According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are more than 70 million feral and stray cats roaming the streets. Because stray cats often carry dangerous diseases, the best thing that you can do to protect your domesticated cat against serious illness is to keep it indoors. By staying inside, your cat is less likely to fight with other animals and risk the chance of spreading diseases through wounds. You'll also keep it away from infection-spreading parasites, including fleas and ticks, and prevent the kidney failure that can come as a result of ingesting poisonous substances such as antifreeze.
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Freedom: Biggest Animals in the World
Signing up enhances your TCE experience with the ability to save items to your personal reading list, and access the interactive map. The domestic cat, a species of flesh-eating mammal belonging to family Felidae, order Carnivora , is a small, lithe, intelligent, soft-furred animal. About 4. The origin of the domesticated cat is shrouded in mystery. Scientists speculate that a long-extinct animal, the small arboreal miacis, existed million years ago and was probably ancestral to the bear, weasel, fox, coyote, raccoon, dog and cat. Another very agile animal which more closely resembled today's cat, the dinictis, is thought to have appeared 10 million years later. It is now generally accepted that house cats originated in the African wildcat, Felis catus lybica , which later interbred with the European wildcat, F.
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Barbara J. Those headlines reported a startling result from a new study in the journal Nature Communications : free-ranging domestic cats in the United States kill many billions of birds and small mammals per year, far more than previously thought. Many cat owners, Williams reported, took umbrage.