There are basically three types of cat. We except the big guys, of course, lions, tigers, leopards, etc. We will look at them in a later article. But our regular old domestic cat, Felis catus, is the first.
Then there's the wild cat. It was once domesticated, but were either returned to nature or the weather itself. A distinction between himself and the stray or abandoned by their owners, or they move and somehow got lost in the tumult of motion.
The third type is the real wild cat, or Felis silvestris. There is a big difference between this cat and the cat, except those brands that are much more uniform.
The wild cat varies from light yellow to medium brown with black stripes or spots. They live all over the world. Across Europe, Scandinavia and even northern Scotland. No in Ireland and England.
To determine if the cat was first domesticated, the argument is as tough as the one about people walking upright. I've heard figures of between 70,001 hundred thousand years, down to ten thousand years ago. The latter involves more faith, I think, if only because of the agricultural revolution that occurred around this time.
If the various crops were stored in barns, she seduced by mice and rats, and the hungry cat came on the heels of the past. Indeed, a recent excavation in Cyprus discovered a male skeleton with an internal size cat beside him.
DNA analysis have traced the cat maternal ancestry back to what is known as the fertile crescent, used to Egypt, Israel and Mesopotamia included. Today it is Iraq, Syria and Cyprus.
But of course no one ever really "owned" by a cat. A cat will stick with you if they are not mistreated, they will find warmth and comfort to you and you feed it. It has a certain loyalty, but not like that one dog.
Cats are the most popular of all pets, and the reason is not far to seek. Assuming you have enough food down, you can go away for a few days without thinking about how the cat will survive. Almost certainly trained to a litter tray and in any case, are cats really picky.
Dogs, on the other hand, may be linked to a long line outside, but it's not very nice if it starts raining. Probably you have some kind of a dog in the house where the animal can withdraw, but ultimately, cats probably more self-sufficient than dogs.
This image pops into my mind at times during a Great Dane to use a litter box. Think how big it should be and you will clean up half of the morning!