Cat History – 1

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Did you know that indoor cats have only been around for less than 100 years and that is peanuts in terms of evolution. Is it therefore any wonder that the diet that suits them best is one that they would naturally eat in their natural outdoor habitat.

“Keeping cats indoors all the time was not possible—nor was it even a goal—until several important 20th century innovations: refrigeration, kitty litter, and the prevalence of spaying and neutering.

Even though these changes to our modern lifestyle make keeping cats inside possible, biologically, cats are the same as they were thousands of years ago. Their role in our society has evolved and broadened over the last hundred years, but their basic behaviors and needs haven’t changed.”

“Unlike dogs, who have undergone many physical changes since domestication and evolved to survive on an omnivorous diet, cats haven’t changed much, and still require a high-protein diet. Before the development of refrigeration and canned cat food in the 20th century, feeding indoor cats who could not supplement their diets by hunting would have been impossible for most Americans, who could not afford extra fresh meat or fish”.

A great series of crazy cat pictures with captions.

Early humans were predominantly hunters and dogs were domesticated many millenia before cats. It was only when humans settled down and started agriculture, crop farming grain storage that the cat came into its own. The grain stores were a natural attraction to mice and rats and caused many problems to the farmers. It was only when wild cats started arriving to catch and eat these mice did their value become known.

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