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Devron Burks

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Transcript of CATS

CATS-Presented By: Devron L. Burks
Leaping Cats = All big cats ( Lions, Tigers, Jaguars, Leopards, Cheetahs, Pumas or Cougars, and Black Panthers-Bagheera from the Jungle Book). All big cats are in this category because they "leap" on their prey to kill it.
BIG CATS (continued)
Swimming Cats = Jaguars and Tigers. These cats obviously get there names, swimming cats, from being able to swim. I know that you might be thinking "I thought cats didn't like water, right?" Wrong. Jaguars and Tigers are specially designed to be able to swim. They have webbed feet, just like ducks, helping them to be able to swim easily in water.
Female Cats usually give birth to a litter of about three to five cubs or kittens. Cubs are big cat's offspring and kittens are small cat's offspring. All newborn cats are helpless when they are born. They are blind until they are about nine days old. Newborn cats suckle (drink milk) from their mother for six to eight weeks before they can eat meat. To move their young, mother cats grab them by the loose skin around the neck. Young cats are usually independent at about six months, however most cubs and kittens stay with their mother for about two years. Unfortantley, half of all cubs (ONLY cubs not kittens) don't live to see their first birthday because of large prey, other males, or by another large cat.
The first kind of small cats is the Domestic cat. Domestic cats live with people. They are common pets that live in households all over the world. In ancient Egyptian times, cats were considered sacred animals. Domestic cats are classified as shorthaired or longhaired. Shorthaired are put into three categories: the British shorthair, the American shorthair, and the Oriental shorthair. The Siamese, Abyssinian, the Ginger Cat (looks like a skinny version of Garfield), and Tabby Cat are four well known breeds of shorthaired cats. Longhaired cats make excellent friends but need more attention than shorthaired cats. The Birman Cat, the Maine Coon, the Persian Cat, and the Red Self are all well known longhaired cats.
Why do all cats lick each other?
First of all they do this to keep each other clean, but what you probably didn't know is that cats do this to familiarize themselves with each other. They want to smell the same. "When a pride of lions or a pair of Domestic cats want to show they belong together, they make sure they smell the same", (21).
Climbing Cats = Leopards, Pumas or Cougars, Jaguars (not very well), and Panthers ( sometimes but rarely, Lions). According to the DK eyewitness book, "Leopards are skilled climbers and can scale a vertical tree trunk with ease" ( Clutton-Brock, 32). Leopards keep their prey in the tree's so that other predators can't get to it.
Running Cat = The cheetah. The Cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world. Although this is true, it can only keep its 60-70 mph speed for about 30 sec. to a minute. The cause of this is the large heart. Having a large heart means more blood pumps faster enabling it to run faster, but it also causes it's body heat to rise fast and high. If the Cheetah's body tempature rose really high it could die. This is why the Cheetah can only run for short periods of time.
The second small cat is the Wild cat. Wild small cats are very different from domestic small cats. There are many wild small cats such as the Bobcat, the Lynx, the Caracal, the Sand Cat, the Fishing Cat, the Serval, the Black-Footed Cat, the Margay, the Leopard Cat, the Ocelot, and the Flat-Headed Cat. All of these cats are solitary hunters. These are beautiful cats, with powerful little bodies either stripped or spotted. Almost all of these small cats have large eyes to help them see in the night to catch their prey. All of these Wild small cats are endangered of being extinct because of increasing habitat loss. Also it's because of illegal huntig for the cat's fur.
What is the largest cat?
The largest cat is the Tiger. "Tigers are the biggest and most powerful of all cats" ,(30). These massive creatures weigh up to 660 lbs. Not only is it the largest cat, but it's also one of the only cats that swims.
Is there a significant difference between big and small cats?
Most people would think there are lots of major differences between big and small cats; however, the only major difference is size. All cats lick themselves, climb, pounce, are sneaky, etc.
This all relates to the world around us because it explains about one of the most diverse specie families know as Felidae. This presentation is also explaining about one of the most endangered species in the world because of illegal killing for the cat's fur.
Clutton-Brock, Juliet.CAT. New York: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2004.
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