As the sun rises we catch a rare glimpse of a male Felis Silvertris Catus out on dawn patrol. It looks like he may have heard something in the dense brush off to his right. A Catus can hear sounds too faint or too high in frequency for human ears, such as those made by mice and other small game. This extremely good hearing helps the catus hunt rodents in that rodents often communicate in ultrasonic frequencies which the catus can hear. Their sense of smell is also about twice that of a typical human.
Catus are similar in anatomy to the other felids, with strong, flexible bodies, quick reflexes, sharp retractable claws, and teeth adapted to killing small prey.
Despite being solitary hunters, they are a social species, and their communication includes the use of a variety of vocalizations (meowing, purring, trilling, hissing, growling and grunting) as well as pheromones and types of cat-specific body language.
(My idea of a David Attenborough monologue from one of his documentaries.)
September 14th, 2013
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