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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    Ceri Thomas (who illustrated Felis silvestris lybica):

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Comments • 3 460

  • Phantom9252
    Phantom9252  3 minutes back

    Cats rule the world

    • Mr. Myrino
      Mr. Myrino  28 minutes back

      I just gave them fish 🐟

      • Charles Wagner
        Charles Wagner  43 minutes back


        • Frank Ballast
          Frank Ballast  48 minutes back

          Bro these comments are the best !

          • Bamsy
            Bamsy  1 hours back

            Does this mean Florida man can domesticate alligators?

            • Leanne H
              Leanne H  1 hours back

              We never domesticated the cat, it domesticated us.

              • Daphne Rodriguez
                Daphne Rodriguez  2 hours back


                • Super Neccessary
                  Super Neccessary  2 hours back

                  Can you guys make a video on who killed JEFFREY EPSTEIN.

                  • Jeff Davis
                    Jeff Davis  2 hours back

                    My theory: Cats taught ancient man how to distill grains and produce alcohol. They offered "Protection Services" to insure the grains were protected.

                    • keo warner
                      keo warner  2 hours back

                      I love how cats sort of domesticated themselves by filling the much needed role of pest control

                      • FatherBootyHands
                        FatherBootyHands  3 hours back

                        Dogs are so much better

                        • beastlike 2712
                          beastlike 2712  3 hours back

                          This guy speaks too quickly. Lose the coffee

                          • Marina Cover
                            Marina Cover  3 hours back

                            The comments section is full of cat people🥰

                            • John Ruud
                              John Ruud  3 hours back

                              I don't think this is true, cats were the ones who taught humans to care for them and they are our owners and overlords.

                              • Logan Ferguson
                                Logan Ferguson  4 hours back

                                No geological references? More than likely the cats were already on Cyprus when the Mediterranean was flooded.

                                • Ian Beddowes
                                  Ian Beddowes  4 hours back

                                  I grew up as a child in central Birmingham, England. Either you livedwith cats or you lived with mice. No middle way.

                                  • Michael Farrell
                                    Michael Farrell  4 hours back

                                    Forgot to like the video... The last joke made me immediately run to the like button

                                    • Wade M. Myers
                                      Wade M. Myers  5 hours back

                                      Ancient kitties :)

                                      • VITTXRIO
                                        VITTXRIO  5 hours back

                                        Domesticated cats? My cats are still savage when they want to. They've been living here since 2014. More like mutual agreement or the cat adopts you.

                                        • Ulex
                                          Ulex  5 hours back

                                          "How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)"
                                          Im sorry to break it to you, we didn´t domesticated cats, at all.

                                          • Brett Faver
                                            Brett Faver  5 hours back

                                            sounds like stockholm syndrome

                                            • Jeremiah Scherer
                                              Jeremiah Scherer  5 hours back

                                              I've never met a domesticated cat.

                                              • BeBe R. Rodriguez
                                                BeBe R. Rodriguez  5 hours back

                                                Proof that ALL cats are domesticated by humans .......



                                                • Fleetwood Snacc
                                                  Fleetwood Snacc  6 hours back

                                                  Not here to watch the vid, just to say:
                                                  We domesticated cats because otherwise, the world would be unsafe

                                                  • eLMoney20
                                                    eLMoney20  6 hours back

                                                    I watched it YouTube! Are you happy?

                                                    • Dante Kharma
                                                      Dante Kharma  6 hours back

                                                      I have class in 10 min, why am I watching this

                                                      • Blake Salchow
                                                        Blake Salchow  6 hours back

                                                        I love when he says wild kitty’s

                                                        • Shannen Canton
                                                          Shannen Canton  7 hours back

                                                          Silvesteris? Sylvester!!

                                                          • n cnsnnts
                                                            n cnsnnts  7 hours back

                                                            If your cat's constantly peeing on your laundry, theyvd either got a territorial issue with a cat outside, or theyve got a urinary infection x)

                                                            • Kairi Suzuki
                                                              Kairi Suzuki  7 hours back

                                                              I learned that humans first domesticated cats not only in North Africa, but also Southeast Asia. This speculation from the genetic analysis can solve the mystery of the 9,500-year-old house cat remain from Cyprus.

                                                              • KroneYT
                                                                KroneYT  7 hours back

                                                                Well, it's not surprising. Don't you know what Cyprus stands for? It's actually an abbreviation:

                                                                C - Crazy cat lady land
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                                                                • Minene Uryuu922 I PC Masterrace I

                                                                  theres an error in the title , it should be "how cats trained us "

                                                                  • Kookiejamz Lepcha rai
                                                                    Kookiejamz Lepcha rai  8 hours back

                                                                    No actually it's the other way around . We work for our pet cats we are their butlers

                                                                    • HamzaA
                                                                      HamzaA  9 hours back

                                                                      Ok but why the man bun?

                                                                      • Brother GG
                                                                        Brother GG  9 hours back

                                                                        We don't...

                                                                        • Penni Allen
                                                                          Penni Allen  9 hours back

                                                                          I don't think cats are domestic animals at all. I love the information you've provided, but their behaviors and instincts just lead me to this conclusion.

                                                                          • Ojalá Wilson
                                                                            Ojalá Wilson  10 hours back

                                                                            The Egyptians did that

                                                                            • Phillsopher Slav
                                                                              Phillsopher Slav  10 hours back

                                                                              So it's not clickbait, how is this even possible :D

                                                                              • ceep
                                                                                ceep  10 hours back

                                                                                If cats weren’t domesticated they would kill someone in a few seconds

                                                                                • Notorious Hunter
                                                                                  Notorious Hunter  10 hours back


                                                                                  • Jake Lambuth
                                                                                    Jake Lambuth  10 hours back

                                                                                    Ancient cat: Hey human, I'll kill your rodents in exchange for a place to sleep and treats. I also will take over your internet in the near future.

                                                                                    Ancient human: Sounds good bro. Sign me up.

                                                                                    • WolfSoulZell
                                                                                      WolfSoulZell  10 hours back

                                                                                      What I learned out of this: We need to breed cats for a variety of purposes like we do with dogs. I want a huge guard cat!

                                                                                      • Damien Peladan
                                                                                        Damien Peladan  10 hours back

                                                                                        Worst mistake humanity has ever made (twice)

                                                                                        • Darth Subaru
                                                                                          Darth Subaru  11 hours back

                                                                                          I have 2 cats, they are amazing. I love cats

                                                                                          • Jimeth
                                                                                            Jimeth  11 hours back

                                                                                            Just a lil kitty

                                                                                            • lastplaceclub
                                                                                              lastplaceclub  11 hours back

                                                                                              If cats had opposable thumbs they would over throw the human race

                                                                                              • CinereoTheRogue
                                                                                                CinereoTheRogue  12 hours back

                                                                                                Mad respect for the meow pun, great execution!

                                                                                                • pokijh jjjoo
                                                                                                  pokijh jjjoo  12 hours back

                                                                                                  also goats are domesticated