Origins of our Feline House Pet

Our human companions came from African Wildcat.

 

 African Wildcat

African Wildcat

  • I have a personal story to share, but I must begin with how cats became human companions.  Recorded history shows humans were captivated  by these creatures some 10,000+ years ago.  Their spread from Africa to the Middle East and Asia ensued as humans found their capacity for mice control beneficial.  Our independent pets can often revert to their wild lifestyle and care for themselves.

15 years ago, I took my youngest son, then 7, to the animal shelter where we adopted Gypsy.  As happens in families, the kids grow, leave, and leave their pets.  Gypsy has gotten a bit crabby in her old age.  She wants to be fed at 5:30 a.m.  This is when she begins her caterwauling.  It is not pleasant.  For the last year this behavior has worsened.  I was ready to send her back to her own origins (the animal shelter), when I remembered a friend telling me about an automatic cat feeder.  

I opened my peepers this morning and turned to my husband and said.  "Either the contraption worked of the cat died."  Yahoo! (not the search engine), I feel so refreshed this morning.  I slept in until 6:30 a.m.!!!

Posted on August 17, 2015 .