Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cool Facts About Cats

Cats are such cool creatures.  They have been around people since as early as 1370!  Wow, that's a long time.  There so many interesting things we have found out about them. I wanted to share a few.

Did you know that most cats are left pawed.  Just like us, they use one paw more predominantly than the other.  Male cats are almost all left pawed.

The average cat has 244 bones and 60 vertebra with most of the bones being in their tails.  This large number of bones gives their tail flexibility.

Humans have 6 muscles in their ears.  A cat has 32!  This gives them the ability to move their ears 180 degrees.  This is why they have such great hearing while hunting.

A cats' heart beats 150 to 210 times per minute.  That's about 2 to 3 times faster than a human.

Cats have only 473 taste buds which are all on the tip of its tongue.  People have around 9,000.

A cat sleeps about 70% of the time.  That's 13 to 16 hours each day.

Cats release sweat thru their paws.  They don't have any sweat glands.

The heaviest cat on record weighed in at 46 pounds 15.2 ounces.  An average domestic cat weighs between 8 and 12 pounds.

All cats can see 6 times better than people in low light.  Their eyes have a layer of tissue that helps reflect and magnify light.

Tom cats mark a territory of 3 to 5 miles.  They will cover this area daily to keep it scented.

Above is just a few of the cool things I've read about cats.  As you can tell, there's a lot more that can be added.  Stop back to see more cool facts next week.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Lets Talk About Cat Food

I have been reading a lot about cat food lately.  If canned food is better than dry food and all about the contents.  Boy! was this a major eye opener.  The assumption has been if the label says it's good it is. Well I found out, that's not always the case.  Many canned foods are good but not all.  Dry food is a good addition to canned food but shouldn't be the only source of food provided.  Some list chicken, beef or fish as a main ingredient but only include it as "formula" or "dinner" which is really a smaller portion of the actual concentration.  Also, many add additional carbohydrates that aren't good for your cat.  So the main lesson learned is look for high protein cat food with chicken, beef or fish meal listed.  Added vitamins and minerals are great too.  Omega-3 fatty acids and Taurine are major pluses in your cats diet.  So moving forward, reading labels is key to getting the right foods for my cat. Remember, shop for high quality foods and give a combination of wet and dry foods for the optimal health of your cat.