Animal Class >> Carnivores


The cat is a small carnivorous mammal. Cats typically weigh between 2.5 and 7 kg (5.5-16 pounds); however, some breeds, such as the Maine Coon can exceed 11.3 kg (25 pounds). They possess rather loose skin, which enables them to turn and confront a predator or another cat in a fight, even when it has a grip on them. Cat is intelligent and can be trained to obey simple commands. Cats use a variety of vocalizations and types of body language for communication, including mewing ("meow" or "miaow"), purring, hissing, growling, squeaking, chirping, clicking, and grunting.

Facts about Cats

  1. A cat can run about 20 kilometres per hour (12 miles per hour) when it grows up.
  2. When subjected to an electric current of at least 50 volts, a cat's tail always points toward the north.
  3. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  4. Today only a few hundread snow leopards are left because human hunters have killed them all for their beautiful fur. Snow leopards live in the Himalayas, where they are now a protected species.
  5. Domestic cats purr at about 26 cycles per second, the same frequency as an idling diesel engine.

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