10. Give up on the staring contest - your cat does not need to regularly blink to keep their eyes lubricated!
9. Cats have 32 muscles that control their ears allowing them to rotate them independently to track sounds. Humans only have 6 muscles controlling ear movement.
8. Cats often have a dominant paw. Watch them playing to determine if your cat is right-handed or a south paw!
6. Cats only chew with an up and down motion without the side to side movement seen in humans and dogs. This is probably why they aren't much for bubble gum!
5. Most cats have 5 toes on their front feet and 4 on their back feet. Extra toes (up to 7 on a foot!) are relatively common and called polydactylism or "mitten kittens".
4. During an exam we always take your cat's temperature but don't be surprised when we give the results! A normal temperature is 101-102.5F. Normal heart rate is around 200 beats per minutes.
2. Cats purr at the same frequency as an idling diesel engine, about 26 cycles per second. The continuous sound is made on both inhalation and exhalation.
1. Catnip only affects 50-75% of cats. If cats sniff the herb it tends to has a stimulatory effect while ingestion usually causes sedation. Some cats become more aggressive rather than relaxed when exposed to catnip so make sure to monitor each cat's reaction if you have a multi-cat home!