Cats have been domesticated for several thousand years, but most cat owners and practitioners of paganism already know that. This short article is to enlighten readers about some everyday things, about our favorite feline pets. Things that most people do not know about cats today. So here are some fun and interesting facts that you might not know.
First things first, let's talk about kittens, cats and some interesting distinctions.
Do you know what to call a group of kittens or adult cats?
When in a group, kittens are referred to as kindles. While when adult felines gather, they are referred to as clowders. Although new born kittens with their mother and still nursing, these are still generally called litters by cat owners.
An interesting factoid about newborn kittens is the color of their eyes. All cats have blue eyes, when first born. This remains true until about the age of 12 weeks or sooner, but their eyes are blue until such time. At 12 weeks maturity their eyes will change color or possibly remain blue for life. Blue colored eyes is common among white colored cats, such felines are often born or have a higher chance of going deaf.
Now let's discuss kittens, cats and their life expectancy.
An extremely fertile female cat can give birth to many kittens in a litter, as many as 420 is possible. That same female can also be impregnated by multiple males simultaneously. This is why most mother cats give birth to babies of different color combinations.
Only a small percentage of any newborns make it to maturity in the wild. Usually less than 5 percent, but those kittens can live many years. Very healthy and domesticated cats can live up to 16 years old, but the average lifespan is close to 13 or 14.
The longest lifespan of a cat ever recorded was 38 years, plus 3 days. That unusual feline was a female named Creme Puff. She was born in 1967 and was raised by the owner of the two longest living cats in the Guinness Book of World Records. Creme Puff's unusually long lifespan seems to have come from her diet. It consisted of bacon, eggs, broccoli, asparagus and other items. When she died in 2005, her age was three times greater than any normal cat today.
Finally let's examine some specifics about domestic cats today.
Many people do not understand that there is a difference between feral and strays, in reference to cats. Feral cats is a term for domesticated cats, but ones that have been returned to a life in the wilderness. Stray cats is a term specifically for those cats that were domesticated pets, but were abandoned or are lost from their homes. Stray cats are growing in number everyday and are the focus of most cat rescue work worldwide.
Many cat owners do not realize that a single cat can wreck havoc on any local ecological system. A single lost cat in a city block is equivalent to any natural disaster, it will ravage and try to eat everything in the area. It will also try to breed rapidly with males or females in the general area. Approximately 33 species have been wiped out, simply by the advent of feral and stray cats on a global scale.
The saddest fact is that many cats do not have a home today.
Cats were one of the last animals to become domesticated by human beings, so it is our responsibility to help nurture them on the Earth. Today their populations are growing at an alarming rate, so learning more about our global cat community is key to their survival.
Most pet owners are responsible for their cats, but it is something that always must be made a priority. If everyone who owns and fosters an animal would do their part, there would be no homeless cats today. Yet every year, hundred and thousands of cats are abandoned by their owners. Please only take in a cat, if you are willing to keep and care for it. Otherwise, please give it to someone with a more stable home. The cats will thank you.
As lovers of cats and feline owners, it is useful to become knowledgeable about this unusual animal species. Cats are beloved and misunderstood, but are part of our global ecology. It is important to learn more about them, as our pets, as cat owners and as humans that share fellowship with them on the planet.
For more fun information and interesting facts about cats and other pets in general, just search online. There are lots of websites dedicated to felines and their many unique qualities. This is a really great little webpage with 99 cat facts.
If you could give a home to a cat in the local Phoenix area, here is a list of Arizona based adoption and pet rescue agencies. All have animals and pets that are in need of good homes, everyday of the year.
Blessed be to cats and their owners everywhere.