From their origins in Egypt around 4000 years ago, domestic cats have spread to nearly every corner of the inhabited world. Cats (Felis catus) have become a truly domesticated animal in that their breeding, care, and feeding are more or less influenced by humans. Cats are one of the world's most popular companion animals.
Cats make great pets. They are quiet, clean and they don't need a lot of space or exercise. Compared to dogs, cats cope better with being left alone when owners are at work.
Cats provide excellent company. They can be playful and affectionate, yet can still be very independent. Cat ownership also teaches children responsibility and helps them develop their social and nurturing skills.