Learn English – Can ‘domestic animal’ mean ‘livestock’


Is it correct to use 'domestic animal' instead of 'livestock' (cattle)?

Best Answer

Domestic animal is not "the same" as cattle, but cattle kept and fed by livestock farmers can be considered "domestic."

There's some good info on Wikipedia, and another web site says:

A domesticated animal is any animal that depends on a human for food, water and shelter; this includes farm animals such as cattle, horses, sheep, chickens, goats, dogs and cats.

The state of Florida uses this definition:

"Domestic animal shall include any equine or bovine animal, goat, sheep, swine, dog, cat, poultry, or other domesticated beast or bird."

While some people do initially think of pets when they hear the term "domesticated animal," (as do some dictionaries) the definition can expand beyond pets such as cats and dogs.