[L. catus.] A small domestic animal, of the same family as the lion, tiger, leopard, etc. The cat is a flesh-eater, and is fond of birds and mice.

It has a fur coat, smooth and glossy and soft as silk; has padded feet, can run or walk noiselessly and is a good climber. The cat seeks its prey at night, having excellent powers of vision, while the long stiff hairs around its mouth are very sensitive, and aid it to find its way in the dark. There are several varieties of cats, as the Angora, Manx, Maltese, Persian, and tortoise-shell. The Persian has long, soft, silvery hair and bushy tail. The Manx cat has no tail. Wild cats feed on birds, rabbits, hares and poultry.