Friday, July 6, 2012

Some Strange Facts

Mark Twain kept 11 cats at his farm in Connecticut. He wrote, "I simply can't resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know, outside of the girl I love, of course."

A cat named Hamlet escaped from his carrier while on flight from Toronto. He was discovered 7 weeks later behind a panel. It is estimated that he travelled 600,000 km.

The gene that results in the orange tortoise-shell coat pattern of a calico cat is linked to the gene that determines the cat's gender.  A cat with this coat pattern is usually female, but on the rare occasion it is a male; he's usually sterile.

Cats can compress or elongate their spine, enabling them to sleep in tight places or leap across large spaces.

excerps taken from: Strange But True Cats, Copyright 2006, Sweetwater Press

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