In 2004, a team of archaeologists found what they believe to be the oldest example of a domesticated cat when they found a cat skeleton in a human grave on the island of Cyprus. They dated the skeletons to be 9,500 years old – 5,500 years older than what historians had believed was the earliest time of domesticated cats, found in ancient Egypt. Modern-day scientists have conducted research showing the calming effects cats have on their owners, both physically and psychologically.
These effects must be weighed against the detrimental effects cats can have on human health, namely infecting immune-compromised people with toxoplasmosis and a parasite suspected of infecting the brain and causing personality changes. Find your perfect house cat photo or vector here.