Domestic Cat Pictures, Facts and Information

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This page contains pictures and facts about domestic cats.

Facts

The cat belongs to the Felidae family it includes the lion, tiger, jaguar, leopard and puma but for all purposes this page is about the domesticated cat.

The domestic cat is also referred to as the house cat. Its order is Carnivora. Its Latin name is Felis Catus.

An alley cat is a non pedigree breed.

Characteristics

A cat's fur is soft fur. Its color and pattern or no pattern depends on the cat's breed. Their legs are short.

Its eyes are sensitive to light.

Its ears can and do rotate rapidly to identify the source of a sound.

Their teeth are adapted for cutting, stabbing and anchoring. They have no crowned crushing teeth. The incisors do not meet when the mouth is closed.

Its claws are strong and retractable.

Domesticated cats do well on a diet of meat. Their nutritional requirements have not changed since domestication.

Male cats can grow to about 28 inches. Whereas females grow to about 21 inches.

Most healthy domestic cats weigh about 6-10 pounds.

Most are short haired except for the Persian. Its fur is long and thick. Mixed breeds vary. The Rex, which is an English breed has curly hair.

Its coat is usually black, yellow, gray, tabby, white or a mixture of all these colors. Tortoise shell markings of white, black and yellow are most often found on females.

Siamese have blue eyes. Blue eyed white cats are most often deaf.

Cats groom themselves especially after a meal. Most cats don't like water.

Nervous tail wagging is common to all cats.

Cats As Pets

Cats are suppose to be ideal house pets as they are easily housetrained or litter trained. They don't need a lot of attention. They don't have anxiety problems being left alone. They don't like to be bothered unless they initiate the attention. They don't make a lot of noise unless its mating season or they are fighting outside. If you neuter your cat you will eliminate most of the problem except for your neighbors cat that might not be neuter. They are still territorial animals and will fight over their territory neutered or not. The truth: Indoor Cats tend to claw furniture and can shred a couch or chair easily. Most do not use the scratching posts or they use the posts in addition to the chair or couch. Some scratch your walls too. They like to climb. Some will climb up your curtains and balance on the curtain rod. Shredding your curtains or at the very least getting their claws caught in the fabric. If you leave a turkey on a counter or table, they will get into it too and ruin your Thanksgiving dinner unless you don't mind eating after your cat. The same goes for fish, chicken or any food your cat may like. Older cats tend to urinate outside the litter box. Many cats that have urinary track infections do so too. The smell of Cat urine is hard to eliminate. It is a strong pungent odor.

Pictures

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Pictures of Cats in Photos, Posters and fine art prints.  See cute adorable pictures of cats and kittens.

Cats in Witchcraft and the Occult

Cats especially black cats have been associated with witchcraft and the dark arts of the occult. Superstitions have been passed down through the ages that deal with cats. Black cats are regarded as unlucky omens. If you have a black cat, keep it indoors on Halloween for its safety.