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  1. A group of cats is called a "clowder"

  2. A cat can't climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat's paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down.

  3. Cats are North America's most popular pets: there are 73 million cats compared to 63 million dogs. Over 30% of households in North America own a cat.

  4. The group of words associated with cat (catt, cath, chat, katze) stem from the Latin catus, meaning domestic cat, as opposed to feles, or wild cat

  5. A cat's hearing is better than a dog's. And a cat can hear high-frequency sounds up to two octaves higher than a human.

  6. A cat can travel at a top speed of approximately 31 mph (49 km) over a short distance.

  7. A cat can jump up to five times its own height in a single bound.

  8. Some cats have survived falls of over 65 feet (20 meters), due largely to their "righting reflex."

  9. Most veterinarians believe that a cat purrs by vibrating vocal folds deep in the throat. To do this, a muscle in the larynx opens and closes the air passage about 25 times per second.

  10. Most cats give birth to a litter of between one and nine kittens. The largest known litter ever produced was 19 kittens.

  11. Smuggling a cat out of ancient Egypt was punishable by death.

  12. The earliest ancestor of the modern cat lived about 30 million years ago.

  13. The biggest wildcat today is the Siberian Tiger.

  14. The smallest wildcat today is the Black-footed cat.

  15. In Britain and Australia, black cats are considered lucky.