Domestic cat – it’s origins and history.

The domestic cat

Today is National Cat Day!  In honor of them, I will discuss the origins of the domestic cat.

The first archaeological records of the domestic cat dates back 10,000 years ago to Cyrus where a cat was found buried with a human.  In fact, it’s been proven from genetic research that all cats descended from the Middle Eastern wildcat, Felis sylvestris, which literally means “cat of the woods.”

Many researchers believe that the domestic cat actually domesticated itself about 12,000 years ago when the first agricultural societies began to establish themselves in the Middle East Fertile Crescent.   When humans began to settle down and began to grow and store crops, mice became a problem and cats just wondered onto the scene and into our homes.

In ancient Egypt, cats were revered by the gods and as gods.  Killing at cat in ancient Egypt was often a death sentence to the offender.  Interestingly, a cemetery was found in Beni-Hassan brimming with 300,000 cat mummies.

Unfortunately, cats became associated with witches in the Middle Ages and were often viewed as demons.  This lead to the killing of many cats in an attempt to ward off evil.  Many scientist feel that this may have been what precipitated and perpetuated The Plague.  Finally, in the 1600s the public image of cats began to change and now domestic cats are the most popular house pets in the United States with almost 75 million as household pets.

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Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients as family. Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family.

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