How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)

  • Published on:  Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • A 9,500 year old burial in Cyprus represents some of the oldest known evidence of human/cat companionships anywhere in the world. But when did this close relationship between humans and cats start? And how did humans help cats take over the world? 

    Big thanks to these paleoartists for allowing us to use their wonderful illustrations:
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    Ceri Thomas (who illustrated Felis silvestris lybica):

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  • Seanonymous


     seconds ago

    •How Cats Can Has Cheeseburger (Twice)*

  • Zeratul


     23 minutes ago

    You did a bad job. Soviet scientist Dmitry Beliaev recreated cats domestication process on foxes, foxes are also non pride individualistic animals, just like cats. People simply select most friendly cats until this friendliness become genetic

  • wyo russ

    wyo russ

     34 minutes ago

    Wild cats and outdoor pet cats kill billions of birds each year. They are one of the biggest causes for the decline in bird populations . I like some cats but dang.....🥺

  • JDB 1113

    JDB 1113

     35 minutes ago

    I actually grew up around dogs. I had over 15 dogs throughout my first 12 years of life, and I picked up how to train them since I was little. Now as a grown man I got me 2 cats when they were 3 months old, and I started training them as I would train dogs. Now they answer my voice, they come when I call, they go when I say, they do paw shakes and sit down on command (basic commands). So I guess that the only reason why people think that cats are more "proud" and hardheaded than dogs is that people rarely try to train a cat.

    Dog training is a must, and even without anyone telling you that, you get this "gut" feeling that your dog needs to know the basic commands. You take them outside after all, they can be quite strong and big and you have to remain in control.

    Meanwhile cats are deemed as purely home pets (in most cases) and rarely anyone ever thinks that a cat needs training in basic commands, you just kinda feed them and pet them, and clean out their litter.

    On cats that are older than 1 year it's gonna be a tough job, however I've managed to train my two kitties since they were 3 months old, and they're literally like dogs.

    So yeah, it's the owner, not the cat. You need to be a leader and teach them how to be a part of the pack (I know that unlike dogs, cats are mostly lone "wolfs", but I don't think that that instinct is too strong, they can be a part of the pack).

  • Harry Balzak

    Harry Balzak

     48 minutes ago

    Cats would never get to eat tuna without humans.

  • Pyro Falcon

    Pyro Falcon

     49 minutes ago

    Im allergic to cats

  • Helena Karlsson

    Helena Karlsson

     56 minutes ago

    I suppose they don't have a rat problem on Cyprus though.

  • Elliott Enriquez

    Elliott Enriquez

     an hour ago +2

    Plot twist: We don't know how we domesticated cats cause they domesticated us.



     an hour ago +1

    My neighbour received 2 cows, 5 goats and a cat when he traded his daughter to the highest bidder. It was a great wedding for my neighbour, the guests and the cat. The cows didn't care. And the goats were dinner.

  • hustlingHassler


     an hour ago

    600.000.000 cats times 10 cached birds a year (conservative guess) are 6 billion birds killed by house cats. I think we therefore can tolerate a few birds killed by wind farms



     an hour ago +1

    Poor food storage attracts rodents to make cats more useful than dogs around the house of people who live like animals themselves.

  • Jasper Jahnke

    Jasper Jahnke

     an hour ago

    We did not Domesticated Cats , they domesticated us !!

  • BillyBob


     an hour ago

    Cats were originally attracted to our tails, way back.

  • emman emman

    emman emman

     2 hours ago +1

    Wild cat: let me get close to this group of humans. What’s the worst that could happen.

    Thousands of years later: grumpy face dafuq?

  • FrnnkEducation


     2 hours ago

    Lol they never use the word Africa just Egypt Egypt Egypt so as to distinguish the fact that Africans were the first to domesticate cats. Lol Neanderthals can't stand to mention us .

  • Chum Dog

    Chum Dog

     2 hours ago

    I had to check the speed I thought it was turned up

  • Constantinos Yerasimou

    Constantinos Yerasimou

     2 hours ago

    I live in Cyprus and I used to have cats at home as a kid. The numbers are not exaggerated they are literally everywhere. The sad part is that they get run over constantly by cars, and for the most part its the cat's fault.

  • Angela Sieg

    Angela Sieg

     2 hours ago

    I'm not quite a crazy cat lady but I haven't been without feline companions since I got my 1st appartment 😻

  • Blake Scheidegger

    Blake Scheidegger

     2 hours ago

    Well call it what you want but not having a herd mentality they don't really hit all the scientific criteria for domestication.

  • Genzan


     2 hours ago

    "Like right Meow!" This make me laugh harder than it should!!! xDDD