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Cats have been an integral part of human lives since ancient times. Archaeological findings provide proof for the same and state human-cat interactions date as far back as 9500 B.C. Evidence relating to this was uncovered in an excavation carried out at a burial site in Cyprus where skeletons of a human and cat were found placed side by side. In ancient Egypt, Goddess Bastet was depicted in a cat form and cats were worshipped and kept on leashes as part of the religious sect. The goddess of love, beauty, and fertility in Norse mythology is portrayed as riding a chariot drawn by cats. After Egypt became a part of the Roman Empire in 31 B.C, introduction of cats into Roman life fuelled the widespread domestication of the species in Europe and consequently paved the way for cats to be domesticated in other parts of the world.
It is believed by scientists and historians alike that cats sort of tamed themselves. As humans began to settle down, discarding their nomadic lifestyles for a stable one, the need arose to store surplus crops which in turn gave rise to rodents. The abundance of prey attracted cats and they eventually decided to stick around. Over time, certain cats adapted themselves to meet the more passive qualities favoured by humans, producing the dozens of breeds of house cats we know today.
A question you might ask yourself at this point is 'Am I a dog-person or a cat-person?' Cats are intelligent aloof creatures and unlike dogs, are highly adaptable to their owner's needs. An owner who prefers a lot of interaction with his cat will receive the same level of reciprocation. On the other hand, if you are unable to devote much time, your cat is unlikely to sulk and likely to lie contentedly at some corner of the house or chase birds outside. And yet cats are highly sensitive to their owner's moods. A cat is quick to discern your anxiety and stress and comfort in their own way by rubbing themselves against their owner or purring softly.
Though cats are highly evolved when it comes to thinking, do not expect your cat to look after itself. Cats need attention and care and entirely depend on their owners for food, shelter, medical care etc. Cats shed hair and frequently throw up hairballs. Cats are also most unlikely to clean up after themselves. So if you prefer a companion who is tuned to your needs, intelligent and does not hanker after attention, sensitive and lazy, then you are definitely a cat person. A cat's purr of appreciation might be the best thing that welcomes you home after a hard day at work and a soft ball of fur lying contentedly at your feet while you laze in bed the warmest comfort on a cold day.
If you are looking for cats to adopt, avoid visiting pet stores. Get yourself an adult or a kitten from one of the many adoption centres housing abandoned cats. Kittens need a lot of care and if you do not have the time and energy to look after one get yourself an adult. Indulge in activities with your cat and organise events to strengthen your bond. Avoid trips outside with your cat, as that is one of the few things that is most likely to trigger a sulk. A cat enjoys the lazy comforts of home, can be equally playful and affectionate and make wonderful companions.
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