The Cat Next Door
I met this cat on a Sunday morning as I went to the local bakery to get some warm croissants for breakfast. As I was walking back home my next door neighbour’s cat was sitting at my door step waiting for an invitation. The Cat’s eyes and whiskers are so beautiful. I grabbed my iPhone and clicked.
Cats are similar in anatomy to the other felids. They have a strong flexible body, quick reflexes, sharp retractable claws, and teeth adapted to killing small prey. Cat senses fit a crepuscular and predatory ecological niche. So cats can hear sounds too faint or too high in frequency for human ears, such as those made by mice and other small animals. They can see in near darkness. Like most other mammals, cats have poorer color vision and a better sense of smell than humans. Cats, despite being solitary hunters, are a social species. Cat communication includes the use of a variety of vocalisations (mewing, purring, trilling, hissing, growling, and grunting), as well as cat pheromones and types of cat-specific body language.
Cats have a high breeding rate. As a result under controlled breeding, they can be bred and shown as registered pedigree pets. It is a hobby known as cat fancy. Failure to control the breeding of pet cats by neutering, as well as the abandonment of former household pets, has resulted in large numbers of feral cats worldwide. This has required population control. So in certain areas outside cats’ native range, this has contributed to the extinction of many bird species. Habitat destruction is another factor. Cats have been known to extirpate a bird species within specific regions. They may have contributed to the extinction of isolated island populations. Cats are thought to be primarily responsible for the extinction of 33 species of birds. The presence of feral and free-ranging cats makes some otherwise suitable locations unsuitable for attempted species reintroduction.
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