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S: "One cat just leads to another." - Ernest Hemingway

BC: When God made the world, He chose to put animals in it, and decided to give each whatever it wanted. All the animals formed a long line before His throne, and the cat quietly went to the end of the line. To the elephant and the bear He gave strength, to the rabbit and the deer, swiftness; to the owl, the ability to see at night, to the birds and the butterflies, great beauty; to the fox, cunning; to the monkey, intelligence; to the dog, loyalty; to the lion, courage; to the otter, playfulness. And all these were things the animals begged of God. At last he came to the end of the line, and there sat the little cat, waiting patiently. "What will YOU have?" God asked the cat. The cat shrugged modestly. "Oh, whatever scraps you have left over. I don't mind." "But I'm God. I have everything left over." "Then I'll have a little of everything, please." And God gave a great shout of laughter at the cleverness of this small animal, and gave the cat everything she asked for, adding grace and elegance and, only for her, a gentle purr that would always attract humans and assure her a warm and comfortable home. But he took away her false modesty. - Lenore Fleischer - The Cat's Pajamas

FC: Cats

1: From "The Encyclopedia Britannica". All cats are members of the family Felidea. Interestingly enough, the cat family split from the other mammals at least 40,000,000 years ago, making them one of the oldest mammalian families. All cats share certain characteristics that are unique to the cat family. Cats are pure carnivores. They need a high level of protein in their diets - around 30% - and lack the digestive equipment to do well on a diet of grains, fruits or vegetables. In fact, if you were to design a creature to live from hunting mammals you would have trouble doing better than the design of the cat. If you know cats at all, you know that they have powerful jaws, long, sharp teeth, and claws that draw back into their paws when not in use. A cat retracts its claws by flexing its toes. This protects their sharpness and lets him walk quietly when stalking prey. Cats hear extremely well. The cat's external ear, or pinna, rotates up to 180 degrees to locate and identify even the faintest of squeaks, peeps or rustling noises. They also can detect the tiniest variances in sound, distinguishing differences of as little as one-tenth of a tone, which helps them identify the type and size of the prey emitting the noise. Cats also can hear sounds at great distances — four or five times farther away than humans. In relation to body size, a cat's eyes are bigger than most mammals and are adapted for vision in dim light for hunting (just before dawn and just after dusk, the prime hunting periods). A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor. Most cats have no eyelashes but have a full inner-eyelid, or nictitating membrane. This inner-eyelid serves to help protect the eyes from dryness and damage. Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw and they have true fur - they have both an undercoat and an outer coat. Cats lack a true collarbone. Because of this, cats can generally squeeze their bodies through any space they can get their heads through. To purr, cats use extra tissue in the larynx. This tissue vibrates when they purr. Mother cats teach their kittens to bury their feces to cover their trails from predators. Besides smelling with their nose, cats can smell with an additional organ called the Jacobson's organ, located in the upper surface of the mouth. They also have a vomeronasal organ behind their front teeth that heightens their sense of smell. Cats can't taste sweets. The average cat food meal is equivalent to about five mice. Cat saliva contains a detergent that keeps their fur clean. Aspirin is poisonous to cats. Cats land on their feet because they have a flexible spine. Today there are about 100 distinct breeds of the domestic cat. A group of kittens is called a kindle. A group of cats is a clowder.

2: Kittens are angels with whiskers. ~Author Unknown

3: Confront a child, a puppy, and a kitten with sudden danger; the child will turn instinctively for assistance, the puppy will grovel in abject submission, the kitten will brace its tiny body for a frantic resistance. - Saki

4: Anything not nailed down is a cat toy. | It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens. ~Cynthia E. Varnado

5: A kitten is the most irresistible comedian in the world. Its wide-open eyes gleam with wonder and mirth. It darts madly at nothing at all, and then, as though suddenly checked in the pursuit, prances sideways on its hind legs with ridiculous agility and zeal. - Agnes Repplier | “A kitten is in the animal world what a rosebud is in the garden.” - Robert Southey

6: "The cat has been described as the most perfect animal, the acme of muscular perfection and the supreme example in the animal kingdom of the coordination of mind and muscle." - Roseanne Ambrose Brown | Hunting is not instinctive for cats. In a clowder, one cat will assume the role of mentor for such skills. Kittens born to non-hunting mothers may never learn to hunt.

8: A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes. ~Indian Proverb | The reason cats climb is so that they can look down on almost every other animal - it's also the reason they hate birds. K.C. Buffington

9: "It is in the nature of cats to do a certain amount of unescorted roaming." - Adlai Stevenson

10: You cannot look | "There are people who reshape the world by force or argument, but the cat just lies there, dozing, and the world quietly reshapes itself to suit his comfort and convenience." - Allen and Ivy Dodd

11: at a sleeping cat | and feel tense | - Jane Pauley | Kittens are born with their eyes shut. They open them in about six days, take a look around, then close them again for the better part of their lives. ~Stephen Baker

12: "Cats were put into the world to disprove the dogma that all things were created to serve man." - Paul Gray | I've never understood why women love cats. Cats are independent, they don't listen, they don't come in when you call, they like to stay out all night, come home and expect to be fed and stroked, then want to be left alone and sleep. In other words, every quality that women hate in a man, they love in a cat. Author Unknown

13: "I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul." - Jean Cocteau

14: "Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties." - Walter Lionel George | "To some blind souls all cats are much alike. To a cat lover every cat from the beginning of time has been utterly and amazingly unique." - Jenny de Vries

15: Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat. Mark Twain

16: "With the qualities of cleanliness, affection, patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?" - Fernand Mery

17: A cat is an example of sophistication minus civilization. | "You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals." - George Mikes

18: No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch. - Leo Dworken

19: Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly. - Arnold Edinborough | "If cats could talk, they wouldn't." ~Nan Porter

20: In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him. ~Dereke Bruce

21: People who hate cats will come back as mice in their next life. Faith Resnick

22: "Of all domestic animals the cat is the most expressive. His face is capable of showing a wide range of expressions. His tail is a mirror of his mind. His gracefulness is surpassed only by his agility. And, along with all these, he has a sense of humor." - Walter Chandoha

23: No heaven will not ever Heaven be Unless my cats are there to welcome me.

24: "It doesn't do to be sentimental about cats; the best ones don't respect you for it." - Susan Howatch

25: "Another cat? Of course! There is always room for one more. Each new kitten reaffirms my adoration and respect. I've been fortunate to have loved many, measuring out my life in feline friends who have shared my home, my journey, and my heart." - Elaine Brown

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  • Title: Cats
  • A look at some of the cats in my life.
  • Tags: pets, cats, felines
  • Published: about 8 years ago