Cats have lived on the planet of humans ever since anyone can remember. Surely, they had to come from some place and researchers from throughout the world are trying to determine such interesting facts about domestic cats. The same as nature, these pets had a lot to say in their own destiny since it’s unthinkable for these animals to have evolved in different ways.
Every household cat in all areas of the world has originated from only 5 lineages from the Fertile Crescent.
According to scientists who analyzed the DNA of about a thousand domestic and feral cats, there is not much variety among national ones. It is amazing that all domestic cat breeds that people are familiar with came from only five lineages, namely: the central Asian wildcat, the Chinese desert cat, the near eastern wildcat and the sub-Saharan African wildcat. All original cats stayed in a small territory known as the Fertile Crescent that stretches from the eastern Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf.
One scientist said that based on their studies, cats were not trained as house pets in any other region of the world. They were domesticated by those who dwelt in the Fertile Crescent even before they were brought by people to other areas worldwide.
Domestic cats of today have evolved from wilder predecessors 130,000 years past however they have only been traced back about 12,500 years. These pets may have more ferocious relatives but long ago, they’ve diverted from these big cats.
Cats are not like any other domestic pet since they have the ability to domesticate themselves, which isn’t surprising in any way.
People with pet cats know that felines will rarely do anything except if they wanted to. Cats started to show their willingness whenever they become faithful companions. They protected the crops of individuals from rodents and insects. When people realized the benefits of having cats like keeping the vermin away, they wanted to keep them on goal.
Cats can be very useful and for this reason, people take along their cats whenever they traveled to other distant places. Cats, realizing the value of pet and human relationship, cooperated.
Cats with the Egyptian lineage dominated the contemporary cats of today.
As a matter of fact, Bastet, the Egyptian goddess of love had a cat’s head. In addition, in ancient Egypt, when a person is known to have killed a cat, he will be sentenced with death. Egyptians have a high regard for cats that’s the reason they keep them as pets. Probably, most of the cats today come in the Egyptian cat lineage.
According to scientists, Egyptian cats might have been the most popular lineage since they were highly revered. Additionally, they consider these cats to be better pets since they’re tamer and more social.