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Of all the animals domesticated by humans, perhaps, it is the domestic cat (scientifically – Félis silvéstris cátus) that today has one of the most privileged positions. And, like a dog, it belongs to the so-called companion animals, living in close proximity to humans.
However, she does not lose her natural instincts and is able to effectively catch small game. There is still debate in the scientific community over whether a cat is completely a domestic animal or whether it can be attributed to the so-called “semi-domestic” species. Be that as it may, the history of the partnership between a cat and a person goes back more than 10 thousand years, and most researchers agree that this partnership began in Nubia or Egypt.
The first documented mention of cats dates back to the 2nd millennium BC. e., when in ancient Egypt to protect granaries from rodents, steppe cats began to be widely used. Then the Phoenician sailors brought cats on their ships: new pets effectively fought with mice and rats and were unpretentious. And since the Phoenicians swam around the then known world, the cat settled on all its shores. But where does our affectionate pets? Continue reading