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How a Sleeping Cat Can Tell You the Temperature, and Other Fun Facts

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How a Sleeping Cat Can Tell You the Temperature, and Other Fun Facts

For us, pet-related trivia holds an endless fascination. We collect it, we share it from our homes a thousand miles apart, and we file it. Because, well, you never know when pulling out that file will remind you of something you’ve been meaning to write about. And they make great “did you know” conversations fillers at dinner parties.

This week, we’ve pulled out some of the quirkiest pet-related tidbits to share with you. Hope you enjoy them.

The colder the day, the rounder the cat:

Cats sleep in one of two basic positions — upright (think the New York Public library lions) or on their sides. How curled a cat is when sleeping on her side will depend on how hot or cold the animal is. The more tightly curled a cat is, the colder the air temperature. Curling into a tight ball helps to conserve body heat. When cats stretch out, they expose their bellies, allowing heat to escape and helping to cool them.

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