What Makes Cats Who They Are?

Cats are sometimes said to be aloof, untrustworthy, difficult to 'read', and untrainable.  Cat lovers of course know these claims are not true, but what is true is that cats are clearly not small dogs.  Part of what makes cats their own "person", so to speak, is where they came from – their domestication and evolutionary history.

Dr. Hetts gave a presentation to the general public in Knoxville, TN, for CAIT – Companion Animal Iniative in Tennessee, and what follows is a portion of the 90 minute presentation.  In this excerpt, Suzanne talks about the domestic house cat's wild ancestor, and how the cat's status as a religious symbol in ancient times has impacted how cats are viewed today. 


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