Four Fun Cat Facts

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A normal cat spends about 2/3 of each day sleeping. This means that a nine year old cat has only been awake for three years of its life.

The color points on Siamese kittens develop in response to temperature. Siamese cats carry albino genes that only work at temperatures above 98˚F. At birth, all Siamese kittens are white or cream colored with no points because of the warm environment of the mother’s uterus. The extremities (ears, legs, and tail) are cooler than the rest of the body at normal room temperature, so the color points will begin to develop several days after birth. If these kittens were to be left in a very warm room, their points wouldn’t darken.

For short distances, cats can run at speeds up to 31 miles per hour. Olympic champion Usain Bolt averages about 24 miles per hour.

Cats can jump over five feet from a standstill. This would be the equivalent of a 6 foot tall person jumping 30 feet (the current world record for the standing long jump is 12 feet 2.75 inches).

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