Egyptians may have first domesticated cats as early as 4,000 years ago. Early Egyptians worshipped a cat goddess and even mummified their beloved pets for their journey to the next world—accompanied by mummified mice! Cultures around the world later adopted cats as their own companions.I've owned many cats in my lifetime. (Or they owned me.) My Persian cat, Sugar, lived to be age 21.
There are too many species of cats to talk about in a few words, so I'm going to focus on the two in my household today. First, I'd like for you to meet Patches, a calico.
She showed up on the patio one day, chasing insects to eat. She's been here for nine years. Calico is a color of the fur, not a breed. Calico cats are almost always female because the X chromosome determines the color of the cat, and female cats have two X chromosomes, where male cats have one X and one Y.
Next, this little guy is Tiger, my Tabby cat. Again, Tabby is not a breed, but a color of fur.
Tiger also showed up on our patio one hot summer day. I couldn't sent him away, and I'm so glad I kept him. Tiger is an outdoor boy. He loves my son, who is an outdoor boy too. It's a "guy" thing, I guess. I bring Tiger in the house at night because of the coyotes and dogs that run loose.
Tabby cats are very common. They're playful and friendly and like to be around their family. This is true in our household. Patches runs and hides when visitors stop by. Tiger crawls into their laps. He's not an angel all the time. When he wants to go outside, he tells me so in a very strong voice.
Now you've met my fur babies. They say "Hi."