The domestic cat is a wonderful creature. Usually furry and small, cats have a magical effect on humans. They have been associated with humans for aout 9,500 years and are more popular than dogs, taking first place for the most popular pet in the world. Cats have strong, flexible bodies, quick reflexes, sharp retractable claws and teeth adapted to killing small prey.
Cats are very good hunters and are skilled in hunting vermin and househoold pests such as mice. They are also a very social species and use sounds and body language for communication. They will meow, purr, trill, hiss, growl and grunt. Additionally, cats can hear sounds too faint for human ears. They can hear sounds higher in frequency as well such as the noise rodents make as they scurry about.
Originally, it was believed that the cat was domesticated in Ancient Egypt. However, it is recently discovered that the primary descendent of all house cats most likely run through self-domesticating African Wildcats found in 8000 BC in the Near East. The earliest evidence of a domesticated cat was found Cyprus and was dated to 9,500 years ago.
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