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The Evolution of House Cats


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Your cat’s low thirst drive was inherited from its desert ancestor.


From the sunbaked sands of ancient deserts to the cozy corners of your living room, the house cat's journey is nothing short of miraculous. This fascinating evolution reveals that your fluffy companion hasn't strayed far from its wild ancestors after all. Let's dive into the kitty gene pool and discover the wild within your cat!

What Did House Cats Evolve From?

The domestic house cat started its tale as a free-roaming wildcat in the sprawling deserts of the Near East between 70,000 and 100,000 years ago. These original wildcats weren’t the cuddly pets we know today. Instead, they lived in the wild, hunting and surviving independently.

Some people think humans chose to bring cats into their homes because they were friendly. But it's more likely cats started hanging around humans on their own.

Why? Well, wherever there are humans, there are usually mice and other small creatures looking for food. Wildcats saw an opportunity for easy, consistent meals and decided to stick around. It was a win-win for both species since humans didn’t mind less vermin in their grain stashes, and the cats got full bellies.

Did you know? While we've tried to tame the wilderness out of many animals, cats have managed to keep their wild spirit, along with their independence, making them unique among domesticated animals.

Traits from the Desert

Even though they live in our homes now, kitties still have some cool survival skills from the old days. Let's look at how they’re similar to their desert-dwelling grandparents.

Staying hydrated is still super important.
In the desert, cats rarely get a chance to drink water. So cats learned to get most of their water from their food. This trait is also vital for our house cats, which is why wet foods like Instinctive Choice are so important. It helps ensure they get enough water, keeping them healthy and happy. It provides the hydration your cat needs, all in a tasty and healthy way!

They’re great at surviving on their own.
They can find food and protect themselves, which shows they are still very independent. This skill comes from their ancestors who lived in the desert and had to be smart to survive. While desert cats are small, making it easier to sneak up on prey, your little predator shares that same knack for finding and catching their meals (even if it is just a toy mouse).

They have a sophisticated way of hanging out together and communicating.
Your feline friend might not live in big groups like their ancestors, but they still are protective of their tribe. They do eventually warm up and can get along with most other cats and humans. This social nature helps them fit into our families perfectly.

They share camouflage patterns.
Desert cats' fur blends into their sandy homes, helping them hide from danger and stalk prey. Our house cats might not need to hide in the living room, but their wide range of coat patterns and colors can be traced back to this need for stealth and survival.

They have large, pointy (and cute) ears.
These help desert cats hear the slightest sounds, giving them a head start on hunting or hiding. Domestic cats also use their ears to stay alert, proving that listening well is crucial - whether in the desert or the den!


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So, when you see your cat drinking just a little water and being choosy about their friends, it's just them showing off their desert roots. And when you feed them high-quality wet food, you’re helping them stay true to their nature by making sure they're well-hydrated and healthy while offering them a feast fit for a desert king - right in their food bowl!

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