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All Kinds of Cats
There are many different types of cats. Wild cats like lions, tigers, and panthers, are a lot bigger than cats that live with us. But, we're not going to talk about them. Today we're going to talk about the cats we have in our homes, which are often called house cats.
Cats come in all sizes and colors. They can have short or long hair. Some of them have very interesting features, like big ears or unique stripes. The different types of cats are called breeds. Most cats kept as pets are small enough that you can pick them up - if they'll let you.
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How Is a Cat Born?
Like humans and all mammals, cats are born live. They don't hatch from eggs like birds and reptiles. A baby cat is called a kitten. For the first 4-6 weeks of a kitten's life, it can't eat any normal food - it just drinks its mother's milk, so it has to be around her all the time. After 4-6 weeks, kittens will start to eat normal food. At this time, it's safe for kittens to be placed in new homes.
Kittens are generally born in a group called a litter. A litter of cats usually has about 4-6 kittens, but it can be as large as 12 or even more!
The Early Life of a Cat
Most of the early life of a cat is spent playing. A kitten will often look like it's fighting with its littermates, or brothers and sisters, but this fighting is actually just playful. It helps them practice defending themselves and stalking and hunting for food, like mice and birds, which are a natural part of a cat's diet.
The Adult Life of a Cat
Cats are considered full grown at about one year old, but they can mate and reproduce before this. Female cats can start reproducing anywhere from 4-12 months in age. When a male and a female cat mate, the female will usually give birth to another litter of kittens.
As cats get older, they slow down and aren't quite as frisky as they were when they were young, but they still need affection. Although it's sad to think about, the life cycle of a cat ends with death. All living things die eventually; it's a natural part of life. A healthy cat will usually live to be about 15 years old, though some live longer and others not as long.
Baby cats, called kittens, are born live in a litter of typically 4-6. For 4-6 weeks, kittens live near their mother and drink her milk. Most cats, which come in all different types called breeds, take about a year to grow to adult size. They can mate and reproduce before they are a year old. Cats live to be around 15 years old.
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