Some people thought about cats for quite a while and thought of doing a little experiment. When they did, it turned out to be one big experiment! They found out that the Fertile Crescent's ( a breed of cat) DNA was found in almost all of the different cat's blood! They concluded that these cats have bread themselves to get more and more different breeds of cats!
The largest genetic study of cat DNA from specimens from 15,000 years ago to the 18th century suggests that the felines accompanied early mariners on boats, spreading across the world with seafaring civilizations like the Vikings. Cats have been constant companions to humanity for thousands of years. Yet scientists know remarkably little about their origins and their spread across the world. Finally, the veil of mystery around the origins and spread of ancient cats is beginning to lift. The first large-scale genetic study of domesticated cats has revealed a huge amount of information about how early feline companions boarded boats that would take them around the world, hitching rides with all sorts of ancient cultures, including the Vikings.
Archaeologists are hard at work trying to find out when and where the domestication of cats first took place. For a long time it was believed that the first domestication of cats was in Ancient Egypt during the time of the pharaohs. The evidence supporting this was the presence of mummified cats that were buried along with humans (dating to 330 B.C.).
It has been about 4000 years since the first cats were domesticated. The Ancient Egyptians were the first to keep and use cats to control vermin and other pests to protect stores of food. In Ancient Egypt, the cat was revered as a hunter and was worshiped as gods and goddesses. The Ancient Egyptians imposed death penalty for killing cats. Cats were also mummified before being buried.