- small carnivorous mammal
- valued by humans for its companionship and its ability to destroy vermin
- has been associated with humans for at least 9,500 years
- skilled predator
- known to hunt over 1,000 species for food
- can be trained to obey simple commands
- use a variety of vocalizations and types of body language for communication, including mewing , purring, hissing, growling, squeaking, chirping, clicking, and grunting.