• 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.