Cat, Domestic

Cats, Domestic

Domestic Cat

Domestic Cats

Felis catus

Felis domestica

Felis domesticus

Felis sylvestris catus

The domestic cat, Felis catus, of the carnivore family FELIDAE, comprising over 30 different breeds. The domestic cat is descended primarily from the wild cat of Africa and extreme southwestern Asia. Though probably present in towns in Palestine as long ago as 7000 years, actual domestication occurred in Egypt about 4000 years ago. (From Walker's Mammals of the World, 6th ed, p801)