Household cats have been fascinating companions for humans since early-early times. Globally, felines are even more popular than dogs as pets. Unhappily, a large number of cats are in need of adoption and care. An irresponsible cat owner who no longer wants the cat or someone who is no longer able to care for a cat, may drop the cat off at a shelter or just dump him/her could be the origin of their homelessness... Excess numbers in shelters, along with too few adoptive families for the cats, leads to many magnificent pets having to be euthanized. Discarded cats fend for themselves and breed in the wild, developing colonies of feral cats. Feral cats have such a hard existence that they characteristically only live an average of two years, whereas domestic cats can live an average of fourteen years with proper care. Organizations are out there that can catch and tame feral kittens, and then place them in a home, but adult feral cats can only once in a blue moon be socialized to trust humans. In the meantime, many prospective cat owners choose to procure a kitten from a pet store or breeder, and may not know that even purebred cats and kittens are often accessible for adoption.
Once someone is ready for the accountability of caring for a feline, adoption can be an unbelievably rewarding decision. Adoption pays back cats, owners, and society as well. Adopting a cat is typically much less expensive than purchasing one. Shelters often have a broad selection of very charming, gracious cats and kittens, including purebreds. Adoptive owners take pleasure in bonding with their pets, and have the extra satisfaction of knowing they have rescued a fantastic buddy from a hard existence. Each kitty adopted means one less cat has to be euthanized.
All domestic felines are descended from African wild cats. The amazing cats in the Broadway show, Cats, were inspired by feral cats in London made famous as T.S. Eliot's Jellicle Cats. Cats were extremely popular in ancient Rome; Rome may have been spared from plague outbreaks because of its gigantic population of feral cats keeping the rat population under control. At present, Rome has the largest number of feral cats of any city in the world; approximately 300,000 fabulous felines!