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What is the estimated number of owned cats in the world?

220 million

What is the scientific name for the domestic cat?

Felis catus

What is the purpose of a cat's whiskers?

To aid with navigation and sensation

What is the primary prey of cats?

Birds and rodents

What is pica in cats?

An eating disorder where they eat non-food items

What is the average lifespan of pet cats?

15 years

What is the purpose of a cat's free-floating clavicle bones?

To help them pass their body through any space into which they can fit their head

What is the purpose of a cat's pacing gait?

To conserve energy while walking

What is the purpose of a cat's high-pitched sounds?

To mimic the cries of a hungry human infant

What is the purpose of a cat's regurgitation of hairballs?

To get rid of excess hair in their digestive system

Study Notes

  • The cat is a domesticated species of small carnivorous mammal.
  • Cats are valued for companionship and their ability to kill rodents.
  • There are about 60 recognized cat breeds.
  • Cats have a strong, flexible body, quick reflexes, sharp teeth, and retractable claws.
  • They are crepuscular predators and communicate through vocalizations and body language.
  • Female cats can have litters of two to five kittens.
  • Cats were domesticated in Western Asia around 7500 BC.
  • There are an estimated 220 million owned and 480 million stray cats in the world.
  • The domestic cat is a distinct species, Felis catus.
  • Cats have undergone only minor changes in anatomy and behavior during domestication.
  • Cats have free-floating clavicle bones that allow them to pass their body through any space into which they can fit their head.
  • They have teeth adapted for killing prey and tearing meat, and use a lethal neck bite to overpower their prey.
  • Cats have protractible and retractable claws, and can voluntarily extend them for hunting, climbing, or for extra traction.
  • They walk on their toes and have a "pacing" gait, and can right themselves during a fall from heights of up to 3 meters.
  • Cats have excellent night vision, poor color vision, and an acute sense of smell and hearing.
  • They have relatively few taste buds and cannot taste sweetness, but have a preference for food at around 38°C.
  • Cats have dozens of movable whiskers that aid with navigation and sensation.
  • They establish territories and are generally crepuscular, but their behavior is also influenced by human activity.
  • Cats shed the outside layer of their claw sheaths when scratching rough surfaces.
  • Most breeds of cat are notably fond of sitting in high places, which may serve as a concealed site from which to hunt or allow them to survey their territory.
  • Cats sleep between 12 to 16 hours a day, with some sleeping up to 20 hours.
  • Cats may live in colonies with distinct territories marked by urine spraying and rubbing objects with facial secretions.
  • Cats may express great affection towards humans or other animals, and their high-pitched sounds may mimic the cries of a hungry human infant.
  • Domestic cats use many vocalizations for communication, including purring, trilling, hissing, growling/snarling, and meowing.
  • Cats spend considerable amounts of time licking their coats to keep them clean, and may occasionally regurgitate hairballs.
  • Males are more likely to fight than females, and fights for mating rights may result in serious injuries.
  • Cats lap with their tongue to draw liquid upward into their mouths when drinking.
  • Cats consume several small meals in a day, selecting food based on its temperature, smell, and texture.
  • Cats hunt small prey, primarily birds and rodents, using either stalking or ambush strategies.
  • Cats may develop odd eating habits, such as pica, where they eat non-food items that may threaten their health.
  • Domestic cats are major predators of wildlife, killing billions of birds and mammals annually in the United States.
  • Cats tend to actively stalk birds and wait in ambush outside burrows for prey.
  • Cats often appear to "play" with prey to weaken it before killing it.
  • Cats engage in play fighting to practice combat skills and reduce fear associated with attacking other animals.
  • Female cats are polyestrous, with several estrus cycles during a year, and are usually ready to mate between early February and August.
  • Kittens are weaned between six and seven weeks of age, and cats are ready to go to new homes at about 12 weeks of age.
  • The average lifespan of pet cats has risen to about 15 years, and neutering increases life expectancy and confers health benefits.
  • About 250 heritable genetic disorders have been identified in cats, and vaccinations and treatments are available for many infectious diseases and parasites.
  • The domestic cat is a cosmopolitan species and occurs across much of the world, living in various habitats and even on small islands with no human inhabitants.
  • Feral cats are domestic cats that have reverted to a wild state and may live alone or in colonies, with public attitudes toward them varying widely.

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