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Different types of cats
A Norwegian Forest cat

Cats or House cats (scientific name : Felis silvestris catus) are mammals of the family Felidae (the felines). Originally, cats were wild animals, but they first have been domesticated 10,000 years ago. Scientists think that the ancestor of the domestic cat is the African Wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica).

Cats are carnivorous: they eat meat such as mice, birds and other small mammals, but when cats live in houses with humans, they eat "cat food", which is manufactured and contain good nutrients for their health.

Cats use different sounds for communication, like meowing and purring. They are independent: they can look after themselves and enjoy spending time alone. They are very clean animals and know what they can eat or not. Their claws are retractile, so they can go in or out.

A baby cat is called a kitten.

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