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Did You Know? Part Two Part One

A kitten is so flexible that she is almost double; the hind parts are equivalent to another kitten with which the forepart plays. She does not discover that her tail belongs to her until you tread upon it.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Did you know? A group of Kittens is known as a Kindle.

I didn't know that!

Two completely "Tailless Manx" cats must never be bred because the kittens are likely to have spinal deformities and die. One parent must have at least some vestiges of a tail.

The short legs of the "Munchkin" make it possible for them to jump to escape predators.

The "Norwegian Forest Cat" will often come down trees head-first.

Although the "Ocicat" was named for its resemblance to the Ocelot, it is not related to it and has no wild blood at all.

Your "Oriental Shorthair" will be healthier and keep its figure better if you feed it an almost fat-free diet.

Today's "Persian" has lost the ability to hunt and fend for itself.

The "Ragdoll's" colour, as with all colour-pointed cats, is not fully developed until it is about two years old, and the cat continues to grow until it is about four years old.

The Russian Emperor "Czar Nicholas II" doted on his pet "Russian Blue" named Vashka.

The "Scottish Folds" are no more prone to ear infections than cats with conventional ears.

The "Selkirk Rex" kittens lose their first curly coat. After it has been shed, coarse hair grows sparsely, eventually being replaced by the fully developed adult coat when they are about ten months old.

All "Siamese" are pure white at birth. The colour-points on the face, ears, tail, feet and legs appear as the kittens mature.

The "Siberian" is Russia's native cat. It has been bred there for more than a thousand years.

The "Singapura" is the smallest breed of cat, its name is Malaysian for Singapore.

The "Snowshoe" is quite a vocal cat, although its voice is softer than that of its Siamese ancestors.

The name "Somali" was chosen for this cat because if its close relationship to the Abyssinian. Somalia and Abyssinia (present-day Ethiopia) are next door neighbours.

The "Sphinx" must always be protected against sunburn as the coat is not substantial enough to screen out the sun's harmful rays.

The "Tonkinese" doesn't always breed true. Only about half of the kittens of two Tonkinese parents will be true to type, which is the reason it is not accepted by some British Associations.

White "Turkish Angoras" with odd-coloured eyes may be deaf in the ear that is on the same side as the blue eye.

The aggressive nature of the "Turkish Van" has been tamed successfully by selective breeding. It is now quite a friendly animal.

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