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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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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.

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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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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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A Brief History of House Cats ... Of course, there is such a thing as the domestic cat, and cats and humans have enjoyed a mostly symbiotic relationship for thousands of years. But the quips do ...

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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. ...

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Todays large Cats as well as household domestic cats are all within the same group, known as ‘Felids’. Exactly where domestic cats evolved is in question, but they are thought to have evolved from Near Eastern wildcats and the Africa wildcats (two different species).

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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.