: Felis catus
: 15 years in 2018
: Meat (carnivorous)
: Worldwide (domesticated)
: 1 foot, 6 inches on average
: 8.5 to 11 pounds on average
18 Cat Facts for Kids
Cats are small to medium sized members of the Felis genus.
Their scientific binomial name is Felis catus.
As of 2019, the TICA (The International Cat Association) recognizes 71 standard cat breeds.
Cats are the only domesticated species in the Felidae family.
Cats can reach a length of 1 foot, 6 inches on average.
Cats can reach between 8.5 to 11 pounds on average.
Cats reach running speeds up to 30 miles per hour.
It’s estimated there are between 200 to 600 million domesticated cats worldwide.
Cats are the second most popular domestic pets worldwide.
A male cat is called a tom.
A female cat is called a queen or molly.
A young cat is called a kitten.
A group of cats is called a clowder.
Cats can jump on average 8 feet, which is about six times their average body length.
Cats spend around 70% of their time sleeping, about 13 to 16 hours a day on average.
The longest cat in the world was Stewie, reaching 48.5 inches in length.
The longest living cat on record was Crème Puff. She lived 38 years and 3 days.
On October 18th, 1963 the first and only cat went into space, its name was Felicette.
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Additional Resources on Cats
Cats - National Geographic
– Explore the National Geographic's website to find more facts aboout cats.
Cats - Animal Planet
– Discover more about cats on the Animal Planet website.
Cat (Felis catus) - Wikipedia
– Learn more about cats on the Wikipedia website.