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

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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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Once people started to travel around the world with ships in order to trade, the rodents followed their goods on ships. So people figured out that if cats can solve the rodent problem back home why wouldn’t they do the same thing on ships. It didn’t take long before everyone had cats on their ships before sailing off. We believe that rodents weren’t the only reason why someone would take a cat on a months to years long trips overseas, is there anything more comforting than petting your cat and hearing that calming purring sound on a lonely day. This way cats got spread to different parts of the world stealing people’s hearts wherever they went.

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In Egypt and Roman Empire cats were a huge part of the everyday life. Egyptian families had to own a cat and sometimes they would dress them in different ways and wealthier Egyptian families would even put golden jewelry on their cats as a symbol of wealth. Since cats already believe that they are gods, we suppose they didn’t mind this kind of treatment.

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In Egypt, cats had a status of a holy animal, and their goddess of protection and cats, Bastet, had a cats head. The Egyptian people even incorporated cats in their formal law, harming a cat would mean the offender gets the maximal punishment. If a family cat passed away, the entire Egyptian family would shave their eyebrows to represent their grief. After that they would mummify the cat just as they would do with a human.

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