History of the Domestic Cat

I have always been interested in the history of the Domestic Cat on Earth. I knew that they were revered in Ancient Egypt but not much else. I was also quite surprised at how recently they were brought into the home. I had always assumed they were always in the home.

 

Cats have always been a source of fascination for mankind throughout history. Today cats have become one of the world’s most popular pets perfectly suited to the lifestyle of our day. They are beautiful, enigmatic and easy-to-care for pets. But where and when did the domestic cat originate? This page will give you some insight into this question.

mama-kittenIt has been about 4000 years since the first cats were domesticated. The Ancient Egyptians were the first to keep and use cats to control vermin and other pests to protect stores of food. In Ancient Egypt, the cat was revered as a hunter and worshiped as gods and goddesses. The ancient Egyptians imposed the death penalty for killing cats and cats were also mummified before being buried.

Cats have had their ups and downs since Ancient Egypt. They went through hundreds of years where they were associated with EVIL. Just having one around you meant you were also evil and thousands of people were put to death.  However this has drastically changed in the last 100 years.  In fact cats have only been indoor pets in the United States since around 1930.

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The above article is an excerpt taken from catsinfo.com The site is an outstanding cat site that all cat lovers should explore.

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