Cats have lived on the planet of humans ever since anyone can remember. These feline friends have been around for a long time that they seem to have forever been in life. Certainly, they had to come from some place and researchers from all over the world are attempting to determine such interesting facts about domestic cats. Just like nature, these pets had a lot to say in their own destiny because it is unthinkable for these animals to have evolved in other ways.
Every family cat in all parts of the world has originated from only 5 lineages in the Fertile Crescent.
According to scientists who studied the DNA of about a million 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 according to their research, cats weren’t trained as house pets in any other region of the world. They were domesticated by people who dwelt in the Fertile Crescent even before they were brought by people to other places worldwide.
Domestic cats of today have evolved from wilder predecessors 130,000 years ago 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 aren’t like any other domestic pet since they are able to domesticate themselves, which isn’t surprising at all.
People with pet cats understand that felines will seldom do anything except when they wanted to. Cats began to show their willingness whenever they become faithful companions. They protected the crops of individuals from rodents and pests. When people realized the advantages of having cats like keeping the vermin away, they wanted to keep them on goal.
Cats can be quite useful and for this reason, individuals take along their cats whenever they traveled to other distant places. Cats, realizing the worth of human and pet relationship, cooperated.
Cats with the Egyptian lineage dominated the modern cats of today.
Moreover, in ancient Egypt, when a person is proven to have killed a cat, he is going to be sentenced with death. Egyptians have a high regard for cats that is why they keep them as pets. Probably, most of the cats today come from the Egyptian cat lineage.
According to scientists, Egyptian cats may have become the most popular lineage since they were highly admired. In addition, they believe these cats to be better pets because they are tamer and more social.