Where Do Domestic Cats Come From?

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Do you give ancient Egypt credit for the domestication of cats? That’s what many people think! But, with some new evidence, it seems that cats became our cuddly counterparts a little further east and because of an emerging pest problem.

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Sources:
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/01/were-cats-domesticated-more-once
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2013/12/when-cats-became-comrades
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Images:
Egyptian Tomb Carvings: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sarcophagus_of_Prince_Thutmose%27s_cat_by_Madam_Rafa%C3%A8le.jpg
Bastet:https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bastet_Istanbul_museum.JPG
Fertile Crescent: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fertile_Crescent_map.png
African Wild Cat: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AfricanWildCat.jpg
Wild Cat 2: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Felis_Lybica_Sarda_05.JPG
Leopard Cat: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leopard_Cat_Tennoji.jpg
Leopard Cat Night: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leopard_cat_India.jpg

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