Cats can be so fun! A soft ball of fur with four legs. A purring machine who loves basking in the sun. A low-maintenance pet with a playful, silly side; if you have a loose shoelace, watch out…your cat just might be waiting to grab it!
Cats can also be mysterious. They can be aloof and seem to ignore their human friends. Offer up the wrong kind of food for dinner and prepare to be snubbed! These things make our companion cats all the more fun to have in our lives. They seem to be masters at capturing our imagination and our affection.
Why do cats live with us? In ancient times, humans used dogs for hunting. Cats didn’t come into favor until 7,000 or 8,000 years ago. This is when we started to settle down and needed help with rodent control in homes and food storage areas like granaries. It’s thought that cats learned to adopt humans as much as humans learned to adopt them! Today in the United States, there are over 90 million cats in 34% of homes.