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We found some interesting facts and decided you may want to know them also. Some are funny and some are very serious. We hope you enjoy all of them, or maybe find something that may be useful for you.



Letting the Cat out of the Bag

We're all familiar with the saying "letting the cat out of the bag," which means disclosing a secret. But what is the origin of this saying? Apparently, in days gone by, unscrupulous pig sellers would try to con prospective buyers by popping a cat into a bag containing piglets. The animated activity inside the bag was meant to convince the gullible buyer that the piglets were "alive and kicking." But if the prospective buyer insisted on inspecting the piglets, the wily seller had no choice but "to let the cat out of the bag"!



Why do Cats Wash After a Meal?

A cat once caught a sparrow and was about to eat it when the sparrow said; 'No gentleman eats until he has washed his face.' The cat was impressed and set down the sparrow so that he could wash, but the sparrow flew away. This annoyed the cat so much that he vowed, as long as he lived, he would eat first and wash afterwards



What do you call an eight-sided cat? ~~An "octopuss"~~


Cat People

An 'ailurophile' is someone who loves cats. Famous ailurophiles include Albert Schweitzer, Mohammed and writers T.S.Eliot and Colette. An 'ailurophobe' is someone who fears or hates cats. Julius Caesar and Napoleon were ailurophobes. Think about what happened to them. Need we say more?



The Mark of the Tabby

Christian folktale has it that while the baby Jesus lay restless in the manger and his mother fretted, a tabby kitten crawled up next to the baby and purred him to sleep. From that day on, tabbies have had the distinctive "M" on their foreheads as a reminder of the help they gave to Mary.



A Cat is a Lion in a Jungle of Small Bushes.


Falling Felines

Cats don't really have nine lives, but they certainly do have a knack for survival. According to the Guinness Book of Pet Records, a 1-year old cat named Patricia survived a 205-foot drop into the Willamette River in Portland,Oregon, in 1981. Fortunately, her unintended high dive caught the attention of some concerned fishermen, who rescued her from the water. On dry land, the high fall record holder is Gros Minou, a 2-year old ginger-and-white tom from Quebec. This feline daredevil plummeted 200 feet from his owner's balcony and landed in a flower bed--suffering only a fractured pelvis. He was back on his feet within a week.



The Cat Sees Through Shut Lids.


Cold Cat

When chilled, cats usually seek out an external source of heat such as a fireplace. They may also curl up, tuck their paws, and cover their nose and mouth to reduce their exposed surface area, cutting down on body-heat loss.



Spay/Neuter


"Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later."
-- Mary Bly


"Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia."
-- Joseph Wood Krutch


"There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats."
-- Anonymous


"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."
-- Albert Schweitzer


"The cat has too much spirit to have no heart."
-- Ernest Menaul


"Dogs believe they are human.
Cats believe they are God."


"Time spent with cats is never wasted."
-- Colette


"Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well."
-- Missy Dizick


"You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats."
-- Colonial American proverb


"Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want."
-- Joseph Wood Krutch


D*gs Drool ~~ Cats RULE



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