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A house cat spends 70% of its time sleeping.


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The phrase 'raining cats and dogs' originated in 17th Century England. During heavy downpours of rain, many of these poor animals unfortunately drowned and their bodies would be seen floating in the rain torrents that raced through the streets. The situation gave the appearance that it had literally rained 'cats and dogs' and led to the current expression.


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It is a common belief that cats are color blind; but recent studies have shown that cats can see blue, green, and red.


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Purring is part of every cat's repertoire of social communication, apparently created by the movement of air in spasms through contractions of the diaphragm. Interestingly, purring is sometimes heard in cats who are severely ill or anxious, perhaps as a self-comforting vocalization. But, more typically, it is a sign of contentment, first heard in kittens as they suckle milk from their mother.


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A group of adult cats is called a clowder.



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