Domestic cats are small, typically furry, carnivorous mammals.  Cats are often valued by humans for companionship.  There are more than 70 breeds of cats, although various associations proclaim different numbers according to their standards.  Cats have strong flexible bodies, quick reflexes, sharp retractable claws and teeth that are adapted to killing small prey.  The cat can hear sounds too faint or too high in frequency compared to human ears.  They can see in near darkness but have a poor color vision and a better sense of smell than humans.  Besides being solitary hunters, cats are a social species.  Cats communicate through a variety of vocalizations, mewing, purring, hissing, growling, trilling and grunting.  Cats also show specific body languages according to their mood.

In comparison to dogs, cats have not undergone major changes during the domestication process. The form and behavior of domestic cats are not radically different from those of wildcats.  Outdoor cats are active both day and night, although they tend to be more active at night.  House cats may be more active in the morning and evening as a response to greater human activity at these times. Cats conserve energy by sleeping more than most animals, especially as they grow older.  The daily duration of sleep varies, usually between 13 to 14 hours being the average.  Cats are the second most popular animal as dogs hold the number one place.  Even though cats and dogs are believed to be natural enemies, they can live together if correctly socialized.  Please have your pets spayed and neutered to avoid overpopulation of unwanted animals.  De Hart CatsPlumbing Heating and Cooling, serving Manhattan Kansas, Junction City Kansas, Topeka Kansas and some surrounding areas.

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