Caturday Cat Facts #1

   Photo Credit:  Pixabay  (CC0 Public Domain)

Photo Credit: Pixabay (CC0 Public Domain)

ASTROCAT:  A female street cat from France named Félicette is the only cat ever to have gone into space. Her 1963 space mission lasted 15 minutes, reaching a height of 97 miles. Félicette returned to earth safely after her capsule parachuted to Earth. [1]

RHYMES WITH CHOWDER:  A group of cats is called a clowder. [2]

POPULARITY CONTEST:  John Bradshaw, author of Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet, writes: "The domestic cat is the most popular pet in the world today. Across the globe, domestic cats outnumber 'man’s best friend,' the dog, by as many as three to one." [3]

THE NOSE KNOWS:  A cat’s sense of smell is 14 times stronger than a human’s. [4]

WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM—EXCEPT CATS:  Cats cannot taste sweets because they lack a sweet taste receptor. If your cat likes ice cream or other sweet desserts, it is because they are attracted to some other appealing content like: the fat content, salts, amino acids, the smell, etc. [5]

 

 

References

[1] "Félicette." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 02 Jan. 2016.
[2] "Clowder." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 02 Jan. 2016. 
[3] Bradshaw, John. Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet. New York, NY: Basic, 2013. Print.
[4] "Cats' Superior Sense of Smell." About.com Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Jan. 2016.
[5] Biello, David. "Strange but True: Cats Cannot Taste Sweets." Scientific American. Scientific American, 16 Aug. 2007. Web. 02 Jan. 2016.

Posted on January 8, 2016 and filed under Articles, Caturday Cat Facts.