How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)

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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  1. Brett Faver

    Brett Faver8 цагийн өмнө

    sounds like stockholm syndrome

  2. Jeremiah Scherer

    Jeremiah Scherer8 цагийн өмнө

    I've never met a domesticated cat.

  3. BeBe R. Rodriguez

    BeBe R. Rodriguez8 цагийн өмнө

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

  4. Fleetwood Snacc

    Fleetwood Snacc9 цагийн өмнө

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

  5. eLMoney20

    eLMoney209 цагийн өмнө

    I watched it MNgos! Are you happy?

  6. Dante Kharma

    Dante Kharma9 цагийн өмнө

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

  7. Blake Salchow

    Blake Salchow9 цагийн өмнө

    I love when he says wild kitty’s

  8. Shannen Canton

    Shannen Canton9 цагийн өмнө

    Silvesteris? Sylvester!!

  9. n cnsnnts

    n cnsnnts10 цагийн өмнө

    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)

  10. Kairi Suzuki

    Kairi Suzuki10 цагийн өмнө

    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.

  11. KroneYT

    KroneYT10 цагийн өмнө

    Well, it's not surprising. Don't you know what Cyprus stands for? It's actually an abbreviation: C - Crazy cat lady land y - p - r - u - s -

  12. Minene Uryuu922 I PC Masterrace I

    Minene Uryuu922 I PC Masterrace I11 цагийн өмнө

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

  13. Kookiejamz Lepcha rai

    Kookiejamz Lepcha rai11 цагийн өмнө

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

  14. HamzaA

    HamzaA12 цагийн өмнө

    Ok but why the man bun?

  15. Brother GG

    Brother GG12 цагийн өмнө

    We don't...

  16. Penni Allen

    Penni Allen12 цагийн өмнө

    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.

  17. Ojalá Wilson

    Ojalá Wilson13 цагийн өмнө

    The Egyptians did that

  18. Phillsopher Slav

    Phillsopher Slav13 цагийн өмнө

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

  19. ceep

    ceep13 цагийн өмнө

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

  20. Notorious Hunter

    Notorious Hunter13 цагийн өмнө


  21. WolfSoulZell

    WolfSoulZell13 цагийн өмнө

    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!

  22. Damien Peladan

    Damien Peladan13 цагийн өмнө

    Worst mistake humanity has ever made (twice)

  23. Darth Subaru

    Darth Subaru14 цагийн өмнө

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

  24. Jimeth

    Jimeth14 цагийн өмнө

    Just a lil kitty

  25. lastplaceclub

    lastplaceclub14 цагийн өмнө

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

  26. CinereoTheRogue

    CinereoTheRogue15 цагийн өмнө

    Mad respect for the meow pun, great execution!

  27. pokijh jjjoo

    pokijh jjjoo15 цагийн өмнө

    also goats are domesticated

  28. Allan E Shady

    Allan E Shady15 цагийн өмнө

    Sounds more like the cats domesticated us

  29. Ayella Balmoi Brian

    Ayella Balmoi Brian15 цагийн өмнө

    Wow... People can actually research

  30. Ryan McKnight

    Ryan McKnight15 цагийн өмнө

    Can't we just cut to the chase and blame it on climate change?

  31. SamBoy115

    SamBoy11516 цагийн өмнө

    Guys just use raw fish and crouch next to the cat to domesticated them!

  32. MisterNarrador

    MisterNarrador16 цагийн өмнө

    there is no science behind it. cats love meet, humans hunt and bring meet, humans shares with cat, cat loves meet and now his new domesticated human pet.

  33. John Johnson

    John Johnson16 цагийн өмнө

    So, are humans domestic or wild?

  34. John Johnson

    John Johnson16 цагийн өмнө

    KITTIES!! 😍

  35. Sujay Shah

    Sujay Shah16 цагийн өмнө

    Year 3000: "How we made cats famous on internet"

  36. Fox 8ball

    Fox 8ball17 цагийн өмнө

    Cats are not domesticated by any means they are all still feral. Cats are smart enough that they use hoomans for they're own ends

  37. COIL Universe

    COIL Universe17 цагийн өмнө

    When the cat passed away, the bearded man was sacrificed to be buried with the cat as a means to accompany the cat in the afterlife.

  38. Steve Finesse

    Steve Finesse17 цагийн өмнө

    Humans are a really interesting species instead of just loving and caring for their own they just have to have a pet cat , dog , wolf , tiger , lion , bear etc the list goes on and some of these habits can be dangerous when dealing with wild predators but that’s the way of humans

  39. nljh

    nljh17 цагийн өмнө

    Resume: get your cats neutered :)

  40. Johnny Kababayan

    Johnny Kababayan17 цагийн өмнө

    I love this!!

  41. Zahari Yasidsson

    Zahari Yasidsson18 цагийн өмнө

    we didn't. they are just too sneaky to gamble away the chance to get servant, home and food...for free

  42. Trix

    Trix18 цагийн өмнө

    4:23 what is this noise? xD

  43. frattaro

    frattaro18 цагийн өмнө

    Do a video about how the cambrian explosion is mathematically near-impossible with neodarwinian evolution alone, and what alternative theories there are.

  44. Manny Tiburcio

    Manny Tiburcio18 цагийн өмнө

    As much as we want to think we own our cat or dog we are a slave to them because who feeds them and cleans them and cleans up after them us. In conclusion we are a slave to our pets

  45. Vaantasy

    Vaantasy19 цагийн өмнө

    egyptian pharaoh : 🐍💀🌋🌠🌅🕯️🔆 cat : meow

  46. SaintSanity

    SaintSanity19 цагийн өмнө

    In my eyes we feed them and in turn they let us look at them

  47. 24/7 NukeCity

    24/7 NukeCity19 цагийн өмнө

    This video will be on the recommended list in about 5-10 years. See you guys then!!

  48. jusA Pro

    jusA Pro19 цагийн өмнө

    I still hate cats

  49. Dan Marrero

    Dan Marrero19 цагийн өмнө

    I had like 5 different cats living in my shed at one point. they're climb in thru the openings by the roof so theyd come and go whenever they wanted. I didnt mind them but my parents hated them always being in our yard and shed haha

  50. Ch'khan Hodge

    Ch'khan Hodge20 цагийн өмнө

    Let It Outside You'll See How Domesticated It Really Is!😭😭😭😭🤣🤣😂😂😂

  51. David Dubious

    David Dubious20 цагийн өмнө

    Well Sssufferin sssucatash!

  52. K Krause

    K Krause20 цагийн өмнө

    Is that why hes called Sylvester the Cat??????

  53. WOAH

    WOAH20 цагийн өмнө

    It is not confirmed that ancient Egypt existed 5000 years ago. In fact it pretty much proven just not accepted that it is older.

  54. Alex Dobre

    Alex Dobre21 цагийн өмнө

    Sooooo, that means that around IX century cat cuteness appeared too?

  55. Chad

    Chad21 цагийн өмнө

    Thank you for educating me

  56. Liyingbemo

    Liyingbemo21 цагийн өмнө

    Cat's are the best😻

  57. Danvil

    Danvil21 цагийн өмнө

    Cats, bother feral and domesticated are responsible for the catastrophic collapse of the wild bird population. I know many cat owners who stubbornly refuse to put a bell etc. on their cat’s collar to give birds a short warning for survival, yet most of these same cat owners consider themselves “animal lovers”. I hope you all recognize yourselves.

  58. neosapiens

    neosapiens21 цагийн өмнө

    If you have a cat, your home STINKS.

  59. Thicc_xan

    Thicc_xan21 цагийн өмнө

    Imagine losing twice and being held as a dumb mean rodent

  60. Mark Nessim

    Mark Nessim21 цагийн өмнө

    Egypt first