Cats belong to the class of feline animals which include lions, tigers, pumas
and leopards. These animals are predators, relishing hunting in the wild with
their lean, nimble bodies, speed and
alertness. They live and hunt in groups and families and because of their speed
and size, they are practically masters in their own territory.
subject of this essay are the cats of the domestic variety, those kept as
household pets. They are generally solitary creatures. Being easy to maintain
and clean by nature as a cat will clean itself and has good toilet habits, cats
have been kept as pets for centuries.
The stray cats that we see in our neighborhoods are generally able to fend
for themselves. Their food is any living creature which is smaller than them
although they have a preference for rodents such as rats and mice and fish too.
They are foragers and once they have found their niches as shelters, they will
exploit the opportunities for food in the neighboring area. After fighting with
numerous cats, it makes its rightful home in a disused drain which can only be
accessed by going into a gap under a fence.
Cats are independent creatures and are able to leap and land well. Their
ability to survive is amazing. In Medieval Europe, they were persecuted because
they were thought to be able to transform into witches. They were feared because
of their moon-like eyes and their ability to walk away unhurt despite being
hurled from a tower. Cats know how to relax and can sleep anywhere. Who has not
seen a cat relaxing under a table or sleeping in the middle of a crowd of
people? Cats are also able to reproduce quickly.
Throughout history, cats have fascinated men. The Ancient Egyptians
worshipped the cat as a god. The Japanese regarded the cat as one bringing luck,
while the Chinese saw the cat as part of nature and respected it. Farmers kept
cats for their ability to ferret out pests
The English language has many words to indicate how cats have crept into
their culture. A person may be described as 'catty' or have 'kittenish'
behavior. Fashion describes the path models tread on as 'catwalk', while a
person whoescapes death often is seen to have the 'nine lives' of a cat.
Cat lovers abound all over the world.
There are clubs devoted to different breeds like the Persion cat. Each breed has
its own personality, colors, stripes and thickness of fur. Cat lovers keep cats
as pets and breeders breed them for profits.
A cat may not be as faithful and as obedient a pet as a dog, but it is its
independence which endears it to cat lovers.