Cats are often valued by humans for companionship and for their ability to hunt vermin.
There are more than 70 cat breeds, though different associations proclaim different numbers according to their standards.
Many pedigreed and especially purebred cats are exhibited as show cats.
Cats are similar in anatomy to the other felids, with a strong flexible body, quick reflexes, sharp retractable claws, and teeth adapted to killing small prey.
Cat senses fit a crepuscular and predatory ecological niche.
(Felis silvestris catus or Felis catus) is a small, typically furry, carnivorous mammal.
They are often called house cats when kept as indoor pets or simply cats when there is no need to distinguish them from other felids and felines.
Cats can hear sounds too faint or too high in frequency for human ears, such as those made by mice and other small animals. Like most other mammals, cats have poorer color vision and a better sense of smell than humans.