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2012-05-22 11:05:44 AM  
4. The whiskers on a cat's face are used to help him navigate in restricted spaces or in darkness...

I thought this was well known.

8. Kitten teeth are sharper than adult cat teeth

And everyone who's been around kittens has the scars to prove it.
 
2012-05-22 11:29:04 AM  
FTA: Outdoor cats get street cred, but they usually only live about 3 years!

I'm assuming by 'outdoor cats,' they mean domesticated cats that the owners just happen to let them wander outside every so often.

If that is the case, I wish they would have included more information as to why outdoor cats have shorter lives. Now I'm actually going to have to Google it. *sigh*
 
2012-05-22 11:41:14 AM  

Cythraul: FTA: Outdoor cats get street cred, but they usually only live about 3 years!

I'm assuming by 'outdoor cats,' they mean domesticated cats that the owners just happen to let them wander outside every so often.

If that is the case, I wish they would have included more information as to why outdoor cats have shorter lives. Now I'm actually going to have to Google it. *sigh*


Yeah. I mean, shiat - I have gators and snapping turtles in my neighborhood. And the outdoor cats the neighbors across the street have been here since I moved in six years ago.
 
2012-05-22 11:42:35 AM  
I knew the baby daddy one. We had a female and two males and she had a litter. Half of them were tuxedo cats like one of the males, and the other half were straight black cats like the other male.
 
2012-05-22 11:55:02 AM  

jaylectricity: I knew the baby daddy one. We had a female and two males and she had a litter. Half of them were tuxedo cats like one of the males, and the other half were straight black cats like the other male.


Haha! Your cat's a slut!
 
2012-05-22 11:58:19 AM  

Diogenes: jaylectricity: I knew the baby daddy one. We had a female and two males and she had a litter. Half of them were tuxedo cats like one of the males, and the other half were straight black cats like the other male.

Haha! Your cat's a slut!


It's only slutty if his cat got it on with both of the males at the same time.
 
2012-05-22 12:00:26 PM  

Cythraul: Diogenes: jaylectricity: I knew the baby daddy one. We had a female and two males and she had a litter. Half of them were tuxedo cats like one of the males, and the other half were straight black cats like the other male.

Haha! Your cat's a slut!

It's only slutty if his cat got it on with both of the males at the same time.


Kiddie Kitty porn?
 
2012-05-22 12:04:49 PM  
Obligatory:

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-05-22 12:05:26 PM  
My friends live on a farm and had some outdoor farm cats...had about 15. There are none left. They either all ran away or got eated.
 
2012-05-22 12:08:09 PM  
I knew all those except for the "kindle" one. Didn't know I could use my cats to read books. Maybe that was why they always tried laying on my chest. They wanted me to read!
 
2012-05-22 12:08:52 PM  
see these eyes so green... I can stare for a thousand years...

// with GAS-o-LINE!
 
2012-05-22 12:09:46 PM  

Flab: 4. The whiskers on a cat's face are used to help him navigate in restricted spaces or in darkness...

I thought this was well known.

8. Kitten teeth are sharper than adult cat teeth

And everyone who's been around kittens has the scars to prove it.


I had a kitten latch on to my finger once during a particularly vigorous play session. It wasn't pretty.

Hadda get a shot and everything.


Also, I knew all of those facts, so there article!
 
2012-05-22 12:10:49 PM  
 
2012-05-22 12:13:23 PM  

Cythraul: FTA: Outdoor cats get street cred, but they usually only live about 3 years!

I'm assuming by 'outdoor cats,' they mean domesticated cats that the owners just happen to let them wander outside every so often.

If that is the case, I wish they would have included more information as to why outdoor cats have shorter lives. Now I'm actually going to have to Google it. *sigh*


It's simple really; there are many more potential hazards outside. Cars, larger animals, diseases and parasites, eating something poisonous/toxic. I'd always heard the estimated lifespan as closer to 6 or 7 years, but still greatly reduced compared to an indoor cat.

And the part about the wagging tails: it's been my observation that it's not necessarily a sign of affection, but more of an indicator that they are excited. Of course it's not hard to tell if a cat likes you, the purring is a dead giveaway.
 
2012-05-22 12:13:36 PM  

CrazedHatter: Flab: 4. The whiskers on a cat's face are used to help him navigate in restricted spaces or in darkness...

I thought this was well known.

8. Kitten teeth are sharper than adult cat teeth

And everyone who's been around kittens has the scars to prove it.

I had a kitten latch on to my finger once during a particularly vigorous play session. It wasn't pretty.

Hadda get a shot and everything.


Also, I knew all of those facts, so there article!


Pull your sleeve over your hand when playing with a cat like that ... the added protection of a layer of cloth helps and they often "play" more because it's not actually your hand.
 
2012-05-22 12:14:48 PM  
I knew all of those except the # muscles in the ear, and the popular name one.

BFD
 
2012-05-22 12:14:50 PM  
Those are all pretty well known.
 
2012-05-22 12:16:08 PM  
A group of cats is NOT called a "kindle". A group of cats is called a "clowder". A group of kittens is called a "kindle".

Why do all of these lists of facts typically have glaring errors?
 
2012-05-22 12:16:41 PM  

Cythraul: FTA: Outdoor cats get street cred, but they usually only live about 3 years!

I'm assuming by 'outdoor cats,' they mean domesticated cats that the owners just happen to let them wander outside every so often.

If that is the case, I wish they would have included more information as to why outdoor cats have shorter lives. Now I'm actually going to have to Google it. *sigh*


For the most part, cats in my family were allowed in/out at will, and they farked with us repeatedly by sitting at the door.
Outdoor cats get in fights, attacked by other beasts ('coons, possum, squirrels), brush up against the wrong thing (cacti), more prone to infection, more likely to eat something they shouldn't, trapped somewhere (i.e. sneak into storage shed and get locked in) or fall prey to the neighborhood Jeffrey Dahmer.

Indoor cats do battle with couches and scratching posts, eat only table scraps and boxed/bagged/canned (pew!) stuff and only occassionaly get trapped in the dryer.

Kittens have sharper teeth; no way in hell this fact is obscure.
 
2012-05-22 12:16:42 PM  

Neondistraction: Cythraul: FTA: Outdoor cats get street cred, but they usually only live about 3 years!

I'm assuming by 'outdoor cats,' they mean domesticated cats that the owners just happen to let them wander outside every so often.

If that is the case, I wish they would have included more information as to why outdoor cats have shorter lives. Now I'm actually going to have to Google it. *sigh*

It's simple really; there are many more potential hazards outside. Cars, larger animals, diseases and parasites, eating something poisonous/toxic. I'd always heard the estimated lifespan as closer to 6 or 7 years, but still greatly reduced compared to an indoor cat.

And the part about the wagging tails: it's been my observation that it's not necessarily a sign of affection, but more of an indicator that they are excited. Of course it's not hard to tell if a cat likes you, the purring is a dead giveaway.


It depends on how they're moving their tales. Short, quick flicks mean anger or frustration, and longer swoops means she's more in the mood to play. At least, that's how I can read my cat.
 
2012-05-22 12:17:57 PM  
knew 5, list bites, headline sucks.


Neondistraction: And the part about the wagging tails: it's been my observation that it's not necessarily a sign of affection, but more of an indicator that they are excited.


I would imagine most people's experience can echo this, as mine does.

/what? saying "This." got old...
 
2012-05-22 12:18:58 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer:
It depends on how they're moving their tales. Short, quick flicks mean anger or frustration, and longer swoops means she's more in the mood to play. At least, that's how I can read my cat.


That's what I gather too. When my cat does what we call "rattlesnake tail" he's pretty annoyed with you.
 
2012-05-22 12:19:11 PM  

Flab: 4. The whiskers on a cat's face are used to help him navigate in restricted spaces or in darkness...

I thought this was well known.

8. Kitten teeth are sharper than adult cat teeth

And everyone who's been around kittens has the scars to prove it.


yup
 
2012-05-22 12:20:02 PM  
yes cats can have more than one baby daddy. THEY HAVE TWO UTERI

from wiki
Bipartite
The two uteri are separate for most of their length, but share a single cervix. Found in ruminants (deer, moose, elk etc.), and cats.

and the rest of this was i thought common knowledge to all cat people since you know kittens like to bite while playing and other such things.

Also whiskers can help a cat trap prey that is cornered by making a cone that if the prey dodges into they can know the direction very fast and automatically move in that direction and they also tell most cats weather or not they can fit through something. MOST CATS Obviously a few seconds on Youtube can show you not all of them use that tool. Hilarity ensues!

yeah i was hoping for something awesome in that article i did not know.

Nao i haz a sad
 
2012-05-22 12:20:38 PM  

CrazedHatter: Flab: 4. The whiskers on a cat's face are used to help him navigate in restricted spaces or in darkness...

I thought this was well known.

8. Kitten teeth are sharper than adult cat teeth

And everyone who's been around kittens has the scars to prove it.

I had a kitten latch on to my finger once during a particularly vigorous play session. It wasn't pretty.

Hadda get a shot and everything.


Also, I knew all of those facts, so there article!


what was the shot for?
 
2012-05-22 12:20:47 PM  
I just adopted a cat from the shelter last month, and over-night I became a crazy cat lady.

/biggest sweetheart ever
//has diarrhea and was about to be put down because no one would adopt her.
///named her DireKitty for Game of Thrones. Sometimes I call her BrownWind because of her poop issues.
 
2012-05-22 12:21:48 PM  
my outdoor cats have always lived long, healthy lives, but I do take great care to only live in quiet areas with little traffic. then again, my current cat was saved when my then housemate's two dogs chased off a coyote right before my eyes.

Teamwork!
 
2012-05-22 12:22:10 PM  
Only one I didn't know what that a group of cats is called a kindle.
 
2012-05-22 12:22:32 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer:

It depends on how they're moving their tales. Short, quick flicks mean anger or frustration, and longer swoops means she's more in the mood to play. At least, that's how I can read my cat.


Yeah, that sounds about right.
 
2012-05-22 12:22:59 PM  
11) Male cats tend to be more human-centric with their affection.
12) Cats that are not introduced to humans before turning 6 weeks old generally display distrust in human companions and visitors.

If you want an affectionate cat that loves to be around people, strangers or not, get a male kitten that has been raised with and around humans. The more early human interaction, the better "people-cats" they will be.
 
2012-05-22 12:23:01 PM  

Naeva: The My Little Pony Killer:
It depends on how they're moving their tales. Short, quick flicks mean anger or frustration, and longer swoops means she's more in the mood to play. At least, that's how I can read my cat.

That's what I gather too. When my cat does what we call "rattlesnake tail" he's pretty annoyed with you.


When my cat flicks his tail it means he's pissed off and you are about to be in pain.
 
2012-05-22 12:23:52 PM  
stupid article is stupid.

I knew all of these, and have for a very long time.

/yes
//three, why do you ask?
///heh
 
2012-05-22 12:24:17 PM  
How about the fact that they will give you brain worms? read: toxoplasmosis.
 
2012-05-22 12:24:53 PM  
11. Cats carry toxoplasmosis, which can infect humans, causing brain cancer, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia.

/It's too late for me, because I grew up with the furry assassins.
 
2012-05-22 12:25:10 PM  
Cats give you cancer.
 
2012-05-22 12:26:16 PM  

Cythraul: FTA: Outdoor cats get street cred, but they usually only live about 3 years!

I'm assuming by 'outdoor cats,' they mean domesticated cats that the owners just happen to let them wander outside every so often.

If that is the case, I wish they would have included more information as to why outdoor cats have shorter lives. Now I'm actually going to have to Google it. *sigh*


They must mean either feral cats or cats who are never allowed inside. I and plenty of my neighbors have had outdoor cats, meaning they go outside whenever they want, but can come in too, and those cats seem to live about as long as the indoors-only cats. The reason the never-inside, particularly feral, ones live short lives is that they get into fights, get injured, get eaten by coyotes, become diseased, starve, etc. The world is a nasty and dangerous place for a feral cat.

My current indoor-only cat just turned 20.
 
2012-05-22 12:26:30 PM  
Sheldon Cooper taught me the clowder name.
 
2012-05-22 12:26:52 PM  
Had outdoor feral cats around my old house, if the highway didn't take care of them, winter did.
 
2012-05-22 12:26:55 PM  

Diogenes: jaylectricity: I knew the baby daddy one. We had a female and two males and she had a litter. Half of them were tuxedo cats like one of the males, and the other half were straight black cats like the other male.

Haha! Your cat's a slut!


No way! It was a loving bigamous relationship!
 
2012-05-22 12:27:43 PM  
Thread needs more Cat Facts.
 
2012-05-22 12:28:38 PM  
list is stupid and/or wrong.

/five
//can herd them
 
2012-05-22 12:29:22 PM  
how to disable your cat:Link (youtube, pops)
 
2012-05-22 12:29:29 PM  

Khellendros: A group of cats is NOT called a "kindle". A group of cats is called a "clowder". A group of kittens is called a "kindle".

Why do all of these lists of facts typically have glaring errors?


I see what you did there...
 
2012-05-22 12:29:54 PM  

Khellendros: A group of cats is NOT called a "kindle". A group of cats is called a "clowder". A group of kittens is called a "kindle".

Why do all of these lists of facts typically have glaring errors?


not so, says the Free Dictionary (m-w.com wants me to join for that word...)

they are synonyms.
 
2012-05-22 12:30:04 PM  
I thought it was a "sack" of kittens.
 
2012-05-22 12:31:41 PM  

seadoo2006: 11) Male cats tend to be more human-centric with their affection.


I've noticed this too. I've known 3 female kittens that were very affectionate, but when they got older that faded quite a bit. They'd still seek attention every now and then, but it had to be on their terms. They were also slower to warm up to new people. I've only known 1 male kitten, but he remained very affectionate even after he'd grown up, and he wasn't skittish around new people. I've also known several adult male cats that were friendly and affectionate.

I'm sure there are exceptions but that's been what I've experienced.
 
2012-05-22 12:32:01 PM  

eviljimbo: how to disable your cat:Link (youtube, pops)


Yep, that's a reflex from when they are kittens so the mother can carry them where they need to go. People should know though, only hold a full grown cat like that while supporting them ... never lift the full weight of the cat from the scruff of their necks.

It's a pretty fascinating reflex though, for sure.
 
2012-05-22 12:32:44 PM  

Khellendros: A group of cats is NOT called a "kindle". A group of cats is called a "clowder". A group of kittens is called a "kindle".

Why do all of these lists of facts typically have glaring errors?


I learned "A group of cats is a clowder, or a glaring. That's the kind of thing you ought to know now that we have one" from a "Big Bang Theory" episode.

"He's so Zazzy!"
 
2012-05-22 12:32:51 PM  

wantingout: How about the fact that they will give you brain worms? read: toxoplasmosis.


Uh, I suppose if you're stupid enough to eat from their litter box.
 
2012-05-22 12:33:19 PM  

Cythraul: FTA: Outdoor cats get street cred, but they usually only live about 3 years!

I'm assuming by 'outdoor cats,' they mean domesticated cats that the owners just happen to let them wander outside every so often.

If that is the case, I wish they would have included more information as to why outdoor cats have shorter lives. Now I'm actually going to have to Google it. *sigh*


No, they mean felis domesticus, but feral--no owner. Either stray or born feral. Lots of things can happen to them. They can get sick, or get run over by cars, or get eaten by coyotes. Coyotes are a rapidly increasing threat, as they're adapting fast to the now-friendly urban environment.

Indoor/outdoor cats aren't the same as ferals, because since they have owners, they generally get vet care and get sheltered from inclement weather. Also, a spayed or neutered animal is going to live longer. A female because she won't wear out from litter after litter after litter, a male because he won't get torn apart in fight after fight and won't be exposed to as much danger prowling far and wide looking for tail.
 
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