Whether you are looking for cat and kitten colouring pages to support the arrival of a new pet, activities to support a farm animal theme, or a witch's cat craft for Halloween, you will find something here!
Cats first became pets in Cyprus around 9,500 years ago - so they've been part of lives for a long time now! Ancient Egyptians loved cats so much they even worshipped a cat goddess, and killing a cat was punishable by death! Nowadays there are around 7.4 million pet cats just in the United Kingdom, and an amazing 85.8 million in the United States!
House cats share 95.6% of their genetic makeup with tigers, and also share a lot of the same behaviours such as scent and urine marking, prey stalking and pouncing.
Cats are obligate carnivores, which means their diet needs to be nearly all meat and they need few carbohydrates. In the wild, cats usually prey on small animals, such as mice and birds.
Stray and feral cats which live outdoors have a life span of around 4 years, but pet cats can live up to 16 years or more.
Some Interesting Facts
- An orange tabby cat called Stubbs was once the mayor of Talkeetna, a small town in Alaska for 20 years.
- A ‘clowder’ is the term used for a group of adult cats, and has its roots in Middle English.
- Cats use their whiskers to measure if they are able to fit through a space.
- Males are usually left pawed, whereas females tend to be right pawed.
- A cat’s brain is 90% similar to a human’s, and the overall structure is almost identical, making their brains more similar to ours than to a dog’s.