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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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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.

Cat Translations

български език
Котка
Català
Gat
Deutsch
Hauskatze
English
Domestic cat
Esperanto
Kato
Español
Gato doméstico
Eesti
Kassee
Suomi
Kesykissa
Français
Chat domestique
Galego
gato
עִבְרִית
חתול
Hrvatski
Domaća mačka
Magyar
Házimacska
Bahasa Indonesia
Kucing
Italiano
Gatto domestico
日本語
ネコ (Neko)
bil-Malti
Qattus
Nederlands
Huiskat
Norsk
Huskatt
Polski
Kot domowy
Português
Gato doméstico
Româna
pisică domestică
Svenska
Tamkatt
Türkçe
Кedi
Tiếng Việt
mèo
中文

Cat Comments

Leo
"Cats are pretty fast... and great jumpers too, they can even go over a fence!"
Karla
"The history is interesting, but what do cats like, and why do they like them"
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"i want a cat "
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Blossomstar
"Cats are very cute and intelligent. I have a cat and he is one of the handsomest cats on the planet!"
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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 21st February 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]

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