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and include lions, tigers, cougars and many others. Two main theories are given about how cats were domesticated.Within this family, domestic cats (Felis catus) are part of the genus Felis, which is a group of small cats containing about seven species (depending upon classification scheme). In one, people deliberately tamed cats in a process of artificial selection as they were useful predators of vermin.Within the jaw, cats have teeth adapted for killing prey and tearing meat.
There are more than 70 cat breeds, though different associations proclaim different numbers according to their standards.In certain areas outside cats' native range, this has contributed, along with habitat destruction and other factors, to the extinction of many bird species.Cats have been known to extirpate a bird species within specific regions and may have contributed to the extinction of isolated island populations.An alternative word is English puss (extended as pussy and pussycat).
Attested only from the 16th century, it may have been introduced from Dutch poes or from Low German puuskatte, related to Swedish kattepus, or Norwegian pus, pusekatt.
Under controlled breeding, they can be bred and shown as registered pedigree pets, a hobby known as cat fancy.