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?
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  • Fred Geno

    Fred Geno

    10 orë më parë

    Cats on ships keep mice down

  • Company loves misery

    Company loves misery

    14 orë më parë

    I used to love cats. I used to think they were far more intelligent and clean than dogs. Having lived with my girlfriend's cat for several months now... cats are some of the most obnoxious things that have ever lived. At least in domesticated settings. Like every wild animal, they play a role in a wild ecosystem.

  • Mats F.

    Mats F.

    15 orë më parë

    Well it was punishable by death to hurt cats in the Egyptian era, they were offered gold and milk by people, and then at the later ages of their life they got mummified which was sacred thing for higher people.

  • Yaki Gesher-Zion

    Yaki Gesher-Zion

    Ditë më parë

    Cats are all over Greece Cyprus and Israel

  • OlioBGMOTI - Bulgaria

    OlioBGMOTI - Bulgaria

    Ditë më parë

    I asked myself the same questions just a few minutes ago and couldnt fall asleep. 3 am thoughts be like

  • NotGeo2008


    Ditë më parë

    Ive been in cyprus there are a lot of cats a lot evry 100m u can find a cat

  • Vforfettuccine


    Ditë më parë

    0:34 Two Bros chilling in a dug grave 5 feet apart coz they're best friend

  • CATlord


    2 ditë më parë

    i live in cyprus lol

  • Christian


    2 ditë më parë

    Ok it's cute that they buried them together, but did they wait for it to die or did they kill it?

  • Licht


    3 ditë më parë

    Ancient kitties :3

  • Sylph Sylph

    Sylph Sylph

    3 ditë më parë

    kinnnda unlucky for 2 cats do have some..quirk like closing the light switch if they find it annoying but peeing on the laundry? really? ,you mustve got the worst of the bunch x)

  • ベジータ


    3 ditë më parë

    I hate all pets in general but video is quite nice.

  • Princess Cove

    Princess Cove

    4 ditë më parë

    The Egyptians were smart, they knew there was something special about cats, if a pet cat died the family would go into a similar state of mourning as if a family member died. See that's what a cat needs, not treats like dogs, they need respect

  • Luật Dương

    Luật Dương

    4 ditë më parë

    Cat actually domesticated us to feed them and provide shelter. It's all their masterplan. That's why you see cats looking at you everywhere you go because they keep surveillance to ensure maximum cooperation. I need to go, my cat is wak

  • Виктория Ассорова

    Виктория Ассорова

    4 ditë më parë

    В Кипре найдено захоронение 9 500-летнее, которое представляет собой одно из старейших известных в мире свидетельств общения между людьми и кошками. Захоронение представляет собой, захоронение кошки и человека. Но когда начались эти тесные отношения между людьми и кошками? И как люди помогли кошкам захватить мир?
    Большое спасибо художникам за то, что они позволили нам использовать их замечательные иллюстрации: Хулио Ласерда (который проиллюстрировал захоронение на Кипре): и
    Цери Томас
    Произведено в сотрудничестве с PBS Digital Studios:
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    5 ditë më parë

    Most of us in Cyprus Love cats. It's true that they have become a trademark of the island



      4 ditë më parë

      Κύπρος γη Γατική !

  • Marc Duncan

    Marc Duncan

    5 ditë më parë

    We haven't domesticated them we think we have they stick around for easy food that's it.

  • puking emoji

    puking emoji

    6 ditë më parë

    Imagine if dinosaur and human co exist at the same time and we domesticated them

  • Airheuènegé A air

    Airheuènegé A air

    6 ditë më parë

    they were insane big, the back leg were strong

  • WSProductions


    6 ditë më parë

    8 month old!!!!! That’s tooo Young! I’m sad now



    7 ditë më parë

    you did a great job

  • S Lauko

    S Lauko

    8 ditë më parë

    I like cats

  • Neal Campion

    Neal Campion

    9 ditë më parë

    Cat: walks into human village looking for food
    Human: so you have chosen, DOMESTICATION!

  • Rando Badando

    Rando Badando

    9 ditë më parë

    We didn't domesticate cats, cats domesticated us. Twice.

  • DK Dempcey Knight DK

    DK Dempcey Knight DK

    9 ditë më parë

    "Who wants chicken, who wants liver? Meow Mix Meow Mix please deliver! "
    Go ahead I dare ya to sing that commercial in my house! See, hear, experience what happens!

  • SnK Views

    SnK Views

    9 ditë më parë

    The only idea I got out of this was, were there really guys who sported the man-bun back in the day?

  • Mig Caro

    Mig Caro

    9 ditë më parë

    no thst cat died with a human sacrifice beside it

  • LeKnight Studios

    LeKnight Studios

    9 ditë më parë

    Is that an ocelot

  • It Was A Good Idea At The Time

    It Was A Good Idea At The Time

    9 ditë më parë

    Dogs have Masters, Cats have Slaves.
    *"In Ancient Times Cats were worshipped as Gods, they have never forgotten this."*
    *~ Sir Terry Pratchett.*

  • Orion Tomashevska

    Orion Tomashevska

    10 ditë më parë

    Dogs: our best friends
    Cats: our overlords

  • Jake Ryker

    Jake Ryker

    10 ditë më parë

    Humans: Well, the dogs helped us a lot... let's try cats.
    Cats: 💤😴 Is it time to eat yet?

  • Era Aion

    Era Aion

    12 ditë më parë

    When you said "Millet" you showed a picture of corn kernels, smooth.

  • Onyxx Productions

    Onyxx Productions

    12 ditë më parë

    I always try to imagine the first human to ever see a kitten... awwwww

  • Lost Aquarian

    Lost Aquarian

    13 ditë më parë

    That cat killed that guy, that's why they're together, locked to the death.

  • A Biss

    A Biss

    13 ditë më parë

    Maybe our pet cats should treat us a little bit more with respect, You hear that Benny.

  • Chiks


    15 ditë më parë

    More like how cats domesticated us

  • fausto123


    16 ditë më parë

    I live with 23 of those 600.000.000 cats

  • Chocolate Pie

    Chocolate Pie

    16 ditë më parë

    they're cute

  • Adam Cajander

    Adam Cajander

    18 ditë më parë

    This man talks like he's reading an encyclopedia at 3x normal conversation speed. It's so dry. Attenborough, where you at bro?

  • Modern Witch

    Modern Witch

    19 ditë më parë

    It's not a coincidence that Goddess Venus being born in Cyprus has many cats in the cats symbolizes femininity.

  • Sunlion


    20 ditë më parë

    “Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are God. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are God.”
    - Christopher Hitchens

  • JohnDoe080283


    22 ditë më parë

    wake up!! they domestiCATed us (twice)!!!!

  • Jojo


    22 ditë më parë

    Dogs: loyal till the end
    Cats: feed me

  • Somaya Raj

    Somaya Raj

    22 ditë më parë


  • clarkewi


    23 ditë më parë


  • Chiara Bond

    Chiara Bond

    23 ditë më parë


  • Tensai55


    23 ditë më parë

    If cats are peeing anywhere other than the litter box, there's a problem. The litter box might need to be cleaned more often. You might need an additional litter box (a general rule of thumb is 2 for one cat, then an additional 1 for *each* cat after that). They might have a urinary tract infection (cats are prone to these). Or it might be a result of any other number of things - especially if they're declawed.

  • Adam Francis

    Adam Francis

    23 ditë më parë

    It seems dogs are fully domesticated. Cats are only partially domesticated. A Cat goes out solo, patrols a territory and will still kill prey, no matter how well fed ...

  • Wolfpaw #

    Wolfpaw #

    24 ditë më parë

    I love cats and dogs. I like how the history of this. they hunted for us back then now here they are. Cats are here with us now

  • Wolfpaw #

    Wolfpaw #

    24 ditë më parë

    Ok cat video we’re are the cat haters 😡. Because I see lost of people say that cats are Heratless THARE NOT cats are sassy and. I love it

  • Paladin Rense

    Paladin Rense

    24 ditë më parë

    They don't wanna be fed, they wanna hunt

  • A S

    A S

    24 ditë më parë

    I looooovee tabby cats!!

  • Cypher791


    25 ditë më parë

    “For some reason these people let us sleep in front of the fire all day in exchange for nothing..”

  • Grabaciones de Siwkann

    Grabaciones de Siwkann

    25 ditë më parë

    Where is twice? -1

  • William Kapelanski

    William Kapelanski

    25 ditë më parë

    "ancient kitties"

  • Sena T

    Sena T

    25 ditë më parë

    Me looking at my cats and thinking: How we failed domesticating cats (twice)?

  • Charlymaumushi


    25 ditë më parë

    Tricky. They are still not domesticated. XD

  • Rough collies

    Rough collies

    26 ditë më parë

    My cat definitely domesticated me

  • Naouali Nizar

    Naouali Nizar

    26 ditë më parë

    South west Asia => Middle East

  • Elia Rigolini

    Elia Rigolini

    26 ditë më parë

    We didn't domesticate cats.

    *They domesticated us.*

  • D D

    D D

    26 ditë më parë

    Hey all you cool cats and kittens

  • Valentin Islas

    Valentin Islas

    27 ditë më parë

    All videos say we never domesticated cats... and yet this one video says we did... LMAO bruh, has these peoples ever had a cat? HA #DOWNVOTE

  • King Croc

    King Croc

    27 ditë më parë

    something tells me the Engineers, our creators, came back around 10,000-20,000 years ago, and genetically engineered the wolves that had evolved here millions of years ago when they put us all here, and they took the small-big cats like cheateahs bobcats or whatever and genetically engineered them and gave them to use as offerings, like you would offer your child a toy. they then left. and well yeah there ya go. your dog has no soul.

  • A New Earth

    A New Earth

    27 ditë më parë

    we need to know the genetic variation of cats because some can hunt rats and snakes while others fail at controlling them

  • Tom Russo

    Tom Russo

    27 ditë më parë

    It is a well known fact of evolution. Dogs have masters, cats have staff (that would be us!)

  • 08mlascelles


    28 ditë më parë

    This is why I’ve always loved cats. They’re still always semi-wild. You have to earn their affection and loyalty over time. I love dogs too, but it’s in their genetic programming to automatically follow and obey their perceived alpha due to being pack animals. As long as you show authority, a dog will usually automatically love and respect you. I love how independent cats are, yet they can be so loyal and loving if you gain their trust.

  • Eliana Moran

    Eliana Moran

    28 ditë më parë

    In the next episode: How cats domesticated humans...
    I’m one of these humans...

  • Omar Delawar

    Omar Delawar

    28 ditë më parë

    You cat to be kitten me right meaow!

  • superduperboyx


    29 ditë më parë

    I tried to have my cat watch this and he gave me 2 middle paws and walked away.

  • Nameless Nick97

    Nameless Nick97

    29 ditë më parë

    I wish I wasn’t allergic to cats

  • Harriet Harlow

    Harriet Harlow

    29 ditë më parë

    I dunno. I think cats domesticated us. lol

  • Dianne Forit

    Dianne Forit

    Muaj më parë

    How do they know it wasn't the same cat? They often look alike you know. I mean once our neighbor's cat came over and my old mother fed it for week.

  • GE LA

    GE LA

    Muaj më parë

    we are cat all slaves

  • Mori Monte

    Mori Monte

    Muaj më parë

    Should I assume that Cyprus is the Cats Mainland?

  • Maximum Melody

    Maximum Melody

    Muaj më parë

    So basically we domesticated cats by forming a symbiotic relationship with them.

  • zeus prophet

    zeus prophet

    Muaj më parë

    It wasn't humans who domesticated cats but cats domesticating humans. Rodents carry diseases and populate around humans. as a result humans were hunting gatherers until the cats came allong and ate rats. Hence human civilization became a phenomenon.

  • Lucas Smith

    Lucas Smith

    Muaj më parë

    I thought cats were only partially domesticated. That’s what I was taught anyway. Cats can switch to feral in a remarkably short time. Only certain breeds of dogs can live without humans. Most cats can take or leave people.

  • Timothy Dingman

    Timothy Dingman

    Muaj më parë

    Cypress, Sardinia, some cities in Turkey and the Czech Republic are merrily controlled by cats Merchants feed them, tourists photograph them. They are healthy, fat, happy and friendly. The historic annecdote is: one day, the prohit was walkin on a street in Damascus (ad your preferred city) . ahe was approached by a ct that brusshe against his leg and purred. The Prohet was amused and bent down to touch it's forehead. That is why EVERY cat has an "M" in the fur of it's forehead. Nice story for the first day of Ramadan

  • Zach Courtney

    Zach Courtney

    Muaj më parë

    This video is nothing but, how? We don’t know, but it might be this

  • Monkey Tron

    Monkey Tron

    Muaj më parë

    Cats are like cool rockstars that will never sell out fully.