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Cat Facts for Kids

Cat Facts for Kids

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What Exactly Are Cats?

A cat (Felis catus, often referred to as a domestic cat) is a small, carnivorous mammal. Cats are the only domesticated species of the taxonomic family Felidae, which also includes big cats such as lions, tigers, and panthers. Cats have strong, flexible bodies; fast reflexes; sharp, pointed teeth; retractable claws; and strong night vision. According to the International Cat Association, there are 71 cat breeds.


  • Kingdom: Anamalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Suborder: Feliformia
  • Family: Felidae
  • Genus: Felis
  • Species: Felis catus

Cat Sounds in Different Languages

  • English: Meow
  • Estonian: Näu
  • French: Miaou
  • Italian: Miao
  • Japanese: Nyan
  • Korean: Yaong
  • Russian: Myau
  • Spanish: Miau
  • Swedish: Mjau

Weirdly Wonderful Cat Facts for Kids

  • There's a reason why cats seem so lazy: they sleep on average 12-16 hours per day and typically spend another couple hours grooming themselves.

  • The average cat has a mass of around 4.5 kg... the heaviest cat on record had a mass of a whopping 21.297 kg!

  • Feral and wild cats don't meow. Cats developed meowing just to communicate with humans!

  • A cat can rotate its ears all the way around backwards, 180 degrees.

  • Archaeologists estimate that the first African wildcat was tamed about 9,500 years ago in Cyprus, long before Egyptians became associated with them.

  • Cats can't taste sweet foods because of a defect in the gene responsible for the sweet taste receptor.

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