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Calling all cat people!

Calling all cat people!
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So, you think you’re a cat person? We’ll be the judge of that! Put your kitty knowledge to the test with these 12 questions that will make you appreciate and understand your own favourite feline even more

What is a group of kittens called?

What is a group of kittens called?
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You know that a group of birds is a flock and a group of bees is called a swarm. But did you know that a group of kittens is called a kindle? Once they reach adulthood, however, a group of cats is called a clowder, notes the Alpine Animal Hospital. And just for good measure, you should know that a female cat is called a queen and a male cat is called a tom!

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At what age is a cat no longer considered a kitten?

At what age is a cat no longer considered a kitten?
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Cats are technically considered kittens until they turn one year old, according to The Nest.  It’s at this point when they reach a final plateau in growth and when their kitten-like tendencies really mellow out. They technically reach sexual maturity around six months to a year (which is when reproductive instincts and abilities kick in), and all their adult teeth are usually in by seven months.

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What is the average length of a cat pregnancy?

What is the average length of a cat pregnancy?
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Unlike humans, who carry their babies for nine whole months, cats are pregnant for only about two months, per FetchWeb MD. Even crazier, you might not even realise that you’re about to become a kitty grandparent. Sign of a cat pregnancy include increased appetite, enlarged or darkened nipples around two weeks in, morning sickness, and a swollen belly. It’s still pretty tricky to decipher whether a cat is pregnant or not without an ultrasound, but if your cat is exhibiting these signs, pay a visit to your vet.

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Do cats have more or fewer bones than humans?

Do cats have more or fewer bones than humans?
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If you guessed fewer, you’re incorrect! Though it’s counterintuitive given their small size, cats actually have more bones than humans. While humans have 206 bones in their body, cats have between 230 and 250, depending on the cat. The average cat typically has 244, according to Family Pet.

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True or false: a cat has been to outer space

True or false: a cat has been to outer space
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This is surprisingly true, reports Space.com. A French feline by the name of Felicette went to space on October 18th, 1963. Her 15-minute ride nearly 185 kilometres above Earth exposed her to 9.5 Gs of force, and she was weightless for a short amount of time. This cat is the first and only cat to go to space, and she appropriately earned the nickname ‘Astrocat.’

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What is the average life span of an indoor, domesticated cat?

What is the average life span of an indoor, domesticated cat?
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Indoor cats have an average life span of 12 to 18 years, though many cats can live into their 20s. The oldest cat (that we know of) was 38, reports VetWest Animal Hospitals. Regarding their development, Purina says that the first year of a cat’s life is equivalent to about 15 years of a human’s life, at age two they are on par with a 25-year-old human, and every year after that is roughly equal to seven human years.

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How fast can a domesticated cat run?

How fast can a domesticated cat run?
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Believe it or not, domesticated cats can reach speeds of nearly 50 kilometres per hour, says Purina UK.  This may sound surprising, but it makes sense when you think about how quickly they race from one end of the house to the other. For comparison, a cheetah can get up to around 120 kilometres per hour.

What are the three primary ways cats mark their scent?

What are the three primary ways cats mark their scent?
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You probably know the most obvious way a cat spreads its scent – that’d be through urine marking or spraying – but that’s not the only way they do so. Cats also mark their scent by cheek-rubbing via scent glands on the face and by clawing/scratching via scent glands on their paws, explains Cat Behaviour Associates.

True or false: cats are nocturnal creatures

True or false: cats are nocturnal creatures
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False! Though it’s a commonly perpetuated myth, cats are not nocturnal creatures. Instead, they’re what is referred to as crepuscular, explains Hill’s Pet, which means that they’re most active during dawn and dusk. These are optimal hunting hours, and the sleeping habits are left over from their ancestors. You may notice your cat gets the zoomies around this time – or that it’s eager to wake you up at the crack of dawn for breakfast!

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