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Cats always land on their feet. True or false?

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kittens have a "righting reflex" that usually allows them to land on their feet (not always). last researchers tell that cats that fall from greater heights (above 10 stories for exemple) fare better than those who fall from shorter heights. The reason: more height means the cat has more time to slow the fall down by spreading its body out like a parachute.

When did the domestic cat first appear on the scene?

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The domestic cat is a member of the Felidae, a family that had a common ancestor about 10–15 million years ago. The genus Felis diverged from the Felidae around 7 million years ago.It's probably a relative of the African wild cat, and it hit it off with humans, most likely in that corner of the world where the Middle East brushes up against North Africa.

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According to the Greek scholar Herodotus, how did ancient Egyptians show their grief over the death of a pet cat?

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In the 5th century B.C., Herodotus wrote that people of Egyptian households would shave their eyebrows to mourn for a pet cat. ("We must take him with a grain of salt," cautions an Egyptologist today.) Cats were revered in ancient Egypt for their association with the cat goddess Bastet. Deceased cats were often taken to the city of Bubastis to be embalmed.

Superstitious beliefs in the Middle Ages led to the killing of many cats, which in turn helped what?

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After a large number of Europe's cats were killed because of superstitions, rat populations soared. The rats carried fleas infected with the bubonic plague. Known as the Black Death, the plague swept the continent, eventually killing around 25 million people.

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What is unique about many of the cats that live at writer Ernest Hemingway's Key West home?

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About half of the 60-some cats that live at the Ernest Hemingway House and Museum in Key West, Florida, are polydactyl—meaning they have extra toes. Some of the cats are descended from a six-toe cat that the For Whom the Bell Tolls author received from a ship's captain.

When does a cat purr?

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Cats purr not just when they are happy, but also when they are under duress, such as when they are in pain or frightened. Cats produce the subtle rumbling with a consistent pattern and a frequency between 25 and 150 hertz—a range of sounds that studies have shown can improve bone density and promote healing.

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What's the most popular purebred cat breed?

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Most pet cats are domestic shorthairs or longhairs—in another word, mutts. The most popular purebred breed is the smushed-face, long-haired Persian. Following in popularity are the Maine coon, Siamese, Abyssinian, and exotic. They may look different on the outside, but under the skin, all cats are the same.

What's the most popular name for a cat in the U.S.?

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According to Veterinary cat Insurance, there's a high chance your cat is called Max, the most popular name for cats (and dogs also). Rounding out the top 4 for cats: Chloe, Lucy and Tiger.

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Calico cats are almost always

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Cats with the orange, white, and black color pattern called calico are almost always female. Coat color is a sex-linked trait, and (except in rare instances) calico is tied only to females.

What does it mean when a cat's tail is swishing from side to side?

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A cat's tail communicates a great deal about the animal's state of mind. A high, raised tail means the cat is relaxed or conveying a friendly greeting. When the tail is swishing from side to side, the cat is angry or about to pounce on prey—real or play.

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