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Cats from the time before Instagram

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So hard to resist–they will nonchalantly sprawl over your keyboard to get your attention, turn any box into a crazy game, or captivate you with that deep, calming purr.

Cats will somehow occupy half your bed, even if you sleep alone and own a king-sized bed. They will get angry at you if you throw a little party with friends–heaven forbid if you cook fish and don’t share a bite.

According to scientists, cats are supposedly smarter than dogs. It can certainly seem like have a better selective memory when they revenge themselves on you if you happen to upset them.

They are emotional as well–be gone from home for two days and your cat will probably sulk for just as long when you get back. Fortunately, that too will pass, and then they will purr-purr for hours in your lap until your legs go numb.

Hate them or love them, our furry friends are among our oldest best friends in the animal kingdom.

Scientists, however, have taken quite some time to publish their conclusions on how the human-cat relationship evolved. The first domesticated cats probably appeared in Ancient Egypt around 4,000 years ago, and humans ever since have been fascinated by their pest-control supremacy.

By the 17th and 18th centuries, cats began to be viewed as companions as well as mouse-catchers. As you can see from the following images, people have been taking Instagram-worthy pictures of these beautiful, adorable, cuties ever since cameras first came on the scene.

This cute cat outdoes the Christmas tree for the season

This cute cat outdoes the Christmas tree for the season

 

These two kitty cats don’t seem to be very impressed with their new outfits

These two kitty cats don’t seem to be very impressed with their new outfits

 

It’s time to play animal hospital! We imagine these poor creatures are helping a youngster practice for their future career as a vet.

It’s time to play animal hospital! We imagine these poor creatures are helping a youngster practice for their future career as a vet.

 

The purrfect vintage cat costume? The cat’s look says it all.

The purrfect vintage cat costume? The cat’s look says it all.

 

Very regal. The queen of all cats.

Very regal. The queen of all cats.

 

A suit will obviously suit the tomcat too. He’s looking ready to step out on Wall Street!

A suit will obviously suit the tomcat too. He’s looking ready to step out on Wall Street!

 

Setting the trend for this season’s cat-walk fashion

Setting the trend for this season’s cat-walk fashion

 

“Okay, I’ll ride in the carriage if you let me round up some mice to pull it.”

“Okay, I’ll ride in the carriage if you let me round up some mice to pull it.”

 

Could it get any more adorable than this…?

Could it get any more adorable than this…?

 

We have no idea how someone got the kitten to hold still for long enough to be weighed. It’s probably already plotting revenge for being bundled up in a cloth like this.

We have no idea how someone got the kitten to hold still for long enough to be weighed. It’s probably already plotting revenge for being bundled up in a cloth like this.

This comfy cat knew exactly which jug it’s human wanted to use

This comfy cat knew exactly which jug it’s human wanted to use

 

Strike a pose, little kitten

Strike a pose, little kitten

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You want us to wear bow-ties? What’s in it for us?

You want us to wear bow-ties? What’s in it for us?

 

“Cinderella, dressed in yella; Went upstairs to kiss a fella; Made a mistake, kissed a snake; How many doctors did it take?”

“Cinderella, dressed in yella; Went upstairs to kiss a fella; Made a mistake, kissed a snake; How many doctors did it take?”

 

Say cheese!

Say cheese!

 

Cats will never cease to amaze us with their athletic abilities – watch out for this one in the Tour de France.

Cats will never cease to amaze us with their athletic abilities – watch out for this one in the Tour de France.

 

A purrrfect tea party in the kitchen.

A purrrfect tea party in the kitchen.

 

Miss Tabbie rules at the roller disco

Miss Tabbie rules at the roller disco

 

Everyone give a big hand for the number one feline roller-skate dance troop …. it’s the Brighton Tigers!

Everyone give a big hand for the number one feline roller-skate dance troop …. it’s the Brighton Tigers!

 

This gorgeous fluffball looks like she’s set up a fortune telling booth

This gorgeous fluffball looks like she’s set up a fortune telling booth

 

It could be the start of a promising career in acting – maybe one day he’ll land the part of Morris in the cat food commercials

It could be the start of a promising career in acting – maybe one day he’ll land the part of Morris in the cat food commercials

 

An adorable Easter kitten?

An adorable Easter kitten?

 

A house-cat’s work is never done

A house-cat’s work is never done

 

After the laundry, let’s take care of dinner. Mouse stew anyone?

After the laundry, let’s take care of dinner. Mouse stew anyone?

 

Forget the chores, it’s time to play hide-and-seek

Forget the chores, it’s time to play hide-and-seek

 

Teamwork trouble-making

Teamwork trouble-making

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What are you looking at me for? Of course I didn’t do it.

What are you looking at me for? Of course I didn’t do it.

 

Cats love to get up to mischief

Cats love to get up to mischief

 

Cuteness overload nap time

Cuteness overload nap time

When your cats shares your bed, it seems a lot like this.

When your cats shares your bed, it seems a lot like this.

 

Out for an afternoon stroll in the park.

Out for an afternoon stroll in the park.

 

The cat is far too busy playing to admire the cleverly crafted paper flowers

The cat is far too busy playing to admire the cleverly crafted paper flowers

 

The trapeze duo are getting ready to perform some acrobatic stunts

The trapeze duo are getting ready to perform some acrobatic stunts

 

Cats just wanna have fun

Cats just wanna have fun

 

Yeah, good question, what’s delaying my dinner?

Yeah, good question, what’s delaying my dinner?

 

If only cats had weddings…

If only cats had weddings…

 

Cats in hats – we wonder if they were the inspiration for Dr. Seuss

Cats in hats – we wonder if they were the inspiration for Dr. Seuss

 

Poor puss is too unwell to enjoy a champagne celebration

Poor puss is too unwell to enjoy a champagne celebration

 

A beautiful bonnet to shade kitty’s eyes from the sun

A beautiful bonnet to shade kitty’s eyes from the sun

Our feline friends most likely semi-domesticated on their own, but for thousands of years lived outdoors. Only recently did we begin sharing our beds with them, or even adorn their necks with bow-ties for the sake of a photograph.

Of course, in Ancient Egypt, cats were sacred and widely worshiped. Death penalties were given to people who tried to hurt these animals. Cats were also mummified, and provided with grave goods to rival even the mightiest pharaoh.

Related story from us: In Ancient Egypt, cats were mummified and buried with jewelry, and harming a cat was an offense that could be punished with death

For good or for bad, the human-cat relationship has occupied a special place throughout history.

In Europe, cats were widely revered in the days of ancient Rome–but were associated largely with evil during the medieval days. Today, many of us welcome them as part of the family.

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