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Cats. Meow !
 
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.

However, the 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 and rodents.

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.

     
nimble   agile
     
ferret   hunt
     
abound   thrive
 
 

 

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