How to tell if a cat is a cat
If you’re in the mood for a little cat pictures, this article on the difference between a cat and a kitten will do the trick.
But before you get too excited, keep in mind that there’s nothing wrong with a kitten.
The word “kitten” is a contraction of the Greek words kōn, “little” and tēn, meaning “child.”
Cats are considered a separate species, with a distinct genetic lineage, and not part of the family tree of felines.
There are currently about 30,000 cats in the world, but they are extremely rare, with just 1,000 recorded in the wild.
“In the wild, a kitten is a kitten,” said Paul Fidler, a professor of biology at the University of Minnesota and the author of “The Cat Whisperer: The Science Behind Cat Stories.”
“You can tell if they’re a kitten by looking at their eyes and their ears.
But the more you look at their body language, the more it’s like they’re really young, so they’re not that different from a kitten.”
So if you’ve got an old cat and you’re curious about its genetic lineage and how it’s different from other cats, look at the cat’s body language.
“It’s really interesting to watch these little things grow,” Fidling said.
“When they’re young, they’re like a young kitten.
But as they age, they start to lose that characteristic of kitten-ness.”
The Cat and the Baby Cat in the Picture: A Look at the Genetic Ancestry of Cats, by Paul F. Fidlin, is published by Viking Penguin.