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The cat is a carnivorous feline and quadruped mammal, which has coexisted with humans for about 9500 years, occupying a prominent place in the early culture of ancient societies.
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There are dozens of cat breeds, with pronounced morphological and character differences, but as a whole, the species present behavioral traits typical of a predator, with conspicuous intelligence and agility. That’s where the saying comes from that the cat always lands on its feet.
The domestic cat is related to the big African cats. It is estimated that its closest relative is the wild cats of the Middle East. The first recorded case of domestication of a cat is presumed on the island of Cyprus in antiquity.
Phylogenetic studies released in 2007 in scientific publications claim that the various breeds of cats, the result of hybridization and centuries of artificial selection, contain traces of the genetics of five early wild cats that were domesticated almost 10,000 years ago in the Middle East.
It is usually thought that the ancient Egyptians would be the first to include the cat in their domestic life, as well as in their religious representations, in which it enjoyed a prominent place. But it could well be the ancient Assyrians or some predecessor culture.
Scientific deductions indicate that the process of domestication would have initiated in antiquity. It was motivated by the natural hunting of the rodents that parasitized the human settlements.
The cats are born in litters of 1 to 10 pups after a gestation period of about two months, and the newborn pups will accompany the mother for at least 30 days.
Sexual maturity is reached after 4 to 5 months in the female and 6 to 7 months in the male. Oestrus lasts 4 to 7 days, several times a year, during which the female meows much more frequently, and the males compete for the right to copulate. Finally, the winner must then face the female, who will resist the union until she is finally subdued.
Fertilization rarely takes place at the first attempt. Once copulation is complete, the female undertakes a period of grooming during which she is particularly hostile.
The average cat’s life expectancy is about 12 to 14 years, but females can even live a couple of years longer. Spaying and neutering can prolong the period, although feral cats in urban environments are usually no older than two years.
The cat’s old age is abrupt, unlike that of a human, and usually lasts a full year, until death occurs. During this stage, the animal will show little energy and sleep most of the time.
Cats are born hunters and are little given to building communities. They possess a strong territorial instinct and are highly independent.
It makes them as popular pets, the marked contrast with its wild variant, whose tendency to social grouping is much more pronounced.
Their communication is established through meows and body language, mainly. However, males are given to urination as a form of territorial marking, which accuses a communicative system based on smells, similar to the canine. They are also highly sensitive to stress and may develop erratic and aggressive behavior.
The coat of the cat can be as varied as its breed, but broadly speaking, there are two types of breed: short-haired cats and long-haired cats, both of which are considered mongrels. The percentage of purebred cats in the world does not exceed 10% of the total individuals.
About color, the coat can vary between monochrome, color combinations, and various shades of brindle (called Roman cats). However, the incidence of three or four colors in the same cat usually favors females, while males tend to monochrome or bichrome.
The artificial selection imposed as a result of their domestication has favored the proliferation of certain shades, shapes, and colors of the coat over others. However, studies reveal that the most significant variation in color occurred in the species during the initial moments of its domestication, before the emergence of the numerous existing breeds.
The cat’s liver is particularly sensitive to fat.
Cats are high energy animals, so they tend to sleep a lot throughout the day. Their nocturnal nature activates them at sunset, so they can be more energetic and demanding from that time.
Short-haired breeds, on the whole, tend to be much thinner and more restless, while long-haired breeds tend to be more severe and lethargic. In general, they tend to have a rapid heart cycle, maintaining a body temperature between 38 and 39 centigrade, slightly higher than that of humans.
As an inheritance of its past purely carnivorous, cats are unable to synthesize some of the essential fatty acids. This is also why their livers are particularly sensitive to fat and less effective than human or canine livers in detoxifying the bloodstream. As a result, foods such as chocolate, with too high levels of theobromine, could be lethal to a cat.