Archeological evidence suggests the domestication of the cat occurred in the Near East approximately 9,000 - 10,000 years ago. However, the initiation of domestication probably began thousands of years earlier as humans and ancestral cats became progressively more interdependent. The human/cat relationship was beneficial for the control of crop-destroying rodents, which had also joined their evolutionary fate to human civilization. Although many cats eventually became pets, the modern cat is not fully domesticated in the classic sense. Modern cats remain self-sufficient if need be, maintaining keen hunting skills even when provided food, and showing types of behaviors ranging from untamable to highly affectionate pets. Below you will find some useful information on caring for you cat or kitten.