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Thank you for subscribing to Cat Facts, courtesy of Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Attack of the Factoids.

* Cats can hear sounds as high as 50,000 vibrations per second— people can’t hear above the low 20,000s.

* Cats don’t have a great sense of taste, so they make food choices based on texture, scent, and appearance.

* Male cats were called rams or boars until 1760, when an anonymous writer published The Life and Adventures of a Cat. Its main character, Tom, achieved widespread popularity, and male cats got a new name: tomcats.

* Historians say you can probably thank (or blame) the Pilgrims for bringing the first domestic cats to the New World.

* Siamese cats are mostly white when they’re born. The markings come later.

* There are about 77.7 million pet cats in the United States.

* Nearly a third of all households have at least one cat. The average cat-owning home has 2.2 cats. About half of all American pet cats get presents during the holidays.

(Image credit: Steve Jurvetson)

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The article above is reprinted with permission from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Attack of the Factoids. Weighing in at over 400 pages, it's a fact-a-palooza of obscure information.

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2.2 cats? The Quantum nature of cat lives dictates that the quantity of cats must be expressed in whole numbers only. You either have a cat, or you don't. You can't have a cat that's there and also not there!

Unless you don't look into the box.
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