PostCats – Historical Trivia

  • Miacis, the primitive ancestor of cats, was a small, tree-living creature of the late Eocene period, some 45 to 50 million years ago.
  • Phoenician cargo ships are thought to have brought the first domesticated cats to Europe in about 900 BC.
  • The first true cats came into existence about 12 million years ago and were the Proailurus.
  • The ancient Egyptians were the first to tame the cat (in about 3000 BC), and used them to control pests.
  • Ancient Egyptian family members shaved their eyebrows in mourning when the family cat died.
  • In Siam, the cat was so revered that one rode in a chariot at the head of a parade celebrating the new king.
  • Cats have been domesticated for half as long as dogs have been.
  • The Pilgrims were the first to introduce cats to North America.
  • The first breeding pair of Siamese cats arrived in England in 1884.
  • The first formal cat show was held in England in 1871; in America, in 1895.
  • The Maine Coon cat is America’s only natural breed of domestic feline. It is 4 to 5 times larger than the Singapura, the smallest breed of cat.
  • There are approximately 100 breeds of cat.
  • The life expectancy of cats has nearly doubled since 1930 – from 8 to 16 years.

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  1. I Googled for something completely different, but found your page…and have to say thanks. nice read….


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