Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758

Domestic Cat

CLASSIFICATION

Main Group: Animal

Sublevel 1: Vertebrate

Sublevel 2: Mammal

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Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Felidae

Genus: Felis

Species: Felis catus

STATUS IN NEW ENGLAND

Origin: Introduced

Invasive, Pest, or Pathogen?: Yes

Listing:
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Rarity Designations: None

BIOLOGY/ECOLOGY

Feeding Type: Heterotroph

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NOTES

Domestic cats are often labeled as "invasive' because of the large numbers of birds and other animals that they kill each year. According to one study, domestic cats, especially feral cats and strays, kill an estimated 1.3-4 billion birds and 6.3-22.3 billion mammals each year in the United States (Loss et al., 2013).

REFERENCES

Loss, S.R., T. Will, and P. P. Marra. 2013. The impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wildlife of the United States. Nature Communications. Article number: 1396 (2013), doi: 10.1038/ncomms2380. Published online: 29 January 2013. Available from: https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms2380.

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