Monday, April 30, 2018

Becoming Domesticated: How Moggies Did It

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Environmental & Science Education
Edward Hessler

Here is a take on the process of the domestication of one of our most common and loved co-inhabitants of homes and apartments and sometimes office, stores, libraries, trains, etc.

How Cats Tamed Us provides some fodder for thought, speculation and behavior, increasing, I think the wonder of the world.

So, is there scientific evidence for this?

Yep, there is. I recommend this short report from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. One thing it notes is that there are at least 74 million kittehs/moggies/cats in U.S. homes.

I know three of them: Daisy, Black Velvet/Cocoa and Agatha. One a scaredy-cat (but becoming less so, sort of), one who loves a belly rub, and one, a great fuzz of a Maine Coon Cat who has her own tricks to play. One was a stray found at the side of a bike trail just a few weeks old and brought home in a backpack The other two are from Feline Rescue, a no-kill shelter.

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