We all know that cats are popular, but do you know exactly how popular they are? In the United States alone, around 25.4% of households have at least one cat, which is approximately 58 million pet cats. With feral cats, there are approximately 30 million to 100 million – what a lot of felines!
Technically, cats have not become fully domesticated, at least not in the same way as dogs have. Instead, pet cats still retain many of their wild instincts, as any cat owner will tell you! The first ‘domesticated’ cats appeared around 10,000 to 12,000 years ago in parts of what is now West Asia.