Cats and people have a long history together, from Egyptian cat worship in ancient times to the animal's continued popularity as a household pet. As of 2015, there are more than 500 million domestic cats across the globe.
Cats are carnivores by nature, meaning that they eat meat. A cat's body is adapted to sense, stalk and catch its prey. Physical adaptations include excellent night vision, keen hearing and a good sense of smell. The cat's flexible body enables it to weave its way through brush and other forms of cover to hide itself from prey.
Despite their carnivorous character, cats are remarkably prudish about cleanliness, and they frequently lick their coats for hygienic purposes.