Kitten for a Day
Who’s the Best?
Crafty Dogs & Cats
Did You Know That…?
The offspring of big cats―such as lions, tigers and cheetahs―are called cubs, while the young of smaller wild cats―like cougars, lynxes and ocelots―are more commonly called kittens. Just like your pet tabby or calico! All cats, big or small, belong to the same family: its scientific name is Felidae.
All kinds of baby animals go by the names kits and pups. Kits include young rabbits, ferrets, minks and foxes, and pups are even more diverse, ranging from sharks, dolphins and walruses to squirrels, hedgehogs and wolves. Some animals, like beavers and skunks, can be called by either name. Click here for a bigger list of animals and their babies.
Cats and dogs have existed since prehistoric times! Not in their modern form, of course, but as members of the same scientific families (Felidae and Canidae).
Saber-tooth cats, which lived in North and South America, were bear-shaped and had canine teeth about 11 inches long! They became extinct 10,000 years ago. You can see the skeleton of a saber-tooth cat at the National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, D.C.
Dire wolves also roamed North and South America and died out 10,000 years ago. Measuring about five feet long and weighing less than 200 pounds, they somewhat resemble the modern gray wolf. You can see the skeleton of a dire wolf at the La Brea Tar Pits, in Los Angeles.
Kitten for a Day could be called Ezra’s happiest book, the sweetest of his lively and whimsical animal stories. Ezra regarded children and animals as kindred spirits—his niece, Bonnie, regularly received letters “written” by Jake, his dog.