The cat (Felis catus) is a small carnivorous mammal. It is the only domesticated species in the family Felidae and often referred to as the domestic cat to distinguish it from wild members of the family. The cat is either a house cat, kept as a pet, or a feral cat, freely ranging and avoiding human contact.
Where Did Cats Originally Come From? All members of the Felidae family originated in Asia, but domestic cats originated in the Fertile Crescent, which includes parts of Iraq and several nearby countries. Wild cats like panthers traveled to the Americas on land bridges in prehistoric times.
The wild cats of today such as Lions and Tigers descended from early carnivores called miacids. From there the modern wild cat developed into three main types; the European wild cat, the African wild cat and the Asiatic desert cat. The domestic cat is thought to have evolved from the African wild cat because of its tabby markings.
"Cats are known for their ferocious, deadly nature," O'Brien said, so this is an extraordinary change for them. Cats may have been domesticated once or many times, he said, adding that the most likely case is they were domesticated once and other wild cats bred with the domesticated ones. "I wasn't there, but all the data supports that," he said.
Where Do Cats Come From? By Claudio Ottoni Pest-control agent, object and symbol of value in past civilizations, companion animal, and Internet celebrity, the cat has long held a unique position in our collective consciousness. Across the centuries, cats have accompanied people all over the world along trade routes. There are currently more than 1.2 billion feral and pet cats across all ...
Where Do Cats Come From? The first domesticated cats appeared in human civilization thousands of years ago with the ancient Egyptians, who, according to reliable evidence, were the first people to keep cats around as a way of controlling rodents and other vermin that encroach on human food supplies.
In the case of cats, we really have doubts on whether they are really domestic or just live with us under the same roof. But as any domestic animal, cats too come from a wild animal.
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What Animal Did All Cats Evolve From? by Nicholas DeMarino . All cats -- from domestic house cats to ferocious tigers -- are in the Felidae family. The evolution of the domestic house cat is not as straightforward as you might expect. Twenty-first century science has illuminated some aspects of domestication, but lineages remain murky.