#2 Central Idea Summary CFA Cats (Revised 2 19)

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Feline friends: From pest control predator to common household pet By Smithsonian.com, adapted by Newsela staff Grade Level 6 12/07/2016 Word Count 743 A British Shorthair cat looks on during a cat exhibition in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek on February 16, 2013. Cat owners from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan had gathered in Bishkek to show off their pets. ____________________________ ⬇⬇⬇⬇NOTES⬇⬇⬇⬇ On the Internet, there are a surprising number of websites about cats. On them, you may find cat sayings like these: "As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat" and "A dog is a man's best friend. A cat is a cat's best friend." Of course, cats and humans have lived together for thousands of years. But the sayings do show the very real love-hate relationship people have with their feline pets, as the history of the house cat shows. Cat Domestication Timeline It has taken a while for scientists to figure out just when and where cats first became tame. One would think that archaeologists might answer the question easily by digging up the remains of ancient cats. But wild cats and domesticated cats have remarkably similar skeletons. Some clues first came from the island of Cyprus, in 1983, when archaeologists found a cat's jawbone dating back 8,000 years. It didn't seem very likely that humans would have brought wild cats over to the island.

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