How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)

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  • Published: 07 November 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:
    Julio Lacerda (who illustrated the Cyprus grave site): https://252mya.com/gallery/julio-lacerda
    Ceri Thomas (who illustrated Felis silvestris lybica): http://alphynix.tumblr.com/

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Comments • 3 198

  • Gediminas
    Gediminas  8 minutes back

    Carnivorous pets are bad

    • Hiarren
      Hiarren  39 minutes back

      But why does that stone age guy have a late 2010s trashbag hairstyle?

      • Joshüa 115
        Joshüa 115  42 minutes back

        2:55 to 3:40 you just broke down my entire Minecraft servival experience

        • Sean Chamberlain
          Sean Chamberlain  43 minutes back

          Silly video cats have been trying to civilise and educate us its not worked yet but they are patient

          • Lil Fix
            Lil Fix  46 minutes back

            07:25 "It it wasn't for us they might've never left Africa and Asia. We carried them to places they otherwise might never have seen. So maybe our [insert should treat us with a little more respek"

            • Rumbae
              Rumbae  57 minutes back

              My cats at both are both brothers and they just go hunting and kill stuff

              • John Kilpatrick
                John Kilpatrick  1 hours back

                I’m not entirely sure who domesticated whom.

                • Izh Hvk
                  Izh Hvk  1 hours back

                  And yet dogs get to be #1 and mans best freind

                  • Patrick Oshnock
                    Patrick Oshnock  2 hours back

                    Cats are so stupid too.

                    • Peachy Tea
                      Peachy Tea  2 hours back

                      Okay but what about sphinx cats

                      • ᖇᗩ乙0229
                        ᖇᗩ乙0229  2 hours back

                        Title: _How we domesticated cats (twice)?_


                        CATS: _LOL! They fell for ir, TWICEY_

                        • Ale
                          Ale  2 hours back

                          answer: we never did. The cats domesticated us.

                          • Pedro Pierre
                            Pedro Pierre  2 hours back

                            Ive noticed asian cats have a more tame character as opposed to American kitty’s

                            • Jorge Albán
                              Jorge Albán  2 hours back

                              Wasn’t it by pssst pssst pssst at them?

                              • Camper
                                Camper  2 hours back

                                All I can think of while watching this is toxoplasma gondii.

                                • Vashj Leydi
                                  Vashj Leydi  2 hours back

                                  This is wrong.

                                  Cats sit on the laps and the early people like how it purrs.. that is how humans domesticate cats.

                                  • Glucose Lover
                                    Glucose Lover  2 hours back

                                    This is the most educational cat video.

                                    • Grand Tickler
                                      Grand Tickler  3 hours back

                                      my own short version:
                                      we have lot of food
                                      food attracts mice
                                      mice attracts cats
                                      we rewarded the cat
                                      the cat proceeds by invading our home

                                      • Metaluna Zombie
                                        Metaluna Zombie  3 hours back

                                        Uneducated people: 0:56 how sweet! friends til the end!
                                        Educated people: 0:56 yeah.. that guy died, then they murdered the cat to put beside him.

                                        • zuliwe z
                                          zuliwe z  3 hours back

                                          haha catz smart hoomanz stupid. Give me a thumb up

                                          • Punky Rooster
                                            Punky Rooster  3 hours back

                                            *Cats are the WORST.*

                                            • Metaluna Zombie
                                              Metaluna Zombie  3 hours back

                                              Dogs maul babies, so they are the worst.
                                              Sorry you're a terrible person, I don't see how having a companion cuddle up with you in bed every night or bring happiness to you from day to day qualifies as the 'worst'. Maybe you're just the 'worst' person and that is probably why cats dislike you.

                                          • Kerry Russell
                                            Kerry Russell  3 hours back

                                            Not all domestic cats are direct descendants of entirely of felis silvestris lybica, some have other more recent wild cat ancestors, like the Savanna cat, the Bengal cat and some other lesser known breeds.

                                            • F Bomb
                                              F Bomb  3 hours back

                                              Who domesticated who? - My 4 legged master

                                              • Steve Rundle
                                                Steve Rundle  4 hours back

                                                LOL, Moshe! Perfect deduction.

                                                • Wajjahat Hussain
                                                  Wajjahat Hussain  4 hours back

                                                  Cats: look at this fool guy who thinks humans domesticated cats.
                                                  (Sinister laugh).

                                                  • Count Dracula
                                                    Count Dracula  4 hours back

                                                    CATS SUCK

                                                  • Ana Maria Machado Carlini

                                                    so cool

                                                    • peaceful Fury
                                                      peaceful Fury  4 hours back

                                                      nope. You tried though.

                                                      • Saraa Szaraa
                                                        Saraa Szaraa  4 hours back

                                                        Mine always pees on my laundry

                                                      • David Walsh
                                                        David Walsh  4 hours back

                                                        If my cat pees in my laundry then it's immediately became an outside cat. Fair warning!!

                                                        • David Molloy
                                                          David Molloy  4 hours back

                                                          Great stuff thanks. Can't see there being much wildlife left in Cyprus with all those moggies there.

                                                          • Adam S
                                                            Adam S  4 hours back

                                                            I would definitely Thanos the cat population

                                                            • Metaluna Zombie
                                                              Metaluna Zombie  3 hours back

                                                              and 'thanos' the dog population to save innocent babies from being mauled.

                                                          • PikaPlays
                                                            PikaPlays  5 hours back

                                                            Salute to the human and cat that died together…………

                                                            • Metaluna Zombie
                                                              Metaluna Zombie  3 hours back

                                                              clearly an uneducated person. The cat was killed and placed beside him. The same thing that they would do in ancient Egypt so that 'the cat could go with him in the afterlife'.

                                                          • DjinnePasse
                                                            DjinnePasse  5 hours back

                                                            The grave of a man with a manbun?

                                                            • Bongo Cat
                                                              Bongo Cat  5 hours back

                                                              MY LESS MUSICALLY TALENTED BRETHREN

                                                              • Bongo Cat
                                                                Bongo Cat  5 hours back

                                                                😃MEEOOOWWWWW

                                                                • CallMeCar
                                                                  CallMeCar  5 hours back

                                                                  Yeah, dogs are great and all, but are they on some of the most recognisable historic artefacts ever like Egyptian writing?

                                                                  • WhopChop
                                                                    WhopChop  5 hours back

                                                                    O:40 Watch as the North American hipster naps with his feline companion

                                                                    • Norse Perspective
                                                                      Norse Perspective  5 hours back

                                                                      I once brought in a feral cat .... key word once .

                                                                      • Ufi Anjasari
                                                                        Ufi Anjasari  5 hours back

                                                                        I was late for work because of this vid

                                                                        • Assa
                                                                          Assa  5 hours back

                                                                          *ANCIENT KITTIES*

                                                                          • primovid
                                                                            primovid  5 hours back

                                                                            "For thousands of years they stayed close to human dwellings for food, but weren't necessarily close to the people themselves."
                                                                            In other words, they were same as modern cats.

                                                                            • Chandler Langford
                                                                              Chandler Langford  5 hours back

                                                                              It’s cute to think that we’re domesticated cats🤣🤣🤣 they just tolerate us because we feed them. Go a day without feeding them and see what happens. 🤣🤣🤣

                                                                              • Graal Otonami
                                                                                Graal Otonami  5 hours back

                                                                                I would argue that Cats are tamed, not domesticated. They can usually survive and thrive without humans.

                                                                                • Tikus Keriting
                                                                                  Tikus Keriting  5 hours back

                                                                                  Are you sure?
                                                                                  I'm pretty sure we are their staff

                                                                                  • History Egg
                                                                                    History Egg  6 hours back

                                                                                    Nice one Cyprus
                                                                                    Finallt someone recognises us

                                                                                    • Babayaga Yagababa
                                                                                      Babayaga Yagababa  6 hours back

                                                                                      It's humans that have been cattificated