Cats, one of the most popular pets in the world today, have been companions to human beings for thousands of years; as of 2015, there are more than 500 million domestic cats worldwide. Although domesticated, these home-loving felines are carnivores and share a keen hunting instinct with their wild cousins.
Cats use special techniques to sneak up on their prey, such as having their back paws step into the tracks of their front paws. They also possess good night vision and a keen sense of smell. Prey include mice and other small animals. Like other carnivores, cats possess sharp canines and teeth in order to effectively kill and eat their prey.
A tom is a male cat, whereas a female cat is a molly or queen. A group of cats is a clowder. Kittens, or young cats, learn through play how to move about, hunt and catch their prey. Once they grow up, kittens can live as long as 12 to 15 years.
Two favorite activities of cats are sleeping and cleaning. Cats sleep an average of about 13 to 14 hours each day, and they also spend a lot of time taking care of their coats by licking them clean.