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  1. Lots of questions and lots of sensible, well thought out answers, this is an article to share for simple education, which works far better than any technical explanations.

    • Thanks Kylee, writing the page was just a product of building and managing this website the 7 years. You just acquire knowledge. What is interesting is that you acquire knowledge about other things as well such as about cats. I have been forced to learn about the geography of Asia, for example, because a lot of wild cats species have their habitat there. I have also learned quite a lot about America – geography and the laws of America. Basically, I have had to acquire a lot of spin-off knowledge from reading and writing about the domestic and wild cat.

      • yea you have built this website beautifully. Its prob why so many of us here love it here as helps answer the questions that we have, but didn’t know where to look.

  2. Questions and answers that everyone should read.
    See, you really need to write a book, Michael.

    And, enrich even more:
    Why do some cats have many toes?
    Why does my cat raise his backend when I pet all the way?
    Why does my cat sleep with his tongue out?
    Why does my cat not want me to mess with his tail?

    You could be such an author with your knowledge.

    • Yes why DO they raise their backend? And why do they get up so early? And why do they like X brand of food today and hate it tomorrow 🙂

      • Well, Babz, this is what I found out about the backend raising:

        LOL! LOL!
        So, when I pet my cats all the way, they think I’m an “ass licker”!
        That explains so much about what goes on here!

        • Ha ha Dee, well much as I love the boys I’m not going to clean their bums for them.

          I bet even cats don’t know why they do it, because I really think they’d remove the cleaning bits of anyone who tried to interfere with their mucky bits with their sharp bits!

    • Thanks for those extra questions, Dee. I am sure there are thousands more questions and I’ll probably have a go at some of them in the near future. The questions listed were just from a drop-down list that Google presents to anyone when you do a search in the Google box so they are the kind of questions that people actually ask. It is interesting, in fact, to find out what sort of questions people like to ask about cats.

      Why do some cats have many toes?
      These are polydactyl cats and polydactylism is a genetically inherited condition which causes an anatomical defect (in essence) but which is benign, meaning that it does not carry associated health defects.
      Why does my cat raise his backend when I pet all the way?
      This is a throwback to when the adult cat was a kitten when he is nursed by mother. His bottom is licked to make him defecate. When we stroke our cat we are replicating the mother’s lick of the body which prompts the cat to raise his bottom for it to be licked as an automatic response.
      Why does my cat sleep with his tongue out?
      I do not think there is any literature on this but the reason is probably because the cat is relaxed and his mouth is open when asleep (as is the case with humans sometime) and the tongue drops out slightly.
      Why does my cat not want me to mess with his tail?
      This probably comes down to vulnerability. The entire rear end of a cat is relatively vulnerable and quite hard to defend and so a cat does not like, or likes less, to be touched there.

      • LOL! LOL!

        So, when I pet my cats all the way, they think I’m an “ass licker”!
        That explains so much about what goes on here!

        • LOL. This is one of the surprising behaviour traits of the cat. As I recall the answer comes from Dr Desmond Morris who is a well-known biologist and scientist. It makes sense to me because all of the behavioural traits really come from the wild cat species and survival instincts. A kitten needs to defecate the sake of health and this procedure encourages that! 🙂

    • Most of it came out of my head! Beware 😉 I figured that in running the site for 7 years I had acquired knowledge that I could just spill onto the page. So when I saw the questions I just thought I’d try and answer them quickly. I did check some and used a reference on some. I dictated it which speeds things up a lot. It wasn’t that hard really. About 2 hours.

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