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Wording fix[edit]

In the section "Impact on prey species" the page currently reads: "To date, few scientific data are available to assess the impact of cat predation on prey populations." A more (grammatically?) correct version of this would be "To date, little scientific data is available to assess the impact of cat predation on prey populations." 128.221.224.207 (talk) 19:42, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, but "few data" could be correct. Few data means there are few specific instances of data (that could each have a lot of information, but there still aren't enough instances to make any conclusion), while little data means each instance of data has little information (even though there could be a lot of instances). Now, if the sources cited favor little data over few data, that's another issue (though I do not have proper access to the sources and so cannot make that call). Ian.thomson (talk) 20:05, 21 May 2015 (UTC)


Another edit "The semiferal cat, a mostly outdoor cat, is not owned by any one individual, but is generally friendly to people and may be fed by several households. Feral cats are associated with human habitation areas and may be fed by people or forage in rubbish, but are typically wary of human interaction." this should just be removed or completely reworded.

The idea "Mostly outdoor" doesn't apply as a semi-feral urban cat may sleep in buildings everyday. As well the cats friendliness to humans does not apply for either term, it's reactions to humans have nothing to do with these terms. A completely feral cat can have no issues/ignore humans, even allow themselves to be pet, and a semi-feral cat can actively attack humans. The difference is the environment they are exposed to; Feral lives wild in wild settings, semi-feral lives wild in human environments.

Semi-protected edit request on 22 May 2015[edit]

Change "Another possible explanations is" (sentence 3, paragraph 2 of Hunting and Feeding section) to "Another possible explanation is" Must be changed for s/v agreement. Trishedits (talk) 05:27, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done thanks for pointing that out - Arjayay (talk) 07:10, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

Western Etymology only?[edit]

I noticed that in the multilingual discussion of the various words for what we in modern English call a "cat," examples are given in the vernacular of many Western societies, all of which that use the Romantic alphabet. There are no examples given for, say, Chinese, which in Pinyin is "mao," or to transliterate from Korean Hangul, "goyang-i." I don't think the Asian or Eastern European words that need to be transliterated into the Roman alphabet should be omitted in the Western versions of Wikipedia. It's just my opinion that a discussion of what cats are called should include these other, non-Western societies. Kelelain (talk) 00:55, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

Estonian[edit]

The Estonian word for cat is kass (pronounced as "koss"). Perhaps it could be added to the list of non-English ways of saying cat. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:18B:8000:3158:CC0:8002:C8ED:3CF6 (talk) 00:42, 26 June 2015 (UTC)