Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?

Wednesday, 17 June, 2015 | Category: News | Comments (7)

Ever wonder why your cat has whiskers? Turns out that they’re not just meant to give your cat a more majestic look. Your cat’s whiskers actually serve a few vital functions in their everyday comings and goings. This is due to the fact that your cat’s whiskers are actually a different type of hair called vibrissae hairs. Though humans do have some vibrissae hairs (in our nostrils), it appears to be safe to say that cats put theirs to better use. Cat Behavior Associates helps break down the purpose of whiskers for us.

Directions And Spatial Awareness

A cat’s whiskers are quite coarse, contain an abundance of nerve endings and are more deeply rooted than the rest of its hair. This makes them ideal for helping your cat perceive what’s ahead as it charges nose first into unchartered territory. The most obvious whiskers, which tend to appear in even the most rudimentary drawings of cats, are the muzzle whiskers, or those protruding from either side of your cat’s nose. Your cat relies on these muzzle whiskers to perform two essential functions. The first is assisting with directional orientation. We’ve discussed how cats see rather well in the dark, but their whiskers also assist them in avoiding obstacles by sensing slight changes in the direction of an air current. Such a directional shift can indicate an impediment to their forward march. Similarly, and perhaps more well known, are the whisker’s value in enhancing your cat’s spatial awareness. The muzzle whiskers are supposed to be approximately the same width as your cat (though feline obesity can skew this proportion), so your cat can test whether or not it will be able to fit through a tight space by using its whiskers as a measuring device.

Protecting The Eyes

Your cat also has a few whiskers that protrude from above each eye, almost like your grandpa’s eyebrows. These, though less iconic than the muzzle whiskers, are just as vitally important. When your cat is walking or running through tall grass or low-hanging branches, these whiskers trigger an automatic blinking reflex to protect your cat’s precious eyes. When a potentially harmful item (even including a human hand) comes within grazing distance of these whiskers, your cat will involuntarily blink to protect its eyes.

Facilitating Hunting

Even less well known than the eyebrow whiskers are the carpal whiskers that exist on the inner side of your cat’s wrists. That’s right! Take a look. They’re there. These are most crucial when your cat is out hunting, and they aid in a couple major ways. Just as sensitive as the eyebrow and muzzle whiskers, and capable of detecting the slightest movement, these carpal whiskers allow your cat to feel any motion in a captured prey. Also, because of cats’ inability to see fine detail at close range, these whiskers play a vital role in helping your cat situate its prey so as to position it perfectly for the fatal blow.

Your cat’s whiskers are extremely important in many different aspects of its life, and so it’s of the utmost importance to never, ever trim or remove your cat’s whiskers. Not only will it prevent your cat from going about its business as it does naturally, but, because of the density of nerve endings and the sensitivity of these hairs, it can actually cause your cat pain. So, admire your cat’s whiskers, and don’t fret if you find a loose one on the ground. They fall out, but they grow back again, too.

High Energy Cat Breeds

Wednesday, 17 June, 2015 | Category: News | Comments (2)

If you’ve been looking to adopt a cat, but you want an especially high-energy breed, then you’re in luck. The thoughtful folks at Purina have compiled a rather comprehensive list of the most high-energy cat breeds, and they’ve even given us a little tidbit of info on each of these vigorous kitties, as well!


These little rascals are a ton of fun! Small, though nimble, males of this breed grow to about 7-10 pounds and females to roughly 6-8 pounds. Their medium coats vary between ruddy, red, blue and fawn, but beneath them lie muscular builds that are hardly ever at rest. This breed is almost beyond active; it’s simply always on the move, resting only for a nap or a snack. The constant love of this people-friendly breed will be ideal for a family with post-toddler aged children.


This breed is full of fun and life. A bit larger than the Abyssinian, but still quite compact, males are about 8-12 pounds and females are 6-10 pounds. The Burmese have short coats that are sometimes sable, champagne, blue and platinum, and this breed is never loud, but is known instead for its soft crooning. A great cat for families with young children or even a friendly pooch, this breed loves physical affection and you’ll love gazing into their enormous eyes.


This stunning breed is really a sight to behold. The Ocicat is a bit larger still than the Burmese, weighing in at 10-15 pounds for males and 7-12 for females. Their short, satiny coats are known to occur in almost every hue, including tawny, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lavender, fawn, and a number of differently shaded silvers, and they are the only spotted domesticated cats. This breed is outspoken, bold, sociable and loves the company of humans. They’re also known to be healthy, living up to 18 years.


A similarly marvelous and high-energy breed, the Toyger is only slightly smaller on average than the Ocicat, with males weighing about 10-15 pounds and females weighing approximately 7-10 pounds. This breed is adorned in a short, plush coat that emulates the stripes of a jungle tiger. Like the aforementioned breeds, the Toyger is friendly with people and other pets, even being known to enjoy the attention of strangers. And the Toyger is particularly known for its intelligence.

These are just a few of a long list of friendly, playful and energetic cat breeds that behave almost more like dogs than they do like cats. When you’re looking for a truly outgoing and spry kitty, looking into these beautiful breeds is a good place to start.

Cats’ Ears And Hearing

Tuesday, 16 June, 2015 | Category: News | Comments (14)

Just as our ears serve more purpose than just looking odd beside our faces, so too are cats’ ears there for more than just adding shape to their heads. In fact, a cat’s ears do even more than just help it hear. The trusty sources at Animal Planet have once again delivered some really fascinating and even surprising facts about cats’ ears and their sense of hearing.

Sense of Hearing

A cat’s external ear, or pinna, as well as the amount and range of sound that that organ is capable of sensing are both truly remarkable. When compared to the hearing of a human, for instance, a cat has a much wider range. Though we both reach about the same depth of sound on the low end of the scale, a cat can actually hear sounds that are 1.6 octaves higher than a human, which is, in fact, even higher than a dog is capable of hearing. Cats are also able to use their amazing ears to locate the source of a sound, which they are able to do with incredible accuracy. Their ears allow them to hear sounds at a distance of roughly four to five times that of what humans can hear. And, because their external ear can rotate a complete 180°, they are able to actually pinpoint the exact location, within inches, of any sound within a three foot range, and in only a matter of six one-hundredths of a second! Pretty astonishing, huh?

How Cats Always Land On Their Feet

Have you ever wondered about how cats always manage to land directly on their paws, no matter which direction they’re facing as they fall? Well, it’s a matter of a component in their inner ear called the vestibular apparatus. It is basically a little area deep in the cat’s ear that has many tiny hairs and is filled with minuscule crystals suspended in a liquid. So, when a cat is upended by a fall or a jump, this little sensory preceptor informs the cat’s brain which direction is up, similar to the controls that indicate to a pilot the level of a plane’s wings. Your cat’s tail is also incorporated in this miraculous maneuver by acting as a counter balance to level out your airborne kitty.

Deafness And Hearing Loss

Unfortunately, your cat is susceptible to hearing loss and even deafness, just as people are. Such hearing loss can occur as a result of infection or illness, outer or inner ear trauma or just your cat getting older. Specifically high frequency sounds are lost with increased age, and this can reduce your cat’s ability to hunt effectively or hear threatening noises that might indicate danger. In house cats, though, hearing loss and deafness are usually carried along genetically. No specific breeds have been more strongly linked to hearing loss in cats, yet there is a curious correlation between the gene that results in white hair and mutations in the eardrum and subsequent hearing of cats. Most perplexingly of all is that white cats with blue eyes seem most susceptible to deafness, and when a white cat has one blue eye and one eye of another color, the deafness occurs only in the ear on the side of the blue eye.

So, perhaps it should be cats, and not dogs, that are known for their famous sense of hearing, along with their remarkable inner ear mechanisms.

Why Does My Cat Drool?

Monday, 15 June, 2015 | Category: News | Comments (0)

Your cat may let a little bit of saliva dribble out when very comfortable or very nervous. However, significant drooling is not a result of your cat smelling your delicious cooking, but more typically a sign of some potentially serious health issue. WebMD is here to help keep us informed on what some of these issues may be, and how we can keep an eye open and check for drool-inducing health problems.

  • Oral/Tooth Disease
    • There are a number of diseases that can occur within your cat’s mouth, or around the teeth, which can lead to excessive drooling. If tartar has built up along your cat’s teeth and gums, it can irritate the inner lips, which can, in turn, result in uncontrollable drooling. A quick peak under the lips can reveal signs of tooth decay or oral hygiene deficiency, and will present itself in the form of brown or greyish teeth or swollen, red or even bleeding gums. If you find anything alarming, bring your cat to the vet for a cleaning and a check for gingivitis, mouth ulcers or tumors, then proceed with regular brushing at home.
  • Difficulty Swallowing
    • Whether your cat has a physical impediment that is preventing regular swallowing, or even just a foul taste stuck on its tongue, the difficulty in swallowing can result in excessive drooling. Take a look and see if there’s anything that you can remove, otherwise just keep a close eye on your cat and check regularly on the drooling. It may just be a matter of washing out an unpleasant taste with a few drinks of water.
  • Heatstroke
    • Another possible cause of heavy drooling can be heatstroke. Though cats are generally less susceptible to heatstroke than other animals with heavier coats, they can fall victim after long exposure to the sun, a lack of proper hydration or simply too much exercise on a hot day. Keeping your cat indoors, offering plenty of water and minimizing exercise are the best ways to avoid heatstroke. Your cat should be taken to the vet at the first sign of any possibly heat-induced illness.
  • Carsickness
    • Although your cat probably doesn’t take too many car rides, you may find that, between the motion and the likelihood that your cat is aware that you’re probably going to the vet for some kind of unpleasant treatment, your cat’s not going to enjoy the ride. Anxious panting and mouth-breathing can also cause your cat to drool, but trying to acclimate your cat to this particular experience, through increased time in the carrier and then in the carrier in the car, and then in the car and driving around, can slowly diminish the anxiety that leads to this type of drooling.
  • Organ Disease
    • An unfortunate truth of pet ownership is that your pet gets older and, as it does so, its health begins to deteriorate. Kidney and liver disease become increasingly common in older cats, and these illnesses can lead to excess drooling. Consult your veterinarian right away if you suspect that this may be the cause of your cat’s drooling. The earlier you catch it, the better.
  • Poisonous Plant Ingestion
    • Another possible cause for your cat drooling excessively can be the ingestion of plants that are poisonous to felines. Tulips, azaleas and chrysanthemums, amongst many other types of plants, can irritate your cat’s digestive system and cause drooling. Making sure that your cat stays out of these plants is a good way to avoid drooling as a result of plant ingestion.
  • Upper Respiratory Infections
    • Finally, your cat may drool more than normal if it has developed an infection in the nose, throat or sinuses. Extensive contact with other animals can lead to these types of infections, as well as the kind of carsickness-induced anxiety that was previously discussed.

So, keep an eye open for any excessive drooling, take some basic preventative measures to help avoid the kind of issues that may lead to heavy drooling, and, if drooling presents itself, consider all of the possible circumstances that may be contributing to your cat’s salivary response. Consultation with your vet is highly recommended for any instance of excessive drooling.

How Long Do Cats Live?

Sunday, 14 June, 2015 | Category: News | Comments (1)

What is the average lifespan of a domesticated housecat? Well, that’s a slightly difficult question to answer, or at least to answer precisely. The fact of the matter is that the age of a domesticated cat depends on a number of differing factors, and therefore varies considerably from cat to cat. However, Cat World is able to provide us with a good basis of knowledge on the lifespan of the average cat.

Average Lifespan Of A Cat

As we’ve mentioned, the average lifespan of a cat is a rather broad notion, but essentially the range has been narrowed down to approximately 9 to 15 years. The biggest factor that influences the lifespan of a cat, even more so than genetics, is whether your cat is an indoor or an outdoor cat. If you keep your cat indoors for the duration of its life, it’s liable to exceed 20 years, whereas, conversely, if your cat roams freely, or is even an indoor/outdoor cat, the average life span decreases by 2.5 times, or basically drops to about 5 years. As we had discussed in a previous post about the risks of allowing your cat to adventure outdoors, there are a great deal of diverse threats to your cat’s well-being, which, statistically speaking, vastly reduce the expected lifespan of your outdoor cat.

Methods For Increasing Lifespan

The first and probably most intuitive way to improve your cat’s chances of living a long, healthy life is to offer a high level of nutrition in its diet. Making sure that you feed your cat food that provides it with quality and balanced nutrition is the first and foremost step toward increasing your cat’s lifespan. Making sure that your cat is current on all necessary vaccinations is also of considerable importance. Similarly, in order to prevent any disease or other health issues, it’s important to have your cat see the veterinarian at regular intervals. And perhaps less intuitive than the other methods, ensuring that your cat’s oral hygiene is tended to is hugely important, as its gums serve as a major conduit for blood flow. Any dental or oral disease can result in bacteria being channeled through the body, which can lead to serious health issues.

Oldest Cats On Record

Though there is much contention regarding the record for oldest living cat, the record had belonged to a black and orange tortoiseshell cat named Tiffany Two. She was born on March 13th, 1988 and lived to 26 years 204 days before passing away last month. The oldest cat to have ever lived was named Cream Puff and hailed from Austin, Texas. Cream Puff was born on August 3rd, 1967 and lived to three days past her 38th birthday, passing away on August 6th, 2005. It’s probably safe to say that those miraculous kitties had a blessed balance of great genetics and great owners.


Biggest Breeds Of Housecat

Saturday, 13 June, 2015 | Category: News | Comments (1)

If you’re looking for a terrifically enormous cat to cuddle up with, then you should take a gander at these impressive felines. These breeds are at the top of every “Biggest Breeds of Housecat” list, and for good reason. Besides just being quite large, Pet Care RX informs us that they’ve also been bred to display certain specific characteristics, both in personality (e.g., companionship, loyalty, etc.) and in physicality (e.g., stunning coats, facial features, etc.). Have a look and see which one you may like best!

Maine Coon

Also referred to as the American Longhair, this breed (not surprisingly) hails from the great state of Maine. With males being known to grow to 25 pounds, this breed is commonly considered the largest breed of housecat, and it is also one of the oldest. The Maine Coon is known for its lush, full coat, its calm and loving nature, and its impressive intelligence, all of which serve to make it a very popular choice for a housecat.

Norwegian Forest Cat

Again, as their name would suggest, the Norwegian Forest Cat comes from the Scandinavian country of Norway. Some say that the Vikings originally brought them there over 1000 years ago. This breed has an even thicker, woolier coat than its North American counterpart, and can thrive in rather cold climes. It is also a large and strong cat, but has a wonderful disposition around its human companions.


Between their stunning blue eyes and their almost complete lack of muscle tension upon being picked up (hence their name), the Ragdoll breed is actually something of a newer invention. A crossbreed of Persian and Birman developed in the 1960s, females of this breed can reach 15 pounds. A choice lap cat for their unbelievably soft coats and their equally soft demeanors, the Ragdoll is sure to bring you and your family much joy.


Only a recent import to the United States, the Siberian has been a much beloved feline companion in Russia for hundreds of years. Their long, lush, brilliant coats are often thought to be hypoallergenic, and, though they only made it stateside a couple decades ago, their popularity is spreading quickly around the world.

The American Bobtail

Though not quite as large as the aforementioned kitties, the male American Bobtail can reach 16 pounds, which is no teacup kitten. As their name suggests, they have a distinctively bobbed tail, which is a recessive gene, meaning the offspring of an American Bobtail and another breed may or may not have the signature short tail. This breed is praised for its companionship, and is even known to behave especially well around children and other pets.


Unlike the plush, bushy and more dense big kitties mentioned above, the Savannah is a combination of a domestic cat and a wild African Serval. These cats can weigh in excess of 20 pounds, but they are still as tall, long and thin as their wild African forebears. That means that they’re roughly the size of your average pooch. They look something like miniature cheetahs, with their spotted coats and long ears. The disposition of the Savannah breed is often likened to that of a dog, with their loyalty, energy and even willingness to be walked on a leash.

So, if you’re in the market for a sizeable kitty, then you’d do well with any of these stunning, remarkable breeds. You even have quite a selection to choose from in the way of country of origin. Good luck with this decision. It’s going to be a BIG one!


Smallest Breeds Of Housecat

Friday, 12 June, 2015 | Category: News | Comments (0)

If you’re not looking for a behemoth of a cat, but, instead, you’re in the market for a particularly tiny kitty, then you may be interested in any of these breeds. Pets 4 Homes shares with us their list of the five smallest breeds of housecat, each one teensier and cuter than the last. So, if you want a cat that will look and feel like a kitten forever, you may want to give these breeds a try!



Commonly held as the smallest breed of cat in the world, the Singapura will, on average, only grow to roughly half the size of an ordinary-sized housecat. This breed is actually a close relative of the Abyssinian, and shares a similar physique in its compact, yet lean body, its tall ears and bright eyes. These little rascals are fun-loving, energetic and love to climb and adventure.



This breed is a particularly interesting one, as its body is not all that much smaller than an average housecat, but its legs are considerably shorter. This gives the Munchkin a much lower profile, almost like a cat in permanent stalking stance. The adorable little Munchkin is just as spry and animated as any other breed, and loves to jump and run, but just not quite as far or fast as its longer-legged counterparts.

Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex has a very distinctive kitten-like appearance, as well as having a distinctively delicate and crimped coat. Their playfulness is similar to the Siamese breed, with which they also share a striking facial resemblance, along with some key character traits, such as strong companionship, verbosity and smarts.

Devon Rex

Although quite similar in many ways to the Cornish Rex, this breed maintains its distinction in its bigger-than-life personality. The Devon Rex shares many of the physical features of the Cornish Rex, such as its small and slender physique, its expansive ears and even its signature coat. The Devon Rex, however, is considered even more outgoing than the Cornish Rex, being known to learn tricks from its owner.

American Curl

Though not quite as small as some of the previously mentioned breeds, the American Curl does still tend to be on the smaller side. These cats are very aesthetically appealing, with good, balanced proportions and a characteristic backward curling of the ears, which is from where their name originates. The American Curl is a very sociable and lively breed, which makes a terrific companion for any prospective cat owner.

So, if you want to enjoy that cute and cuddly kitten for a bit longer than your average cat stays that size, then you may be looking for one of these exceptionally tiny breeds. They’re sure to always give you that lovely feeling of caring for a delicate, little kitty.

What Is Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)?

Thursday, 11 June, 2015 | Category: Press | Comments (2)

First of all, International Cat Care would have you know that FLUTD is not actually one disease, but rather a term that encompasses a number of issues that can arise within the bladder and urethra of your cat.

Signs Of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

It can be quite difficult to identify the source of the problem that your cat is experiencing, but here are some various indications of a possible issue relating to your cat’s lower urinary tract:

  • Dysuria – painful urination
  • Pollakiuria – increased frequency of urination
  • Haematuria – blood in urine
  • Periuria – inappropriate elimination
  • Overgrooming – excessive licking around the perineum
  • Behavioral Changes – inappropriate elimination, aggression or irritation
  • Stranguria – urethral blockage

Highest Risk Of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

Approximately 1-3% of cats are afflicted by FLUTD every year, but because of how many different manifestations there are of the disease, it can affect all cats relatively evenly. However, these factors tend to result in higher instances of FLUTD:

  • Middle-aged
  • Neutered
  • Obese
  • Lack of exercise
  • Exclusively indoor
  • Exclusively dry food

Causes Of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

Several specific diseases can lead to or cause FLUTD. Although they vary in concentration from one geographic area to another and amongst different breeds, these are the major causes of FLUTD:

  • Urolithiasis – bladder stones
  • Bacterial Infections – bacterial infection of the bladder
  • Urethral Plugs – blockage or obstruction of the urethra
  • Anatomical Defects – fibrous scar tissue accumulating in and narrowing the urethra
  • Neoplasia – cancerous tumor in the bladder or urethra
  • Idiopathic Cystitis – inflammation of the bladder without known cause

Methods Of Investigating Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

It’s very important for you to keep a close eye on a cat that you believe to be exhibiting signs of FLUTD. If the issue(s) persist, however, it’s even more important that you get your cat into the veterinarian immediately to perform a series of investigations to find the principal cause. Common methods of investigation include:

  • Urinalysis – analyzing a sample of urine
  • X-rays – taking x-rays of the bladder and urethra
  • Ultrasound – performing an ultrasound on the bladder
  • Biopsies – taking a tissue sample of the bladder wall

Hopefully, you’ll never have to experience or deal with any of these signs, causes or methods of investigation, but should an issue present itself and you believe that your cat may be afflicted with FLUTD, the best thing to do is to bring your cat in for inspection by the veterinarian.



What Does Catnip Do To Cats?  

Wednesday, 10 June, 2015 | Category: Press | Comments (0)

There’s no denying the joy that is brought about (both for you and your cat) when you introduce a little catnip into your kitty’s playtime. The question that most of us simply don’t have an answer for, though, is: what does catnip do to cats to get them so darn riled up? Well, once again, the Humane Society has us covered with some solid information on the effects of catnip on your cat.

What Is Catnip?

Rather than being some kind of wild, mythical feline hallucinogen, catnip is actually a relatively benign variety of the mint family. It just so happens, however, that, of the 250 different species of mint, the essential oil found in the variety that becomes catnip, which is called nepetalactone, has a rather curious influence over roughly half the feline population. The propensity for outrageous and uproarious behavior upon exposure to this particular variety of mint is actually a genetic trait, which only about 50% of cats inherit. If your cat does possess the gene, it will only come to fruition between three and six months of age, and a kitten any younger will show no signs, one way or the other.

What’s It Doing To My Cat?

What is catnip doing to your cat? Well, it may be doing any one of three things, and that depends on whether your cat has a sensitivity to the nepetalactone or not, and, if so, whether your cat has merely smelled or actually ingested the catnip. As we’ve stated, only about half of cats are sensitive to this particular species of mint, which means that half, whether smelling, eating or otherwise, aren’t going to exhibit any unusual behaviors. For cats that do possess the catnip sensitivity gene, smelling the catnip will have an energizing and invigorating, sometimes even crazing effect. On the other hand, eating the catnip will often create a sluggishness that starkly contrasts the exhilaration of the olfactory response. Though nothing has been proven definitively, the most commonly accepted hypothesis is that the scent of the catnip is very similar to the pheromones that trigger receptors in a cat’s brain and tell it that it’s happy. Your cat will usually only respond to the catnip for about ten minutes, but will require about two hours for the effects to completely wear off.

For Humans And For Freshness!

It may come as something of a surprise to you to learn that catnip actually has some effect on and benefit for humans as well as cats. It can provide humans with a similar soothing quality to chamomile tea, and has been brewed thusly for some time. Additionally, it has proven itself to be a nearly insurmountable mosquito repellent. It’s allegedly ten times as strong as diethyltoluamide, or DEET, but is less commonly used as a bug spray because it only lasts for a couple of hours. Finally, as an organic substance, catnip does lose freshness over time, but keeping your cat’s favorite catnip toy in a sealed container in your freezer can slow this loss of freshness. That way you and your cat can enjoy the wonders of catnip for even longer.

What Is A Group Of Cats Called?

Tuesday, 9 June, 2015 | Category: Press | Comments (1)

You could just call them a “group” of cats, or, even simpler, you could just refer to them as “cats,” but what’s the fun in that? Wouldn’t you love to know how to refer to a group of cats in another, more obscure way? Of course you would, and that’s exactly what we’re going to learn today, courtesy of Today I Found Out!

A What Of Cats?

You would probably never have guessed what the exact, and arguably hyper-specific, name for a group of cats is, and that’s because it sounds more like the soup du jour than it does a group of animals. The actual name for a group of cats is a clowder. We know, completely bizarre, right? Well, that’s only the beginning, because you can also refer to a group of cats as a clutter (which makes a bit more sense, we suppose) and a glaring (which we can’t even begin to guess). Beyond that, there are two similarly unconventional names for groups of wild or feral cats, and those are dowt (or dout) and destruction. That’s right. You could happen upon a destruction of cats while walking to the market. Watch out! On a far cuter note, the term for a group of young cats is a kindle of kittens. Pretty sweet, we know.

Odd Names For Individual Cats

There are some rather specific and obscure names for individual cats, as well, and they’re just about as odd as those plural nouns. A male cat, for instance, is referred to as a tom, which you may have heard before, but a neutered male cat is known as a gib, which, if you knew that one, we’d suggest you try out for Jeopardy. Similarly, a female cat is called a molly, whether that’s what you’ve named her or not. You learn something new every day!

Etymology Of Cat

If we look into the etymology of the word cat, we’ll find that it’s lineage traces back quite a long ways. This should come as no great surprise, though, because cats, themselves, have been providing mankind with companionship for millennia. The word cat comes from the Old English word catt, which originates from the Late Latin word catus, meaning “domestic cat.” There is evidence to suggest that the Latin came from the Afro-Asiatic word kaddîska, which is said to mean “wild cat.” This might stand to reason, considering that the first cat to be domesticated must once have been wild, right?