Googling "are cats domesticated", "Semi-" is apparently the operative term.I thought they were. They have similar history of domestication as dogs.
Wikipedia would disagree:Googling are "cats domesticated", "Semi-" is apparently the operative term.
I seems they have been companions of humans for a mere 4,00 years.
A bunch of cat people:The cat (Felis catus) is a domestic species of small carnivorous mammal. It is the only domesticated species in the family Felidae and is often referred to as the domestic cat to distinguish it from the wild members of the family. A cat can either be a house cat, a farm cat or a feral cat; the latter ranges freely and avoids human contact. Domestic cats are valued by humans for companionship and their ability to hunt rodents. About 60 cat breeds are recognized by various cat registries.
The domestic cat (Felis catus) is one of the most recently evolved species within the Felidae family.
How Did Cats Become Domesticated
So how did cats become our purring feline friends? Perhaps a kind-hearted hunter came across a lonely litter of kitties mewling in the forest and brought them home. While this makes for a sweet story, it doesn't synch up with what really happened. For thousands of years, cats had no real need for humans—and vice versa—so we generally went our own ways.
But that changed as we began settling down into flourishing agricultural communities in an area called the Fertile Crescent, which stretches from the Nile River to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. There humans were able to grow and store plentiful amounts of grain. And all of that grain began to attract mice. Lots of mice. These mice, in turn, drew cats who were pleased to discover an abundant and relatively easy to hunt food source.
This was the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship between cats and humans. Our storehouses offered cats plenty of prey, and we got an effective means of controlling the rodents who were destroying our grain. We appreciated this ability so much that we began bringing cats on board the ships that transported grain and other products. This explains how cats spread from the Near East to all corners of the world.
Glad it wasn't the other way around, I must say.So they were feral kittens but it wasn't a feral shark?
Indeed. Feeding the shark was quite a careful operation, I gather, involving moving it to another tank and making sure no other aquarium fish were in there.Being in a tank does not make it domesticated. It is captured.
My dad told a story of being in North Africa with the army. They got food in a tent then ate outside on trestle tables. You had to cover your plate, else you suddenly had a plateful of the local species of hawk and then only what vegetables it hadn't knocked onto the floor.Eagles everywhere! And they are not afraid of humans.
Charlotte is my favorite Eastern city. I spent many weeks there at Lance.Here's my contribution from the holiday weekend, actually from last Thursday, before the weekend:
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This is the center of Charlotte, North Carolina: the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets.
I have a weird optical illusion in the first one - I persist in seeing the two people in the top left as giants sitting on the tents. I really have to stop and look at them quite carefully to get my brain to admit that they are normal sized people in the foreground on the cable car.Oregon State Fair 2021
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I just realized that I pass the Lance facility on South Blvd. when I ride into town on the light rail, after parking at the I-485 station. It's right next to the Sharon Road West station. I remember seeing the logo on the building last week. Was that where you were?Charlotte is my favorite Eastern city. I spent many weeks there at Lance.