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Updated 1 January 2020

So, 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.


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