Their story begins around 10 to 12,000 years ago in an area of the world known as the Fertile Crescent the name speaks for itself this is a crescent-shaped region located here in the middle east where the land is very fertile in comparison to the surrounding regions it was in these fertile lands that some of the earliest development of human civilization began one of which being agriculture the land was perfect for farming and the people took great advantage of this however as many modern-day farmers will no farm
stores often attract many unwanted guests such as mice and rats looking to feed on the stored grain this wasn’t bad for everyone though as the wild cats of the area soon discovered Felis Silvestri’s live occur a species of wild cat found in the middle east.
Soon found itself living among the human civilizations drawn in by the abundance of mice and rats the wild cats would both hunt the local vermin and scavenge in the rubbish left by people with food being so easy to find it’s not surprising that these cats stuck around in the area’s heavily populated by people and it’s entirely possible that the people realizing that the cats kept the vermin under control may have encouraged the cats to stay over thousands of years a new species of cat eventually evolved called felis catus or as we know it the domestic cat pet stray and feral cats of the modern day all belong to this species although the domestic cat species evolved thousands of years ago truly domesticated cats have been around for less than a hundred years before that time keeping a cat indoors was not a common practice and the majority of cats lived free roaming lives where they were free to come and go as they pleased you never truly owned a cat and they did not rely on humans for their survival to this day this is one of the reasons many people are attracted to keeping them as pets.
So let’s talk about some other aspects of cat history and some fun history facts the first archaeological evidence of humans and cats living together come from a burial site right here on the island of Cyprus the site provides evidence dating way back
to 9,500 BCE it’s believed the cats were intentionally brought to the island by humans and it certainly explains why we are completely overrun by them now and why these days many locals see them as vermin in ancient Egypt the goddess Bastet was depicted as a woman with the head of a cat she was the goddess of cats protection and love her followers are well known for their practice worshiping pet cats as well as keeping them on leads and mummifying them when they died from Egypt cats were introduced to Rome in 31 BCE.
Which led them to being widespread in Europe by the 4th century it’s believed that the first cats to arrive in the Americas did so by boarding ships alongside Christopher Columbus the first settlers of Jamestown and aboard the Mayflower in the late 19th and early 20th century cats were official employees of the United States Postal Service.
Their job was simply to catch and kill vermin although there are many people who believe that commercial cat food has been around for a very long time it has in fact been around for less than a hundred years canned cat food was only introduced in the 1930s and dry cat food wasn’t introduced until the 1950s barely more than 60 years ago it was during this time that more cats began to live indoors as now there was a reliable way of feeding them before this a cat could only be kept indoors if it was fed a diet of fresh meat and fish similar to today’s raw meat diets for most people at that time buying extra week for a cat was an unaffordable expense and so very few cats lived indoors another invention that contributed to cats living indoors was the accidental discovery of clay cat litter in 1947 tidy cats was the first-ever brand of commercial cat litter and it was this invention that led to the sudden increase in house cat popularity before clay cat litter those who did keep cats indoors would use a pan filled with dirt on newspaper as their pets toilet zone so even though our relationship with cats has been around for thousands of years house cats have been commonly kept for less than 60 years because of this even house cats of today still carry within their wild instincts cats can easily survive in the world without humans they are the most skilled domestic hunter and they are still kept as working animals on farms even though they’re wild independent nature is what draws many people to owning cats it’s quite possible that over the coming centuries the cat’s typical behaviour will change and they may lose some of their wild instincts as more and more of them are fully domesticated and kept as house cats.
The 10 Most Intelligent Cat Breeds Ever
it’s not too difficult to identify smart cats they usually have plenty of energy along with a mischievous treat most are inquisitive highly in tune with their household activities and enjoy the challenge of learning tricks an interactive game if you’re looking for a clever kitty here are 10 of the smartest cat breeds in the world let’s get on with it.
Number 10 Balinese:
the Balinese is basically the long-haired version of the Siamese cat breed they tend to be active cats that love to investigate everything they’re humans are doing there are also chatty cats they like to vocalize their opinions they’re typically affectionate with their families but can get into mischief exploring their homes especially if they aren’t challenged mentally.
Number 9 Bengal:
the big owl is perhaps best known for its exotic coat that resembles a Jaguar or leopard, this breed originated from crossing a domestic cat with an Asian Leopard Cat. Bengals are highly intelligent athletic and still a bit wild they love to run jump climb and play they require ample space for exercise especially vertical space as well as mental challenges such as puzzle games.
Number 8 Burmese:
the Burmese is an energetic and friendly breed. that was to engage with its people, these cats are clever adaptable playful and trainable, but they do thrive on socialization and prefer company including that of other animals, a companion not only can prevent loneliness but also boredom that can lead to mischief.
Number 7 Cornish Rex:
the most unique feature of the Cornish Rex. is its wavy coat these cats are active and friendly and some say that they’re rather doglike in their play even into their senior years many even enjoy games of fetch, if you’re looking for a highly interactive cat a Cornish Rex could be a good choice.
Number 6 Havana Brown:
the Havana Brown is a beautiful cat with a silky chocolate-covered, it’s a relatively rare cat breed that originated from crossing the siamese with several other breeds they’re typically intelligent inquisitive and chatting cats that love socialization with their families. they’re moderately energetic and prefer interactive toys to challenge them mentally and physically.
Number 5 Korat:
another rare breed the Korat is a native cat of Thailand and is considered good luck in its homeland. Corax are moderately energetic enjoying interactive games but they also love their naps they’re very smart and attentive to the world around them. they thrive on attention and are typically affectionate with their families.
Number 4 Singapura:
As the name implies the Singapura originated in the streets of Singapore the breed came to the US during the 1970s, and is still considered rare. small cats are generally playful outgoing and curious and they love to be involved with what their humans are doing they’re rather attractive and loved to climb so make sure to provide plenty of space.
Number 3 Siamese:
Means one of the world’s most popular and recognizable cat breeds. the Siamese is known for its beautiful coat curious nature and chatty tendency, these cats are smart affectionate and energetic they love to play and will entertain themselves by turning on faucets or opening cabinets if they’re humans still give them enough environmental enrichment.
Number 2 Abyssinian cat:
this sleek-looking cat is athletic agile and affectionate towards humans. Abyssinians or highly intelligent and highly in tune with the activities of their families, they’re generally not lap cats but they thrive on human attention especially in the form of petting or grooming they also tend to enjoy the company of another animal.
Number 1 savannah cat:
The savannah cat is a rare and exotic breed with high intelligence developed by crossing African servos with domestic cats this large breed kept some of its wild side in appearance and attitude these cats are for everyone they need lots of space to run jump and play and they get bored easily requiring sufficient interaction and environmental enrichment that concludes our blog of the ten smartest cat breeds what other cat breed do you think should be on the list.
how cats recognize their human owners
Although cats are some rather interesting creatures. how they view and recognize humans more specifically their human owners, makes them all the more unique in many respects unlike person-to-person recognition cats don’t just go by visuals alone in fact they really don’t go by visuals at all it’s all about sounds and smells this is how the foundation of recognition is formed this is also how a cat can grow to trust and find contentment in the presence of its owner in this article we will discuss in more detail how cats recognize their owners why face recognition is quite difficult for felines the importance of an owner’s voice and scent and why there can be a bit of confusion on the human side of things when a feline won’t respond to its owner we’ll unpack these topics and more in this material enjoy the article we hope you find it helpful and informative and thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day to spend them with us it is much appreciated let’s get started in a word yep your cat not only knows who you are but it can tell you apart from outsiders.
It can also tell you apart from other people within your own home you can’t have a favorite member of the family does it like you a bit more than someone else within the home this happens because the foundation is there your cat knows you from your wife husband brother sister children etc however as we’ve noted in our introduction side only plays a small role cats have trouble recognizing the human face and distinguishing it from another human face example if you were to ask a stranger on the street if most common felines look essentially the same in the face the answer would likely be yes it is believed that is how cats view humans we all look the same some research takes it a bit further and suggests that cats of us humans as nothing more than overgrown clumsy cats were not superior in their eyes were just large clumsy and overall just silly although many dispute this theory it is clear that cats use sound and smell far more than side when it comes to identifying humans as a cat owner your feline will recognize your voice and common scent long before it is ever able to tell you apart from another person through visuals alone cats recognize other cats by visuals because they are naturally more wary of other cats they have to stay on guard for us people we’re just large friendly non aggressors that’s the nuts and bolts of the matter if you own a cat there is a 99% chance that you’re a good person and a wonderful owner you’ll never harm your pet felines have a strong memory when it comes to past experiences.
this is why two neighborhood cats can go at it for years based on sight alone on the other hand if you’re a loving human who’s never done wrong by your cat you’re viewed as a trusting non aggressor what you look like is irrelevant because your cat association or voice and scent with positive things discussing face recognition a bit more it should be noted that felines have three vision cones in their retina this makes them unable to decipher color at an affective level compared to us humans this is another factor that makes it very difficult for them to identify a human just by face alone cats are also farsighted this means that most objects up close are a bit fuzzy this is by design cats need to see far away in order to spot a threat this is why they can lock on to other cats for example and determine whether they are Friend or Foe sort of like the quote unquote neighborhood cat example that was previously given say you’re a cat owner with a beard large nose a scar on your face tattoos on your forearms etc while a random stranger could potentially pick you out from a crowd a cat wouldn’t even be able to pick you out from close range because of a felines vision qualities and vision field being very close to the ground your cat will have an almost impossible task of quote-unquote making you out in this regard your cat would have feel your beard to even know that you had one let’s transition to that all-important voice your voice unlike facial qualities this is where humans and cats are often on the same page the longer you own your cat the easier it becomes for your cat to distinguish your voice from the voice of a stranger not only your voice alone but the way you speak do you change your tone when speaking to your cat do you talk to your cat in a childish way almost like you’re speaking to a baby however you communicate your cat will lock on to the sound over time this is why you can walk into a room and speak to your cat without your feline coming unglued it knows it’s you and not some random person all of these qualities stem from birth kittens respond to their mother’s voice once the mother leaves and you become an owner you assume the role of the mom in this regard your cat Association your voice with safety the provider of food and shelter while cats probably don’t quite know what to make of our appearance or even what we are they do develop a sense of trust in us your voice and the way you speak set you apart from other humans this is what allows a cat to form a bond with its owner or owners when you couple your voice recognition with a familiar smell the two elements come together in a beautiful way and speaking of smell cats have up to 80 million scent receptors in their nose roughly 20 times the amount humans have to a cat your scent is your fingerprint well your voice is an identifier to the ears the way you smell is your signature it’s who you are cats remember things that are important to them and your scent is your calling card sin is also one of the reasons why cats leave their mark on their owners whenever your cat rubs against you your feline is leaving its scent behind marking you staking claim to you this allows the cat to come back to you recognizing your smell as well as its own this lets your cat know that you are safe and have been marked as a friend rather than a foe it’s important to note that cats are not dogs obviously and almost nothing can define that separation more than response time if you were to call your family dog there’s a good chance that the pet would come running into the room to greet you within seconds the family cat not so much heck there’s a good chance that the family cat won’t even come to you if it’s only ten feet away in the same room frustrating right certainly understand that your cat isn’t ignoring you your cat hears you man is listening but in the cat world recognition is not directly associated with obvious action just a small ear twitch or the turn of the head is enough stuff you won’t even see unless you’re looking cats are subtle in this regard quick acknowledgment and then back to doing whatever they were doing before you called cats get around to people on their time as an owner you shouldn’t take it personally it’s just the way felines are wired when they’re ready to approach you for attention food playtime etc they’ll let you know lack of a reaction is also a sign of trust your cat knows that you’re not going anywhere they know that you’re their protector most felines understand this if a secure bond has been formed your cat can show his or her appreciation by just simply doing nothing think of it as a complement to the home that you’ve provided for your favorite feline.
Cats are some of the most popular animals in the world to be kept as pets but with more than 44 officially recognized breeds, and plenty of variants there’s a wide range of choices to choose from when picking your perfect feline companion. not all of them are as common as others however and there are probably plenty that you’ve never even heard of. Now let’s take a look at the 15 rarest cat breeds in the world.
Number 14 the serval :
Servals are a breed of cat that are native to the regions around these Saharan desert in Africa standing at up to 25 inches tall to the shoulder their name translates from Portuguese to mean wolf deer and while they may look cute these are far from being domesticated; they have the largest ears of any breed of cat, which are perfectly designed to hear even the faintest sound of prey from miles away and also have the longest legs in comparison to their body size. They are also incredible jumpers able to leap to 9 feets in the air from a standing start which means they’re able to catch birds from tree branches in an instant. they are also very territorial and will engage in brutal fights with one another to defend their space. they spend a lot of time marking their boundaries with urine with some individuals having been recorded up to 566 deposits in just a four-hour period, well it’s one way of letting everyone know you’re the boss we suppose this is a wild breed and so don’t fit in well into a home environment, this doesn’t stop some people from trying though and they soon find that the cat’s increasing boredom can wreak havoc on their furniture.
Number 13 :
Peter Bald cats originated in Russia in 1994 when a st. Petersburg resident experimented by crossbreeding a Don hairless and an oriental Shorthair they are born with a gene that causes them to lose hair, so even though they have a full coat of fur at Birth it is lost over time and they become completely bald they are a slim and muscular breed known for their elongated heads and surprisingly straight profile. they grow long whip-like tails and are highly intelligent and able to turn door handles and manipulate objects with their dexterous paws the breed is extremely friendly curious and energetic and can be an absolute pleasure to have around the home, they get on well with other breeds too and are fine with pets from different species including dogs as long as they have grown up with them, will they’ve been officially acknowledged by cat associations around the world the relative recent emergence of them means that they are still quite rare and can command huge sums if you want to buy one.
Number 12 Korat :
Originating in Thailand, Korat are an old breed that are seen locally as good luck charms,, and have such an important place in beliefs that it was only recently that they were allowed to be sold before then they could only be given as gifts. They are a Shorthair breed that are a silver tipped blue in color that can appear to shimmer, sometimes described as looking like seafoam as they age their color will become deeper but they’ll also develop white patches or gray stripes. they are a surprisingly intelligent breed and if you take them somewhere that they’re not familiar with, they’ll immediately try to return home and no matter how long it takes they will get back eventually, this shows how good a memory they have but it also extends to them being fully aware of where you keep their treats and unless you lock the food away they’ll quite happily help themselves. They are highly social too and will always want to play and learn new tricks as a breed to become a true member of the family they’re one of the best.
Number 11 Caracals :
Caracals found in to the wild across Africa, India and the Middle East. caracals can grow to 20 inches tall at the shoulder and will weigh anything up to 40 pounds, commonly known as the Persian Lynx they are known for the black Tufts of hair that grow on the ends of their ears, an adaptation that no one’s entirely sure of the purpose of it has been suggested they may help to keep the sunshine or insects out of their eyes as a way to communicate with others or possibly to help filter sound before it even reaches the ear canal they are usually a reddish tan color with white around the eyes, but can be solid black too they are perfectly adapted for their environment with strong muscular bodies and have such quick reactions that they can snatch a bird out of the air in mid-flight. Birds are their favorite thing to feed on but they’ll also hunt anything that’s smaller than themselves including rodents, rabbits reptiles and even other cats. This is not a breed to mess with but there’s no doubt that they’re incredibly beautiful to look at.
Number 10 Norwegian Forest Cat :
This majestic creature is a Norwegian Forest Cat, a breed that no one knows the origin of but is known to have been taken back to Norway by the Vikings around the Year 1000 AD. they are specifically adapted to living in extremely cold environments and have a thick coat of long water-shedding hair they have strong claws that allow them to climb better than most other breeds and have long sturdy bodies, they’ll usually grow to up to 20 pounds in weight and will prefer to live in a predominantly outdoors life. they will however adapt to an indoors existence if the owners require and are friendly with people even strangers who are invited into the home. they are however quite a peaceful breed so aren’t suited to environments where there are dogs or any other high-energy pets, unfortunately during the Second World War the breed almost became extinct but in recent years thanks to the efforts of cat conservationists, their numbers have begun to increase again still you’ll rarely see one unless you’re in Norway.
Number 9 the Serengeti :
The Serengeti is a breed of cat that was created from a Bengal and an oriental Shorthair in 1994. The idea was to create a cat that looked as similar as possible to a serval, but without any recent Wildcat blood so they are far more suited to domestic environments. they have extremely long tails and legs and have a glorious tan and black spotted patterning weighing, no more than 15 pounds they are very energetic and agile and will often try their best to reach the highest possible place in the house they have been bred to be incredibly friendly and as a result will get along with everyone in the home including dogs and other small pets. you might find yourself running around the house to find them and they’ll also need access to outdoors so they can self exercise as much as they need. Those who own them say they’re the best pets they’ve ever had but as recently introduced breeds they’re still quite difficult to get a hold of.
Number 8 the Ocelot :
Ocelots are small species of cat that are native to the southwestern US and Mexico and can be easily identified by the black spots and streaks that are on their coats, they typically grow to be around 20 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 34 pounds which is about twice the size of a typical domestic cat but as they are a wild species so are not suited to being pets unless they are adopted by someone who’s used to handling them. They are nocturnal hunters spending their time in search of armadillo and opossum. They are solitary animals only meeting up with each other to breed and are highly territorial and will put their lives on the line to prevent any others from encroaching into their space. they don’t like being out in the open and tend to stick to areas with a thick cover of vegetation records of this species have been found from as long ago as the Aztec and the Inca and with no concerns at all about their population numbers they’ll likely be around for many more thousands of years to come.
Number 7 the ragamuffin :
Ragamuffins are a variant of the ragdoll breed and were only first acknowledged as a breed in their own right in 1994. They are very heavy and muscular cats classified as having substantial body types and are also covered in a thick furry coat which feels very similar to rabbit fur. they make for great household pets and are extremely friendly if you pick one up it’ll go completely limp like a soft toy and absolutely love contact with people. they’ll walk up and snuggle against you and like nothing more than to fall asleep on your lap, a ragamuffin will undoubtedly become your best friend and it’s for this reason that they’re in such high demand and difficult to get their resilience on interaction comes with a downside though because this isn’t a great breed to have if you spend a long amounts of time away from home. even several hours alone may lead to them becoming depressed and agitated, so you should only consider getting one if you are able to show them just as much love and affection as they’ll give and return.
Number 6 Geoffroy’s Cat :
Native to regions across South America. Geoffroy’s Cat is a species of wild cat that’s around the same size you’d expect of a domestic one, growing to around 24 inches tall and weighing up to 11 pounds. They are recognizable they’re brownish yellow fur that’s covered from head to tail in black spots and bands. They are solitary hunters that only ever go out at night and will often stand on their hind legs to scan the surroundings for potential prey. Their diet is made up mainly of rodents lizards and insects and there’s hardly any terrain that they won’t cross in search of a meal or mate. you might think it’s a strange name for a cat breed but this is because they were named after the French zoologist at Tian Jia Freesat here who first documented them during the 19th century. as they are wild cats they’re not so used to human interaction and if you ever encounter one, they’ll likely run away before you have time to get close.
Number 5 California spangled :
California spangled cats are a breed that were created in the 1980s with the intent that they would look just like wild cats such as Ocelot and leopards but with a temperament more suited to a domestic environment they are a crossbreed of a number of strains including Abyssinian American Shorthair and the British Shorthair. when you see them they definitely do look like miniature leopards and it’s almost hard to believe that they’re the same size as any other pet cat unlike those that they imitate. they’re very friendly, affectionate and curious and will form a close bond with their owners attempting to follow them wherever they go they are also highly intelligent and acrobatic so there’s nowhere inside the house that they won’t be able to reach surprisingly this breed never caught on and after emerging in the 1980s only fifty eight or ever registered. this doesn’t seem to have been anything to do with their temperament or appearance but was most likely to do with cost with each one retailing for up to two thousand five hundred dollars.
Number 4 British Shorthair :
British Shorthair cats are unsurprisingly native to the UK and are one of the oldest breeds of cats in the world it’s thought that they descended from cats were taken to Rome from the Egyptian Empire and were taken to the British Isles in year 43. When troops went to invade weighing up to 17 pounds when healthy they are particularly vulnerable to overeating and so some individuals have been measured to be over twice that it’s therefore vital that their owners give them a well-balanced and restricted diet. bearing in mind that when they’re outdoors on their own they are probably finding sources of food beyond what you’re giving them British Shorthairs are very friendly and easy to have living around the home and will often just entertain themselves without needing too much involvement from their owners, if you’re out of the house a lot but one a pet to come home to then they’re an ideal breed although they can be quite expensive and can be difficult to get a hold of in most countries around the world.
Number 3 Turkish van :
Turkish vans are a breed of long-haired cat that were created by crossbreeding a number of breeds from different cities across Turkey. They are identified by their so-called van pattern where the color can only be seen on the head and the tail with the rest of the animal being covered in white hair, this is because of the presence of a gene linked to leucism. Letting me show you which means that the cells on the main part of the body aren’t able to form pigment; they can have blue or amber eyes but may also have one of each and are extremely rare, with only several hundred thought to be born each year. they are very good hunters but get on well with humans and any other pets you may have around your home if you have a Turkish van be prepared for them to bring you gifts that they’ve caught outside for you, and they also have an unusual fondness for water they’re one of the only breeds in fact that will take every opportunity they can to go for a swim and if that’s not possible you might find them playing with the toilet ball.
Number 2 the Egyptian Mau :
Egyptian mouths are one of the few breeds of cat that are spotted with markings that appear on the very tips of their coats. they are also recognizable because of the scarab beetle or M shaped marking on their head and the dorsal stripe that runs along their back from the head to the tip of the tail. they can be one of six different colors silver bronze smoke black caramel or pewter and they love to sing and make noises. the egyptian mau is regarded as a rare species with only several hundred kittens registered every year and this may be because even though they’re incredibly friendly. they are the fastest breed of domesticated cat and can run at speeds of up to 30 miles an hour, they love to explore their surroundings so won’t be around the home for much of the day and they’re also extremely sensitive to temperature and don’t fare so well in colder climates but if you have the right environment for them there’s possibly no better and more unusual breed to have.
Number 1 Bombay cat:
Bombay cats are a crossbreed between Burmese and black American Shorthairs and were first introduced in 1958 designed to resemble a small Panther they share none of the traits of the species they are imitating and are instead extremely friendly and inquisitive, they have dark black coats and even the pads on their feet their noses and mouths are the same color only their eyes are different and can be copper or green making them the epitome of what a black cat should be almost seeming to be at home on the back of a witch’s broomstick they are very brave animals and will form a strong bond with their owners they will seek attention from you almost constantly because they’re not very good at entertaining themselves and this can be somewhat annoying for people who aren’t expecting it they are however better than most breeds for those with allergies because they shed far less hair than others they are though much more vocal than virtually any other type of cat and we’ll keep on meowing until you give them your undivided attention which of these breeds did you like the most and have you ever seen any of them in real life.
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