The first cats emerged during the Oligocene about 25 million years ago, with the appearance of Proailurus and Pseudaelurus.
It was long thought that cat domestication was initiated in Egypt, because cats in ancient Egypt were very popular from around 3100 BC. However, the earliest indication of an African wildcat (F. lybica) working on humans, was found in Cyprus, where a cat skeleton was excavated close by a human Neolithic grave dating to around 7500 BC. African wildcats were probably first domesticated in the Near East.
As of 2017, the domestic cat was the second-most popular pet in the U.S. by number of pets owned, after freshwater fish, with 95 million cats living in our homes. The number of cats in our houses has nearly doubled since 1965. They are literally everywhere now.