Where did cats originate?

For many years, cats were kept with egyptians. The egyptians were the first to domesticate cats. They were so important to them they would save them first in a fire before any human, dog, or whatever.
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Cats have been domesticated for about 4,000 years. The Egyptians were said to have domesticated the first felines for vermin control and protection of food storage areas.

cats came from Egypt they came to America on cargo ships they have only been around people for about 500 years