Hello! Have you ever wondered about the origin of domestic cats? Well come on a journey with me to find out!
Cats ancestors all originate from the middle east, we were a type of wild cat called Felis silvestris.
Around 12,000 years ago, cats started living with humans. Cats came to human farms because farmers had lots of rodents that were pests in their farms, and cats liked to eat rodents. It benefitted both the farmers and the cats.
Eventually, as cats started being used more and more to capture snakes, scorpions, and other vermin. They started being valued more. Cats were included in many religions, in Egypt, cats were even viewed as sacred. Egypt even had a god of cats!
Cats also made their way out of the Middle East. Cats were brought to India, China, and Japan where wealthy induviduals could keep them as pets.
However, in Medieval Europe cats weren't quite as appreciated. Cats were hated so greatly because in medieval europe cats were often associated with witches and demons.