INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY



Cats have been human companions since the times of Ancient Egypt, and were considered even as gods. Mafdet was the first known cat deity and was regarded as the protector against snakes, scorpions, and evil during the First Dynasty. Cats were later used by Greeks and Romans for pest control. But during the Middle Ages in Europe, cats became associated with superstition and suspected of carrying the disease during the Black Death of 1348 and many cats got killed in that era.



HALF OF A BILLION CATS AMONG US

Today there may be about half of a billion among us. And, since 2002, thanks to the “International Fund for Animal Welfare” cats have their own holiday! On August 8 we celebrate International Cat Day. It is a day to raise awareness for cats and learn about ways to help and protect them.


A house cat’s genome is 95.6 percent tiger. Cats are believed to be the only mammals who don’t taste sweetness. They also have the largest eyes relative to their head size of any mammal. Cats’ claws all curve downward, which means that they can’t climb down trees head-first. Instead, they have to back down the trunk. They walk like camels and giraffes: They move both of their right feet first, then move both of their left feet. No other animals walk this way.





CAT FACTS

  • They can hit speeds of around 30mph!

  • 70% – the percentage of their lives cats spend sleeping.

  • Cats groom themselves for 5 hours a day.

  • 20 – the number of years an orange cat named ‘Stubbs’ served as the mayor of a small town in Alaska.

  • £7 million – the net worth of the richest cat in the world.

  • On October 18 in 1963 a cat named Félicette became the first cat to go to space.

  • In 2004 French archaeologists discover a 9,500-year-old cat grave in Cyprus.


Cats use their whiskers to “feel” the world around them in an effort to determine which small spaces they can fit into. A cat’s whiskers are generally about the same width as its body. They have an extra organ that allows them to taste scents in the air, which is why your cat stares at you with her mouth open from time to time. Despite popular belief, many cats are actually lactose intolerant. Among foods harmful to cats are Grapes and raisins, as well as onions, garlic, and chives.



CATS ONLY USE THEIR MEOWS TO TALK TO HUMANS

According to science, cats only use their meows to talk to humans and not to each other - except to their mothers when they are kittens. It is scientifically proven that cats (and also dogs) help to improve mental health as stress relievers. Sadly, not every cat is lucky enough to have a good home where it enjoys a lavish lifestyle. Stray cats are subjected to cruelty and injuries due to car accidents. Millions of them as well as dogs end up each year in shelters.



Source: cvillecatcare.com, petkeen.com, nationaltoday.com


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