History of Cats - How Did Cats Become Our Pets? - 13 Pictures

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Have you ever looked at your cat as it looks back at you or while it’s sound asleep and just ask yourself, where did cats come from? How come my cat is so comfortable sleeping on my lap when it has so much similarities with wild cats? Well today we hope to answer all of the questions you might have about where your furry friends come from and how did we get to where we are right now.

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Around 10,000 or 12,000 years ago, humans had just started to settle down from their nomadic style of life. They realized how to benefit from farming animals and growing their own food and so the beginning of the agriculture started to take place. Humans that started this new trend were living in the Fertile Crescent at the time, and that is where we meet our lovable adorable little friends for the first time.

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It didn’t take long before humans and cats started to work together since people started having serious rodent problems with their new life style. Cats, still completely wild at the time, saw the benefit in helping humans with their rodent problem and started to hang around people and their communities, chasing off rodents full time. Something that hasn’t changed in the human race for 12,000 years is definitely our affection to these furry little friends.

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Anyone who has ever had a cat will confirm to you that you do not own your cat, cats own themselves. This somewhat funny expression might actually have some scientific accuracy. Some scientists have reasons to believe that cats weren’t domesticated by humans back in the day, rather that they are so smart that they domesticated themselves realizing how their lives would benefit by sneaking in our hearts and homes.

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Middle eastern wild cats were putting their heads together to figure out the best way to stick around humans, since they were eating human garbage and rodents, over time they evolved from felix silvestris lybica to a domestic cat or felis catus, in case you want to sound smart retelling this story to a friend. These domestic cats still had all of their wild instincts and urges, but were familiar with humans since birth and had no problem living by their side.

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