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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. A house cat is valued by humans for companionship and for its ability to hunt rodents.

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A Brief History of House Cats It may be that “nobody owns a cat,” but scientists now say the popular pet has lived with people for 12,000 years. In the United States, cats are the most popular ...

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Theories of domestic cat’s For decades, many theories have existed to explain the origin of cats. Traditionally, most scholars believed that all domestic cats had a common ancestor in ancient Egypt, where cats were domesticated around 3,600 years ago.

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Cat fanciers have long known that their feline friends have wild origins. Now scientists have identified the house cat's maternal ancestors and traced them back to the Fertile Crescent.

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Understanding cats’ place in history and human evolution reveals how very recently domestic cats came indoors and how millions of this species—feral cats—continue to live healthy lives outdoors today, as all domestic cats are biologically adapted to do. Origins of the Domestic Cat

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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.

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The domestic cat (Felis catus) is one of the most recently evolved species within the Felidae family.The Felidae family have been split into three genera: Panthera (cats that roar – lions, tigers, leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards, and jaguars)

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Do you give ancient Egypt credit for the domestication of cats? That’s what many people think! But, with some new evidence, it seems that cats became our cud...

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Although it has been commonly accepted that cats were first domesticated in Egypt 4000 years ago, their history among human beings goes back much further. Wild cats are now known to have lived among the people of Mesopotamia over 100,000 years ago and to have been domesticated there approximately 12,000 BCE at about the same time as dogs, sheep, and goats.

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In true feline form, cats took their time deciding whether to jump into humans’ laps. In a new comprehensive study of the spread of domesticated cats, DNA analysis suggests that cats lived for ...