Cat Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Marla Lohmann

Marla has a PhD in Special Education, has taught students at the elementary and middle school levels and currently teaches future teachers.

Are you a cat lover? Well, then this is the lesson for you! Come and learn about how cats look, how they act and some facts about different types of cats.

How Do Cats Look?

They are known for being cute and cuddly, but not all cats look alike. Cats come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. However, there are some similarities. All cats like have four legs with paws and sharp claws. Most cats have tails - some are short, and some are long. Most cats have fur. In fact, they have more than 100,000 hairs per square inch of their body compared to humans who have around 800 hairs per square inch.

There are some interesting facts about cats' bodies. For one thing, they have very flexible backs with up to 52 vertebrae (or parts of their backbone). Humans only have 33. Also, kittens, or baby cats, are born with temporary teeth that they lose before they become a full grown cat. Then, they get adult teeth, just like humans.

A group of kittens
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How Do Cats Behave?

There are thousands of different species of cats, each with their various personality and way that they react to certain situations. However, there are some ways that most cats act. Kittens tend to be super sleepy and are asleep between 16 and 18 hours a day. Kittens sleep so much because their bodies release a hormone that makes them grow when they are sleeping.

Have you ever seen a cat licking itself? Cats lick themselves to keep clean. In fact, if you look up close as a cat's tongue, it has little prickles on it, and it looks like a hairbrush. Just think of it as a primping time for the cat.

Check out that tongue!
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You can tell a lot about a cat based on its body language, such as the way it positions its ears and tail. For example, if a cat's ears are pricked up, this means that the cat is alert and interested. If the ears are flattened and off to the side, this means that the cat is afraid. If a cat's tail is straight up, this means that he is in a good mood. If the tail is bristled or fluffy, this means that the cat is nervous and might become aggressive.

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