Cats, are believed to be first domesticated by the ancient
Egyptians over 8,000 years ago around 2600 BC. They were later venerated
as a sacred animal and were even mummified by the Egyptians when they
died. It was only in the 19th century that the first pedigree (with a
family lineage) breeds were developed. In fact, more than 300 breeds and
varieties are recognised now, the main distinguishing characteristics
being head shape and the length of hair.
The Domestic cat is one of the 38 species of the cat family or Felidae. They are the descendants of maybe three or four of the wild Felidae species, foremost of which is the Felis silvestris lybica or the African Wild cat. Besides the Pedigree and non pedigree domestic pet cats, there are the Working cats kept for their rodent catching asbility and the Feral cats, the descendants of cats which at one time have been domesticated at least to some extent.
Cats are very independent among the pets, living by their own set of rules. But they need and value companionship and make wonderful pets.These quiet creatures groom themselves and come in a wide variety of colors, coats and generally placid temperaments. Most of them are best suited to indoor as well as outdoor life. You can make a good relationship with these pets and develop mutual understanding, tolerance and respect.