Saturday, December 31, 2011

wild cats


What It Takes To Tame a Wild Cat

Did you know that domesticated cats came from wild cats? If so, read this article to gain ideas and insights about cats.
Cats are among the favorite pets of households because these animals are not only cuddly and loving, but they are also inexpensive to maintain and easy to take care of.


History
According to history, taming of wildcats, like feral, leopard, Bengal cat and Savannah, dated back as early as Ancient Egypt and Cyprus, wherein rich families got them as house pets. The modern domesticated cats found nowadays were descendant of African Wild cat.
About 9,500 years ago in Cyprus, wild cats became domesticated animals as shown by their relics found next to their deceased pet owners. About 4,000 years ago, skeletons of Felis silvestris lybica or African wildcat was found in Egypt. These cats were also worshipped and venerated by the Egyptians. One great example was goddess Bastet, who has the body of a woman and the head of a cat. Another was goddess Shekhmet, who has the head of a woman and a lion's head. The mummified bodies of cats found throughout Egypt revealed the great reverence shown by Egyptians for cats.
Apart from being worshipped, these animals were traded to other nations. More than 2,000 years ago, the first short haired cat appeared in Italy and in England about 1,900 years ago. Moreover, they considered cats not only as a pet, but also as pest controller and companion.
Have you not wondered how ancient people tamed these wild cats to become domesticated animals? To gain insight on how to tame them, read the tips and suggestions mentioned below.
Taming process:
  • You should enclose your kitten or cat in a small space like bedroom or bathroom. If the cat is afraid and terrified of the lights, then turned it off to calm them off. Confinement is needed to tame them. Aside from enclosing them inside a room, you can also enclose them inside a pen to prevent escape. Be sure that the area is warm and dry.
  • Make sure to put a feeding bowl, a bed, water and litter box in the room to train them early on how to use them. If your cat is between 6 to 12 weeks old, make sure to enclose her in a larger pet carrier with small windows and grated door.
  • Make sure to spend at least 2 to four hours daily with the cat to tame him. You can sit inside the room to inform her that you are not a threat.
  • Try to touch her by wrapping her with a blanket and holding her on your lap. Stroke her and touch her face, ears, neck as you talk to her in gentle and soothing voice. Scruff her neck when she attempts to leave you is one way of relaxing and training her.
  • Never forget to give her treats like tuna, chicken and other types of food which she love to eat. If she attempts to eat from your hand, then let her because it shows that she is already comfortable with your presence.
  • Slowly allow her to roam in more rooms to familiarize her inside the house.
  • If she tries to run away from you frequently, enclosed her inside the room again and repeat the process again.
Ella Hall enjoys writing for Thecatpetshop.com which sells cat scratching post and cat bed as well as a host of additional products.

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