Who was your cat born to be?
To enrich the lives of domestic cats, we dug deeper than ever before.
Why? Because a cat's true nature - where they come from, how they behave, and what makes them tick - has largely remained a mystery. This has led to cats being misread, misrepresented, and misunderstood, even by those of us who love them most.
Whether we're talking about tabbies or calicos, Siamese or Persians, it's believed that the roots of the domestic cat can be traced back to a distinct group of wild cats. To further our knowledge about them, we traveled to observe one of their living ancestors.
We'll show you how the African Wildcat behaves in its native environment, as our experts studied everything from their favorite foods to how their play as a kitten hones the skills needed for survival.
Then, see how we applied our learning to raising Cash, a kitten adopted from a shelter, according to his true nature.
By uncovering the truth about what the African Wildcat was born to be, we've gained a new appreciation for who domestic cats are today - and share what we can all do to make their lives better.
We invite you to join the journey, and the conversation.
Learn more about where our journey to discover the true nature of cats began - with the African Wildcat.
The Journey: Looking Back
Purina ONE researched the African Wildcat to gain a deeper understanding of domestic cats.
Learn About It
Domestic Cats and African Wildcats
Purina ONE's team of experts traveled to South Africa to research the cat's closest living relative, the African Wildcat.
Humans and Cats - A History
Learn about the history of humans co-existing with cats.
A Day in the Life
Members of our Facebook community helped us compare a day of African Wildcat with their cats at home.