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Domestic Cats

American Shorthair, Siamese, Manx, Himalayan, Persian — while there are many breeds of domestic cats, they are all members of the Felis catus species.

Investigate these natural hunters who have been beloved pets for thousands of years and today can be found in households worldwide.

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Cat Pictures

Cat Pictures

So many shapes, sizes, and colors. Look at photos of felines from around the world and find out which ones like water, which are talkative, and why some lack tails. More...

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HowStuffWorks
GPS and the Secret Life of the Cat

GPS and the Secret Life of the Cat

Get a cat’s-eye view as 11 kitties wearing cameras and GPS units roam their neighborhoods. They play, catch prey, confront rivals, even upchuck, as you look on. More...

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BBC
How Do Cats Survive Falls from Great Heights?

How Do Cats Survive Falls from Great Heights?

Cats have been known to fall from great heights and still survive. How? It's a combination of how cats are built and the physics of terminal velocity. More...

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BBC
Watch This Cat Play with an Optical Illusion

Watch This Cat Play with an Optical Illusion

Watch a cat video for scientific enlightenment — now this is a worthwhile activity. State your own conclusion: Does this cat see the optical illusion? More...

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Popular Science
Cat Breed Directory

Cat Breed Directory

Explore stories and traits unique to particular cat breeds or search for a pet kitty based on characteristics important to you. More...

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Animal Planet
Cat Quiz

Cat Quiz

Take the cat quiz and see what you know about the behavior and habits of these creatures, both wild and domestic. More...

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HowStuffWorks
Interactive Drawings and Dissections for Veterinary Anatomy

Interactive Drawings and Dissections for Veterinary Anatomy

Ready to take a closer look at the anatomy of dogs, cats, horses, or cows? Virtually view or dissect these animals with a click of your mouse. More...

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Donald R. Adams
How Do Cats Respond to Bird Sound Recordings?

How Do Cats Respond to Bird Sound Recordings?

Experiment with cats near and dear to you: What’s their response to recordings of familiar bird sounds? Do they act like hunters or pampered house pets? More...

Activity
Science Buddies
How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy

How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy

Some people think Jaroslav Flegr is a mad scientist. His research suggests a cat parasite can take control of human brains. He even says it happened to him! Now other scientists are taking a closer look. More...

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The Atlantic
Killer Cats

Killer Cats

Doing what comes naturally, cats kill billions of birds every year. Examine this alarming dead-bird rate and why any solution invites argument. More...

Article
Science News for Students
Why Do Cats Purr?

Why Do Cats Purr?

We think it’s done for pleasure, but it may also signal distress or heal muscles and bones. Examine the debate about why cats purr. More...

Article
Scientific American
Cats 101: Arabian Mau

Cats 101: Arabian Mau

Watch and learn about the life and times of the Arabian Mau cat breed — including how its large pointed ears help it survive in its natural desert environment. More...

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Animal Planet
Cats: Plans for Perfection

Cats: Plans for Perfection

Investigate the characteristics that make cats such perfect predators, from the design of their skeletons and senses to their behavior past and present. More...

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National Geographic

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