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Cats and Their Allure: What, When, Where and Why


Domesticated cats have been gaining in popularity in the United States. It is projected that by the year 2010 there will be far more cats than dogs. Noted for their independence, cats can also be loving and loyal to their owners. They adjust well to indoor living, take great care in grooming themselves, and are easily trained to use a cat box. Cats, when they're not asleep, are observers. They stare into corners and spend hours sitting in windowsills. They don't bark, they don't whine; they purr. Occasionally, they scold.

Cats are also predatory, and some are very good mousers. In a flourishing society of condominiums and high-rise apartment buildings, many landlords ban dogs and accept cats. One building manager puts it like this: "As long as the cat doesn't wander through the halls and annoy others, I don't see any problem."

Cats, more than any other mammal, exhibit similar attributes and actions, no matter if they are wild or tame. Lions, tigers, leopards, wild cats, panthers, and house cats look similar and act very much alike--they are all predatory, nocturnal, fastidious, and defensive, but the domesticated cat is much smaller than its wild relatives. How did the wild cat first become domesticated, and where did it happen?

Origin of Cats

Looking back to the Late Eocene epoch (43.6 to 36.6 million years ago), it has been discovered that the "cat pattern" was already well established in the evolution of modern mammals. The earliest cats were easily recognizable as the ancestors of present-day felines. Other mammals had not yet evolved into a recognizable form. Typical cats (subfamily Felinae) appeared about 10 million years ago and have changed very little since that time.

The Anatomy of the Cat

Why is it that cats are able to curl up on the narrowest ledges, squeeze under the smallest spaces, or disappear at will when they sense an intrusion. The anatomy of the cat gives it great elasticity. It has a flexible spine and uses its tail and inner ear to maintain balance. Because of its inner-ear balance, it almost always lands on its feet when it falls and can jump from and to great heights without injury. For this reason, the cat is said to have nine lives.

The Historical Background of Cats

The history of the cat lends itself to drama, controversy, heroism, and mysticism on a somewhat uneven road from its domestication around 1500 B.C. to the present. From the moment the dog became domesticated, humans accepted it as a loyal and loving servant of man. The cat, however, has not been so blessed. It has been an icon of worship in ancient Egypt, a rat-catching hero during the plague years in Europe, and labeled a familiar for witches in Puritan America.

While dogs have been trained to assist humans as hunters, guides, companions, and enforcers, cats have no obvious purpose other than their presence in one's life. They're simply not very trainable. Yet, the art of relaxation has been mastered by the cat, and this attribute is assimilated by its human owners. Nursing homes often have a resident cat who is there only to be petted by the residents.

The Cat in Literature and Art

The cat is not as independent as it appears. It wants to be loved and cared for, and the contradictory interaction between humans and cats has been the subject of many children's books, novels, poems, and plays over the years. From fairy tales to Wanda Gäg's classic "Millions of Cats" (1929) to the long-running broadway show "Cats," based on T. S. Elliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" (1939), to "The Marble Cake Cat" (1977) by Marjorie and Carl Allen; from Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (1865) to B. Kliban's contemporary cartoon cats, the cat has long been a fascinating subject for both children and adults.

Breeds of Cats

Many people believe that the Siamese cat originated in Ancient Egypt, but it actually is from the Far East and thought to be a domestication of the Asian wild cat. The 30 to 40 recognized distinctive breeds of cats can be grouped into two general categories: the long-haired Persian and the domestic shorthair. Most cats, however, unless they are show cats, are mixed breed.

Cats Around the World

In America, cats as pets have long been popular. In most families where there are cats as pets, there is only one, possibly two cats. They're not pack animals and don't adjust well to living on their own outside the home. Stray cats tend to be loners. In other countries, cats are not as pampered as they are in American homes, and are sometimes a source of food.

Marjorie Allen is a free-lance writer/editor, who has had several award-winning books published. She has taught writing and offers initial editing free. Check her website http://marjorienallen.com. Marjorie and her husband spend winters on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico and summers in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.


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  1. Arizona Humane Society helps reunite lost pets after loud holiday weekend  Arizona's Family
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  3. Fireworks increase chance of lost pets  KAUZ
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Pets of the Week: Benn is easy going. Denise is all about the attention  MLive.com

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You Love Your Pets, But What to Do With Their Poop?  LX

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On the road again and traveling with your pets  Vermont Biz

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Fourth of July fireworks - and nature's - lead to dozens of stray pets turning up at HSCO  KTVZ

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CASPCA offering event to help pets during fireworks  NBC 29

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East Texas heat can prove dangerous for pets  KLTV

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Fire destroys home east of Cortez; two pets die  The Durango Herald

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Pets of the Week | ClarksvilleNow.com  Clarksville Now

Tampa Bay area pets available for adoption - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets available for adoption  Tampa Bay Times

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Pyramid Hill hosts ‘Yappy Hour’ for folks with pets to enjoy park  Hamilton Journal News

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U.S. Durable Dog and Cat Pet Care Products Market Report 2022: Focus on Product Quality Driving Growth - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

Tallahassee Animal Services overpopulated as more pets are being surrendered - WCTV
Tallahassee Animal Services overpopulated as more pets are being surrendered  WCTV

Officials stress importance of microchipping pets after holiday weekend - NBC2 News
Officials stress importance of microchipping pets after holiday weekend  NBC2 News

Richardson extends dog park hours - The Dallas Morning News
Richardson extends dog park hours  The Dallas Morning News

Free vaccines available for Missouri pet owners | News | columbiamissourian.com - Columbia Missourian
Free vaccines available for Missouri pet owners | News | columbiamissourian.com  Columbia Missourian

West Des Moines firework show next door to animal shelter spooks pets - KCCI Des Moines
West Des Moines firework show next door to animal shelter spooks pets  KCCI Des Moines

July 4th fireworks spark rise in lost pets at some shelters in Inland Empire - San Bernardino County Sun
July 4th fireworks spark rise in lost pets at some shelters in Inland Empire  San Bernardino County Sun

Raleigh leaders vote to ban wild animals as pets - WRAL News
Raleigh leaders vote to ban wild animals as pets  WRAL News

Petco piloting wellness center concept for pets, farm animals - Retail Customer Experience
Petco piloting wellness center concept for pets, farm animals  Retail Customer Experience

Pets are part of the family, survey of Oregon pet owners finds - Central Oregon Daily
Pets are part of the family, survey of Oregon pet owners finds  Central Oregon Daily

South Florida animal shelters at capacity after July 4th fireworks send scared dogs running - CBS Miami
South Florida animal shelters at capacity after July 4th fireworks send scared dogs running  CBS Miami

Surrendered, abandoned pets in Minnesota see 'dramatic uptick': Here's how you can help - KARE11.com
Surrendered, abandoned pets in Minnesota see 'dramatic uptick': Here's how you can help  KARE11.com

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English bulldog wins Rancho Bernardo's 'Most Patriotic Pet' title  The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Preserving memories of beloved pets  Mankato Free Press

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News 12 has tips on keeping kids and pets safe from hot car tragedies  News 12 New Jersey

Pa. SPCA Hopes Large Adoption Event Helps Finds Pets Home - NBC 10 Philadelphia
Pa. SPCA Hopes Large Adoption Event Helps Finds Pets Home  NBC 10 Philadelphia

Adopt me! Pets from North State rescues in July 2022 - Record Searchlight
Adopt me! Pets from North State rescues in July 2022  Record Searchlight

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Dog remains found buried at Spicewood pet resort, BCSO investigating  KXAN.com

Shelter takes in pets for residents evacuating from Electra Fire in Amador County - CBS News
Shelter takes in pets for residents evacuating from Electra Fire in Amador County  CBS News

First Lady Advocates for Pets | News for Page Lake Powell Arizona - lakepowelllife
First Lady Advocates for Pets | News for Page Lake Powell Arizona  lakepowelllife

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Pet of the Week: Mabel  Newnan Times-Herald

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Pets: BoBo & JJ  Sun Community News & Printing

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City to allow use of pet shock collars, sparking opposition among Mitchell resident, several council members  Mitchell Republic

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Dog Days of Summer: Charlie and Paradise Pets  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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PHOTOS: Take a look at these pets from the Gwinnett County community  Gwinnettdailypost.com

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Find out if your pet has an allergy with this simple kit  WJXT News4JAX

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Howard retires from Fairview Veterinary Clinic after 42 years of helping pets, owners - The Stanly News & Press | The Stanly News & Press  Stanly News & Press

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🌱Sachem Daily: LI Ice Cream Tour + Local Pets Available For Adoption  Patch

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Pet food trend in Russia changes direction  All About Feed

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PHOTO GALLERY: Local Pets Take Center Stage at National Cherry Festival Kids Pet Show - 9 & 10 News  9&10 News

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Best pet carrier backpack  KXAN.com

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Pets are being given up as Florida owners struggle to pay bills  WJXT News4JAX

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Twin Ports non-profit offering pet foster homes for owners experiencing crisis  KBJR 6

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As San Fernando Valley sees hotter days, officials explain how to get alerts and save pets if wildfire hits  LA Daily News

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Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Afton, Blue, & Soulsby  SweetwaterNOW

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Adoption event happening all of July due to shelter overcrowding  Detroit Free Press

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Pets in Need SoMD Dog of the Week:  The Southern Maryland Chronicle

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Pets of the Week Include People-Loving Dogs That Need Homes  kool1079.com

Pet Posse Codes For July 2022 - TheGamer
Pet Posse Codes For July 2022  TheGamer

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Montgomery County Animal Shelter at critical capacity, waiving adoption fees on all pets  KPRC Click2Houston

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7 pet-friendly spots in NYC recommended by Bernadette Peters  Time Out

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Flying with pets? CBD can help  GreenState

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Animal rescuers race to reach pets, livestock stranded in Sydney floods  ABC News

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4 pets killed in South Abilene house fire on 4th of July  KTAB - BigCountryHomepage.com

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Pet Wearable Market worth US$ 4.32 Bn by 2031  EIN News

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Campaigners Working to Reunite Stolen Pets Being Sold at Yulin Dog Meat Festival With Their Families  One Green Planet

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PHOTOS: Take a look at these pets in the Albany community  The Albany Herald

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Pet stores, animal rescue advocates debate sales of popular pets in Clark County  Fox 5 Las Vegas

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GUEST COLUMN: Keep public's pet selection options open – The Daily Gazette  The Daily Gazette

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Louisville Metro Animal Services avoids euthanizing adoptable pets  Courier Journal

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🌱 Sachem Daily: Local Job Openings + Pets Available For Adoption  Patch

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Pets on paracetamol: animals at risk as owners struggle with vet bills  The Guardian

Pet beer label contest benefits Provincetown animal shelter on Cape - Cape Cod Times
Pet beer label contest benefits Provincetown animal shelter on Cape  Cape Cod Times

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Dogs, cats found neglected in NY trailer, 2 women arrested  NEWS10 ABC

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Do You Know How to Keep Your Pets Safe During a Disaster?  FEMA

Adoptable Pets in St. Petersburg - The Gabber Newspaper
Adoptable Pets in St. Petersburg  The Gabber Newspaper

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How pets give your kids a brain boost  BBC

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How to Block Fireworks Noise for Adults, Kids, and Pets  The New York Times

PETS ON VACATION:It's easier than ever to take pets with you on vacation - Washington Times Herald
PETS ON VACATION:It's easier than ever to take pets with you on vacation  Washington Times Herald

Animal shelter to NRA and gun restriction foes: No pets for you - NBC News
Animal shelter to NRA and gun restriction foes: No pets for you  NBC News

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Hillsborough pet shelter is at 500% capacity, here are a few of the adoptable pets looking for homes right now  Creative Loafing Tampa

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Pets Plus Us Pet Insurance Review 2022  Investopedia

As people surrender pets they can't always afford, Alaska's shelters struggle to house them - Anchorage Daily News
As people surrender pets they can't always afford, Alaska's shelters struggle to house them  Anchorage Daily News

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Pets of the week | News | suncoastnews.com  Suncoast News

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Seattle Has the Cutest Shop Pets—Here's Proof  Seattle Met

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Homeward Pet: Pets of the Week | Community | nwnews.com  Woodinville Northwest News

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Petlibro's Wi-Fi-Enabled Automatic Feeder Helps You Monitor Pets  Bustle

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Pets can boost your brain power, study says  CNN

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Prepare for Your Pets this Hurricane Season  American Humane

Pet-friendly recreation - Michigan (.gov)
Pet-friendly recreation  Michigan (.gov)

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Research on the pet-human bond has boomed in the pandemic. Here's what studies found  CNN

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20 Chewy pet items our readers can’t get enough of  CNN Underscored

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Playing for Pets is Thursday and Friday  SIU News

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Why Should Kids Have Pets: 8 Evidence-Based Reasons  PsychCentral.com

Editors’ picks: 27 pet products we’ve tried and absolutely love - CNN Underscored
Editors’ picks: 27 pet products we’ve tried and absolutely love  CNN Underscored

Rabbits Are Boring Pets. I Love Them Anyway. - The New York Times
Rabbits Are Boring Pets. I Love Them Anyway.  The New York Times

Best Air Purifiers for Pets of 2022 | US News - U.S. News & World Report
Best Air Purifiers for Pets of 2022 | US News  U.S. News & World Report

Clarksville Area Pets of the Week for May 9th, 2022 - Clarksville Online
Clarksville Area Pets of the Week for May 9th, 2022  Clarksville Online

311 Best Pet Quotes - Parade Magazine
311 Best Pet Quotes  Parade Magazine

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10 apps every pet owner should have  Mashable

Meet Our Pandemic Pets | Duke Today - Duke Today
Meet Our Pandemic Pets | Duke Today  Duke Today

How Owners Are Putting Their Pets on Human Diets - The New York Times
How Owners Are Putting Their Pets on Human Diets  The New York Times

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Who Inherits Your Pet?  AARP

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It's not just dogs: All sorts of pets are being poisoned by marijuana  CNN

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How the presence of pets builds trust among people  The Conversation

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Unusual Pets  WHYY

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Pet of the Week: 2022 pets  WTOP

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LA Animal Services Offers Pet Safety Tips To Help Keep Pets Safe This Easter  Santa Monica Daily Press

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Adoptable Pets in St. Pete and Tampa Bay  The Gabber Newspaper

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