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Cats Are Heavenly, Too

April 30, 2007

Greg Stier, the fearless leader over at Dare 2 Share has amazing insight about things biblical, things related to teenagers, and especially things related to biblical teenagers. I read his blog faithfully and almost always find myself nodding my head emphatically at what he has to say. I must say that his most recent post did NOT get the nod from me.

By way of defending my four-legged feline friends, in particular one that has been my friend for longer than my kids have been alive, I put together some important things everyone should know about cats:

A cat can jump 7 times as high as its tail. When cats jump their footpads absorb the shock of landing. Dogs can jump to only twice their own height and have little control over how they land.

If a cat falls, it has the ability to right itself and land on its feet before hitting the ground due to the way his/her inner ear canal is designed.

Cats have incredible night vision and only need 1/6th of the light humans need in order to see. Dogs rely on their sense of smell because their eyesight isn’t as good.

A cat’s hearing capability is five times greater than that of a human. A cat can rotate its ears 180 degrees and can locate the source of a sound ten times faster than the most capable watchdog.

A cat can sprint at 30 miles per hour.

A cat can be either right-pawed or left-pawed.

Cats have about 100 different vocalization sounds. In comparison, dogs have about 10.

A cat’s brain is more similar to a human’s brain than that of a dog.

In relation to their body size, cats have the largest eyes of any mammal.

Both humans and cats have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion.

The cat does not have a true collarbone and can therefore squeeze its body through most spaces that its head fits through. Whiskers act as radar and help the cat gauge the space it is contemplating to walk through.

Tests done by the Behavioral Department of the Musuem of Natural History conclude that while a dog’s memory lasts about 5 minutes, a cat’s recall can last as long as 16 hours.

According to tests performed by Donald Adams, D.V.M., the cat possesses a surprisingly high level of intelligence and can remember problem solving strategies and use insight to “think” their way out of situations. Their curiosity stems from their intelligence and they will work endlessly and desperately to obtain the results they want.

In 1987, cats overtook dogs as the number one pet in America. In the U.S., households earning $60,000 or more annually are twice as likely to have a cat than a dog.

A couple of additional personal thoughts:

  • Cats aren’t needy, like dogs and they don’t slobber.
  • Cats don’t take a drink from their water bowl and slosh three-quarters of it out of their mouths across the entirety of the kitchen floor.
  • Cats use a litterbox, so you don’t have to go out and hunt all over the yard for an afternoon for evidence they’ve been there, or suffer stepping in said evidence first.
  • You can leave a cat, when you go on vacation, with enough food and water and they’ll be just fine when you return–no boarding fees necessary.
  • Cats don’t empty the trashcan, beg at the table, or chew your precious possessions into oblivion.

Dogs certainly have their place, but I’ll take cats any day!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 30, 2007 12:34 pm

    At least we have Jesus in common! He breaks down the wall between Jew and Gentile, bond and free, cat lover and dog lover…right?

  2. April 30, 2007 1:08 pm

    Most definitely, Greg. I’ll forgive you for coming down on the side of the dogs… 🙂 Keep up the great work over there at Dare 2 Share. Awesome things are happening!

  3. Lynda permalink
    April 30, 2007 1:55 pm

    Love kitties, and love doggies too! Not crazy about hair left behind by either, but pets do make life a little sweeter and I wouldn’t want to be without either my cats or my dog! They are always good for comic relief after a long day at work!

  4. May 1, 2007 9:48 am

    I was going to further the cat defense by saying they don’t drink out of the toilet bowl… but I caught the Sphynx precariously balanced doing the dirty deed. However, I also recently caught him chattering at a bird for the first time…very cool. I love both cats and dogs equally.

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