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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  • Woo Bino

    Woo Bino

     45 minutes ago

    How come we didn't domesticate the rats?

  • V DOG

    V DOG

     3 hours ago

    A saber tooth would have been an amazing pet!

  • Molikai


     9 hours ago

    Is worth noting that felis catus is a social cat - they form colonies.

  • Lawrence Chen

    Lawrence Chen

     13 hours ago

    We domesticated dogs by getting them accustomed to the human presence.
    Cats domesticated humans by getting us accustomed to their presence.

  • Nirvana Love

    Nirvana Love

     16 hours ago

    We're Face To Face With The Cat Who Sold The World.

  • Murtaza Bijani

    Murtaza Bijani

     16 hours ago

    Wait, is that a hipster skeleton they found with the cat...?

  • Kooka Munga

    Kooka Munga

     17 hours ago

    My completely domesticated cat was let outside and later i would leave a window open for him. he learned to hunt on his own and would kill and eat a variety of animals, happily. despite having 24 access to food. he didnt need me in the slightest. he just liked me i suppose. every generation of cat is born wild and needs to be domesticated within 2 months. My other cat that was a few months younger than him and was entirely feral and it took a long time to get her trust. but she was timid and would only venture outside if he was nearby. when he ventured away she reentered immediately. a tail of opposites.

  • Colin Merritt

    Colin Merritt

     19 hours ago

    Shouldn't this read "How cats domesticated us"?

  • flippingo


     19 hours ago

    Couldn't the narrator speak just a tad faster, please.

  • Pablo Raphael Vieira Fernandes

    Pablo Raphael Vieira Fernandes

     23 hours ago

    I still think we haven't

  • David A. Chamberlain

    David A. Chamberlain


    Have you ever considered humans survived because of cats?

  • Yo Papi

    Yo Papi


    1:15 yeah might not feel like it because its more like "They domesticated us"

  • A Reilly

    A Reilly


    Love my Mackerel Tabby's 😻 this was an interesting video.

  • AlexBryan



    We didn't domesticate cats.

    Cats chose to live with us.

  • jayshaun riley

    jayshaun riley


    Um not true cats can like water the only reason house cats don't like water is because they are inside and never exposed to water via bathes regularly.

  • Rapid Revolver

    Rapid Revolver


    Cats are awesome they're like little house tigers 🤣

  • Lumberjack king the great

    Lumberjack king the great


    Wasn't the video title how cats demestacated us twice im serious I remember

  • Neo Monk

    Neo Monk


    We’ve domesticated cats twice, but it still hasn’t taken hold. will the third time be the charm?

  • Yogizilla


     2 days ago

    Cats are awesome and understanding their Origins has given me a newfound appreciation. Thank you for this wonderful history!

  • Yiayiosmalakas


     2 days ago +1

    i live in cyprus xd