The History Of The Domestic Cat

There is some confusion about the origins of the domestic cat, with researchers arguing about where and when in time cats were domesticated. Some scientists even argue that cats domesticated themselves. Read on to find out about the different theories.

The First Domesticated Cats

For a long time it was believed that the Egyptians domesticated cats around 4000 years ago. Geographically this makes sense because DNA evidence suggests that modern day domestic cats share a common ancestor with the African wildcat. However in 2004 a nine and a half thousand year old neolithic grave in Cyprus was excavated and revealed the remains of a cat buried with a human, which suggests humans kept cats long before the 4000 year mark.

Water

Water is as vital to a cat’s survival as it is to humans’. Despite being good for them, many cats don’t like drinking water, especially if it’s still or standing water.

lthough kittens drink their mother’s milk until she weans them as early as four weeks old, they also need water. After weaning, most kittens lose the ability to digest milk sugar efficiently, so their primary source of hydration is water.

Hidratation Is Important

Hydration is the physiological state of balanced electrolytes, specific minerals and fluids within the body, and maintaining this balance is important. Water affects everything from circulation to digestion, so it’s evident why keeping your cat hydrated is critical.

All cats are different and have their own preferences, though. As a result, you may need to try a few different methods of providing water to find something your kitty likes

Try this Tips

      • Try switching your cat’s water bowl to a wider, shallower dish with a smaller lip to see if she drinks more. Place it in the Right Location: Although it’s tempting to stick your cat’s food and water bowls in an out-of-the-way area, cats don’t like being boxed into a corner.
      • They prefer locations where they can see their surroundings with a quick glance and don’t have to worry about anyone sneaking up behind them. Keep it Fresh: The longer water sits, the more particles it collects.
      • Dust, dirt, hair and more can all collect in your cat’s water bowl, making her less inclined to drink from it. Put fresh water in her bowl one to two times a day.
      • Try a Cat Water Fountain: Cats love running water and there are many theories why. In nature, felines may have learned to associate still water with contamination, so they instinctively gravitate toward running water. It may also appeal to more of their senses, as they can see it move, hear the sound it makes and even taste a difference.
      • A cat water fountain can make drinking water more exciting and pleasurable for your kitty. Add Wet Food to Her Diet: Water isn’t the only way to keep your cat hydrated. If you’ve tried all the above and she’s still not drinking enough, try giving her some wet cat food. Although it can’t replace water altogether, supplementing her diet with wet food can help increase her overall water intake to help prevent dehydration.