In this literature of animal domestication, it is not very clear on exactly when a human being first started keeping dogs and cats as pets. Based on early researchers, the domestication of cats is said to have begun so long ago and there is no written manuals that expound on every progressive steps undertaken.
As a matter of fact, domestication of cats begun before eight thousand years ago. Ideally, cats were initially domesticated beginning up to twelve thousand years back. Early human beings were predominantly hunters and cats only became of great usefulness when man tilled the earth eventually stocking the excess in granaries.
With granaries and stores came the mice, and the moment when the first wildcats meandered into town, it culminated to what early proponent suggests a fascinating eventuality. It seems that the cats were mesmerized by the plentiful of rodent prey in the storehouses: as the residents were fascinated by the pest control. Could it be that the cats domesticated themselves? This concepts still remain a mystery as it is said that the cats welcomed themselves in, and further over the period of time humans begun favoring the cats with more submissive traits whereas others got adapted to the new found environment. As a result, this eventuality lead to the breeds of cats we have today.
Ancient Egyptians cats were adored as evidently depicted by “Bastet” an Egyptian goddess of love who possessed a cat’s head. Their reverence on cats meant that, if any offender would be culpable for killing a cat for no apparent reason, this warranted a death sentence. Moreover, the Romans also adored the cats as they were seen as a hallmark of liberty. For some reason in the Far East, cats were valuable for their protection against rodents.
Empirical evidence in the study of the evolution of dogs is said that domestication was a concerted effort of man. The theoretical concept behind this entirety is that ancient man captured wolf pups from their designated dens, adopted them, gave them food, trained and eventually tamed them. Remarkably, the story behind this phenomenon is believed to be like a fairy tale as in modern times nobody has even successfully domesticated a wolf for that matter. With respect to that, other researchers have a different perspective that wolves-cum-dogs domesticated themselves.
On their account, the process dog domestication may have begun approximately at the end of Ice-Age over fifteen thousand years ago, when a man was settling down in the first time. The presence of residential villages coincidentally related to the fossil occurrences of dogs as we now know them. The idea of people settling in the same spot for a considerable period of time provided food leftovers for dogs to feed on. Things that man could not feed on eventually became foodstuff for other scavengers as they gathered by the dump site attracting rats, jackals, and wolves-cum-dogs.
Early proponents believed in what there referred as “flight distance” a kind of a behavioral feature which played a pivotal role in the transformation of the wild wolf to what we have now as domestic dogs. The transformation of self-domestication meant that human begun breeding dogs to assist them with the hunting, herding, standing as guards as well as carrying things around. In modern times, humans have intentionally bred dogs to be man best friend and a reverence pet.