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cat : : a carnivorous mammal (Felis catus) long domesticated as a pet and for catching rats and mice — Webster

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Cat (Felis catus, or Felis silvestris catus, literally “woodland cat”), often referred to as the domestic cat to distinguish from other felids and felines, is a small, typically furry, carnivorous mammal. It is often called house cat when kept as indoor pet or feral/feral domestic cat when wild. It is often valued by humans for companionship and for its ability to hunt vermin. There are more than seventy cat breeds recognized by various cat registries.

Cats are similar in anatomy to the other felids, with a strong flexible body, quick reflexes, sharp teeth and retractable claws adapted to killing small prey. Cat senses fit a crepuscular and predatory ecological niche. Cats can hear sounds too faint or too high in frequency for human ears, such as those made by mice and other small animals. They can see in near darkness. Like most other mammals, cats have poorer color vision and a better sense of smell than humans. Cats, despite being solitary hunters, are a social species, and cat communication includes the use of a variety of vocalizations (mewing, purring, trilling, hissing, growling and grunting) as well as cat pheromones and types of cat-specific body language. — Wikipedia

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Cats News -- ScienceDaily Cat news. Read about household contaminants affecting cats, allergies to cats and more. Also find stories on lions, tigers and leopards.

  • Tiny cat-sized stegosaur leaves its mark
    on April 16, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    A single footprint left by a cat-sized dinosaur around 100 million years ago has been discovered in China by an international team of palaeontologists.

  • Milk prebiotics are the cat's meow
    on March 9, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    If you haven't been the parent or caregiver of an infant in recent years, you'd be forgiven for missing the human milk oligosaccharide trend in infant formulas. These complex carbohydrate supplements mimic human breast milk and act like prebiotics, boosting beneficial microbes in babies' guts. Milk oligosaccharides aren't just for humans; all mammals make them. New research suggests milk oligosaccharides may be beneficial for cats and dogs when added to pet diets.

  • Could catnip become the new insect repellent?
    on March 4, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    New research may have people heading to their backyard instead of the store at the outset of this year's mosquito season.

  • African leopard: A cat of all trades
    on February 26, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    The leopard stands out as an elusive, versatile, and adaptable animal. Researchers have just published the first genomic data for the African subspecies of the leopard. The results showed an exceptionally high genetic diversity compared to other top predators, transforming our understanding of population dynamics in species at the top of the food chain.

  • Play and meaty food reduce hunting by cats
    on February 11, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    Domestic cats hunt wildlife less if owners play with them daily and feed them a meat-rich food, new research shows.


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    on April 16, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    A single footprint left by a cat-sized dinosaur around 100 million years ago has been discovered in China by an international team of paleontologists.

  • Leopards from Africa and Asia are genetically...
    on April 14, 2021 at 11:37 am

    A small group of leopards migrated to Asia about half a million years ago following their evolution in Africa, a new study suggests.

  • How crowd-sourcing is the future for animal...
    on April 13, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    What's the best way to analyze dog behavior? Take a bow(wow), crowd-sourcing.

  • Shift in diet allowed gray wolves to survive...
    on April 12, 2021 at 7:46 am

    Gray wolves are among the largest predators to have survived the extinction at the end of the last ice age around11,700 years ago. Today, they can be found roaming Yukon's boreal forest and tundra, with caribou and moose as their main sources of food.

  • Yawn contagion in lions found to also play a role...
    on April 7, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    A trio of researchers from the University of Pisa has found that lions, like many other animals, engage in contagious yawning. In their paper published in the journal Animal Behavior, Grazia Casetta, Andrea Paolo Nolfo and Elisabetta Palagi describe their study of lions living in the wild in Africa and what they learned about their yawning practices.