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Cat Behavioral Issues
  • Cats Who Suckle and Lick People
  • Compulsive Behavior in Cats
  • Destructive Scratching
  • Fear of Places and Objects
  • Fear of Visitors
  • Meowing and Yowling
  • Nighttime Activity in Cats
  • Stray and Feral Cats
  • Cats Who Play Rough
  • Petting-Induced Aggression
  • Predatory Behavior in Cats
  • Aggression Between Pets in Your Household
  • Litter Box Issues
  • Remedial Litter Box Training
  • Urine Marking in Cats
  • Training and Playing with Your Cat
  • Cat Toys
  • Enriching Your Cat's Life
  • Teaching Your Cat to Come When Called

History of Cat Domestication:
Researchers comparing the genomes of domestic cats with that of wild felines reveal the genetic underpinnings of domestication. It appears that the conversion from feral to Friskies had to do with genes for memory, fear, and kitty treats. The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in November 2014, could also explain signature cat traits like low light activities and a hypercarnivorous diet.

Cats have been our furry, purr-y companions for at least 9,000 years --- with breeds emerging around 150 years ago --- yet we know very little about their domestication. "Humans most likely welcomed cats because they controlled rodents that consumed their grain harvests," Wesley Warren of Washington University says. "We hypothesized that humans would offer cats food as a reward to stick around."

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