How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)

  • 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?
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Comments • 3 556

    KvNBLAZE  12 годин тому

    This video is so informative got my sub

    • Rainul Islam Avash
      Rainul Islam Avash  13 годин тому

      Next time it will be them domesticating us. Wait.....oh no...

      • Silver Wizardess
        Silver Wizardess  14 годин тому

        I wonder what would happen if cats were bred for behavior. I wonder if it would be possible to breed a whole new type of cat. 🤔

        • miriyumm
          miriyumm  14 годин тому

          Love this!!!

          • You'reworthy Ofalllove
            You'reworthy Ofalllove  14 годин тому

            Brought ‘me around women; that’s where they learned everything from lol!

            • AmaraOlorin
              AmaraOlorin  15 годин тому

              Man...cats do NOT "need" humans. If we don't clean out their litter box, that bothers US, not them. They'll just find another poo-place. If anything, they have domesticated US. I mean, we keep them, and that means we have to clean up after them.

              • Jeremy Thomas
                Jeremy Thomas  15 годин тому

                Feral cats are a huge problem in Australia wiping out heaps of native species.

                • Defiant_ace _x
                  Defiant_ace _x  15 годин тому

                  Cats aren’t domesticated change my mind

                  • Nich Hodge
                    Nich Hodge  15 годин тому

                    I think that cats believe they have domesticated humans!

                    • nouman khan
                      nouman khan  15 годин тому

                      Why did we domesticate cats for gods sake?

                      • Lurid Phaesporia
                        Lurid Phaesporia  15 годин тому

                        Super interested in the criteria of domesticated animals. What are some examples of animals that have been permanently genetically changed by human influence, yet are not reliant on humans in our world today? Can’t think of any off the top of my head but I probably will after I hit post here LOL

                        • Lurid Phaesporia
                          Lurid Phaesporia  15 годин тому

                          Just realized any answers are probably gonna be really sad. Bummer.

                          • Ja Ne
                            Ja Ne  15 годин тому

                            Cats peeing in laundry baskets ? I have 2 , 15 and 10 years old and they have NEVER peed on laundry much less knocked anything off the counter ... I can only speak of my cats though , still sounds strange

                            • Jose Flores
                              Jose Flores  16 годин тому

                              We just fed them fish

                              • Erika
                                Erika  16 годин тому

                                We never domesticated cats. Cats domesticated us. 🐈

                                • Uriel Ayala
                                  Uriel Ayala  16 годин тому

                                  Nobody : Me at 3am : Watching Videos of domesticating cats

                                  • Meeea
                                    Meeea  16 годин тому

                                    Ancient Person: hey you want to come live with me Ancient cat: yeah I guess

                                    • bo0tsy1
                                      bo0tsy1  17 годин тому

                                      Yeah, they always seem feral to me. Maybe title should be attempted to domesticate.

                                      • Averon God of fire
                                        Averon God of fire  17 годин тому

                                        “Felis catus” of thats some Tolkien level naming

                                        • Pat Rick
                                          Pat Rick  18 годин тому

                                          I find it interesting how we domesticated dogs and cats twice

                                          • George Manus
                                            George Manus  18 годин тому

                                            I love them all

                                            • HumpMeFuckMeDaddy BetterMakeMeChoke
                                              HumpMeFuckMeDaddy BetterMakeMeChoke  18 годин тому

                                              can we give nekos credit now?& stop calling them evil

                                              • Jack Passmore
                                                Jack Passmore  18 годин тому

                                                The Vanilla Villain Aprvs ths mssg

                                                • GRAVE HEAVEN
                                                  GRAVE HEAVEN  18 годин тому

                                                  No one: UAclips recommendations at 2 am:

                                                  • Bertha Lovejoy
                                                    Bertha Lovejoy  18 годин тому

                                                    you mean how *cats domesticated US?*

                                                    • James Smith
                                                      James Smith  19 годин тому

                                                      Notice the wording this is only theory. There is no DNA evidence the common cat to other larger species from here. We can genetic test 2 million year old remains but can't on 11,000 year old remains. Ya ok. There's not much record for early human fossils either but they still test them. You'll notice in the video several times saying we still don't know but this is the beginning of understanding the domestication. Depending on the different circles I've heard for years cats arnt from here. Which is why Egyptian cult of Ra worshiped them. Or is Ra El isis Ra el ites. There's multiple skeletons of the older cats. They can find tiny mummies in the andjes or mountains like 9 10 inches much older and pull DNA and wanna have us believe they cant get DNA from the larger older cat species. Like it already hasn't been done it doesn't match. You don't need many only one. Even dinosaurs skeletons provide DNA

                                                      • Lumberjack king the great
                                                        Lumberjack king the great  19 годин тому

                                                        Cats are just using us to get access to our yard so they can hunt and they don't even need us

                                                        • Curtis Gangler
                                                          Curtis Gangler  19 годин тому

                                                          I love cats I grew up with them all my life

                                                          • 伊藤博文
                                                            伊藤博文  20 годин тому

                                                            Cats are not the domesticated animal. They just live with us. Cats don't change their life style.

                                                            • Terry Daktyl
                                                              Terry Daktyl  20 годин тому

                                                              Cats are a miracle of Evolution. Humans never domesticated them. Rather they trained humans to do their bidding.

                                                              • apurplebutton
                                                                apurplebutton  20 годин тому

                                                                So CYPRUS is the dreamland of all cat ladies around the world.

                                                                • Aaron J
                                                                  Aaron J  20 годин тому

                                                                  we'll go extinct before they ever do

                                                                  • ochaze1
                                                                    ochaze1  21 годину тому

                                                                    What strain of algae did cats spawn from?!?

                                                                    • joshua Stanaway
                                                                      joshua Stanaway  21 годину тому

                                                                      Cat owners all smell like ammonia, it's disgusting.

                                                                      • Burton Rivera
                                                                        Burton Rivera  21 годину тому

                                                                        What's this "we" sh*+?

                                                                        • Cedric Peery
                                                                          Cedric Peery  21 годину тому

                                                                          Domestication: attracting them, making friends with them, giving them sanctuary, having a quid pro quo relationship. Gradualism, duh.

                                                                          • Deejay JeanP
                                                                            Deejay JeanP  21 годину тому

                                                                            "Take me off island hooman" - There, answered it.

                                                                            • Kimberly G.
                                                                              Kimberly G.  21 годину тому

                                                                              Nope. Cats are not domesticated. And ... we're Top Chicken.відео.html

                                                                              • Matt Alexander
                                                                                Matt Alexander  21 годину тому

                                                                                Felus Catus is actually not a bad name for a cat.

                                                                                • Perkaholic
                                                                                  Perkaholic  21 годину тому

                                                                                  I just want to know who saw a lion or tiger and thought “yeah that’d make a great pet”

                                                                                  • RIcky Rick
                                                                                    RIcky Rick  22 години тому

                                                                                    Could you possibly talk any faster?

                                                                                    • Nika Mekhradze
                                                                                      Nika Mekhradze  22 години тому

                                                                                      do something related to global warming

                                                                                      • Methgod Sirius
                                                                                        Methgod Sirius  22 години тому

                                                                                        Cats are trash get a dog

                                                                                        • tbx59
                                                                                          tbx59  22 години тому

                                                                                          Dude has a robot voice

                                                                                          • Peter B
                                                                                            Peter B  22 години тому

                                                                                            My cats have never pissed on my laundary!

                                                                                            • Ivan Übermensch
                                                                                              Ivan Übermensch  22 години тому

                                                                                              But is that really how the guy in Cypress looked 10,000 years ago?

                                                                                              • Potatoe
                                                                                                Potatoe  22 години тому

                                                                                                *GREAT MY CAT IS DOMESTICATING ME*

                                                                                                • petros computers
                                                                                                  petros computers  23 години тому

                                                                                                  Im in Cyprus and have 2 cats ,they are family for me .period

                                                                                                  • daasa380
                                                                                                    daasa380  23 години тому

                                                                                                    What exactly is “southwest Asia”...? Is that another term for the Middle East? Never heard it before.

                                                                                                    • Turd Ferg
                                                                                                      Turd Ferg  23 години тому

                                                                                                      Actually cats domesticated us... Just sayin..

                                                                                                      • Swearing at Subarus
                                                                                                        Swearing at Subarus  23 години тому

                                                                                                        The reason we have no idea about how cats domesticated is because it never in reality happened. Cats just simply decided as a group to hang out with humans and eventually enslaved us

                                                                                                        • Christopher Bako
                                                                                                          Christopher Bako  23 години тому

                                                                                                          I read somewhere, %80 of orange cats are male.

                                                                                                          • JustApotatoFace
                                                                                                            JustApotatoFace  День тому

                                                                                                            We never domesticated cats... they domesticated us and they have trained us well as their servants by giving us purrs when we do something good and scratch us when we do something wrong.

                                                                                                            • youngpulla20007
                                                                                                              youngpulla20007  День тому

                                                                                                              Do a video on metamorphosis. Why do worms morph into flying insects?

                                                                                                              • Erik Bergström
                                                                                                                Erik Bergström  День тому

                                                                                                                Nah m8. The cats domesticated themselves.

                                                                                                                • Phantom9252
                                                                                                                  Phantom9252  День тому

                                                                                                                  Cats rule the world

                                                                                                                  • Mr. Myrino
                                                                                                                    Mr. Myrino  День тому

                                                                                                                    I just gave them fish 🐟

                                                                                                                    • Charles Wagner
                                                                                                                      Charles Wagner  День тому


                                                                                                                      • Frank Ballast
                                                                                                                        Frank Ballast  День тому

                                                                                                                        Bro these comments are the best !

                                                                                                                        • Bamsy
                                                                                                                          Bamsy  День тому

                                                                                                                          Does this mean Florida man can domesticate alligators?

                                                                                                                          • Leanne H
                                                                                                                            Leanne H  День тому

                                                                                                                            We never domesticated the cat, it domesticated us.