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Cats (domestic cats) seem to date back to around ancient Egyptian times, when they were worshiped and heralded as sacred animals to the Gods in Egypt. The cat has since become an honored and valued member of family homes worldwide.

A cats senses are superior amongst the animal world, with exceptional sight, smell and taste, cats are able to subtly sneak up on, and catch their prey with immense success.

Despite the cats unbeatable night-vision, a cats eyesight during the day is actually not too dissimilar from a humans! Due to this, cats are more nocturnal hunters looking for small rodents and birds.

The average domestic cat sleeps for around 18 hours a day and tends to spend their waking time hunting for food. Despite wild cats being solitary animals, the domestic cat is known to enjoy attention from humans and other animals and will often even get on well with some dogs.

Cat Foot Facts

  • Cats have soft pads on the bottom of their paws to enable them to move smoothly and run quickly.
  • Cats have sharp claws to help the cat to grip when running and climbing trees.
  • Sharp claws and soft pads allow the cat to hold onto and grip its prey effectively.
  • The sharp claws of the cat are retractable which allows them to remain sharp as they avoid contact with the ground when it is not needed.
  • Cats are able to walk very precisely as they put their back paws in place of the front paws, helping to minimise noise and visible tracks.

Cat Teeth Facts

  • Cats have highly specialised teeth which allows them to both bite and tear meat apart.
  • The front set of teeth in the mouth of the cat are well developed and act efficiently to shear meat apart, like a pair of scissors.
  • Cats have tiny hooks or spikes on their tongue which helps the cat to get any remaining meat from bones.
  • The hooked tongue of the cat is very beneficial so that the cat is able to clean itself effectively.
  • The average adult cat has 30 teeth which include 12 incisors, 4 canines, 10 premolars and 4 molars.

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Cat Translations

Bulgarian български език
Котка
 
Catalan Català
Gat
 
German Deutsch
Hauskatze
 
English English
Domestic cat
 
Esperanto Esperanto
Kato
 
Spanish Español
Gato doméstico
 
Estonian Eesti
Kassee
 
Finnish Suomi
Kesykissa
 
French Français
Chat domestique
 
Galician Galego
gato
 
Hebrew עִבְרִית
חתול
 
Croatian Hrvatski
Domaća mačka
 
Hungarian Magyar
Házimacska
 
Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia
Kucing
 
Italian Italiano
Gatto domestico
 
Japanese 日本語
ネコ (Neko)
 
Maltese bil-Malti
Qattus
 
Dutch Nederlands
Huiskat
 
Norwegian Norsk
Huskatt
 
Polish Polski
Kot domowy
 
Portuguese Português
Gato doméstico
 
Romanian Româna
pisică domestică
 
Swedish Svenska
Tamkatt
 
Turkish Türkçe
Кedi
 
Vietnamese Tiếng Việt
mèo
 
Chinese 中文

 

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Cat Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Carnivora
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Felidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Felis
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Felis Domesticus
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
35cm (14in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
4.5kg (10lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
48km/h (30mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
15 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary

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