Approximately 5.400 years ago the first cats were domesticated in North China. That is about thousand years earlier than the first pet-cats in Egypt appeared. Chinese archaeologists made this conclusion after the analyzed cat-bones that were found in the Shaanxi Province in China. These first house-cats were smaller than modern cars.
Scientists believe that cats were living along humans because the mice, living in the grain-storages, attracted them. The archaeological findings of the Chinese support this theory, as the cat-bones are found near the first agricultural settlements.
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