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Domestic animals are those whose behavior, life cycle, or physiology have been changed as a result of human interaction or the animals' being under human control for several generations. Domestic animals differ from tamed wild animals in that their genotypes have actually changed, and the evolutionary process of the animals has been altered so that the animals evolve to become accustomed to life with humans. Humans began domesticating animals thousands of years ago, and the domestication of animals has played a large part in human evolution and enormously benefited human society. Domestic animals include pets, livestock, companion animals, poultry, and working animals. Livestock is usually used to refer to animals raised for food, whereas pets are raised to provide companionship.

The domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is believed to be the first animal domesticated by man; it is estimated that the domestication of the dog from the gray wolf began anywhere from 15,000 to 30,000 years ago. The domestic dog is an excellent example of how artificial selection can change an animal species. Artificial selection is how domestication is accomplished, and it occurs when humans breed animals to encourage certain traits to recur in the next generation of animals. Domestic dogs are all evolved from the grey wolf, and through selective breeding have evolved into a few hundred recognized and distinguishably different breeds, each with specific physical and personality traits.

Other animals which have been domesticated for thousands of years include sheep, pigs, goats, cattle, yaks, water buffalo, cats, chickens, donkeys, Guinea pigs, horses, rabbits, pigeons, honey bees and silk worms. Most of these were domesticated as livestock and work animals, or because they provide a certain product. Cats, like dogs, are now one of the world's most common household pets, but were initially domesticated for their pest-controlling abilities.

Of all of the millions of extant animal species on earth, man has been able to successfully domesticate relatively few. Man cannot domesticate all animals, and there are several characteristics which allow domestication and make domestication desirable. The animals must be relatively east to feed and must be willing to breed in the presence of humans. They must also have a relatively calm and friendly disposition; some animals are simply too skittish for captivity or too vicious for human interaction. Pack animals are the easiest to domesticate because they have, in the wild, adopted a social hierarchy. In fact, cats are one of the few if not the only domesticated animal which in the wild is solitary.

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Domestic animals are those whose behavior, life cycle, or physiology have been changed as a result of human interaction or the animals' being under human control for several generations. Domestic animals differ from tamed wild animals in that their genotypes have actually changed, and the...

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  • Jianny
    April 04, 2012
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    Ah yes, love is the often the great domesticator!!! I can just imanige you at university you were the kind of girl I would have admired but didn't have the courage to be. It's funny, you know, but I've actually become more rebellious in my 30s than I ever was in as a teenager or in my 20s. Not when it comes to family values, commitment or faith, but when it comes to bucking the system and being who I really am, I'm out there. I'm more comfortable in my own skin now than I ever have been. It's been a hard and long road to find me, but it was worth it. And it's just such a blessing that along the way I collected a wonderful husband who is the best dad in the world and three beautiful sons.

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  • Joy
    June 18, 2015
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  • Joy
    June 18, 2015
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    a kitten | pet amnail Moving house is stressful for your kitten or cat all about cats Funny cats hunting | kittens cats pictures, pet cat and more Does my kitty need a pet carrier? Cats make great pets if you understand them | cats Pet connection

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  • Joy
    June 18, 2015
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    a kitten | pet amnail Moving house is stressful for your kitten or cat all about cats Funny cats hunting | kittens cats pictures, pet cat and more Does my kitty need a pet carrier? Cats make great pets if you understand them | cats Pet connection

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  • HelloPrincess
    June 19, 2015
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  • HelloPrincess
    June 19, 2015
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  • Sakirahmed
    June 25, 2015
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  • Sakirahmed
    June 25, 2015
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    You all who talk about how the cat should look like it's nrutaally meant to, don't any pf you wear make up or dye your hair, or wear clothes you like? Do you put clothes on your pets? Cats don't give a crap what they look like. And stop being hypocrites. And it's probably not photoshop. People really do dye their cat's fur. It looks to me like you all just go online to critisize others and call them wrong or stupid.Geex she was just trying to share something with you. http://pletjlh.com [url=http://oxznlm.com]oxznlm[/url] [link=http://odyjcr.com]odyjcr[/link]

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  • Angel
    June 28, 2015
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    Well, if you're looking for the heihslaett food, it won't be the dry. That is only for our convenience, but not for the cat's health.I wouldn‘t really recommend feeding any dry food. Cats are designed to get their water from food. That's the way nature designed them, they have low thirst drive. When fed dry, they won't drink enough to compensate for the lack of moisture. They will only consume about 50% of the water they should be having. This can lead to kidney disease, UTI, crystals, blockage, renal failure and more. Free feeding also contributes to obesity. And the fact that dry food is over-processed means, that most of it’s little nutrition has been already destroyed, leaving almost no nutrients for your cat. It needs to eat more to meet it’s needs, and in the process consumes more calories from the fillers.Btw wetting the dry food will not help. There’s bacteria on the kibble and the water would just allow it to grow.The only way to give the cat it's natural hydration is to feed it wet food only.But some wet foods are not of a very high quality, either. That goes for most commercial foods. Just like the dry, they are often made with cheap fillers such as corn, wheat, soy, rice etc. These are not a part of cat's natural diet (it’s an obligate carnivore – it eats meat) and they are not designed to digest it. Grain is carbohydrate which the cats can't process and it turns into blood sugar and fat, causing diabetes and obesity. In the wild, where cats only hunt for meat, diabetes and obesity are unheard of. It's us who cause these by feeding a species inappropriate food.We usually read labels on our food, but rarely on the food for our cats. Learn to read the label and understand the ingredients. The heihslaett food to feed apart from raw feeding is grain-free wet food with no by-product. Some good brands are Wellness CORE, EVO, Merrick, Nature's Variety, Blue Buffalo Wilderness and more. These will give your cat the proper hydration and nutrition it's designed to get and it will be strong and healthy.If you switch it's diet, do it gradually, by mixing the current food with the new one over couple of weeks until there's only the new. This will prevent diarrhea and upset stomach.You will probably get a lot of different answers, so google feline nutrition or look at the links below, and do the research for yourself. I personally wasn't able to find one reliable source (besides the pet food industry) that would say grain is beneficial for cats or that dry is beneficial for them.More on cat nutrition below, Good luck!

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  • Angel
    June 28, 2015
    0

    Well, if you're looking for the heihslaett food, it won't be the dry. That is only for our convenience, but not for the cat's health.I wouldn‘t really recommend feeding any dry food. Cats are designed to get their water from food. That's the way nature designed them, they have low thirst drive. When fed dry, they won't drink enough to compensate for the lack of moisture. They will only consume about 50% of the water they should be having. This can lead to kidney disease, UTI, crystals, blockage, renal failure and more. Free feeding also contributes to obesity. And the fact that dry food is over-processed means, that most of it’s little nutrition has been already destroyed, leaving almost no nutrients for your cat. It needs to eat more to meet it’s needs, and in the process consumes more calories from the fillers.Btw wetting the dry food will not help. There’s bacteria on the kibble and the water would just allow it to grow.The only way to give the cat it's natural hydration is to feed it wet food only.But some wet foods are not of a very high quality, either. That goes for most commercial foods. Just like the dry, they are often made with cheap fillers such as corn, wheat, soy, rice etc. These are not a part of cat's natural diet (it’s an obligate carnivore – it eats meat) and they are not designed to digest it. Grain is carbohydrate which the cats can't process and it turns into blood sugar and fat, causing diabetes and obesity. In the wild, where cats only hunt for meat, diabetes and obesity are unheard of. It's us who cause these by feeding a species inappropriate food.We usually read labels on our food, but rarely on the food for our cats. Learn to read the label and understand the ingredients. The heihslaett food to feed apart from raw feeding is grain-free wet food with no by-product. Some good brands are Wellness CORE, EVO, Merrick, Nature's Variety, Blue Buffalo Wilderness and more. These will give your cat the proper hydration and nutrition it's designed to get and it will be strong and healthy.If you switch it's diet, do it gradually, by mixing the current food with the new one over couple of weeks until there's only the new. This will prevent diarrhea and upset stomach.You will probably get a lot of different answers, so google feline nutrition or look at the links below, and do the research for yourself. I personally wasn't able to find one reliable source (besides the pet food industry) that would say grain is beneficial for cats or that dry is beneficial for them.More on cat nutrition below, Good luck!

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  • Angel
    June 28, 2015
    0

    Well, if you're looking for the heihslaett food, it won't be the dry. That is only for our convenience, but not for the cat's health.I wouldn‘t really recommend feeding any dry food. Cats are designed to get their water from food. That's the way nature designed them, they have low thirst drive. When fed dry, they won't drink enough to compensate for the lack of moisture. They will only consume about 50% of the water they should be having. This can lead to kidney disease, UTI, crystals, blockage, renal failure and more. Free feeding also contributes to obesity. And the fact that dry food is over-processed means, that most of it’s little nutrition has been already destroyed, leaving almost no nutrients for your cat. It needs to eat more to meet it’s needs, and in the process consumes more calories from the fillers.Btw wetting the dry food will not help. There’s bacteria on the kibble and the water would just allow it to grow.The only way to give the cat it's natural hydration is to feed it wet food only.But some wet foods are not of a very high quality, either. That goes for most commercial foods. Just like the dry, they are often made with cheap fillers such as corn, wheat, soy, rice etc. These are not a part of cat's natural diet (it’s an obligate carnivore – it eats meat) and they are not designed to digest it. Grain is carbohydrate which the cats can't process and it turns into blood sugar and fat, causing diabetes and obesity. In the wild, where cats only hunt for meat, diabetes and obesity are unheard of. It's us who cause these by feeding a species inappropriate food.We usually read labels on our food, but rarely on the food for our cats. Learn to read the label and understand the ingredients. The heihslaett food to feed apart from raw feeding is grain-free wet food with no by-product. Some good brands are Wellness CORE, EVO, Merrick, Nature's Variety, Blue Buffalo Wilderness and more. These will give your cat the proper hydration and nutrition it's designed to get and it will be strong and healthy.If you switch it's diet, do it gradually, by mixing the current food with the new one over couple of weeks until there's only the new. This will prevent diarrhea and upset stomach.You will probably get a lot of different answers, so google feline nutrition or look at the links below, and do the research for yourself. I personally wasn't able to find one reliable source (besides the pet food industry) that would say grain is beneficial for cats or that dry is beneficial for them.More on cat nutrition below, Good luck!

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  • Abdul
    June 30, 2015
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    most cats are nibblers. so hanvig wetfood out all the time i think is wasteful, plus too much of it can give them bad breath, gum disease and toothaches..plus cats sleep alot, so you have to watch out for their food intake. No one wants a fat cat no matter how cute they are.my suggestion, use dry cat food, and small portions of wet at night.I feed my cat purina cat chow, about 1/3 of cup, 2x a day, in the morning and evening, and a teaspoon of wet food at night.her weight stays about 11-12 lbs for the past 4 years.My weight.. not so good..lol http://fikwmxt.com [url=http://oqmmrpcicsx.com]oqmmrpcicsx[/url] [link=http://imqmmtfsvms.com]imqmmtfsvms[/link]

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  • Abdul
    June 30, 2015
    0

    most cats are nibblers. so hanvig wetfood out all the time i think is wasteful, plus too much of it can give them bad breath, gum disease and toothaches..plus cats sleep alot, so you have to watch out for their food intake. No one wants a fat cat no matter how cute they are.my suggestion, use dry cat food, and small portions of wet at night.I feed my cat purina cat chow, about 1/3 of cup, 2x a day, in the morning and evening, and a teaspoon of wet food at night.her weight stays about 11-12 lbs for the past 4 years.My weight.. not so good..lol http://fikwmxt.com [url=http://oqmmrpcicsx.com]oqmmrpcicsx[/url] [link=http://imqmmtfsvms.com]imqmmtfsvms[/link]

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  • Abdul
    June 30, 2015
    0

    most cats are nibblers. so hanvig wetfood out all the time i think is wasteful, plus too much of it can give them bad breath, gum disease and toothaches..plus cats sleep alot, so you have to watch out for their food intake. No one wants a fat cat no matter how cute they are.my suggestion, use dry cat food, and small portions of wet at night.I feed my cat purina cat chow, about 1/3 of cup, 2x a day, in the morning and evening, and a teaspoon of wet food at night.her weight stays about 11-12 lbs for the past 4 years.My weight.. not so good..lol http://fikwmxt.com [url=http://oqmmrpcicsx.com]oqmmrpcicsx[/url] [link=http://imqmmtfsvms.com]imqmmtfsvms[/link]

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