The domestic cat (Felis catus or Felis silvestris catus) is a small, usually furry, domesticated, and carnivorous mammal. It is often called the housecat when kept as an indoor pet, or simply the cat when there is no need to distinguish it from other felids and felines. Cats are valued by humans for companionship and their ability to hunt vermin and household pests. Since cats were cult animals in ancient Egypt, they were commonly believed to have been domesticated there, but there may have been instances of domestication as early as the Neolithic. A genetic study in 2007 revealed that domestic cats are descended from African wildcats (Felis silvestris lybica) c. 8000 BC, in the Middle East. According to Scientific American, cats are the most popular pet in the world, and are now found almost every place where people live.
Cats are a cosmopolitan species and are found across much of the world. Feral cats can live in forests, grasslands, tundra, coastal areas, agricultural land, scrublands, urban areas and wetlands. In the case of my domesticated cats, it's the family home. Anywhere that's comfortable and has a ready supply of food. Domestic cats rule the roost!
I'm a 'cat' man, of that there's no doubt, and I've posted these images here simply because the domestic cat is probably one of the most personally 'valued' species of animal on the planet. My cats are definitely valued and bring so much joy (and angst) to my life. They are my 'fur' family. I love to watch them doing all the things that cats do. They are inquisitive and instinctive animals that live in the moment and are acutely aware of their environment. They sleep well when they're comfortable and feel safe, and they love to be pampered, but they're always on the lookout for danger... and they know danger when they see it. My cats have encountered a large python and an eagle, and without ever having seen one of these animals before knew instinctively they were predatory and dangerous. The same applies to dogs, and they automatically switch into 'survival' mode when they sense a threat. My belief is that cats are wild animals who choose to co-habitate with us, but they will always keep two of their four paws in the wild domain. I adore their physique and perfect form, their beauty, their strong and defiant will, their hunting prowess, and their loud purrrrr. They do nothing in half-measures and I find them to be the very best of companions and a fine meditation, and can watch them for hours. They keep me well-connected to the animal kingdom and have always reflected the beauty of nature back to me by simply displaying their nature. Not to have cats in my life would leave my home and heart empty and lacking. My life would not be the same without them and this is what the animal kingdom has blessed me with. PS: I'm sure dog people feel the same, as would anyone who lives with and loves the pet of their choice. PPS: As I type this, one of my younger cats has just brought a large skink into the house. She loves dropping them at my feet and I'm sure she laughs at me when I chase them around the house!