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New seven facts about cats!


11.OCT.14 // SAT // UTILIDADE

1 - American Cat!

Cats are North America’s most popular pets: there are 73 million cats compared to 63 million dogs. Over 30% of households in North America own a cat.


2 - Bastet Goddess

Many Egyptians worshipped the goddess Bast, who had a woman’s body and a cat’s head!


3 - Psycho Cats

Approximately 1/3 of cat owners think their pets are able to read their minds.


4 - Lucky Black Cat

While many parts of Europe and North America consider the black cat a sign of bad luck, in Britain and Australia, black cats are considered lucky.


5 - Towser, the exterminator

A commemorative statue was built in Scotland for a cat named Towser, who caught nearly 30,000 mice in her lifetime.


6 - Danger food

Foods that should not be given to cats include onions, garlic, green tomatoes, raw potatoes, chocolate, grapes, and raisins. Though milk is not toxic, it can cause an upset stomach and gas. Tylenol and aspirin are extremely toxic to cats, as are many common houseplants. Feeding cats dog food or canned tuna that´s for human consumption can cause malnutrition.


7 - Free fall

The cat who holds the record for the longest non-fatal fall is Andy. He fell from the 16th floor of an apartment building (about 200 ft/.06 km) and survived!


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Quote by Eleanor Farjeon


29.SEP.14 // MON // OWNNN

"It always gives me shiver when I see a cat seeing what I can´t see!"


   


The origin of the domestic cat


26.SEP.14 // FRI // UTILIDADE

How the cats appeared, and how they allied with humans?

They start with the Proailurus, who lives in Europe about 25 million years ago. He weighed about 45 pounds and, according to genetic studies, it is the ancestor of all the cats we know today, from the largest of the tigers to the smallest of the domestic kittens.

Since then, generations of cats were developing, changing and adapting to the environment, until we get to the latest descendant of the kitten who might be lying there in your lap while you read this article.

Domestication

The domestication began about 10,000 years ago, with the African Wildcat, which despite its name, also lived in the Middle East. And it was there that the first reports of humans living with cats appear.

Since man discovered he could store food, he created a new problem: Rodents started to invade homes and deposits to steal the stocked vegetables and grains.

It is believed that - unlike dogs which were invited to live with humans - cats have made their space themselves, taking advantage of this situation. Since human cities were becoming true deposits of rodents, cats migrated there. And since their service was much appreciated by humans, cats were not expelled.

The cats were very angry and attacked humans were more likely to be driven away or killed, while the tamer ones were gaining space. This process of artificial selection - discard wild cats, stay with tame cats - was, over the generations, shaping the cats we have today.

Unlike the dogs of that time, cats were not fed by humans, after all they needed to be hungry to hunt mice. Because of this, the cats never lose his instinct for hunting and survival. Even today, a stray cat live much better than a street dog, although the situation of the two is sad and should not to happen.

The origin of cat breeds

We saw up there that the meek cats have gained space through artificial selection. It was also through artificial selection that breeds of cats being generated.

To better illustrate this path, I will tell the story of the Sphynx, which is that hairless cat. He is one of the newest cat breeds, having been recognized just in 1998.

Their origin is very simple, in nature now and then an animal is born with some genetic mutation, even we humans: children with white hair, very hairy, without at any hair, albino people, etc ... In 1975 a cat in Canada born without any hair.

Until that, it was a natural mutation. But when this cat grew to breed with other cats, some of the kittens were born hairless too. Owners of this cats began to cross separately only those hairless cats, brother with sister, mother with son, etc. And so this new breed has emerged, all Sphynx is a descendant of that first hairless cat who was born in 1975.

That´s why breed cats (and breed dogs) usually have many problems and diseases. All of them in their origins are the result of crossing with close relatives, reducing genetic diversity and increasing the amount of problems.


   


Quote by George Will


22.SEP.14 // MON // OWNNN

"The phrase domestic cat is an oxymoron."


   



 

Quote by Jane Pauley


15.SEP.14 // MON // OWNNN

"You can not look at a sleeping cat and feel tense."


   


Quote by Faith Resnick


8.SEP.14 // MON // OWNNN

"People that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life!"


   


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