Cats are known to be companion animals for humans and they are utilised for their ability to hunt vermin and thus are well suited to the home as a domesticated animal.
Cats have a distinct powerful, flexible and agile body allowing them to leap to great heights relative to their size while they also still display claws and teeth capable of killing and consuming smaller animals.
Cats while largely domesticated will still display instincts to hunt and stalk their prey.
As a result of their high capacity to breed and ability to thrive within the wild, large wild cat populations have increased throughout the world which has proven disastrous to a number of fragile ecosystems. Often cats will kill and consume the native wildlife of a given area, and are known to have contributed to the extinction of up to as many as 33 different species of bird.
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