My cat, Yuki, is a determined hunter. I am fascinated as I watch her slowly stalking across the expanse of the living room, with her eye keenly focused on her prey, I know that the mouse, stuffed as it is, does not stand a chance of escape. Cats have always been a source of fascination for mankind throughout history. Todays cats have become one of the worlds most popular pets perfectly suited for the lifestyle of our day. But, where did the domestic cat originate and how have they survived when many other animals have become extinct?