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It's unfortunate that no longhair cats are pictured. —Tamfang (talk) 01:42, 26 October 2014 (UTC)

Fair point. Perhaps one or two longhairs could be added, more variety can't hurt. Though we need not go so far as to have every breed and subtype depicted. As long as we don't get carried away there is always room for more. Mediatech492 (talk) 21:10, 26 October 2014 (UTC)

carnivorous mammal[edit]

I'm removing the "citation needed" tag from the phrase "carnivorous mammal" in the topic §. All the necessary documentation is right next to it in the infobox:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
    • Phylum: Chordata
      • Class: Mammalia
        • Order: Carnivora
          • Family: Felidae
            • Subfamily: Felinae
              • Genus: Felis
                • Species: F. catus

(And the local species representative is fighting the inside of a cardboard box right next to me as I type.) --Thnidu (talk) 03:20, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

purr[edit] (talk) 00:54, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

Researcher Elizabeth von Muggenthaler believes that purring may be a healing mechanism. Using recordings of purring cats, she measured the frequency of their purrs and found a range of 25 to 150 Hertz. This frequency range is the same as the therapeutic frequency range used by doctors for a number of purposes including the following:

   Healing fractures.
   Relieving pain.
   Reducing swelling.
   Easing muscle strain.
   Increasing flexibility.
   Easing breathing difficulties.
   Encouraging bone growth.
   Treating wounds.

She reasons that purring may have evolved to serve these functions in cats. After all, for a sit-and-wait predator, like the cat, having a mechanism of self healing would be a significant evolutionary advantage. In the wild, cats spend most of their time resting and sleeping to conserve their energy for the hunt. Purring during these periods of rest may keep them in peak condition by helping to prevent muscle atrophy, keeping their bones strong and speeding recovery from minor injuries.

Pedigree vs Feral[edit]

These terms have next to nothing to do with one another yet are treated as connected terms by the article. A feral cat can indeed be Pedigree and just because a cat was completely raised inside doesn't make it "pedigree". Pedigree relates to a registered or tracked breeding condition; like proof that for the past 3 generations all sires/mothers were of the same breed. Feral relates to the cat living in more "wild" conditions; e.g. a house cat living in a forest or just a cat that grew up in a city but never had an owner. As well their tameness or reactions to humans has no impact on if it is a feral cat or not, as it relates to care/ownership. Technically a house cat that is abandoned is also feral. So just to repeat Pedigree = a term related to how the animal was bred; Feral = a term related to how the animal lives. And thus that stupid "Classification based on human interaction" chart should be removed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:59, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Agreed, the table "Classification based on human interaction" removed. Brain696 (talk) 03:53, 4 February 2015 (UTC)

Change to Felis silvestris catus[edit]

If domestic cat is not a subspecies of Felis silvestris, then neither is African wildcat, because African wildcats and domestic cats are phylogenetically closer than Asian and European wildcats.[1] So unless the scientific name of African wildcat is changed to Felis catus lybica, change this to Felis silvestris catus. Editor abcdef (talk) 01:50, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

Reference not available, 404[edit]

This leads to a 404 page not found error.

Cats have relatively few taste buds compared to humans. Domestic and wild cats share a gene mutation that keeps their sweet taste buds from binding to sugary molecules, leaving them with no ability to taste sweetness.[2]

Aethalides (talk) 18:15, 5 February 2015 (UTC)


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Why Cats Can't Taste Sweets". Petside. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 

Aethalides (talk) 18:16, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 14 February 2015[edit]

In the section called Hunting, under behavior, please add a reference to the new university-led scientific study about a way to mitigate cat predation on songbirds. Here is a suggestion of what to add, perhaps following the text that mentions that solutions are characterized as elusive. POSSIBLE TEXT to add: A new device that mitigates cat predation on songbirds was tested in a controlled field study at St. Lawrence University and reported on in the Global Ecology and Conservation Journal, which states that the new, novel "Birdsbesafe®" cat collar cover is highly effective as a conservation tool, with significant reductions in birds captured by cats that wear it, and is "strongly suggested" for use by pet owners. The patent pending device is made in the U.S. END OF POSSIBLE TEXT.

CITATION to use: Here is the link to the scientific reference: If you are Wikipedia editor, you will know better than I do how to make a reference citation appropriately.

OTHER CITATION forthcoming: A multi-year-long scientific study of the same device, at Murdoch University in Australia, is being reported in the journal of Applied Animal Behaviour Science. It appears that it is not yet finalized, but will be shortly. This study also confirms the usefulness of the device in protecting birds from cats. Perhaps it can be referred too in the near future.

COMMENT ON CITATIONS: I mention this second study because it is available to the public to see, and confirms the important value of the device as a conservation tool, and gives weight to the scientific interest in international use of this remedy.

COMMENT ON POPULAR INTEREST: For a measure of the popular interest: note that reference to this new device and the science study in the U.S. has recently been made in Audubon magazine online, as well as the European website "" for ornithologists and others interested in the global problem of cat predation on birds.

MY INTEREST: I follow the topic of cats and birds closely out of interest in protecting birds, noticed the Audubon article and read the related science studies and other online references. I have no Wikipedia editing experience, but this suggestion seemed appropriate. I do have a relationship with the owner of Birdsbesafe LLC, but I would rely on the editors of this page to judge the inclusion of this device on its merits and scientific studies thereof.

Thank you for your time.

Birdwatchinggirl (talk) 16:53, 14 February 2015 (UTC)Birdlovinggirl

Birdwatchinggirl (talk) 16:53, 14 February 2015 (UTC)

X mark.svg This edit proscribes a method of doing something. The encyclopedia doesn't proscribe, it describes. - UtherSRG (talk) 14:32, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

I have added text which describes the efficacy of the device but without it being "a method of doing something" or advertising. THe reference is to the scientific study, not the device.__DrChrissy (talk) 15:59, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Cats the Musical[edit]

I think there needs to be a disambiguation page for "cats." Where else to find Cats (musical)? Rissa, copy editor (talk) 02:22, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

There is one given in the hatnote at the top of the article already: Cats (disambiguation). That's the usual place for placing links to disambiguation pages. Did you not see it? - BilCat (talk) 03:27, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Cats' sense of humour[edit]

At least some cats have a sense of humour (admittedly of a fairly basic kind). (talk) 16:12, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

[citation needed] Please cite a mainstream academic source for such claims. Wikipedia does not engage in original research, but requires citations for new claims. Ian.thomson (talk) 17:23, 16 February 2015 (UTC)
Cats can be playful, which might be confused with a "sense of humour", I guess. But I haven't heard one tell a joke. - BilCat (talk)