Guest post by Elizabeth Colleran, DVM
Earliest evidence of companion cats
The first evidence of companion cats comes from the island of Cyprus about 7,500 years BCE (Before the Common Era). This island is somewhat unique because even when water levels around the globe changed dramatically a land bridge to any continent never existed on the island. Thus, the only animals that lived on Cyprus came there by either swimming or flying. Given that cats are mostly loathe to swim in salt water, the only way cats got there was on ships, likely Phoenician ones. These ships were quite small, making cat stowaways unlikely.Continue Reading
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Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.