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The domestic cat (Felis catus) is the pet form of the dun cat. It is one of the most popular pets. In pedigree cat breeding, often only those animals that do not belong to a recognized cat breed are called domestic cats.

The characteristics of the domestic cat vary depending on the area of distribution. In the bred forms they depend on the breed standards, in the culture-following domestic cats they are subject to the respective selection pressure, which depends on the natural environmental conditions.

Domestic cats average about 50 centimeters in length (head-torso length) and 4 kilograms in weight with a wide range of variation from about 2.5 kg to about 8 kg. Males are slightly larger than females. The length of the tail is about 25 to 30 cm. An exception is the tailless Manx cat from the Isle of Man. The shoulder height is 30 to 35 cm. In areas of distribution with colder climate cats are generally heavier and larger, in warmer areas they are lighter.