Think you know a lot about cats? Do you know what they're really doing, when cats rub their cheeks or whiskers on you?
Did you know that your cat's brain is, structurally at least, about 90 percent similar to your own brain? If you've lived with a cat, their intelligence, much like their antics, is probably of no surprise -- they have a bad reputation for being, let's say, self-absorbed. In fact, back among the ancient Egyptians, cats, which were called "mau," were highly-revered creatures -- and worshiped in the form of a half-feline goddess, Bastet. Hurting a cat could result in the death penalty, in their culture.
Today, cats also enjoy certain esteemed roles. No opposable thumbs? No problem. For instance, in October 1963, about two years after Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to go into space, a French feline named Félicette was the first cat launched into space (and, yes, she did make it safely back to the ground, in a kitty-friendly parachute). And, there are the animated and beloved cats, such as Tigger (from "Winnie the Pooh"), Figaro (from Disney's "Pinocchio") and the Cheshire Cat (from "Alice in Wonderland"). There's also the famous mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska -- for the 20 years between July 1997 and July 2017, the mayor of the town was a yellow cat with a missing tail, named Stubbs (OK, he was an honorary mayor, content giving out advice from his office located at Nagley's Store).
From head to tail, let's find out how much you know about our feline overlords, er ... companions.
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