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The cat is the favourite pet of people around the world. Do you know that about 4 million pet cats live in Canada ?
The word cat also refers to a family of meat-eating animals that includes tigers, lions, leopards and panthers. The family also includes domestic cats - that is, those that people keep as pets.
No one knows exactly when the first cats were tamed. But some authorities believe cats were tamed about 5,000 years ago.
A queen (female cat) can begin mating when it is between 5 and 9 month old, and a tomcat (Male cat) can begin whern it is 7 to 10 months old. The pregnancy period among cats lasts about nine weeks. When a queen is ready to give birth, she selects a quite, safe spot to nest. On the average a queen bears from three to five kittens at a time. However, litters of more than 10 kittens have been reported.
SOURCE: The World Book Encyclopedia, Volume 3, p284-295. Grant Alternative School
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