The Ecology Global Network estimates that there are about 600 million small cats in the world. This includes pets, strays, homeless and feral cats. The wild cats alone number about 100 million.Know More
Across the globe, cats are the most popular pets. With the exception of Antarctica, cats are kept on every continent. Depending upon the classifying source, there are between 39 and 49 breeds of domestic cat.
More than 10,000 years ago in the Middle East, cats became domesticated and began controlling pests. The ancestors of pet cats began living near people, feeding on human enemies such as grain-eating rodents. During the 1940s, cats started to become common indoor pets, and kitty litter was developed to assist in this transition.Learn more in Cats
Cats groom each other to express affection and mark each other with their scents, indicating that they belong to the same family group. They also groom each other to bathe difficult-to-reach spots, such as the insides of the ears.Full Answer >
One theory for why cats chirp is that it is a way that mother cats tell their kittens to follow them. Another theory says that it is an exaggeration of the movement that the cat uses to kill prey. It may be a noise of frustration or excitement, or it could be a way for cats to mimic the sound of their prey.Full Answer >
Cats enjoy things like grooming, clawing, scratching, cat nip, sleeping, and playing with toys or other animals. While cats in general like to do certain things, favorite activities and treats can differ from cat to cat.Full Answer >
Cats primarily howl, or yowl, as a form of communication during breeding season. Female cats express their receptivity toward male cats by yowling. Male cats attempt to secure a mate when they yowl. Some cats also yowl for human attention.Full Answer >