A female cat is called a queen or dam. A male cat is called a tom. A baby cat is called a kitten.
Cats are very skilled hunters. They are active in the early morning and late evening, often hunting. This is called crepuscular activity. They groom themselves regularly and lick their fur and paws to clean off dirt. Cats have what is called a "righting reflex." This means that when they fall from a high place, their body twists to allow them to land on their feet.
Cats are covered with fur. Different breeds have different hair lengths and colors. They can also vary in size from 5 to 25 pounds depending upon the breed and their lifestyle. Cats have long tails that help with jumping and balance, though there are some breeds that have short tails. Cats have sharp claws, but unlike dogs, they keep them pulled in (retracted) unless they need to use them.
Cats are carnivores, eating mostly meat products.
They are good hunters and keep mice and rats out of barns and homes. They also make interesting pets.
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