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Argentina Cats – Your Second Love

Posted by Vinícius Guimarães on February 9, 2012 in Animals

Domestic cats are the most popular pets in the world. According to several specialized sources, in 2006 there were about 202 million cats all around the world living with humans as pets, while dogs, which are considered as the second most popular pet, accounted for 171 millions. As several specialized publications report, cats have become popular, mainly due to their ability to adapt to urban life both in city houses and rural areas as well. People who love cats consider them as loving companions.

Argentina Cats - Your Second Love

Argentina Cats – Your Second Love

Brief History About Cats

According to historians, cats began approaching barns built by humans in Ancient Egypt (about 3000 B.C.), mainly attracted by the wide range of rodents that at that time used to eat  large part of farmers’ harvests. The arrival of these felines was interpreted by the Egyptians as a godsend that helped them to protect their crops. This way, the Egyptians began to worship cats and created a goddess named Bast, who essentially was a woman with a cat’s head, symbolizing light, beauty and fertility, among others. As experts express, presumably, over time new generations of cats fixed domestication genes, what gradually allowed them to live with humans and share their homes.

As some publications report, the Romans were responsible for bringing cats from Egypt and disseminating them through the rest of their vast empire, including their possessions in the East and Asia. Therefore, slowly but steadily, cats were occupying a bigger space in humans’ life as expert mouse hunters. From that moment and throughout history, cats were, indistinctly, worshiped and prosecuted; for instance, in times of the Inquisition, they were almost extinguished in Europe. At the end of the 19th century, cats’ breeding was finally organized and there was a change in the man-cat relationship, by increasing cat’s importance as a valuation pet.

Cats’ Characteristics

Domestic cats, whose scientific name is Felis catus, are classified within Felidae family, belonging to the Carnivore order and the Mammalian class. According to most part of taxonomic specialists, domestic cats descends from the African wildcat (Felis libyca), considered as a more stylized version of the Eurasian wild cat (Felis silvestris). As experts explain, nowadays there are approximately 50 cats’ breeds, and more than half of these breeds have been created by using genetic recombination and mutations.

Cats share some common characteristics with other felines, such as large front eyes, a short face, strong and long fangs, retractable claws (enabling them to climb trees easily), as well as strong and short hind legs (allowing them to optimize their solitary hunt). Furthermore, they also have a number of aesthetic qualities that are highly valued by people. For instance, balance and harmony of cats’ bodies transmits an idea of beauty, while the plasticity and elegance of their movements causes that cats, sometimes, may seem to be walking on air. Moreover, as some experts express, when cats deploy their predatory skills, they convey the idea of a perfect machine.

Argentina’s Cats

According to recent studies Argentina is the country of the South American continent with more pets per inhabitant. As these studies report, 78% of Argentines have pets at home, mostly dogs (9 millions), and cats in second place (3 millions), which they consider as members of their families. Rosario is Argentinian city that counts with the highest percentage of cats, considering 28% of domestic cats live there. On average, people have 1 cat at home and half of them are living with dogs in the same house.

Argentine cats are as familiar and homebodies as their owners, considering 46% of them live exclusively at home and do not like to go for a walk. This fact evidences the process of cat’s humanization that is taking place in Argentina. According to some studies’ results, cats’ owners consider that the most important attribute of their pets is being highly affectionate. Furthermore, cats are considered not only as family members, but 15% of owners consider them as their children too. Particularly, women and younger people develop a fairly strong emotional link with cats.

An interesting fact is that in Argentina people prefer to adopt street cats than to buy them; actually, 9 out of every 10 cats living with people have been adopted. As reported by these studies, these cats have arrived at their owners’ houses as a gift or after being found in the streets. This indicator clearly shows that cats’ adoption remains as the main way of entrance of these animals into Argentine’s homes. Thus, there are few owners who have breed cats, while Siamese is the most prevalent breed.

When it comes to cats’ spay or neuter, 46% of owners have reported sterilizing and castrating their pets, especially females. As experts affirm, this fact shows a strong trend towards cat’s humanization in Argentina, and an increase in the integration of these pets into their owner’s families. As experts put it, cats are being increasingly valued and maintained, considering the positive effect and emotional support they represent for their owners.

A further example of the love Argentines feel by their pets, especially cats and dogs, is the recent decision of the Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez, who announced that from January 2015 passengers flying in Argentines airlines in domestic flights can take their small pets on board. Hence, starting from this year, people should only reserve in advance (no less than 72 hours) the pets in cabin service. According to several sources, although this decision refers to pets in general, only small cats and dogs are allowed. Additionally, pets should meet other requirements, like travelling with a health certificate issued by a veterinary specialist, having more than 45 days old, and have been dewormed and vaccinated according to the established procedures. As for the location of these animals in the aircraft cabin, they should be in special cages and under the owners’ front seat. Finally, only one pet per passenger will be allowed.

Pets are said to be the dearest friends of your still when they cannot speak the way we do. Being unacquainted with most of their traits and activities still people manage to understand their pet and even train them. People strive hard to communicate with their pets at most of the occasions they succeed. Pets could be called your second love since without any hesitation and concerns you utter out all the secrets that were buried deep into your heart. There are people who also talk with the pets in a way that when they say something their dear pet understands it, acts upon it and mostly speak the same thing with their tongue. This is very majestic and miraculous that some being that you have no resemblance to is now a dear in fact dearest friend of yours.

Argentina Cats – Your Second Love

Argentina Cats – Your Second Love

The best pet in many customs is considered to be a cat. In Argentina people can die for their cats. In Argentina there are several species of cats available so easily, you just not have to travel to a remote area and buy one as there are numerous reputable and recognized stores near you. Even if you do not like cats much and have no plans to keep them at house still you will fall for the Argentinian cats, and may not be much inspired to take one home but at least you will pick one up in arms, gently pat their body and end up kissing their face and paws.

Argentina cats are delightful in themselves, they are reasonably healthy and of a very bright and enticing color. Argentina cats are not just esteemed within the country but also they are admired in some other parts of the world too.

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