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Cat and Kitten Facts for Kids - 35

There are more than 500 million domestic cats, with either 35 different breeds (according to The Cat Fanciers Association, the world's largest cat registry), or 38 breeds (as recognized by The International Cat Association, the second largest registry).


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If a cat is frightened, the hair stands up fairly evenly all over the body; when the cat threatens or is ready to attack, the hair stands up only in a narrow band along the spine and tail.


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Cats are known to have been fully domesticated in Egypt circa 4000 B.C., where they were highly regarded, which lead some to think it is likely domestic cats evolved from the African wildcat.


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Each day in the US, animal shelters are forced to destroy 30,000 dogs and cats.


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Longest cat whiskers
The record for the longest whisker on a cat measured 19 cm (7.5 in) and belongs to Missi, a Maine coon who lives with her owner, Kaija Kyllönen. The whiskers were measured in Finland on December 22, 2005



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