Still More Facts About Cats

* The oldest known cat was Creme Puff, who lived to be 38 years old. * Here’s another reason to spay/neuter: it increases life expectancy! Neutered male cats live twice as long, and spayed females live 62% longer than their intact peers. * Studies show that ethologically, pet owners may serve as a sort of surrogate …

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Domesticated cats use vocalizations like meowing, purring and hissing – but feral cats are practically silent. * Cats can pass their body through any space which they can fit their heads through. * With extra thick enamel, less damaging saliva, less food retention between teeth and a mostly sugar-free diet, cats have better chompers than …

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A Very Black Cat - Johns Falls Book #2 by Florence Witkop

More about black cats. Yep, there’s more.

Black cats are as easily adopted as cats of other colors. Although euthanasia numbers for black cats have been some of the highest of all cats, their total number of adoptions was the highest of any hue as well. There may just simply be more black cats than other colors. Furthermore, the Black Panther movie …

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Another black cat factoid. This one about panthers. Black panthers!

  Let's get the hard stuff over with up front. And that hard thing is:  there is no  such thing as a black panther. What? No black panther? What about the superhero? Well, he's different, of course. He's real. But actual four-pawed black panthers that kind of resemble tigers? Nope. Not real. It’s a term …

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Black Cat Cafe. Really? Yep, really!

And you can visit it. In Nekobiyaka, in Himeji, Japan black cats are stars of one café and visitors are invited to pet (but not pick up) these lithe felines. Each of Nekobiyaka’s identical-looking black cats wears a different colored bandana to resolve any catastrophic mix-ups. But, of course, in Japan, in a way, black …

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Another interesting factoid about black cats. (They are healthy.)

THE GENE THAT CAUSES BLACK FUR MIGHT MAKE THESE FELINES RESISTANT TO DISEASE. The mutation that causes a cat’s fur to be black is in the same genetic family as genes known to give humans resistance to diseases like HIV. So perhaps their color has less to do with camouflage than disease resistance. Scientists hope …

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A black cat can rust. Really? Yes, really!

More about black cats: A black cat’s color is genetic. There are three variants of the black fur gene (solid black, cinnamon and brown. If a cat has a solid black hue that overwhelms other gene colors or stripes, heavy exposure to the sun can make the pigment in its fur break down to reveal …

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Why sailors like cats. (And why I like them, too.)

Cats are sailors' best friends. Have been for hundreds of years. Not only were cats welcome aboard British vessels to hunt mice, but sailors generally thought  a black cat in particular would bring good luck and ensure a safe return home. A few of these kitties have been enshrined in maritime history. Tiddles traveled more than …

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Black cat facts I bet you didn’t know.

  IN SOME CULTURES, BLACK CATS ARE GOOD LUCK. In Japan, if you are a single lady, owning a black cat is said to increase your number of suitors. If one crosses your path from left to right in Germany, good things will happen. So maybe having a black cat as a major character in …

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