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We have found some cute cat facts to add to my pages.
An Outlet For Feelings
And here are comments from a survey: "Cats are an outlet for feelings not acceptable in human society...Nothing we do embarrasses them, therefore we need not feel embarrassed ourselves...They have no pretensions, therefore our own pretensions are dropped."Whatever your reason, one popular, off-quoted explanation rings true: "People love their cats because of their understanding nature--they go their way, you go yours!"
Cardinal Richelieu: A dyed-in-the-wool cat lover, as well as being a brilliant schemer and politician. As soon as he opened his eyes in the morning, the esteemed cardinal demanded that a handful of kittens be brought to play on his bed. The door to advancement was open to anyone who could offer him the most playful kittens or the most caressable cats.
Cats Cradle: A child's game played with a loop of string interwoven over the player's fingers. The players pass the string back forth. In the Congo, the string patterns were changed in order to influence the path of the sun. Eskimos, who play the same game, used the cat's cradle to catch the sun, because the sun was seen as a"solar cat", and they wanted to keep it longer to avoid the long, dark nights of the Arctic.
Churchill, Sir Winston: The famous British prime minister brought his pet, Nelson the cat, with him to the official leader's residence, No. 10 Downing Street, London, when he began his first term as his country's wartime leader in 1940. Another Churchillian cat, Jock, slept and ate with the famous statesman and often attended wartime cabinet meetings.
Diet Can you share your dinner with your cat? Not always. Cats are carnivores and must get their protein from animal sources. Here are 20 people foods that are not for cats.
1. Chocolate. As little as a 16-ounce candy bar
can kill a cat. The darker and more bitter the chocolate the more dangerous.
2. Milk or Cream can be dangerous for cats, who cant't digest dairy products properly.
3. Avoid cheese for the same reason.
4. Uncooked bread dough can cause gastric bloating and severe intoxication--and a visit to the vet.
5. Baby food doesn't meet a cat's nutritional needs and may contain anemia-causing onion powder.
6. A tiny amount of onion can be added to cat foods for flavor, but large amounts can harm your cat's red blook cells.
7. Cooked goldfish is a no-no.
8. Raw fish in large quantities can cause vitamin deficiencies.
9. Cooked fish can contain toxins from polluted waters and should be given rarely.
10. People tuna is not a balanced diet for cats.
11. Fish bones are more dangerous to cats than any other bones.
12. Avoid turkey and chicken bones unless cooked in a pressure cooker.
13. Avoid table scraps.
14. Raw or undercooked eggs can contain salmonella.
15. Avoid raw liver.
16. Seasonings and preservatives: Fur-get about them.
17. Fats, salt and sugar--the same things you shouldn't eat--can cause obesity, tooth decay and digestive problems in cats.
18. A vegetarian diet is not for cars. They are carnivores.
19. Avoid coffee, cola, tea and other caffeinated foods.
20. Don't give dog foods to cats.
Here are six people foods your cat can eat, in addition to your cat's regular diet:
1. Plain boiled meat or chicken (no bones).
2. A little yogurt.
3. Air-popped popcorn (no butter or oil.
4. Boiled or scrambled eggs, well done.
5. Boiled vegetables (a tiny amount).
6. Cooked liver--as a rare treat.
Dreaming: Cats have two distinct sorts of sleep. Light sleep occurs during catnaps, deep sleep at other times. During this second type of sleep, the cat appears to dream. Brain wave activity readings taken at that time show that their brain activity is identical to that of a human's when they're dreaming. One-third of a cat's sleeping time is spent in this deep sleep, just like a human. A cat deprived of this deep sleep and dreaming will become ill.
Grand Coulee Dam: This structure was built with the help of a small white cat. Unable to thread a cable through 500 feet of drainage pipe, engineers tied one end to the cat's tail and placed her in the pipe, and she brought it through, thus solving a major engineering problem.
Grooming: A cat may spend a third to a half of its life grooming itself, other cats, or its owner! A cat licks its fur to clean it, to make it a better insulator, to rid it of other scents, and to remove any loose fur. You can help with a brush or a metal comb.
Imperial Palace of Kyoto, Japan: In the year A.D. 999, a white cat imported from China gave birth to five pure white kittens. Moved by this unusual event, the Emperor decreed that these charming animals be brought up with asmuch are and attention as if they were infant princes.
Kneading: A kitten first learns that rhythmically pushing its paws against the mother cat stimulates the flow of milk. Older cats do this, usually on your lap, when they are content.
Lincoln, Abraham: A lover of cats, he rescued three young cats that he found half frozen in General Grant's camp during the Civil War, and once observed, "No matter how many cats
fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
Litter: The kittens born approximately nine weeks after mating. An average first litter is three to four kittens. Subsequent litters will contain four or more.
Litter Box: House cats use a litter box to urinate ad defecate because the cannot go outdoors. In the wild, the cat uses urine to mark its territory. Because it has a very strong odor, it can also attract predators; therefore, the cat instinctively covers up and masks any smells in the litter box (where it has deposited waste) to protect itself from predators.
The above information was taken from a little
book "The all new ABCs of CATS". By Martha
Moffett 1999 MicroMags 600 East Coast Avenue,
Lantana, FL 33464-0002. printed in the USA.