Worshipped in ancient times, cats were sacred animals to many cultures and may even be sacred to some today. They have in fact been our furry, purr-y companions for at least 9,000 years, well before the love affair with cats began in Ancient Egypt.
By bringing cats in as rodent killers, early domesticators may have given them certain amenities (like warmth and food) that persuaded the cats to stay. Over the course of time, that mutual relationship led to the breeding of slightly tamer cats than their cousins in the wild.
Despite being solitary hunters, cats are a social species and cat communication includes the use of a variety of vocalizations such as purring, trilling, hissing, growling and grunting. Cats also use pheromones and body language to communicate. However, cats only meow as a way to communicate with humans, not with fellow cats.
Cats make a wonderful addition to any household. Their playfulness and curiosity are some of the reasons why they are the most popular household pet in many countries including the UK and the US. Cats are very independent and are often considered the ideal pet for people with busy lifestyles.
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