September is a Catastic Month!
Wednesday, September 28th – Alli Boyer, Youth Services
September is Happy Cat Month and, as a cat owner, that makes me happy! Here are some cool facts about cats that I never knew:
*A house cat’s genome is 95.6% tiger!
*Cats have an extra organ that helps the TASTE scents in the air – which is why they sometimes stare at you with their mouth open.
*Cats have nearly twice the amount of neurons in their cerebral cortex than dogs.
*Cats walk like camels or giraffes, by moving both of their right feet at the same time, then both of their left feet at the same time. No other animal walks this way!
*Cats will refuse an unpalatable food to the point of starvation (you can’t out-stubborn a cat).
*Cats have up to 100 different vocalizations while dogs only have 10.
*When your cat sticks its butt in your face, it’s a gesture of friendship!
*A group of kittens is called a “kindle.”
*Each cat’s nose print is unique, much like human fingerprints!
To celebrate this Happy Cat Month, you can read a book about some happy cats – maybe even read it to your own happy cat! Here are some of our favorites:
*Pete the Cat
*The Tiger Who Came to Tea
*They All Saw a Cat
*Spot, the Cat
*Homer the Library Cat
*I Love Cats!
*Splat the Cat
And because I love him, here’s my cat, Chauncey!