Finally, More Cat Facts

Cat Facts

The Hotel 4 Cats have been so busy this summer, thank you to all of our visitors and their humans, we have neglected our Cat Facts.  Today we will remedy that with numerous good and interesting facts about our furry feline friends:

Cat Facts:

  • Mother cats carry their kittens by the scruff of its neck, only mother cats can do this without risk of injury and only with their kittens.
  • Cats knead with their paws when they are happy.
  • Cats can distinguish their owner’s moods. If you are stressed, your cat may detect it and act differently.
  • In 1952, a Texas Tabby named Dusty set the record by having more than 420 kittens before having her last litter at age 18.
  • What is the largest litter of surviving kittens on record? 14 born to Bluebell, a South African Persian.
  • Cats have 290 bones in their bodies, and 517 muscles.
  • There are three body types for a cat. Cobby type is a compact body, deep chest, short legs and broad head. The eyes are large and round.  Muscular type is a sturdy body and round, full-cheeked head. Foreign type is a slender body, with long legs and a long tail.  The head is wedge-shaped, with tall ears and slanting eyes.
  • Cats do not “Meow” at other cats, only humans.
  • Your cats age; 3 year old cats are 21 in human years. 8 year old cats are 40 in human years. 14 year old cats are 70 in human years.
  • Indoor cats live nearly 3 times longer than outdoor cats; Indoor Cats live approximately 15 years, while the average age for an outdoor cat is only 3 to 5 years.


Chris Colas
704-664-MEOW 6369
The Hotel 4

Devon Rex

Devon Rex

With their curly coats, huge ears and impish faces, Devon Rex cats remind some people of a sunflower.  Like the Cornish Rex, whom they resemble but to whom they are not genetically related, Devons are active, fun loving and tolerant enough to dress up in clothes and pose for pictures.  The Devon Rex is a very intelligent, short hair that was developed in the early 1960’s in England.  Distinguishing characteristics include:

Large Ears

Curly Coats

Slim Bodies

Above Feline Average Intelligence

Devons can be trained (unlike most cats whom prefer to train their human) to excel at tricks other cats would never consider.  They have been reported to respond to their human’s name, much like they recognize their own.

The Rex (curled fur/coat) lineage of felines include the German Rex, Cornish Rex and the Devon Rex, but the Devon’s curls differ by a genetic mutation than that of its Rex counterparts.  Oddly enough, the cross breeding of a Devon to either a German or Cornish will result in cats without the fashionable Rex curls.  The huge ears of a Devon Rex, (which rest low on the side of the head) in part with other quite unique traits has it labeled by some as “Pixie” or “Alien.”  Just like their coat, the whiskers also curl, sometimes so tightly that they appear to have no whiskers at all, thus adding to the extraordinary appearance of the Devon.

The Devon Rex is an active member of the family, very mischievous and playful with its human.  Their ability to jump much higher than average enables them to entertain from the highest perches in the home.  The most favorable trait is their affection for their owner.  Most Devons will attach to a single human to whom they devote their love, and on whom they will most often lie.  They like to be close to the head or neck of their human, often times perching on a shoulder to cuddle the neck.

The Devon Rex is a faithful companion, following its human throughout the home and leaping onto their arms, lap, or shoulder at any opportune moment.


Chris Colas
704-664-MEOW 6369
The Hotel 4



The Abyssinian has developed into a very popular breed for US shorthair cats, as a domestic shorthair with a very unique tabby coat, individual hairs have multi-colors.  Often called the “Border Collies of the cat world,” Abyssinians are busy, busy, busy.  Among the most active of all cat breeds, they are extremely athletic and mischievous and would rather race around the house than sit on your lap.  They are very loving and require a lot of attention, even if it’s strictly on their own terms.

The Abyssinian name references Ethiopia since it has been reported that many British soldiers returned from North Africa in the nineteenth century with the breed.  Other research shows the Abyssinian originated in Egypt or closer to the Indian Ocean, but most breeders will accredit the modern breed to one female kitten named Zula, who was taken from Alexandria by a British soldier and brought to England in 1868.

The Abyssinian is a slim, mid-sized feline with long legs that are proportionate to the body, making the cat very graceful, the tail is also long and accommodating to the slim body.  The large ears and unique eyes, which are gold, green, hazel or copper dictated by the coat color, fit ideally on the wedge shaped head.  The muzzle, nose and chin form a straight vertical line when viewed in profile.

The Abyssinian kittens are born with dark coats, the coat will slowly lighten as they age and become fine, dense and silky to the touch at adulthood.  The ticked effect, that is the trademark of the breed, will be consistent over the body even though the spine, tail, hind legs and the paw pads will always be darker than the coat.  Each individual hair has a light base with bands of color that grow darker at the tip to create the “Ticked” appearance.


Chris Colas
704-664-MEOW 6369
The Hotel 4

Bombay Cat

Bombay Cat

The Bombay Cat was developed by breeder Nikki Horner.  She envisioned a cat that resembled a black leopard, with the sleek, short tight coat of a black Burmese and the copper bright eyes of her American Shorthairs, so the combination was obvious.  Her early efforts in 1953 were mostly unsuccessful, but her determination wasn’t denied as history did prove.

Bombay Cats are sleek and muscular with a midnight black coat that shines like satin and resembles black patent leather.  The successful cross breeding of an American Shorthair with a Burmese produced a remarkable and passionate breed that greatly resembles a mini black panther.

Behold the most social and loving cat possible!  The Bombay Cat absolutely must be with its human, whether in the lap, bed or riding along on its shoulder.  This joyful breed will meet you or your visitors at the door with the warmest of welcomes.  The negative side of that passionate personality is loneliness.  If considering a Bombay Cat, also consider a playmate.  The Bombay is exceptionally good with children and other pets (provided the invitation is appropriate).

The ears on a Bombay Cat are medium sized, set well apart and slightly tilted forward.  Their head is round with the large copper eyes wide-set, offering the inviting embrace of a faithful friend.  They are a medium-sized cat with a healthy bone structure, which is necessary to support their muscular body.  They are surprisingly heavy for their size, as most stout cats seem to be.

A Bombay Cat will not litter your home with shed, the short shiny coat needs minimal attention from its owner.  An occasional bath and regular brushing will keep the coat a magnificently bright black and beautiful.


Chris Colas
704-664-MEOW 6369
The Hotel 4

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