Latin Cat Names : Scientific & Etymology

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Generally, a cat is called as the domestic cat or house cat. Most of all, latin cat names have several meanings.  That is Felis Catus latin cat name  which means a carnivorous animal, a small and characteristically furry. They are as house cat because many people keep them at their house. Actually, there is not a thing to differentiate them from Felids (family of cat) or Felines (subfamily of cat). Furthermore, the cat is well-known as fellowship animal that very loyal for human or his owner. In fact, they can be used as a human friend for their ability in a special situation to hunt the mouse. This mouser also really loves to play around the people to be closer with its owner.

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Latin Cat Names

Actually, to find the word “cat”, well, many languages introduce the words from some languages. The word ‘cat’ comes from the Old English ‘catt’ that is a loanword originally. It is introduced to many Europe Language from Latin ‘cattus’ and “κάττα” from Byzantine Greek.

Furtermore, the Portuguese and Spanish ‘gato’, German ‘katze’, Lithuanian ‘kate’,  French ‘chat’, and Old Church Slavonic ‘kotka’. Whereas for the final sources comes from Late Egyptian called caute while the feminine of caus ‘wildcat’.

In the 16th century, it has been attested from Dutch ‘poes’ or Low German ‘puuskatte’. Including the  Norwegian ‘pus’ or pusekatt’, Swedish ‘kattepus’. The similar forms are from Irish ‘puiscin’ and Lithuanian ‘puižė’.  Conclusions, the exact etymology of this word are unknown, but it generally sounds ‘cat’ as so match.

Physiology & Classification


Here, there is a list to describe the classification of the cat based on the scientific, physical and characteristic.

Conservation statusDomesticated
Scientific classificationKingdom             Animalia

Class                   Mammals

Family                Felidae

Subfamily          Felinae

Phylum              Chordata

Order                Carnivora

Genus                Felis

Species              F. Catus

Latin nameFelis Catus
SynonymsFelis Silvestris Catus
Felis Catus Domestica
Gestation Period64 – 67 days
Long Life12- 18 days ( Domesticated)
Long Sleep 12 – 16 hours
Weight3.6 -4.6 kg
Height23 – 25 cm
Heart rate 120 – 140 beats/minute
Breathing Rate 16 – 40 breaths/minute
Body Temperature 38. 6 C (101.5 F)


In addition, there are also many other types of cats that relate to the Felinae subfamily, and each particular type with a different name. The Felis Viverrina is referring to the fishing cat and the Felis is from the jungle cat. Seem like for the European which describes the wild cat as Felis silvestris. And, India found commonly the leopard cat, Pakistan is called Felis bengalensis.

The Evolution of the Cat

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Especially relevant, Felidae is mammals that evolved rapidly from the common ancestor for 10-15 million years ago including the tiger, lions, cougar and many others.  First, the domestic cat also classifies the Felis catus by Carolus Linnaeus. It is a part of the Felis Genus which means a group of small cats containing seven species (depending on the classification scheme. In addition, the members of those are found in the world including Felis Chaus from southeast Asia in European wildcat. Meanwhile, African Felis Lybica, Arabian sand cat/ margarita, and Chinese mountain cat / Felis beiti.

Evidently, the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature in 2003 established a name for wildcats as F. silvestris. The name is commonly used for domestic cat ‘ Felis Catus’. Sometimes, the domestic cat is also called Felis domesticus or Felis Domestica.