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Discover All The Fascinating Facts

 

1. Whiskers send warnings

Curious cats can fit themselves into some unexpected spaces—and find themselves facing some unusual circumstances. But whiskers work to help the naturally curious stay safe: They’re the same width as a cat’s body, so if the whiskers are brushing against the sides or entry of a space, it helps a cat determine that the space is too small for them to fit into. Whiskers also help cats move easily in darkness without bumping into things—these super-sensitive hairs detect changes in air currents and signal that an object is in the way.

2. The mystery of the purr

Why do cats do it? Nobody knows for sure! Scientists say the muscles in the diaphragm and larynx cause this intermittent sound we call a purr, but they don’t know why cats make it. Some people believe it’s a sign of contentment, while others believe purring is a sign of stress. Only the cat knows for sure.

3. A tail can talk

Your cat's tail acts as a rudder, helping to maintain balance in tight or narrow spaces—but it can also be used to communicate, too. Take note of your cat's tail to understand how he might be feeling. A relaxed tail could mean he's open to your affections, but a quick lashing motion could mean he wants some alone time.

4. A barbed tongue

When your cat gives you a lick, you feel the sandpaper-y underside of the tongue. What you’re actually feeling are multitasking, microscopic barbs that cats use to groom their coats, regulate their body temperature, fluff their fur and stay cool in the heat. The barbs also work to collect dead skin, loose fur, fleas and dirt, which are then swallowed and normally dissolved by stomach acid.

5. Eyes that glow

Involuntary muscles in cats' eyes cause their pupils to close to a slit in bright light. But when light hits cats' eyes in darkness, it becomes reflected at the back of the retina by a mirror-like membrane called tapetum lucidum. This membrane helps cats see in the dark. And it’s the source of the “glow” their eyes have in darkness—and some photos.

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FAQs

Below you'll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our company, our products and caring for your cats. If you have a question that isn't addressed here, please feel free to contact us.

Q: How can I email or talk with the Purina Pet Care team?

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A: Inside every bag of Purina Cat Chow you'll find a selective blend of protein, fat, and fiber. Everything we use in our premium cat food formulas has a place in your cat's healthy diet.

Q: How can I be sure of the quality of the Purina Cat Chow products?

A: Our top priority is the quality of the food that nourishes not only your pets, but the pets we share our lives with, too. So from source to bowl, the quality of our food is assured by taking the following steps:

Ingredient Sourcing

  • Purina ingredient sourcing and processing meet or exceed FDA, USDA or AAFCO standards for pet food. And every supplier of ingredients for Purina products must meet our stringent standards for ingredient specifications, product safety, sanitation and manufacturing practices.
  • Ingredient Testing
  • All of Purina's North American manufacturing facilities have on-site quality assurance laboratories and staff. And we're working to expand the use of technology to further screen ingredients for quality assurance.
  • Ingredient Tracking & Control
  • 99% of all Purina pet food products sold in the U.S. are made in Purina-owned U.S. manufacturing facilities and Purina's sophisticated tracking system ensures important measures of control: All raw ingredients are tracked from time of receipt at our plants, through their inclusion in finished products, and on to retail stores.
Q: Where is your food manufactured?

A: 99% of all Purina-branded pet food products sold in the U.S. are made in Purina-owned U.S. manufacturing facilities. Purina's sophisticated tracking system ensures important measures of control: All raw ingredients are tracked from time of receipt at our plants, through their inclusion in finished products, and on to retailers.

Q: I am unable to find a particular product in my area. Can you help me locate it?

A: Yes, we can help. Although distribution of our Purina Cat Chow products is national, not all stores carry all sizes and varieties. Contact our Customer Service department via our Contact Us page or call us at 1­-888­-228­-2469.

Q: Do you offer coupons?

A: We offer coupons in local papers, through direct mailing programs and via emails to registered members. We don't have a regular section on our website itself. We suggest you watch for sales or promotions at your local retailer.

Q: Where can I find articles and information about my cat?

A: We believe there's always more to learn and to share and that discovery should be fun. It's one more way we're helping you and your cat share a better life together. Visit Catipedia for articles and information and... a little bit of fun.

Q: Where can I find articles and information about my cat?

A: We strongly recommend talking to your veterinarian for immediate answers to urgent situations. While CatChow.com is an excellent resource of information provided by cat care experts, your veterinarian can provide the best care for your individual cat..

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