Cat Care

Cat Care

Cat Care

Generally cat care is a very complicated issue which includes many activities like feeding it, nurturing it, vaccinations, neutering, cat illnesses and understanding its behavior. Here, we provide you a complete guide of all the issues which are related to cat care and cat health. These guidelines would provide you the right method to be followed for cat care.

The domestic cat (Felis domesticus) belongs to the family Felidae of the order Carnivora, and it is one of the smallest members of a very diverse group that includes lions, tigers, cheetahs and the Scottish wildcat (Felis catus). The association between human beings and the cat stretches back for thousands of years and is believed to have its origins in Ancient Egyptian civilization. It is known that as the cultivation of the land became established, with the harvesting of crops and storage of grain in granaries, so this attracted large numbers of mice and other rodents that feasted on, and spoiled, the stored food. It is thought that about 5000 BC, the ancestors of the domestic cat were attracted by this abundance of their natural prey and became accustomed to the habitations of human beings in this way.

Over the following years the process of domestication is believed to have begun, so that by 2000 BC the cat had become a valued and revered animal in Ancient Egyptian culture. Cats were worshipped in Ancient Egypt, and two important cat goddesses were Pasht and Bast, although there were a number of lesser ones. It became an offense, punishable by death, to kill a cat, and the animals were believed to possess the power to influence human health and fertility and the success of harvests. Beautiful, richly decorated shrines and temples were dedicated to the cat deities, and cats are prominently represented in Egyptian art and sculpture. When they died, cats were afforded full religious honors, and their bodies were embalmed and mummified and placed in the tombs reserved for their owners.

For many years Egyptian laws did not permit domestic cats to be taken to other countries. As Egyptian influence declined and trade increased, however, their export began and domestic cats had been introduced to Greece by about 1000 BC.

The Romans kept cats for the practical purpose of keeping down vermin but did not afford them any special status or veneration. Cats accompanied the Roman legions on their numerous expeditions and conquests, and it is almost certain that this was the means by which they were introduced into Britain. By similar means of trade, conquest and settlement, the domestic cat gradually became established in most countries and continents throughout the world.

Human attitudes to cats varied according to the culture in which they were placed. In some countries, they were venerated and revered while in others they were somewhat feared and believed to be associated with evil. Superstitions regarding cats were common in medieval times in Britain and Europe, particularly the belief that they were the familiars of witches and associated with black magic and the devil. Even so, cats were always tolerated for their ability to catch and deter vermin, and during the Middle Ages, a good 'mouser' cost about a halfpenny.

It is possible that the combination of aloofness and independence, coupled with occasional displays of great affection, which are so much a part of a cat's nature, are the factors that have provoked such strong reactions in people over the centuries. Human beings may have domesticated the cat, but it is very much on the cat's terms. In many instances, a cat seems to choose to live with its people and reserves the right to alter the arrangement, unlike the dog, which is usually submissive and wishing to please. It is this aspect that gives a cat such fascination and has ensured that, as a pet, it is probably more popular now in Western countries than at any time in the past.

Following are some points that will help you to take a good care of your pet cat: