The story of domestication of cats is a very interesting one. Unlike other domesticated animals (dogs, cattle, horses, pigs, etc.) who are social animals and are providing various practical assistance to humans, cats are non-social animals with hardly a serious function, at least as it was 11 000 years ago, when cat was domesticated.
I discuss countless sayings about cats and propose the reason why cats are so much loved by many humans, particularly, by creative people and artists of various professions. We will also discuss why there are people who hate cats and are even afraid of them.
You can see the chapter from my 2014 book Tigers, Lions, and Humans: History of Rivalry, Conflict, Reverence and Love, a special chapter "Leonardo Da Vinci’s Masterpiece".