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Donuel How many Mudcats have cats!? (911* d) RE: How many Mudcats have cats!? 04 Oct 21


Speaking of a long line of cats over the years the ancient Egyptians found cats more than useful and adored them unto death and mumified their kitties.
Cats were first domesticated in the Near East around 7500 BC. It was long thought that cat domestication began in ancient Egypt, where cats were venerated from around 3100 BC. As of 2021, there are an estimated 220 million owned and 480 million stray cats in the world. As of 2017, the domestic cat was the second-most popular pet in the United States, with 95 million cats owned. In the United Kingdom, 26% of adults have a cat with an estimated population of 10.9 million pet cats as of 2020.

Dogs on the other hand, already by 11,000 years ago -- before agriculture, and before any other animal had been domesticated -- dogs had not only been domesticated, but they had already diversified genetically and likely spread across large parts of the world, according to Anders Bergstrom, lead author and post-doctoral researcher in the Ancient Genomics Laboratory at London's Francis Crick. In Europe dogs are losing their genetic diversity.


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