Unlike "dog people" who appreciate the obedience and faithfulness of man's best friend, "cat people" appreciate a feline's independent nature. Hints of their wild relatives seep through in their playful "hunting" behavior and general sass. But like any good owner knows, cats require at least some degree of pampering.
Cats are native to every continent except Australia and Antarctica.
The largest breed of cat is the tiger, which may reach 9 feet (2.74 meters) in length, excluding the tail.
Cats are largely color-blind but their sense of smell and hearing are very well developed.
Modern cat shows started in London in 1871. In the United States, the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) came about in 1906 and has been organizing cat shows ever since.
Most veterinarians recommend that both kittens and adult cats be fed commercially prepared cat food, which is more nutritious for cats than food meant for humans. On that note, dry cat food is generally healthier than moist or canned food.
This behavior is called bunting. When a cat is bunting, it's marking you with a scent made by glands in its face to claim you as its property.
Cat breed specifications are determined by the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA), the largest organization of cat owners, exhibitors and breeders in the world.
The Cat Fanciers' Association recognizes around 35 breeds.
The Manx is the only recognized tailless cat breed.
According to the Cat Fanciers' Association, the Siamese cat is the most popular of the 24 short-haired cat breeds.