to Europe in about 900 BC.


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The domestic cat is the only cat species able to hold its tail vertically while walking. All wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs while walking. A tail held high means happiness; a twitching tail is a warning sign; and a tucked tail is a sign of insecurity.


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A cat's whiskers, called vibrissae, grow on the cat's face and on the back of its forelegs. The whiskers are thought to be a kind of sensor to help a cat gauge the space it wants to go through.


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Today there are about 100 distinct breeds of the domestic cat.



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