What is cat?

  • (verb): Beat with a cat-o'-nine-tails.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Cat

The domestic cat (Felis catus or Felis silvestris catus) is a small, usually furry, domesticated, carnivorous mammal. It is often called the housecat when kept as an indoor pet, or simply the cat when there is no need to distinguish it from other felids and felines. Cats are valued by humans for companionship and their ability to hunt vermin and household pests.

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Sand Cat
... The sand cat (Felis margarita), also known as the sand dune cat, is the only felid found primarily in true desert, and has a wide but apparently disjunct distribution through the deserts ... Since 2002 this small cat has been listed as Near Threatened by IUCN due to concern over potential low population size and decline ... The sand cat lives in arid areas that are too hot and dry even for the African Wildcat the Sahara, the Arabian Desert, and the deserts of Iran and Pakistan ...
List Of Looney Tunes And Merrie Melodies Characters - T - The Hep Cat
... This unnamed feline is a black-and-white cat who looks prototypical to Sylvester The Cat ... He would later reappear in shorts such as The Hep Cat (1942) the first color Looney Tunes short, The Fifth-Column Mouse(1943) as a Hitler-like antagonistic ... The cat appeared in a total of 5 shorts three directed by Friz Freleng, and two directed by Bob Clampett ...
Cat - History and Mythology
... tended to think that ancient Egypt was the site of cat domestication, owing to the clear depictions of house cats in Egyptian paintings about 3,600 years old ... Cyprus, that contained the skeletons, laid close to one another, of both a human and a cat ... The cat specimen is large and closely resembles the African wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica), rather than present-day domestic cats ...
List Of Looney Tunes And Merrie Melodies Characters - S - Sam Cat
... Sam Cat is an orange cat that claims to be friends with Sylvester ... But when it comes to food, they are deadly rivals ...
Sand Cat - Characteristics
... The sand cat is a relatively small, stocky cat with short legs, a long tail, and large, pointed ears ... Unusually among Asian cats, the sand cat has long hairs growing between its toes ... the large ears, the auditory bullae are also unusually large, giving the cat an enhanced sense of hearing, probably helping it to pick up vibrations ...

More definitions of "cat":

  • (noun): An informal term for a youth or man.
    Synonyms: guy, hombre, bozo
  • (noun): Feline mammal usually having thick soft fur and being unable to roar; domestic cats; wildcats.
    Synonyms: true cat
  • (noun): A whip with nine knotted cords.
    Example: "British sailors feared the cat"
    Synonyms: cat-o'-nine-tails
  • (noun): A large vehicle that is driven by caterpillar tracks; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work.
    Synonyms: Caterpillar
  • (noun): A spiteful woman gossip.
    Example: "What a cat she is!"
  • (noun): Any of several large cats typically able to roar and living in the wild.
    Synonyms: big cat
  • (noun): The leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant.
    Synonyms: kat, khat, qat, quat, Arabian tea, African tea

Famous quotes containing the word cat:

    How they got a cat up there I do not know, for they are as shy as my aunt about entering a canoe. I wondered that she did not run up a tree on the way; but perhaps she was bewildered by the very crowd of opportunities.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    When the tea is brought at five o’clock,
    And all the neat curtains are drawn with care,
    The little black cat with bright green eyes
    Is suddenly purring there.
    Harold Monro (1879–1932)

    Of all God’s creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with a cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)