History Cats and dogs ancestor is Miacis. The first normal looking cat appeared about 35 MYA and is called Proailurus.
History Cats were domesticated about 4,000 YA Cats are mostly used on farms, ranches, and on ships to control rodents. Domesticated cats are believed to have evolved from African wild cats.
Characteristics There are about 36 species of cats. Cats have erect ears, large eyes with vertical-slit pupils. 28 teeth 5 toes All cats can retract their claws except? cheetahs
Characteristics Cats are designed for speed and flexibility. Cats have their largest muscles on their rear legs, which gives them their power for jumping and running.
Characteristics Like snakes cats have jacobson’s organ to taste the air. Cats have spoon-shaped tongue to allow the cat to lap up liquids.
Largest Wild Cats Table of overall head and body length (meters) of the cat family - in order of size. lower - upper 1. Tiger 2.20 - 3.30 2. Lion 2.00 - 2.80 3. Cougar 1.00 - 2.00 4. Leopard 0.90 - 1.90 5. Jaguar 1.00 - 1.80 6. Cheetah 1.00 – 1.50
True Carnivores Require almost twice as much protein as dogs! 30-40% of a cat’s diet should be protein (meat, meat by-products, fish, eggs and milk). 10% of a cat’s diet should be fat.
What Not to Feed Cats Milk to much can give your cat gas and diarrhea. Raw eggs cooked egg provides valuable protein, fat and vitamins Chicken bones they can splinter and become lodged in the cat’s throat No Dog Food!!!!!!!!
Types of Cat Food Types of Cat food : 1. Canned food : contains more protein, fat and 75% water!
Types of Cat Food 2. Semi-moist food : contain vegetable protein, vitamins and minerals and 30% water. Less expensive
Types of Cat Food 3. Dry food : contains less protein and fat and 10% water Always keep water available Prevents the buildup of tartar Occasionally feeding canned food with dry food will ensure a balanced diet