Felis catus

September 27, 2015

Domestic cats, regardless of their breed, are all members of one species, called Felis catus. Their relationship with humans can be traced back as early as 4,000 years ago. It is believed that cats were drawn to rodent infested communities where a cat’s skill in killing rodents won the admiration of human residents. The Early Egyptians worshipped a cat goddess and they went as far as mummifying their beloved pets for their journey into the next world.

Cats communicate by marking trees, fence posts, or furniture with their scent and claws advising other cats of their home territory.

Like their wild relatives, our nimble and agile domesticated cats are natural hunters, very effective at night, when their light-reflecting eyes allow them to see better than much of their prey.

It is very interesting to watch a cat when he or she is busy concentrating on another cat, bird or insect. They are able to stalk their prey and pounce with great stelth and precision. Their acute hearing and long tails aid their outstanding balance.

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