2Kitty History Domesticated 4,000 years ago 2,500 years ago -Egyptians Romans used cats for rodent controlcats were thought to carry the Bubonic plague - ordered to be killed.first cat show in Londonfirst cat show in US - New York
3Cat Breeds 330 recognized breeds Shorthair group - 26 breeds Longhair group - 13 breeds
4Cat Factoids Independent and self-sufficient clean, self-grooming don’t require a lot of house trainingsleep hours a daylife span of 15 yearsneed to scratch front pawsbathing - minimum - they usually take care of this themselves!
5Female cats like to live in groups Male cats are territorialCheck for ear mitesCats have sharp teeth and claws - 2nd dirtiest mouth.
7Cat Colors4 Solid Colors - color evenly distributed the entire length of hair shaft.-Black -Dark Brown-Orange -Light Brown4 Dilute Colors-Gray/blue -Cream-Lilac/lavender -Fawn
8Tabby is the natural hair coat pattern of cats. Calico cats have 3 colors: black, white, and orange or red.-almost all calico cats are female-genetic trait
9Tortoiseshell cats are black and red -usually femaleWhite cats have genes that maskall color.-All white cats have blueor green eyes
10Pointed cats-color pattern of dark markings on “points” of the cat.
11What are you trying to tell me? Cat Communication 3 ways-vocal-body language-visual and scent markingsV OCALmeowing - vowel soundspurring - caused by repeated rapid opening and closing of vocal folds.
12Hissing - a sign to stay away BODY LANGUAGETail up - “I am happy”kneading - “I am trying to get comfortable”front paws wrapped - “I am comfortable”ears back - “I am not happy - watch out”
13VISUAL AND SCENT MARKING Scratch markingScent marking-feces uncovered-urine spraying-head rubbing (sebaceous glands around head)