Where did cats come from?

Where did cats come from

Where did cats come from? The cats have slowly been gaining ground as pets, mysterious companions, in which they mix in a subtle way their character as wild hunters, with a domestic affection that they offer to their owners and with whom they feel close.

Like all domestic animals, the cat evolved as a wild animal. It has been determined, among other things, that cats were "self-tamed".

A census showed that in the world there are approximately 600 million domestic cats throughout the five continents. There is genetic and archaeological evidence that the first domestic felines emerged in the growing fertile region, also known as the fertile moon in the Middle East. From this region, the cats spread across Asia and Europe to reach America and Australia with the first boats that carried cats on board to control the rodents. Once on land, it was only a matter of time before the cats dominated the territory. While the man was gaining ground, the cats did the same.

All domestic cats are descended from the wildcat, Felis sylvestris (which literally means "forest cat") and apparently its first human-friendly descendant's date from about 12,000 years. These data coincide with the first human agricultural settlements, which gave rise to the thesis of why cats approached the man.

Despite the bad reputation that was unjustifiably given to cats in the Middle Ages, it is a species that has adapted perfectly to the human environment. Being such an amazing animal, it is not surprising that it generated fear for his individuality and physical abilities. You have to imagine what people would think five hundred years ago when they saw a cat on the floor and an instant later the cat was on top of a tree or on a wall three meters above the ground as if it had appeared there.

That's why cats still retain their most primitive traits. Unlike the dogs that the human was domesticating, the cats chose us as their suppliers of food and love. Perhaps understanding the origin of this society helps us understand why our cats behave the way they do. We must not forget that it was they, and not us, who established the first contact, the first approach and, therefore, they are the ones who dictate their rules as to how their relationship with us should be.

How Many Breeds of Cats Are There?

Today it is difficult to know exactly how many breeds of cats exist because there are several organizations and federations that nucleate and govern officially everything related to the breed cats.

The International Feline Federation (FIFe) recognizes 48; The International Cat Association (TICA), 71; the World Cat Federation (WCF), 75, or the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), 42.

Here are the official breeds of Cats

Abyssinian, Aphrodite's Giants, Australian Mist, American Curl, Russian Blue, American horthair, American Standardbred, Turkish Angora, African domestic, Bengal, Japanese Bobtail,
Bombay, Norwegian Forest, Brazilian Shorthair, Brivon shorthaired, Brivon Longhair, British Shorthair, Burmese, Burmilla, Cornish Rex, California Spangled, Ceylon, Cymric, Chartreux, 
Deutsch Langhaar, Devon Rex, Dorado African, Don Sphynx, Dragon Li.

European Common, Short-Haired Exotic, European Cat bicolor, FoldEx, German Rex, Havana Brown, Himalayan, Korat, Khao Manee, Maine Coon, Manx, Egyptian Mau, Munchkin Oriental,
Ocicat, Eastern, Longhair, Blue eyes, PerFold, Persian American or ModernPersian Classic or Traditional, Peterbald, Pixie Bob, Ragdoll, Sacred Burma, Scottish Fold, Selkirk Rex, Serengeti, Seychellois, SiameseSiamese ModernSiamese TraditionalSiberian, Snowshoe,

Sphynx, Tonkinés, Van Turco.

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