1. Cats are America's most popular pets: there are 88 million cats compared to 74 million dogs.
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  2. A genetic study in 2007 concluded that domestic cats are descended from Near Eastern wildcats, having diverged around 8,000 BCE in West Asia.
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  3. Every year, nearly four million cats are eaten in China as a delicacy.
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  4. Cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear while humans have only 6.
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  5. There are
    more than
    70
    cat breeds.
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  6. Cats can't taste sweetness.
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  7. Cats sleep for
    70% of their lives.
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  8. Some cats have survived falls from over 32 stories (105 meters) onto concrete, due largely to their “righting reflex.”
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  9. The longest cat ever measured 48.5 inches (1.23 m) when fully stretched out.
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  10. Owning a cat can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes by more than a third, researchers found.
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  11. Adult cats only meow to communicate with humans.
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  12. The CIA spent US$20 million in the 60s training cats to spy on the Soviets. The first spy cat was hit by a taxi.
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  13. One study found neutered male cats live 62% longer than unneutered ones.
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  14. In Korea and Japan, there is a Cat Cafe where you can go to drink coffee and hang out with cats for hours.
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  15. Cats recognize owners' voices but seem too cool to care, according to a study.
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  16. Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats.
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  17. Cats have
    three eyelids.
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  18. Black cats are considered to bring
    good luck
    in Japan.
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  19. Cats have +100 sounds in their vocal repertoire,
    while dogs have only 10.
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  20. A fingerprint is to a human as a nose is to a cat.
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  21. The world's smallest cat is called "Tinker Toy" and he's just 2.75 inches (7 cm) tall.
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  22. There's a theater in Russia where all the actors are cats.
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  23. A cat called "Dusty" produced 420 kittens during her breeding life, a world record.
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  24. Cleaning a cat's litter box can get you Toxoplasmosis if the cat is infected. While pregnant, it can cause your baby to be born with cerebral palsy, seizures, and mental retardation.
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  25. The first cloned cat was called "CC", short for "Carbon Copy."
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  26. In Switzerland, some people still regularly eat dog and cat meat. It's legal in the country.
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  27. In Ancient Egypt, killing a cat, even accidentally, incurred the death penalty.
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  28. In 2009, an accused Florida man said his cat downloaded child porn, not him.
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  29. Declawing cats is legal in most U.S. states but banned in at least 22 countries including Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
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  30. In 1963, a cat called "Felicette" became the first feline in space.
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  31. Cats are believed to be responsible for the extinction of several species of animals.
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  32. Research has shown that domestic cats never forgive. They fail to show signs of reconciliation like other animals do.
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  33. A physicist made his cat the co-author of his scientific paper to avoid replacing "we" with "I" throughout his paper.
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  34. Cats sweat through their paws.
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  35. Cats can dream. They produce the same brain wave patterns that we do when we dream.
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  36. Cats can get sick or die from eating chocolate.
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  37. More than 86,000 people are injured by tripping over their cats and dogs every year in the U.S.
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  38. Cat kidneys
    are so efficient
    they can rehydrate
    by drinking seawater.
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  39. Cats can swallow and digest their food without chewing it.
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  40. Cats can't see
    directly below their noses.
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  41. Scientists have created glow-in-the-dark cats by inserting the jellyfish protein that codes for bioluminescence into their genome.
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  42. A cat's tail contains nearly 10% of all the bones in its body.
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  43. The Guinness World Records stopped awarding the fattest cats or any other animal to discourage deliberate overfeeding.
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  44. Cats can become addicted to tuna and refuse to eat anything else, becoming what's known as 'tuna junkies.'
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  45. Cats share 95.6% of their DNA with tigers.
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  46. Cats, from lions and tigers right down to domestic felines, cannot taste anything sweet.
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  47. Scientists believe cats are afraid of water because their ancestors lived in an area with very few large bodies of water and never had to learn how to swim.
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  48. Dogs and cats tend to be right-pawed or left-pawed.
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  49. Charles Domery, a Polish soldier of the 18th century, was recorded as having eaten 174 cats in a year.
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  50. A cat nicknamed "Unsinkable Sam" survived the sinking of three separate ships during WW2.
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  51. 93% of dogs and 75 % of cats that go missing in the U.S. are returned safely, a study found.
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  52. A cat has been the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for 15 years.
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  53. The oldest video of cats on YouTube dates from 1894.
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  54. Cats can hear higher-pitched sounds than either dogs or humans.
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  55. A cat inherited a fortune of US$13 million from its owner in Italy.
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  56. Cats enjoy music that uses similar frequencies to those used to communicate with other felines.
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  57. A cat's brain can store 1,000 times more data than an iPad.
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  58. According to his wife Mary, Abraham Lincoln's hobby was cats.
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  59. 1 in 200 cats suffer from asthma.
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  60. Cats are such picky eaters because they are naturally driven to eat foods with a preferred ratio of protein to fat: 1 to 0.4.
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  61. Cats can't see treats right in front of their faces.
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  62. Abraham Lincoln loved cats and once let one eat from the table during a formal White House dinner.
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  63. 64% of Americans allegedly prefer their cats' company to their significant others, a survey found.
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  64. The Persians, fully aware of the reverence that Egyptians paid to their felines, rounded up as many cats as they could find and set them loose on the battlefield.
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  65. Lab tests have shown that cats don't love you the way dogs do. Tests has shown that a dog releases Oxytocin (the "love hormone") in their brains at much higher levels when compared to cats.
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  66. In 2012, a cat named Orlando beat top investment bankers in a year long investment competition, which he chose by throwing his favorite mouse toy at a grid to select companies to invest in.
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  67. The average Australian cat eats more fish per year than the average Australian.
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