Most people don’t realize that cats make more popular pets than dogs. Did you know that there are more than 73 million domesticated cats in the United States and more than 500 million worldwide? Just in North America alone, almost one out of every three households keeps at least one cat as a pet.
Cats and humans have a long and close relationship, and cultures across the world have respected and revered cats for their mysterious nature and incredible hunting skills for thousands of years. Tales of cats and their seemingly-preternatural abilities are told in the tales of every nation.
The ancient Egyptians had a goddess who was part, and Mohammed, the founder of Islam, was so fond of felines that he would go without his cloak if a cat was sleeping on it. In Japanese folklore, cats are believed to be the keeper of human spirits. In the original story of Cinderella, the fairy godmother was a cat.
Maybe the cat-human interaction has been so successful because virtually everywhere that humans go, cats can go also – from city to countryside and from desert to jungle. Cats are found on every continent except for Antarctica, and they have been known to thrive on certain volcanic islands where even humans can’t live.
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