The team found evidence that a combination of evolution and human selection favored genes that give cats distinctive traits. These include sharp senses, a love for meat, and even the ability to learn (some) tricks in return for treats. The research follows on the first cat genome sequencing effort, which was published in 2007. This latest read used genetic material from the same purebred pet, a female Abyssinian named Cinnamon. For some parts of the analysis, Cinnamon's DNA acted a stand-in for all domestic cats', while in other parts of the analysis, the researchers also sequenced more pet cats, as well as wildcats.