Kitty Culture: How Cat Ownership Evolved Over Millennia

An older woman sits in her garden with her cat on her lap

There’s no question we’ve become a feline-obsessed culture. They’re in a majority of American homes, they’ve infiltrated YouTube, and cat characters abound in pop culture. And when we look at the cats we love, it can feel overwhelmingly like we just couldn’t live without them – aside from all the obvious reasons (they’re beautiful, clever, snuggly, and smart).

The history of cat ownership was initially built on mutual benefit, but has become so much more.

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