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PostSubject: What do u know about cats ?   What do u know about cats ? EmptyWed Feb 23, 2011 6:37 am

[color=black]Cats, from mighty lions to your
pet tabby, are all carnivorous (meat-eating) hunters, with remarkably similar
habits. Watch a domestic cat stalking a mouse, or a tiger stealthily creeping
up on an antelope, and their actions will be much the same. Cats are mammals
and there are about 35 different wild species living in most parts of the
world, except Antarctica, Australasia and Madagascar. The so-called big cats
are the tiger, lion, jaguar, leopard and cheetah. Smaller wild cats include the
bobcat, lynx, ocelot and puma—smallest of all is the black-footed cat of
southern Africa, which is only about 33-50 centimetres long with a tail of
about 15 centimetres.[/color]


[color=black]A cat’s body is extremely
flexible—the skeleton of a domestic cat contains more than 230 bones, more than
a human skeleton. The animal has powerful muscles to help it leap and run, and
its tail provides balance when jumping or falling. A cat’s sharp claws are well
suited to catching and holding on to struggling prey. When not in use, the
claws can be pulled back into sheaths at the end of each toe so they don’t get
damaged or blunted as the cat walks around. The only cat that cannot retract
its claws in this way is the cheetah. A cat has sharp teeth, for biting rather
than chewing, and its strong jaw muscles mean that it can kill its prey with
one bite.[/color]


[color=black]Cats have excellent eyesight,
even at night, and extremely sensitive ears. A cat can even move each ear
independently to pick up different sounds. Its sense of smell is very important
to a cat and both domestic and wild cats leave scent signals to mark their
territory. A cat’s whiskers are very sensitive to touch and help a cat judge
whether its body will fit in a space. In poor light, whiskers help a cat find
its way around.[/color]






[color=black][color=#FFC000]DOMESTIC CATS[/color][/color]


[color=black]Short-haired domestic cats are probably
descended from an African wild cat that was first domesticated and kept as a
pet by the Ancient Egyptians thousands of years ago. The ancestor of
long-haired cats is thought to be an Asian wild cat. One reason for keeping
cats was for their rodent-hunting skills, but they were also important in
Egyptian culture—the goddess Bast, who was often shown in the form of a cat,
represented love and fertility. As a result, Egyptians held cats in high regard
and sometimes even mummified their bodies when they died.[/color]


[color=black]Today, domestic cats are one of
the most popular of all pets. Although they are more independent than dogs,
cats still require love and attention from their owners as well as regular food
and fresh water. Cats that cannot go outside need a litter tray, which should
be cleaned regularly, and a scratching post for sharpening their claws. Cats groom
themselves, but they should also be brushed weekly to remove loose or moulting
hair.[/color]






[b][color=#FFC000]BREEDS OF DOMESTIC CAT[/color][/b]


[color=black]There are more than 40
different breeds of domestic cat, with a variety of fur lengths, colours and
patterns. These include longhaired cats such as Persians and Maine Coons,
shorthairs such as British Shorthairs and Abyssinians and more exotic varieties
such as Burmese and Siamese. There are also some relatively recent breeds such
as the Sphynx, a nearly hairless cat.[/color]






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[color=black][font=&quot]• Most cats can leap up to five
times their own height-some, like Siamese cats, can jump even higher.[/font][/color]
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[color=black][font=&quot]• The Romans were the first people
to bring cats to the UK, because they wanted to make sure that the cats ate
any mice or rats who might raid their food stores.[/font][/color]
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[color=black][font=&quot]• Because a cat does not have a
collarbone, it can fit through any opening the size of its head.[/font][/color]
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[color=black][font=&quot]• A cat's tongue is covered with
little bumps called papillae. These give a rough surface which helps a cat
clean its own fur or scrape flesh from the bones of its prey.[/font][/color]
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