The taming of the cat

People had pet cats at least 9,500 years ago, long before ancient Egyptians started worshipping felines.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM April 12, 2004

There are black cats, spotted cats, fat cats, and scaredy cats. Now, scientists have found what may be one of the first pet cats ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the earliest pet cats may have resembled today's African wildcats, like the one shown here.

 

Some of the earliest pet cats may have resembled today's African wildcats, like the one shown here.

 

© Ingrid Van Den Berg/Animals Animals

 

The pet cat lived about 9,500 years ago on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, near Greece and Turkey. French archaeologists found the cat's skeleton in a small grave in an ancient village called Shillourokambos...

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