Presentation on theme: "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About A Cat. Kitty History Domesticated 4,000 years ago 2,500 years ago -Egyptians Romans used cats for rodent control."— Presentation transcript:
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About A Cat
Kitty History Domesticated 4,000 years ago 2,500 years ago -Egyptians Romans used cats for rodent control cats were thought to carry the Bubonic plague - ordered to be killed first cat show in London first cat show in US - New York
Cat Breeds 330 recognized breeds Shorthair group - 26 breeds Longhair group - 13 breeds
Cat Factoids Independent and self-sufficient clean, self-grooming don’t require a lot of house training sleep hours a day life span of 15 years need to scratch front paws bathing - minimum - they usually take care of this themselves!
Female cats like to live in groups Male cats are territorial Check for ear mites Cats have sharp teeth and claws - 2nd dirtiest mouth.
Cat Colors 4 Solid Colors - color evenly distributed the entire length of hair shaft. -Black-Dark Brown -Orange-Light Brown 4 Dilute Colors -Gray/blue-Cream -Lilac/lavender-Fawn
Tabby 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
White cats have genes that mask all color. -All white cats have blue or green eyes Tortoiseshell cats are black and red -usually female
Pointed cats -color pattern of dark markings on “points” of the cat.
What are you trying to tell me? Cat Communication 3 ways -vocal -body language -visual and scent markings VOCAL meowing - vowel sounds purring - caused by repeated rapid opening and closing of vocal folds.
Hissing - a sign to stay away BODY LANGUAGE Tail 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”
VISUAL AND SCENT MARKING Scratch marking Scent marking -feces uncovered -urine spraying -head rubbing (sebaceous glands around head)