How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)

Publikuar 6 Nën 2019
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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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  • Irvin Gomez

    Irvin Gomez

    7 orë më parë

    Cats are not domesticated.

  • Skuntac


    7 orë më parë

    You could probably slow down a bit.

  • Mila Ayuhara

    Mila Ayuhara

    8 orë më parë

    Is this 1.25 speed? xD

  • The Cynic

    The Cynic

    8 orë më parë

    Well theres about 40 feral cats in my neighborhood not counting the 20 pets that rome around and mate the feral cats as well.
    We call the humane society and they put traps out but they never work. Usually a skunk ends up in the traps.

  • triptank


    8 orë më parë

    Each sentence, rife with information 👌

  • 4one14


    8 orë më parë

    His 'right meow!' was so cute, but then again he usually is lol

  • esilence


    8 orë më parë

    What i love is that you immediately start talking and explaining, while many other youtubers start with their f* intro and blablabla

  • Gulaid M

    Gulaid M

    8 orë më parë

    YouTube: “how did we domesticate cats”
    Meanwhile on
    Catube: “how did we domesticate humans”

  • Ronny Biggs

    Ronny Biggs

    9 orë më parë

    I thought it was by holding a fish in front while not having eye contact with the cat

  • Neiro X

    Neiro X

    9 orë më parë


  • Martin Amarilla

    Martin Amarilla

    9 orë më parë

    Human: you are mine now
    Cat: sure whatever just take me around the world and feed me constantly

  • arkouda arkoudovitch

    arkouda arkoudovitch

    9 orë më parë

    Yeah no wonder every military encampment in cyprus was a minimum of 40 cats.

  • John Leyja

    John Leyja

    9 orë më parë

    Mine likes to chew on wires🤬

  • sed hassan

    sed hassan

    9 orë më parë

    Why i'm seeing this?😂

  • neoamaru


    9 orë më parë

    Now I know where the names Felix & Sylvester come from (wrt cats)

  • Vydta


    9 orë më parë

    ....waaait I just found out that the cat I owned when I was 11 was a wild wonder people think its huge lol I lived in a village when I was young so no one knows which cat is domesticable and which is not

  • Yankee redneck

    Yankee redneck

    9 orë më parë

    You should have brought up that feral cats are decimating the wild animals in Australia destroying whole populations of Kangaroo Mice

  • Jonathan Freund

    Jonathan Freund

    9 orë më parë

    All the thumbs down are from dog lovers, love them both theyre all cute.

  • James Carmody

    James Carmody

    9 orë më parë

    Cats protect food well, but we all know the reason that guy was buried with his cat was because he looooooooooved it!

  • NotJJ


    9 orë më parë


  • Άγγελος Αβεντισιάν

    Άγγελος Αβεντισιάν

    10 orë më parë

    I can't focus on the video because of the cute cats

  • adrianna


    10 orë më parë

    My cat looks like a wild kitty, just a very very small version. Hes smaller then an average house cat. But he was born in the wild so it suits him

  • Gabrielle Sivley

    Gabrielle Sivley

    10 orë më parë

    I love the slight shade he was throwing at cats the whole video... 😂

  • august baptiste

    august baptiste

    10 orë më parë

    Cats suck

  • Paul Brasfield

    Paul Brasfield

    10 orë më parë

    3 words.......just feed them

  • sam ZEbra

    sam ZEbra

    10 orë më parë

    Cats r cool asf

  • john coen

    john coen

    10 orë më parë

    And Steve

  • Cuban CigarMan

    Cuban CigarMan

    10 orë më parë

    Cat Commander calling out all meows and feline agents... seek and destroy all human nuclear weapons codes, keys, and combinations! “ we must ensure another 10 thousand years of domestication!”

  • morgan minecraft legion

    morgan minecraft legion

    10 orë më parë

    You're saying cats have taken over at a population of 600M? When there are 7B humans?

  • PatrickAllenNL


    10 orë më parë

    It was about food. It still is..

  • dimitrilevampire


    11 orë më parë

    This is not the truth... The truth is they domesticated hooman as their servants to scraping poop and morning massage

  • Kxrrin


    11 orë më parë

    This video was made for me

  • Sagar Sagar

    Sagar Sagar

    11 orë më parë

    Felus Sylvesterus used to chase Canarus Tweetus 5000 years ago ?

  • Liv4Love


    11 orë më parë

    I am literally watching cat videos on YT! Facepalm!

  • Av


    11 orë më parë

    they are also invasive like everywhere and are causing so many things being pushed to endangerment and extinction

  • Dom s

    Dom s

    11 orë më parë

    Cats are still wild, and only come for food

  • REDPOWERable


    11 orë më parë

    3 a.m. why am I watching this? I don’t know...

  • baikia777


    11 orë më parë

    Dog ancestor : wow hyooman fed me. Friends!
    Cat ancestor : oh look slaves. Let's annoy them until they give me food.

  • DopestDope


    12 orë më parë

    my question is why did it stop? shouldn't they evolve and become more domesticated by now?

  • CitizenOfTheWorld


    12 orë më parë

    I am just here for the cats.

  • Jens Velthuijsen

    Jens Velthuijsen

    12 orë më parë

    this video was nice, thanks!

  • Caprisunn


    12 orë më parë

    cats wanted love so much they domesticated themselves. this is why i love them so much over dogs. i love my boys who just want to be with me no matter what : ) (i still love dogs dont end me)

  • Indranil Bagchi

    Indranil Bagchi

    12 orë më parë

    How cats domesticated us! Meow!

  • damion joseph

    damion joseph

    12 orë më parë

    when you understand cats, cats understand you. they're special minded and can hold the best bond imaginable.

  • Paul Willems

    Paul Willems

    12 orë më parë

    I dig it!

  • billhillard


    13 orë më parë

    Maybe the cat peeing in your laundry basket is trying to make your clothes smell better... which really seems to be more of a comment on you.

  • Justiinus


    13 orë më parë

    On normal speed...

  • Gediminas


    13 orë më parë

    Carnivorous pets are bad

  • Hiarren


    14 orë më parë

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

  • Joshüa 115

    Joshüa 115

    14 orë më parë

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

  • Sean Chamberlain

    Sean Chamberlain

    14 orë më parë

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

  • Lil Fix

    Lil Fix

    14 orë më parë

    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


    14 orë më parë

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

  • John Kilpatrick

    John Kilpatrick

    14 orë më parë

    I’m not entirely sure who domesticated whom.

  • Izh Hvk

    Izh Hvk

    14 orë më parë

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

  • Patrick Oshnock

    Patrick Oshnock

    14 orë më parë

    Cats are so stupid too.

  • Peachy Tea

    Peachy Tea

    15 orë më parë

    Okay but what about sphinx cats

  • ᖇᗩ乙0229


    15 orë më parë

    Title: _How we domesticated cats (twice)?_

    CATS: _LOL! They fell for ir, TWICEY_

  • Ale


    15 orë më parë

    answer: we never did. The cats domesticated us.

  • Pedro Pierre

    Pedro Pierre

    15 orë më parë

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