Research Question: Did American Indians have pet cats?

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  1. basketcase

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    Google the shit or tell me what you know. This is a history buffs thread.
     
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    basketcase Pissed that Naz only has 2 legs

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    Apparently dogs were the favorite pet. So when did cats make it to the Americas?
     
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    Stevie Now go...Ohm.

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    Whos cares, cats are evil...
     
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    why wouldnt a little indian boy or girl love a kitten?
     
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    googling...
     
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    Nope, there were no domestic cats in the Americas prior to 1492. Even then, the domestic cats were brought aboard ships to help curb the growing rat population that the Europeans unknowingly introduced (Norwegian rats were not indigenous to any part of the Americas).

    Extermination and extinction of quite a few plant, insect, fish, and animal species can be directly linked to "exploration".

    We did however have dogs, but they were not pets. They were used in many different ways - hunting, protection, pack animals. When not working, the dogs were free to run around the entire town. Everybody feeds the dogs, they didn't belong to just one family but the entire town. On a darker note, with my tribe (amongst many others), if there were hard times and the food source ran out, the dogs started to disappear...
    ...you get the picture? The dog is a very useful animal, this would only happen to avoid complete starvation.

    We didn't really keep pets. Some of us southeastern tribes had no use for horses either. Their little spindly legs stick right into the swampland. Our hunting grounds were full of trees with very few open prairies and we weren't nomadic in the least. So why keep horses other than for a large food source? Pigs and peccaries were preferred, but when it came down to it - a horse could feed an entire town.
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    i was told they came over on the colonists' ships. they were kept on board to control rodents.
     
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    Get out more, basket. Fuck sake.
     
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    what the fuck??? they missed the Land Bridge??
     
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    who would tell you such a thing?
     
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    this lil cutey came off a boat?
     
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    my high school history teacher.
     
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    I like history.
     
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    they aint walking anywhere, lazy fucks
     
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    Ask Jim Beam
     
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    i think the original is dead :fil:
     
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    Q: From there, where did cats go? How did they get to the United States?
    A: Cats spread through Asia, where they also became important to societies there: An all-white cat is considered good luck, for example. They came here, to North America, with the Pilgrims, on the boats to help with the rodent populations. There are no domesticated cats that are indigenous to America or Australia, they all came over on boats.

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/science/genetics/2008-06-09-science-of-cats_N.htm
     
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    From Wiki Answers


    ""The very first cats introduced into the New World were brought by the Spanish settlers of Hispaniola in 1498 in what is now Santo Domingo. More followed, as they were often part of the ship's crew. From Hispaniola, they spread across MesoAmerica along with the Spanish. Wherever the Spanish went, the cat (and dogs) accompanied him, along with other domesticated animals like the horse, pig, sheep and cattle.

    The first cats in what became the USA landed in Florida, with the Spanish, far ahead of the Pilgrims and the eventual settlement of New England by Europeans. Cats, of course, were the answer to rodent control aboard the boats as well as in the settlements.""