The family tree
Among other things, cats can get a version of AIDS, eye diseases, and of course, diabetes. Unraveling the genes is the first step to new medicines for cats and their not-to-distant cousins: us.
So good for us and good for the estimated 90 million house cats in the United States.
Now, one hundred million years ago we and cats and dogs and monkeys and presumably whales, all had a common ancestor. I’ve been spending a lot of time studying a cat at close range these last few months; and I’ve come to the conclusion that we humans are more similar to dogs than cats. In lots of ways, but especially in eating habits.
If you turn the average dog lose in a dog food factory over night you will find it dead in the morning. Dogs will eat until they are out of food or until they explode. Just like most humans. Cats, on the other hand, just eat what they need. You can leave a huge bowl of cat food out and the cat will graze as needed.
How do we become more like the cat branch of the family?