Cats

Cat Fact Files and Short Courses

You have chosen a career to follow and prepare for, now it’s time to learn more about the species (and breeds) you will work with. ​Follow the 3 easy steps to help you read and learn more about cats, how to work with them, and how to gain experience, everything while having a huge amount of fun!

Definition of a Cat

A cat is a small domesticated carnivorous mammal with soft fur, a short snout, and retractable claws. Domesticated (they have adapted to being with humans) cats come in different breeds and colours, some with tails, and some (like the bobcat) without.

Scientific Name: [Felis catus]

A male is called a tom, a female is called a queen, the young is called a kitten, and a group of cats is called a clowder, clutter or glaring.

The word “cat” in other languages:

  • Dutch: kat
  • French: chat
  • Spanish: gato
  • Turkish: kedi

Basic Facts

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Average Height

23 to 25 cm (9 to 10 in)

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Average Weight

4 to 5 kg (9 and 10 lb)

Lifespan

Average Lifespan

10 to 20 years

Offspring

Average Offspring

​3 to 5 kittens

Speed

Running Speed

48 km/h (29.8 mph)

Global Population

Estimated Global Population

600 million+

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Active Period

Diurnal

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Main Diet

Carnivorous

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Join the Cat Group

Status: Active

Learn even more about Cats by joining the CAT GROUP.

Members of the Group can create and discuss any cat related topic, as well as access all the different Short Courses, win awards and meet other cat lovers from around the world. Gain experience points with each short course and compete for the top spot on the leader board!

Topics covered in the CAT GROUP:

  • General cat knowledge (History, Anatomy, Habitat, Behaviour, Diet, Ecological Benefits & Conservation)
  • Cat Care & Health
  • Creative (Including education, art, design, publishing, media, news and photography)
  • Breeds (courses on over 80 different breeds)
Attention

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

This is also the place where you will find links to all of the Animal Organizations that work with cats. Join their special Groups and learn how you can gain valuable experience by volunteering or interning with them.

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A few excellent pictures as examples of the species: