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  1. 21% of U.S. households have at least one cat.
  2. The number of cat-owning households grew almost 10% between 2000 and 2015.
  3. 34% of cat-owning households have incomes of $60,000 or more.
  4. 32% of those who own their own home, also own at least one cat.
  5. "Pair bonds" can develop between two cats who live together, or between a cat and a person.
  6. An adult cat has 32 teeth.
  7. Never leave your cat in a vehicle alone.  On summer days, temperatures in an automobile can reach 160 degrees in just minutes, even with the windows cracked.
  8. "PSI trailings" attempt to explain a cat's ability to travel a long distance to return to their home.  It is said they use the earth's gravity to determine "their place" in the world, and to develop the ability to return there when necessary.
  9. According to myth, a cat sleeping with all four paws tucked under means cold weather is coming.
  10. Each year Americans spend four billion dollars on cat food.  That's one billion dollars more than they spend on baby food!
  11. Expect to spend an average of $80 per year on vet bills, for the lifetime of each cat you own.
  12. It costs $7000 to care for one household cat over its lifetime.  This covers only the necessities;  the pampered pet will carry a higher price.
  13. In an average year, American cat owners spend $2.15 billion on cat food and $295 million on kitty litter.
  14. There have been three different cats who have played the famed "Morris the Cat."  The first Morris was adopted from a shelter in 1968.  In 1969 he landed the role of Morris the Cat in the famous 9 Lives Cat Food commercials . . . and was an overnight success!  The first Morris died in 1978 and was subsequently replaced by two more cats who played "Morris."   All three of the "Morris the Cat" cats were rescued from shelters.
  15. Choose your cat toys carefully.   Choose light toys (for tossing), soft toys (for teeth and claws) and toys large enough that they can't be swallowed.
  16. A flashlight makes a great cat toy!   Turn the flashlight on in a dark room, and watch your feline "chase" the beam of light!
  17. To make sure your cat's collar fits properly, make sure you can slip two fingers under the collar, between the collar and your cat's neck.
  18. Cats will always land on their feet as long as they drop from a high enough height to change their position so their their feet are pointing downwards.
  19. Egyptians shaved their eyebrows as a sign of mourning when they lost a beloved cat.
  20. The easiest way to pick up cat hair?   Spray an anti-static spray on the area you want to clean.  Wait one minute, then wipe up the hair with a six inch brush.

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