A skilled predator, the cat is known to hunt over 1,000 species for food. It can be trained to obey simple commands. Individual cats have also been known to learn on their own to manipulate simple mechanisms, such as doorknobs. Cats use a variety of vocalizations and types of body language for communication, including meowing, purring, hissing, growling, squeaking, chirping, clicking, and grunting. Cats may be the most popular pet in the world, with over 600 million in homes all over the world. They are also bred and shown as registered pedigree pets. This hobby is known as the "cat fancy".
Until recently the cat was commonly believed to have been domesticated in ancient Egypt, where it was a cult animal However a 2007 study found that the lines of descent of all house cats probably run through as few as five self-domesticating African Wildcats (Felis silvestris lybica) circa 8000 BC, in the Near East. Red cats may also go by "orange," "strawberry," "ginger," "marmelade," "yellow," or "flame." We celebrate red cats in December, because their vivid coloring mirrors the colors of a flaming red fire in the fireplace. We also can't forget that December cats are red for the color of Christmas stockings and Santa's suit, as well as the color of the flames on Chanukkah candles. [continues]
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