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Miscellaneous Kitty Facts:

  • A cat in good shape can run 30 miles an hour.
  • The cat is a sprinter, however, and not a long-distance runner.
  • Cats walk on their toes.
  • The pads have a lot of nerve endings and also eccrine sweat glands.
  • A cat at rest has a heart rate of between 100 and 140 beats per minute.
  • With increased activity and/or excitement, a cat's heart rate can be as high as 240 beats per minute.
  • A cat's stomach can hold about 12 fluid ounces (350 milliliters).
  • The small intestine is between 3 and 5 feet long; the large intestine between 8 and 16 inches long.
  • The average cat's tail has 20 to 24 tail bones (or caudal vertebrae).
  • The usual gestation period for kittens is 65 days.

Source: The Reader's Digest Illustrated Book of Cats, The Reader's Digest Association (Canada) Ltd., Montreal, 1992.