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What are domestic cats ancestors

Domestic cats are the descendants of the European wildcat (Felis silvestris), that were domesticated in Egypt at least 10,000 years ago. Domestic cats are the only cats that retain their wild ancestors' coat coloration.

The wildcats were once distributed over the entire European continent, but were hunted to extinction in Britain, Ireland and the continent by 1750. The last wildcat died in Germany in 1814.

Today, the wildcat is found only in the mountainous areas of the Caucasus and Turkey.

Where do domestic cats live?

Domestic cats are found all over the world, but are most numerous in the U.S.A., Canada, and Russia. Worldwide, there are more than 40 million domestic cats.

What do domestic cats eat?

Domestic cats are obligate carnivores, and their diet consists solely of meat. Dogs, rodents, birds and rabbits are the primary foods of domestic cats.

Do domestic cats have a natural enemy?

Yes, wildcats and wild dogs (Canis lupus) are natural enemies of domestic cats.

Are domestic cats endangered?

In the U.S.A., domestic cats are listed as an endangered species. In Canada, domestic cats are listed as a threatened species. In Europe, domestic cats are a species of least concern.

Are there different breeds of domestic cats?

Yes, there are many different breeds of domestic cats, including:

American Curl - This extremely long-haired breed is found only in the U.S.A. The American Curl has several distinct coat patterns.

American Shorthair - The American Shorthair is the most common breed of domestic cat. Its coat is typically short, soft and glossy.

American Wirehair - The American Wirehair is a breed descended from the American Shorthair. Its coat is very thick and wiry.

Angora - This breed has long plush fur, which is commonly used in making sweaters and coats.

Bombay - This breed has a very distinctive face and large, round eyes.

British Shorthair - This breed has a long, soft and glossy coat.

British Shorthair and Persian - The British Shorthair and Persian is a breed with a long fur.

Chesapeake - The Chesapeake is a breed whose coat is short and dense.

Cymric - This breed has a long, sleek coat.

Exotic Shorthair - This breed is genetically similar to the American Shorthair, but its coat is long and silky.

Exotic Shorthair and Exotic - The Exotic Shorthair and Exotic is a breed with a long and silky fur.

Sphynx - The Sphynx is a breed that is missing its hair.

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