What differentiates cats from other animals?
There are many differences between cats and other animals. All cats, from big wild cats to small domestic cats, have common characteristics. Scientists claim that the cat species evolved about 40 million years ago from an animal similar to weasels. To make a comparison, human erectus, the first human being, evolved about 1.8 million years ago.
The first domesticated cats are attributed to the first Egyptians who lived in the Upper Egypt area of the Nile. These early house cats were valued because they hunted and killed small rodents and snakes. These plague animals constantly damaged the grain, which was the main source of food for the Egyptians. Cats were an effective way to deal with these pests, so people kept them around.
As humans and cats met and their fear disappeared, a stronger and closer relationship developed between them. The Egyptian people were amazed by the agility of the cats, their physical and hunting abilities. On the other hand, the cats enjoyed a safe haven and received food from the people. Furthermore, the Egyptians were fascinated by the cat’s ability to see when it is dark and to flexibly escape dangers. The indifferent behavior typical of cats also contributed to their elevated status.
The high position of the cats allowed them to travel up and down the Nile River in grain boats. Their presence on the ships ensured the protection of the grain from animals such as mice, rats and other small rodents. Under these favorable conditions, the cats multiplied and spread throughout the Nile region.
The cats’ abilities and values allowed them to rise to the rank of royal members. It soon became illegal to harm and kill cats. The Egyptians began to call the cats Mau since this word resembles the sound of the meow. Later this name was replaced by the word Urchat. Soon a feline goddess known as Pasht (similar to cat and cunt) was created and the Egyptians worshiped her. The modern names for cats that we use today have evolved from ancient Egyptian names.
The Romans continued the domestication of cats because they also valued felines for their hunting abilities. This allowed cats to spread throughout the Roman Empire. The fall of Rome ushered in a really difficult time for felines. Cats, and especially blacks, were considered evil creations and were associated with witchcraft. Therefore, they were hunted down and killed.
According to historians, cats were so quickly domesticated due to their ability to eliminate pests, their physical flexibility, and their special behavior. Cats are generally completely independent, but they can also live in families and groups. While dogs need to be with people and require people’s attention, cats can do it perfectly on their own. Felines are animals that do not need special emotional closeness or approval.
The cats that we know today and have as pets have some of the characteristics of their ancestral ancestors. Some people do not like feline behavior and prefer dogs as pets. But there are people who exactly value the independence and behavior of the cat, and are happy to have a pet at home. Cat and dog owners are completely different in their individuality because they value different for characteristics.
It is not easy to train cats but it is really possible. There are cat shows where you can see amazing tricks performed by felines. You can train your kitten to follow basic commands and approach when called by name. Many experts believe that cats can be trained if they want to do this, and cat owners cannot force their pets to do something against their will.
Another difference between cats and other animals is their agility, balance, and strength. Felines can jump three times their height, something humans cannot do. You may have heard the old saying that a cat has nine lives. This saying comes from the cat’s ability to avoid various physical injuries. Therefore, it is not surprising that felines can often escape different disasters unscathed.
Cats are unique in their ability to see at night, their physical strength and flexibility, and their disability. In reality, cats don’t pretend they don’t care. The truth is, they don’t really care. You may not like such nonchalant behavior, but felines don’t care either, so you’d better accept it.