The Cats Family

All cats belong to the same feline family and there are 36 species of cats on the earth. All cats are carnivores, meaning they eat meat. They have fast, agile bodies and can move without making a sound. Cats can climb trees and run.

Here are some of the members of the cats family:

Jaguars are big cats. Only tigers and lions are bigger. Like all cats, jaguars are carnivores. They hunt their prey by stalking it through the grass and trees. Then they pounce for the kill. Jaguars eat wild pigs, turtles, cattle and even caiman, which are like alligators.

Leopards live in Africa and Asia. They can climb while upside down on branches and even climb down trees headfirst. People hunt them and destroy the forests and jungles that are their homes. Leopards are endangered animals.

Tigers are the biggest of the big cats and most males weigh at least 400 pounds or more. Tigers are carnivorous. They eat wild pigs, deer, baby elephants and rhinos.

Lions are the only cats that live in groups called prides. A pride has several females, their cubs and a few males. Most lions nowadays live in special reserves in Africa. These are places set aside for them where they cannot be hunted or hurt.

You can read more about Cats and Its Members on Wikipedia.

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