Genus: Felis (Total members of this genus: Chinese Mountain cat, domestic cat, Jungle cat, Sand cat, Black footed cat, African wildcat, Asian Wildcat, European wildcat)
Species: Felis catus
It’s estimated there are currently around 400 million domestic cats in existence worldwide.
-The Wildcat is believed to be the ancestor of the domestic cat. Genetic evidence says the house cat might have been descended from the Wildcat around 9,000 to 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent region of the Middle East, during the rise of agriculture. The theory is Wildcats began hanging around farms and grain stores where rodents were prevalent, and gradually became friendly with humans.
-The domestic cat is an odd one because they can be solitary and live like lone panthers or they can behave like lions in a pride and enjoy a warm social life with humans as well as animals like other cats, dogs, horses, etc. They often treat their humans like members of their pride.
-Domestic cats are capable of decimating the local populations of songbirds in their neighborhood, and should be kept inside if they end up displaying a hardcore predilection for little birdies- or local mammalian wildlife (chipmunks etc should not be overhunted either. Or get them one these special collars.
-There’s lots of stray cats- please adopt rescue kitties.
-De-clawing cats is barbarous and abusive. It is like cutting off the fingers above the end joint on a human hand (the end of the cat’s bones are removed along with the claws) and it results in arthritis and pain for the rest of the cat’s life, not to mention the psychological trauma of knowing it cannot defend itself.
-Recently unethical breeders have been breeding cats with shortened deformed legs, known as Munchkin cats. This should be against the law- these animals can’t move like they were meant to and experience psychological and physical issues as a result of this congenital deformity.
-Also, hairless cats suffer all kinds of health issues as well; it is a cruel breeding practice. These guys evolved to have coats- don’t make them go cold and naked!
-It is also wrong to breed cats with flat faces (they can’t breathe well) or misshapen ears (Scottish fold cats are prone to hearing issues, ear infections, and body deformities.) Just let cats be how Mother Nature intended: gorgeous, healthy, sound in body, and happy.