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Fun Pet Cat Facts

cat factsDid you know that 1 in every 4 homes in American have pet cats. That’s a lot of cats! Anyone who has ever owned a cat will agree they can be quite amusing. It seems no two cats are alike. Here are a few interesting facts about pet cats.

Some Cat Facts Statistics

There are 500 million domestic cats in the world and 33 different breeds.  The Humane Society suggests there are around 50 million feral cats in the U.S.   In American people spend 4 billion dollars on cat food. You may wonder why there is no mouse flavored cat food. Well, to be honest, cats don’t like the flavor.

A cat will spend 30% of his waking hours grooming himself. This is a neat trait if you’re looking for a clean animal.   Cat’s urine also glows under a black light. This is great to know if you’re worried your pet cat may not be using the litter box.

A cat will also spend close to 11,000 hours purring during his or her lifetime. Not sure who counted the hours but I guess it’s true.

How Pet Cats Communicate

Pet cats have a very high pitch voice that humans are not able to hear. Fortunately, most of the time a cat will use a different voice to speak to us with meows and other sounds. In fact, cats don’t meow to each other.
You can tell what kind of mood your cats in by watching his or her tail. Domestic cats hold their tails straight up unlike other wild cats who hold them down or tuck them under. If your cat’s tail is quivering this is his or her greatest show of affection to you. If your cat’s tail is thrashing about, look out. He or she is mad! Cats also squeeze their eyes shut when they are happy.

Cats mark their territory by kneading or pawing things. Sweat glands on the bottom of the paws excrete an odor.

Pet Cats Can Multiply Quickly

During her productive years, one cat can produce over 100 kittens. A pair of cats and their offspring can produce 420,000 kittens in a 7-year span. No wonder people are working hard to make sure all kittens and cats are neutered or spayed. There are many individual people and groups who are capturing stray cats and having them spayed or neutered before they release them. It is a good idea to spay or neuter your pet cats as soon as they are old enough.

Female pet cats are usually spayed around 6 months of age. This is hopefully before they go into their first heat. Male cats can be neutered between 5 ½ months and 9 months. This is usually done before they start spraying urine on everything. Your vet can advise you when is the best time to spay or neuter your kitten. Some breeds go into heat earlier than others.

I hope you have enjoyed these fun cat facts. If you have any questions about your pet cats, just call your trusted veterinarian at Locust Trace Veterinary Clinic and we will be happy to help you.