“What is the order of a cat?” sounds rather strange. On the face of it it does not make sense. However, the question revolves around the word “order” which is one level in the scientific classification of the domestic cat. You can see the various levels of classification below in the table.
The word “order” is simply a scientific word created to label a certain group of animals – carnivores – flesh eating animals (“meat-eating organisms”) which as we know includes the family of cat species. But it also includes other animals such as the wolverine, spotted hyena, brown bear and gray wolf to name four. They all have certain distinguishing features such as sharp claws and prominent canine teeth.
|Subspecies:||F. s. catus|
Of course Latin is used a lot in classifications. It looks more scientific and Latin was used a lot more when the classification of the species was commenced over 200 years ago. The classification of the species is called ‘taxonomy’.
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