where did cats come from?

cats themselves have ancestors in the felidae family, evolving over millions of years. but how did these lovable little critters steal our hearts? it's a very complicated question to answer, scientists have been trying to pinpoint the date when we began domesticating cats, but it's speculated to be around 12,000 years ago. we needed cats to help drive away mice from our crop storages, and they were happy to oblige. it just meant plenty of good eating for the cats! we also know that in ancient egypt cats were very loved. to kill a cat meant a death sentence for the offender most of the time. even in ancient rome cats were revered! they were seen as a symbol of liberty, keeping mice away from the romans prized manuscripts.

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