Friday, February 11, 2011

Facts About Cats - strangefacts

  • Napoleon was terrified of cats
  • One-third of all asthma cases in the United States is related to an allergy to cats
  • King Henry III of France, Louis XVI of France and Napoleon all suffered from ailurophobia--fear of cats
  • Babies that are exposed to cats and dogs in their first year of life have a lower chance of developing allergies when they grow older
  • In 1888, an Egyptian peasant discovered an estimated three hundred thousand mummified cats in Beni Hassan, Egypt
  • In Ancient Egypt, cats were often buried with their masters, or in a special cemetery for cats
  • Reports from owners of cats and dogs indicate that 21% of dogs and 7% of cats snore
  • Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats
  • Cats and people both have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion
  • There are 75 million cats in the U.S., with 35.5% of the nation's households having at least one cat
  • There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with 33 different breeds
  • 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
  • Cats have 290 bones in their bodies, and 517 muscles and cats knead with their paws when they're happy
  • The most popular names for female cats in the U.S. are Missy, Misty, Muffin, Patches, Fluffy, Tabitha, Tigger, Pumpkin and Samantha
  • The richest cat in the Guinness Book of World Records is a pair of cats who inherited $415,000 in the early '60s. The richest single cat is a white alley cat who inherited $250,000
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