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Life with a Cat



Life with a Cat
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.18

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    illustrious, kibble, purrrfect, supersenses, tidbit, intelligent, exotic, medieval, sacred, witchcraft, cheetahs, species, superior, saber-toothed, catnip, checkup
     content words:    Middle Ages, New York


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Life with a Cat
By Colleen Messina
  

1     I hardly need an introduction because I am the most superior pet of all. If you are making the excellent decision to select me as your pet, there are some things you must know. I do require good service, so please have a seat. I will explain some important facts about what will soon be the most important member of your household: illustrious me, so you can serve me well.
 
2     The reason that I am used to having you as my servant is that my ancestors were thought of as gods. For three thousand years, the intelligent Egyptians thought of me as a sacred animal. The Egyptians were brilliant because they recognized my true worth. They even mummified my ancestors and placed them in special tombs. The Japanese thought that I turned into a super spirit when I died. The Japanese were also quite bright. We did have a rather rough period in the Middle Ages because people associated us with witchcraft, so I think of medieval people as dull and ignorant. However, today we seem to be restored again to our proper place, which is the top of the pet pyramid.
 
3     My species has been around for millions of years. Other members of my family include lions, leopards, cheetahs, and pumas. The largest of my kind is the tiger. They can live anywhere from tropical India to cold Siberia. We all admire our tiger cousins very much, especially the saber-toothed tigers of long ago.

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