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* 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.
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