Cats have been around since prehistoric times. As children we loved the Saber-toothed Cat called the Smilodon fatalis which basically translates to " fatal teeth" . This prehistoric cat was the largest cat that ever lived on this planet at this point. It is believed that he had a short tail and was 4 1/2 ft long with a foot long head equipped with two emmensely long canine teeth. It was believed that he used these teeth to stab and slash his prey, which was thought to be the primitive horses that lived at the time.
While now extinct, his feline brethren still live, breathe and stalk this planet. From the massive Siberian Tiger to the lowly housecat, felines have had their place in the future of mankind and the shaping of the world.
No one knows for sure just when cats and humans became friends but despite our long standing relationship with the "domestic cat' our feline companions still retain much of their wild side. This is why they are so successful as feral populations throughout the world.
For many the term "Cat" has come to mean the domestic feline or common house cat, while to others the term "Cat" means any feline type including Lions and Tigers.
The domestic house cat can still survive in the wilds of rural America because they are still very much a wild cat in our homes. They still hunt birds and other small prey and love to bring them to us as gifts to show us proof of their hunting prowess.
Cats range in size from an average size of 8 lbs with our domestic house cat to over 650 lbs for an average Siberian Tiger male!
All cats are equipped with strong sharp claws that they are able to pull into a sheath inside their toes to protect them against becoming dull on hard uneven ground.
Most cats dislike water with very few exceptions such as the Maine Coon Cat which is the only breed of cat recognized as being one of the oldest natural breeds in the Untied States! Specifically to the state of Maine! This cat not only likes water but will voluntarily swim from one place to another! They have large webbed paws and a distinctive double coat which is quite dense and actually water resistant, to protect them from freezing temperatures.
There are several wild breeds of cat namely the Civets cat which seems to resemble a cross between a cat and a ferret but with a more feral disposition. Despite it's apperance it is a true cat
Cats come in a variety of shapes, sizes and temperaments but they all have very distinctive features.