The Story of Domestication of Cats and Dogs

KHPetsCats and dogs are our constant companions in everything that we do. According to most studies around 30% of American households have a cat and around 40% have a dog. This has been the case all over the world for thousands of years.

Cats were first turned into service animals around 10,000 years ago and there are many cats today which all come from the wild cat. There are over 600 million housecats that are able to be traced back to 5 female species of cats and that means that they all have common roots. The wild cats were known to have lived in forests and they slowly moved their way into the villages and the forests. The ancient Egyptians worshipped a cat goddess as well who was named Baste, and for this reason the cats became gods in their own country. They were worshipped, treated like kings and often found themselves being worshipped like royalty.

How Did Cats Get Domesticated?

Cats are very unique and they are the only animals that we know that actually had domesticated themselves. They decided that they wanted to live an easier life. When man decided to stop hunting and gathering, cats  knew that there was going to be an issue with rodent control and for that reason they began to live in the homes of their human masters who would watch after them by keeping the rodent population out of their homes. Much to their dismay, they knew that the cats that were in their presence would keep them from getting sick by keeping the rodents out of the food supply.

How Did Dogs Get Domesticated?

Dogs are known to be one of the first animals that man domesticated many understood that these animals were ones that would be at their side and would help them throughout the entire process of life. Dogs have been domesticated for around 10,000 years and can all be traced back to the bloodline of the small Asian wolf.

How Were Dogs Domesticated?

Dogs knew that it was hard to find a meal, for that reason, when man decided that they were going to be taking care of dogs, they knew that they had a chance of being able to reach easy meat and that life was going to be a little easier for them as they were able to then protect man. They decided that they would protect man by barking when there were predators that were near and then they would also be fed by their masters.

How Do We Honor Them Today?

Man has continued to honor as well as to love his animals and for that reason there are many people who love their animals as though they are members of their family. In some countries in Europe there is a very long waiting list for obtaining a pet, the main reason for that is the fact that spaying and neutering is under control and for that reason when a person has the chance to adopt a pet they feel very lucky and realize that it is not a chance that comes along every day.

Pets have always been the help mate to man and for that reason they have earned one of the top  places in our hearts, at our tables, and also in the history of the development of important events. In Rome, dogs were one of the most prized members of the family as they were recognized for their loyalty as well as for their skill. Dogs continue to be one of the most important elements of any home as they preserve their masters by ensuring that they get exercise and have an unshakeable attention to the state of their masters at every moment.

Cats continue to be one of the most sought after pets as well because of their beauty, their loyalty and their constant need to love and be loved. Cats are one of the most popular animals that have ever lived and for that reason it is easy to see why they were worshipped in ancient Egypt as well as why they have been a part of our lives for generations.

Although mankind has domesticated many animals, cats and dogs, continue to be the most important to us as well as the closest to our hearts. There will be no change in this fact as long as mankind is around as they are the best part of us and represent everything that we hope to be.



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