Why do so many of us adore our felines? Most of us who love cats have one or two keeping us company. Some of us have six or more roaming house and yard. More than that and you might be accused of an unhealthy obsession 😉 . Regardless, history shows us that humans have revered their feline friends for a very long time.
History Shows why so many of us Love Cats
- Felines became domesticated because we provided an easy source of food and they, in turn, exterminated nasty pests for us.
- Cats choose you, not the other way around.
- Egyptians loved them – a feline cemetery was found in Beni-Hassan. It contained 300,000 cat mummies.
Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later. – Mary Bly
- Egyptians domesticated felines before 2500 BC. Dogs were domesticated before – suck-ups!
- It was a capital offense in Egypt to kill a cat.
- Romans also worshipped them – Roman temples often had their own resident cats!
- Cats are great for hunting down and killing vermin. Because, in the middle ages, we thought they were witch’s companions, bubonic plague spread faster. More rats were spared and lived on to spread the plague.
- Cats domesticated themselves showing their independence. No closed off windows or doors in early dwellings meant cats came and went as they pleased. But rats and mice attracted to stored grain kept them close to humans.
- 10,000 year-old engravings and cat-decorated pottery prove the enduring love of humans for their felines.
- All cats are descended from the Middle Eastern wildcat, Felis syvestris. Remember Sylvester the Cat from Loony Toons fame?
“Suffering succotash. What a perfect time for me to go on a diet.” – Sylvester the cat
Check out my hub on HubPages – Origin of Domestic Cats. Find more information about cat history and domestication. Any crazy stories about you and your cats? Please share with us in the comments!
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