However, during the Renaissance cats were being appreciated again! Different breeds of cats were starting to be recognized. While this was happening cats were put on ships to prevent rodent infestations. This includes ships brought to the Americas. When ships brought cats to the Americas they flourished in the new environment.
Early in the industrial revolution, in the 17th century, people were fearful of witches. As a result, cats were persecuted because they were often associated with witches. However, in the 18th century things turned around as many societies started selectively breeding new breeds of cats. Queen Victoria of England also helped make cats popular again.
And now we're back in the modern day. When cats are the most popular pets in the world, even more so than dogs! Although today there are hundreds of millions of cats on earth most don't know about their deep and interesting history. I hope now you know a little more about us!