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I Love Little Kitty

I love little Kitty,
Her coat is so warm,
And if I don't hurt her,
She'll do me no harm.

So I'll not pull her tail,
Nor drive her away,
But Kitty and I
Very gently will play.

She shall sit by my side,
And I'll give her some food;
And she'll love me because
I am gentle and good.

I'll pat pretty Kitty,
And then she will purr;
And thus show her thanks
For my kindness to her;

But I'll not pinch her ears,
Nor tread on her paw,
Lest I should provoke her
To use her sharp claw.

I never will vex her,
Nor make her displeased -
For Kitty don't like
To be worried or teased.

- Anon


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Cat Facts.

All cats, from small, gentle house cats to wild lions and tigers, belong to the same family. There are about 40 different kinds (species) of cats, including the house cat, cheetah, leopard, puma, cougar, panther, kingcat, jaguar, lion, tiger, wildcat, lynx, bobcat, ocelot, jaguarundi, and others.

Cats walk on their toes; their heel bones do not touch the ground. They have five toes on each foot and small pads on their feet that cushion their walk and allow them to move quietly.

Cats are among the best hunters of the flesh-eating animals (carnivores). They have 30 to 32 teeth which are designed for cutting and tearing flesh. They all have curved claws which help them grip and tear the flesh of their prey. Most cats hunt at night. They have a highly developed sense of smell, keen hearing, and can see well in dim light. Their eyes glow in the dark. Cats are graceful animals with excellent control over their muscles. Their flexible backbones allow them to twist and turn easily. They are good climbers and can balance themselves easily. They can run fast for short distances and take powerful leaps.

Most wild cats are the color of the dry grass, leaves, and bare rock which makes up their environment. In the wild, cats usually have two to five cubs every other year. House cats can have litters of two to five kittens more frequently.

House cats make wonderful pets. They are neat, quiet, graceful, and keep themselves clean with their rough tongue. They need less care than dogs. They should be given a warm, dry place for sleeping, lots of water, plenty of healthy food, and lots of gentle love. Their babies are called kittens.