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Small mainly carnivorous animal Felis catus member of the family Felidae It is apopular household pet and is useful for killing mice and ratsA cats body is extremely flexible its skeleton contains more than 230 bones and its pelvis andshoulders are loosely attached to its spine The cats powerful musculature helps its great leapingability and speed The cats sharp hooked retractile claws are sheathed in a soft leathery pocketat the end of each toe and are extended for fighting hunting and climbing It uses its powerfuljaw muscles and sharp teeth to bite and kill its preyThe cat has excellent night vision extensive peripheral vision and binocular vision whichenables it to accurately judge distances Its hearing is extremely sensitive perceiving a widerange of sounds including those in the ultrasonic range The cat has a highly developed sense ofsmell and a specialized sense of taste Its tongue is covered with rough protuberances that it usesto rasp meat from bones and groom itself The cats whiskers are extremely sensitive to theslightest touch and are used for testing obstacles and sensing changes in the environmentCats were worshipped in Egypt because they minimized the rodent population in Egyptsgrain fields along the Nile river Cats were so revered that they were mummified and buriedeither with their owners or in specially designated cemeteries They were valued as predators inthe mid-14th century when a rat-borne plague known as the Black Death struck the populationof Europe The first domestic cats in North America arrived with the colonists who used themto keep the rodent population under control in fields barns and homes In India cats played animportant part in religious or occult ceremonies and in South America the Inca revered sacredcats Cats continue to be worshipped as deities in some countries such as Thailand and ChinaHere are a few cat facts that I bet you didnt knowAll domestic cats hate lemonsor any citrus scent of any kind Onions are highly poisonous to cats They induce
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