Domestic Cat

Domestic Cat

Scientific Name Felis catus

Classification – Felis

Gender Names – Male – tomcat; Female – queen; Baby – kitten

Collective Noun – clutter, clowder, litter (young born to one female), kindle (kittens)

Length/Size – Typically between 4 and 5 kg (9 and 10 lb) except for some breeds

Weight – Anything between 1 and 21 kg (2- 50 lb)

Top Speed – 48km/h (30mph)

Life Expectancy – Up to 15 years

Mating Season  Varies between breeds in different parts of the world

Gestation Period – 64 – 67 days

Social Structure – Social behavior varies, ranging from widely dispersed individuals to feral cat colonies

Geographical Distribution – Throughout the world

Diet – Carnivorous, varying between breeds (primarily fish and meat)

Predators – Foxes, skunks, raccoons, opossums, weasels, coyotes, bobcats, hawks, and owls