|Size||Up to 17.7 inch (45 cm) (shoulder height); up to 48.4 inch (123 cm) (length)|
|Speed||Up to 30 mph (48 km/h)|
|Weight||5.5-17.6 lb (2.5-8 kg)|
|Food||Mice, rats, birds|
|Habitat||Everywhere in the world|
|Scientific name||Felis silvestris catus|
|Characteristics||Cats have been kept as pets since 9,500 years|
The domestic cat originates from the wildcat. About 40 cat races have developed from this species.
The heaviest domestic cat was the Australian tomcat Himmy with 46.9 lb (21.3 kg).
Currently, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Maine Coon are the largest species of domestic cats with a length of 48.4 inch (123 cm) (including the tail).
Where’s the Tail?
There are cat species without any tail, such as the Manx cat.
Meow, Meow, Meow
Cats can utter hundreds of sounds, dogs only about ten.
Stop! The Iron is Still Turned On!
Cats can detect vibrations in electric mains.
I Heal Myself
If domestic cats, cougars, cheetahs and ocelots purr, they are producing sound waves that are transmitted through the air and can heal bone tissue. Sound waves in the range between 20 to 50 Hertz (measurement unit for frequency) also stimulate bone growth and improve the bone density of human beings.
Alarm! Cat Incoming!
A domestic cat is able to frighten a black bear, so that it even climbs a tree to escape. Luckily, it does not need the help of a fire brigade in order to get back on the ground again.
If a cat has had a fight or faced a dangerous situation, it uses its paw to clean itself to calm down.
Mail Cats on Duty
At the beginning of the 19th century, cats helped to deliver letters. In 1897, 37 cats served as “postmen” in Belgian villages. Finally this concept was abandoned – not because of the dogs, but because the cats were rather unreliable ...
Cats use their whiskers to measure distances. This helps them to find out if they can slip through a hole or if they are too big or too heavy. Older cats are no longer that agile and thus grow longer whiskers.
Viverrids produce the world’s most expensive coffee. They eat the coffee beans, which then pass through their bowels and get “refined”. Although this sounds rather disgusting, 2.2 lb (1 kg) of this coffee is sold at about 774 dollar (700 euro). Only about 507 lb (230 kg) are produced per year.
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