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10 fascinating facts about cats

By: Networx Systems on Feb. 29, 2012, 12:47 p.m.
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Cats can reach great heights

In 1963, France sent the first cat into space. Known as Felicette, she was also dubbed “Astrocat” by the press. Via implanted electrodes, Felicette’s vitals were constantly monitored and she successfully returned to Earth. Granted, shooting your cat into the cosmos via rocket is probably not the best of ideas, but it does attest to their durability. Rest assured a fall from a high shelf, the top of a refrigerator or a tree branch holds probably very little threat to their well-being.