Get Feline Familiar!

Information is power, and it plays an important role in pet care. It helps you spot trouble signs early, and allows you to prevent potential problems down the road.

Cat Facts:

*A cat's tail helps convey mood as well as maintain balance. Here are a few mood signals you might be able to identify with your own cat: an upright tail means the cat is alert, while a drooping tail means the cat is relaxed. A twitching tip of the tail indicates mild irritation, while a swishing tail from side to side, means, "Look out, I'm getting ready to attack!" Lastly, the easily identifiable bristled tail is the sign of a defensive posture.

*Adult cats have thirty teeth. Unlike human teeth, that are blunt and made for chewing and grinding, a cat's teeth differ in that they are pointy and adapted for killing prey.

*The normal, resting respiratory rate for an adult cat is 16-40 breaths per minute. If your cat's resting respiratory rate is higher than 40 breaths per minute, a trip to the vet is in order.

*The largest domestic breed is the Ragdoll, with males tipping the scales between 12 and 20 pounds. Females typically weigh between 10 and 15 pounds.

*A healthy, feline heart beats between 110-140 times per minute. That is twice the rate of the human heart.

*The normal temperature for an adult cat is considered to be 101.5°F, although a range of 100.4°F and 102.5°F is considered a normal reading -- stress and environment can be a factor.

*Humans have better daylight vision, but cats can see six times better than humans in low light, due to the size and shape of their iris. However, they cannot see in complete darkness --that's a common misconception.

*The whiskers are sensory organs that are activated by touch and help a cat function in the absence of light. They are also directly proportional to the width of the cat, keeping them from crawling into tight spaces and getting stuck!

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