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Pet Ownership

Selecting the perfect pet plus pet ownership!

Pet Ownership

Thinking about something petty?

If you are considering enhancing your lifestyle with a pet then you are about to enter into a relationship that will give you constant delight. Once you have experienced pet ownership, you will wonder how you survived without your new buddy.

We get something from our pets that we just don't seem to get from any other source, not even our fellow human beings, but how do you select the perfect pet and what is pet ownership like?

All the good oil is here!

Good Luck!!


Dr Cam's Information on Pet Ownership!

pawprint  Pets - Why own them?

pawprint  Buddy Pets

pawprint  Health Enhancers

pawprint  Diseases you can Catch from your Pets

pawprint  Choosing a pet

pawprint  The Difference Between Cats and Dogs

pawprint  Oh Baby!

pawprint  Kids and Pets

pawprint  Pets for the Elderly

pawprint  Selecting and Raising a perfect Pup

pawprint  Crying Wolf

pawprint  I Hate My Cat

pawprint  The History of Cat Domestication

pawprint  Poultry as Pets

pawprint  Reptiles as Pets

pawprint  Rat Tales


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The History of Cat Domestication

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Observe your cat reclining in self-indulgent luxury on your expensive lounge suite. Have you ever wondered how 

this pampered puss has managed to cajole its way into your lifestyle? It was quite easy for your cat. Cats have been manipulating us helpless humans, like pawns on a chessboard, for more than three and a half thousand years. They are masters of the art of accepting all the comforts of domesticity, while still rejecting the bondage that is associated with it. 

But, the voyage of the cat through the ages has not been completely smooth sailing.

The Gods of Egypt


In ancient Egypt, in 1600 BC, cats were not only established as domesticated animals, but were even cherished and worshipped as gods and religious idols. Of course there was a commercial reason. Egypt was the grain centre of the universe. The mice knew that and Ratsak hadn't yet been invented.

So cherished were they that to kill a cat, even accidentally, was an offence punishable by death. If a house-cat died, the owners shaved off their eyebrows as a sign of mourning. I wonder what they shaved off if a spouse died?

Because of their sacred standing, the export of cats from Egypt was forbidden for about a thousand years. Thus, there is no evidence of cats in places other than Egypt until the first century AD.

Cats in Japan

While the reason for the cat's popularity in Egypt stemmed from the fact that they were irreplaceable in protecting the grain crops from rats and mice, in Japan the cat was even more highly valued. Indeed, they would not let them out of the house, even when a plague of rodents threatened to devastate their crops. Perhaps it was the Japanese who invented litter trays.

The Japanese are very clever though. They realised that cats did have the ability to control rodents. Always being ahead in the technology stakes, they erected statues, paintings and images of cats in the grain fields. However, the rodents were not deceived. They are more technologically advanced than cats anyway and that's why you have a mouse attached to your computer and not a cat.

Cats in Britain

In Britain in the 12th century, it was decreed that every farmer must keep a cat as an aid to rodent control, and in addition, must spend at least threepence per week on its keep, including GST.

Devil Cats

But the cat has not always been regarded with such reverence, and in the Middle Ages the cat's public image sunk to a low as the cat was linked with the devil. This was probably because cats suddenly evolved the habit of spraying. .

black-tuxedo-cat-1113tm-pic-144They were associated with witches and were even believed to be able to change form from cats to witches and back at will. (Maybe it was the witches who were doing the spraying). Thus, being a symbol of Satan, cats were burned, killed and buried alive, walled up in brick buildings, thrown off towers and tortured as part of religious rituals to drive out the devil.

The cat though, is a hard animal to repress and in true feline tradition it made a glorious comeback with the outbreak of the Black Plague. Because of their expertise in rodent control, their popularity again reached new heights. Finally, in the 19th century, the cat was popular once more and even induced Mark Twain to write:

"A home without a cat, and a well fed, well petted and properly revered cat, may be a perfect home, perhaps, but how can it prove its title?"

I agree with Mark. I've read all his works. My favourite is a 'A Tail of Two Kitties'.

I often feel that cats are better pets for DINK's (Dual-Income-No-Kids for the ill-informed) than dogs. In fact, DINK's with cats are called DICK's - Dual-Income-Cats-as-Kids. Cats tolerate periods of aloneness more readily and are cleaner and cheaper pets and are better in units and town houses than dogs. They also don't stick their noses in the crotches of visitors.

In Australia, we battle with the tumbleweeds of fuzz left by almost four million dogs and 2.7 million cats. But this is nothing but a splash in the water bowl compared with America. There they cope with a vast 53 million dogs and 59 million cats. Isn't it interesting that the number of cats outweighs the number of dogs in America? Is this because dogs don't 'fit' into the condensed and crowded American housing tenements? Or did they get rid of their witches earlier?

If you own a cat, I am sure you can vouch for their irrepressible charm. They are masters of their own destiny, they know where they're going but they're in no hurry to get there.

If you want an easy to care for, clean content and conniving buddy, consider a cat. Good Pets, cats.