There is an opinion that European cats originate from Egyptian cats, which, in due time, were brought by Roman legionaries first to Italy, and from there the cats spread throughout the empire.
In the 10th century, domestic cats were distributed throughout most of Europe and Asia, and were, like their ancestors, shorthair. Subsequently, when cats with long hair began to be taken out of eastern countries, animals with long hair began to appear among short-haired cats. Continue reading
History of cats in the East: the ancient does not happen?
It is known that the domestic cat originated from Egypt, but according to some theories, this animal came from the East, where the most ancient remains of cats were found. In particular, such remains (dated to 5-6 millennia BC) were found in the most ancient city of the Earth Jericho, and in Jordan, and in India. And although scientists claim that the animals found can hardly be considered fully domesticated, the fact remains: cats in the Ancient East were fairly common. And they came to Buddhist temples long before our era, and it is believed that their ancestor was some kind of small cat, common in Southeast Asia. Continue reading