Cats are graceful, efficient predators that have strong, supple muscles, impressive agility, acute eyesight, and sharp teeth. The cat family is diverse and includes lions, tigers, ocelots, jaguars, caracals, leopards, pumas, lynxes, domestic cat, and many other groups.
Cats inhabit a wide variety of habitats including coasts, deserts, forests, grasslands, and mountains. They have naturally colonized many terrestrial regions with a few exceptions (those being Australia, Greenland, Iceland, New Zealand, Antarctica, Madagascar, and remote oceanic islands). Domestic cats have been introduced into many regions where there were previously no cats. As a result, feral populations of domestic cats have formed in some areas, and they pose a threat to native species of birds and other small animals.
In this photographic guide, we'll explore the world of cats and learn about their classification, adaptations, and natural history.
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