The Taxonomy of the Domestic Cat

What is Taxonomy?

Taxonomy is the study of classifying organism. There are 7 levels of taxonomy, each more specific than the last. These levels are called Taxon and they included Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genius, and Species.

Each organism is named using a 2-part naming system: the genius and the species

Taxonomy of the Domestic Cat

Taxonomic Levels of the Domestic Cat:

Kingdom: Animalia-These organisms are multicellular and eukaryotic. Most animals are motile, meaning they can move around on their own. All animals are heterotrophs, meaning that they feed directly or indirectly on other living things.

Phylum: Chordata-form a phylum of creatures that are based on a bilateral body plan, and is defined by having at some stage in their lives.

Class: Mammalia-is the scientific term for reptiles and birds, all the organisms in this class are hairy, and four-legged animals. They are also known for three middle ear bones, mammary glands, and a neocortex, and it has a strong brain with a four chambered heart.

Order: Carnivora-is a diverse order that includes over 280 species of placental mammals. These organisms are found in anywhere in the world. Most of these organisms feed entirely on meat.

Family: Felidae-These organisms are found anywhere in the world

Genius: Felis-is a genus of cats in the family Felidae, including the familiar domestic cat and its closest wild relatives.

Species: F. catus(Felis catus)- any domesticated member of the genus Felis. which is a group of small cats containing about seven species (depending upon classification scheme).

Where is the Domestic Cat found?

The Life of a Domestic Cat

Domestic cats no matter their breed they are all members of one species. Felis catus has a very long relationship with humans.

Ancient Egyptians may of had the first domesticated cats early as 4,000 years ago. The cats are skill in killing them may have affectively earn attention to humans.

Egyptains worshipped cat goddess and even mummified their beloved pets.

Cats communicate by marking trees, fence posts, or furniture with their claws or their waste.

Domestic cats are still largely carnivorous and have evolved a gut for raw meat.

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