Domestic Cat

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Domestic Cat

Domestic CatOriginal.jpg

Character Data
Also known as: Cat, House Cat
Japanese Name: イエネコ
Romanised Name: Ieneko
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Felis catus (Felis silvestris catus)
Distribution: Unknown
Diet: Carnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 4–5 years
Read More: Cat
Conservation Status: Domesticated
Domestic Cat Festival (Costume)​ Nexon Game

Domestic Cat is a type of Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.


Domestic Cat has short, beige hair with darker tan and white markings. The hair on the sides of her head has protruding strands to represent whiskers. Her eyes are a bright yellow. Behind her striped bowtie, she wears a red collar. Like many other cats, she wears a white blouse. Her gloves are beige and white, with some striping on the top. Her skirt is also striped, and has a tan belt, ribbon and crossed lace. Her tail is long and striped, and her socks are striped nearly all the way down. She wears white sneakers with dark tan laces.

In Real Life

Having branched off from the Near Eastern Wildcat around 80,000 year ago, the Domesticated Cat is a member of the genus Felis, a group of smaller cats. In contrast to Dogs, which were bred for a multitude of purposes, such as herding livestock, guarding and protection, or hunting and tracking, Cats were never heavily interbred by humans. Today, domesticated cats still display many traits that their wild counterparts still possess. The breakoff from their wild counterparts can be attributed to the first developments of human civilization, as sedentary villages and towns began to develop, rodent populations increased near human residences, and following their prey, a relationship evolved between Wildcats and humans.

Brown Tabby with stripes

Although they may have changed behaviorally, domesticated cats still share many similar traits to Wildcats. The average house cat can weight from 4 - 5 kilograms, with the Maine Coon breed having a record 11 kg of weight. Cats range from 23-25 centimeters in height and 46 centimeters in body length. Tails are on average 30 centimeters in length. Unique among other mammals, cat skulls are special in that they have unusually large eye sockets, as well as a powerful jaw developed for killing prey and ripping meat. When hunting, cats use their large canine teeth to deliver a bite to the back of the animal's neck, inserting its fangs between the vertebrae and snapping the spinal cord, paralyzing its prey.

Like other felines, cats walk very precisely and minimize their tracks by placing each hind paw in the same indentation that the corresponding fore paw created. This helps to navigate rough terrain. Also special among mammals is the ability to use a pacing gait, where the legs on one side of the body move in unison, and the legs of the other side also move in unison.

Cats share many characteristics of other carnivorous mammals, but one special trait is its high temperature toleration. Cats can feel comfortable temperatures up to 126° F / 52° C, and in some instances can survive up to 133° F / 56° C with ample water supply. Waste products, both solid and urine, are also very concentrated, allowing the cat to conserve water as much as possible. Their kidneys are able to survive on a diet that only is built of meat, without water. Even seawater is a possible source of hydration.

One great advantage of the Domesticated Cat is its robust sight. It possesses night vision, and can otherwise see clear images at only 1/6 of the light level that humans need to process images. Due to the "tapetum lucidum," which amplifies the light that a cat detects by deflecting light that hits the retina back into the pupil, a cat can notice images at significantly lower vision conditions. However, compared to the human, the Domesticated Cat has relatively poor color reception, with color optimized to view yellow-green and blue hues. In other senses, the cat has a very strong nose, and can detect scent marks of other cats and nepetalacone (catnip) at 1 PPM concentration. However, in their taste buds, cats are inhibited by a gene mutation which prevents them from sensing sweetness, or sugar. Instead, they are able to taste acids and amino acids.

House cats are not explicitly diurnal nor nocturnal, and are frequently active throughout the entire day. However, more activity is noted to occur during the night hours. As a cat ages, it spends more time sleeping to conserve energy. Some cats can sleep for as long as 20 hours.

The Tabby Fur coat

While all cats can purr, Domesticated Cats are able to purr both inhaling and exhaling. Their larger counterparts (Tiger, Lion) are only able to purr through exhaling. However, Domesticated Cats use a wide range of sounds to communicate, which include : purring, hissing, growling, snarling, and meowing. They also display various emotions through body language, especially through the ears and tail. For example, lower ears and slitted eyes signify hostility.

Domesticated Cats frequently hunt, and prey upon small prey, birds, and rodents. In the United States, cats kill on average 1.4 - 3.7 billion mammals annually. One special of a House Cat's behavior is what is frequently called "playing with its prey." While hunting, a Domesticated Cat may allow a prey to attempt to escape after catching it. While it appears to be torture, this is to ensure that the prey will be killed without any danger to the cat while delivering the killing blow.

Found across much of the world, cats are now present on 6 of the world's continents, with the exception being Antarctica. Habitats include : grasslands, tundra, scrublands, forests, cities, and wetlands. In fur coats, the trait for a orange coat is linked to the X chromosome. This chromosome may either be Dominant or Recessive, holding either the color Orange or Black. Because males only have one X chromosome (XY), they can only be black or orange. In females, if one chromosome has the orange trait and the other has the black trait, her fur coat will appear mottled black and orange; this is frequently referred to as a Tortoiseshell coat. For some males with an abnormal gene count (XXY), they can be tortoiseshell, but will also be sterile and unable to reproduce. Black and orange are not strict descriptions, they include subcategories such as blue, gray, chocolate, fawn, and cream. The most frequent coat styling in Domesticated Cats is the tabby coat, which is characterized by dots, stripes, or swirls.

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