Here’s what you’ll need to know to keep your companion feline happy and healthy.
Cats were domesticated sometime between 4,000 and 8,000 years ago, in Africa and the Middle East. Small wild cats started hanging out where humans stored their grain. When humans saw cats up close and personal, they began to admire felines for their beauty and grace. There are many different breeds of cats–from the hairless Sphynx and the fluffy Persian to the silvery spotted Egyptian Mau. But the most popular felines of all are non-pedigree—that includes brown tabbies, black-and-orange tortoiseshells, all-black cats with long hair, striped cats with white socks and everything in between.