A Quick History Of Cats
It appears unusual that there was ever a time when cats were not a part of our lives.
It has been much less that 10,000 years since cats swaggered into our lives. It seem only an eye blink in the grand sweep of life on this earth. Why were cats so late to join our us?
The easy answer is that they did not need us to survive. Cats have been surviving very good on their own. Then, people invented agriculture. Agriculture resulted in large scale storage of grains which attracted mice and rats. Grain attracted rodents. Rodents attracted cats who consider them tasty meals. The result was that cats set up near human settlements. Finally, cats being cats, moved right on .
Where agriculture was first practiced the first cats were found. Agriculture first took root in the Middle East in an ideal sweep from modern day Turkey to Egypt. Inside this aerea ranges the African wild cat, Felis libyca. African wild cats are barely bigger than our modern house cats and are yellow in color with muted stripes. These cats have a docile, nearly laid back nature.
Interestingly, these cats still are likely to live and hunt near human Houses today. Locals
still like to catch and rear young wild cats as pets. Wild cats raised by
humans are likely to behave very similar to our familiar housecats.
A very good case can (and has) been the Felis libyca as the principal founding inhabitants for
home cats. Not less than two other varieties of untamed cat are speculated to have contributed to the genetic make up of home cats.
One is Felis silvestris, the European wildcat contributed darker markings and a peppery spirit to the African wild cat base. Also, from Asia, comes the Pallas or Steppe cat (Felis manul) that appears to have contributed lengthy-haired coats to the mix.
By 6,000 B.C. statues found in Anatolia (modern Turkey) show women playing
with home cats. Cats had clearly become common and affectionate pets by that time.
The earliest written records about cats seem by 4,000 B.C. in Egypt where they have been regularly kept to hunt mice and rats from stored grains, a good time to be a cat in historical Egypt. Home cats have been thought to be the embodiment of the goddess Bast (or Bastet). There was a necropolis at her principal temple at Bubastis that contained mummified cats.
With the Romans the home cat went northward into central Europe and westward to
Britain .With the expansion of their empire, rapidly cats have been adopted and admired as
great hunters. And so they continued to move north and east in Europe. The Vikings used
cats as hunters and pets. Freyja, the Viking goddess of love and war, was related to cats. Enormous winged cats drew her chariot. To new brides a kitten in her name was given.
The Middle Ages it had been a really bad time to be a cat. Cats have been mentioned to be witches familiars, in league with the devil. Because of this superstition, cats have been routinely killed during festivals. Generally they have been even burned alive or thrown off tall buildings. The Europeans paid heavily for their cruelty to cats. Because of the deaths of so many cats the number of rodent inhabitants increased uncontrolled, bringing in the Black Death which killed a lot of the European population.
Finally, the cats cleanly methods and hunting prowess redeemed them in the eyes of the European people. In the 1600s, in France people started putting little holes near the underside of their doors to allow their cats to enter and leave as they please.
In Asia cats continued to be familiar hunters and cherished pets. Cats have been usually
subjects for drawing and painting in China. In Japan, cats in the form of Maneki Neko,
normally portrayed as a sitting cat with one paw raised and bent, are thought of good
fortune. They are usually found in businesses to attract in money.
The historical past of cats is an enchanting one, worthy of far more in depth study. It
shows how much cats were liked for there skills .
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