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:
Julio Lacerda (who illustrated the Cyprus grave site):
Ceri Thomas (who illustrated Felis silvestris lybica):
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  1. Jelly

    Jelly5 цагийн өмнө

    Uuuh Meow

  2. Grendorf

    Grendorf7 цагийн өмнө

    you got it backwards, the cats obviously domesticated the apes.

  3. tahuaroa

    tahuaroa5 цагийн өмнө

    this is GOLD!!!

  4. SNoop420

    SNoop42017 цагийн өмнө

    Dog:I luv u hooman Cats:Feed me or die

  5. Eyedubya1001

    Eyedubya1001Өдрийн өмнө

    Another delightful video

  6. Dragon Slayer

    Dragon SlayerӨдрийн өмнө

    Sylvester: Tho that's where I got my name!

  7. E DJ

    E DJӨдрийн өмнө

    Next: how we domesticated humans

  8. mica davis

    mica davis2 өдрийн өмнө

    Wait a minute, what was that about baboon feat B in the Egyptian excavation diagram?

  9. Titanus Rodan

    Titanus Rodan2 өдрийн өмнө

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="442">7:22</a> "Cats have Achieved World Domination" Real Wholesome

  10. Kain James

    Kain James2 өдрийн өмнө

    Cats are not domesticated . Not completely anyway . Also cats are quite pointless and should all be put down .

  11. Antony Bellingham

    Antony Bellingham3 өдрийн өмнө

    WOW, remarkable preserved man and cat, even got their clothes on.

  12. Nepse 76

    Nepse 764 өдрийн өмнө

    In Cypros, it started with some cats taken over by boat from Turkey. After 9000 years, guess what?

  13. squirrel

    squirrel4 өдрийн өмнө

    Humans are a bigger infestation than cats. 500+ million cats vs 8+ billion humans

  14. Uuber _og

    Uuber _og4 өдрийн өмнө

    Me : * clicks video * Cat : It’s is true young one...

  15. Eric King

    Eric King5 өдрийн өмнө

    may god bless and keep you always: good people

  16. Seamus Holmberg - Chappell

    Seamus Holmberg - Chappell5 өдрийн өмнө

    Felis catus?? What happened to familiarus?

  17. KvAT

    KvAT5 өдрийн өмнө

    How cats domesticated humans

  18. Sarah Hopkins

    Sarah Hopkins5 өдрийн өмнө

    My cat watched this with me and looked very smug the entire time

  19. Kaloian Ivanov

    Kaloian Ivanov5 өдрийн өмнө

    Takkar from FarCry Primal domesticated them all

  20. Tarrabyte

    Tarrabyte7 өдрийн өмнө

    Did anybody just randomly get like a recommendation by this channel from this video?I liked it but I'm just like why are my recommendations recommending me here?

  21. Fred Geno

    Fred Geno8 өдрийн өмнө

    Cats on ships keep mice down

  22. Company loves misery

    Company loves misery8 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  23. Mats F.

    Mats F.8 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  24. Yaki Gesher-Zion

    Yaki Gesher-Zion8 өдрийн өмнө

    Cats are all over Greece Cyprus and Israel

  25. OlioBGMOTI - Bulgaria

    OlioBGMOTI - Bulgaria8 өдрийн өмнө

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

  26. NotGeo

    NotGeo9 өдрийн өмнө

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

  27. veritum

    veritum9 өдрийн өмнө

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="34">0:34</a> Two Bros chilling in a dug grave 5 feet apart coz they're best friend

  28. CATlord

    CATlord9 өдрийн өмнө

    i live in cyprus lol

  29. Christian

    Christian10 өдрийн өмнө

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

  30. Licht

    Licht10 өдрийн өмнө

    Ancient kitties :3

  31. Sylph Sylph

    Sylph Sylph10 өдрийн өмнө

    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)

  32. ベジータ

    ベジータ11 өдрийн өмнө

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

  33. Princess Cove

    Princess Cove11 өдрийн өмнө

    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

  34. Luật Dương

    Luật Dương12 өдрийн өмнө

    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

  35. Виктория Ассорова

    Виктория Ассорова12 өдрийн өмнө

    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: Супер особая благодарность людям помогавшим в создании этого видео: Кэти Фихтнер, Энтони Каллаган, Джина Виглиетти, Лаура Санборн, Джек Арбакл, Дэвид Сьюэлл, Антон Брил, Бен Торсон, Андрей, MissyElliottSmith, Сверкающий Спенсер, Захари Спенсер, Стефан Вебер, Илья Мурашов, Роберт Амлон Лонг, По Мерри Снейдман, Джон Ванек, Эсмеральда Рупп-Спангл, Грегори Донован, Габриэль Кортез, Маркус Лежон, Роберт Аревало, Роберт Хилл, Тодд Диттман, Бетси Рэдли, PS, Филипп Слингерланд, Эрик Вонк, Хенрик Петери, Джонатан Райт, Джон Монтейро, Джеймс Бординг, Брэд Николлс, Майлз Частон, Майкл Макклеллан, Джефф Грэм, Мария Хамфри, Натан Пэкетт, Коннор Дженсен, Дайсуке Гото, Хьюберт Рэди, Грегори Кинц, Тайсон Клири, Чендлер Басс, Жоао Аскенсао, Тси Ли, Алекс Ян


    EGO ANDREAS12 өдрийн өмнө

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



    Κύπρος γη Γατική !

  38. Marc Duncan

    Marc Duncan13 өдрийн өмнө

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

  39. puking emoji

    puking emoji13 өдрийн өмнө

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

  40. Airheuènegé A air

    Airheuènegé A air14 өдрийн өмнө

    they were insane big, the back leg were strong

  41. WSProductions

    WSProductions14 өдрийн өмнө

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


    ZIEGLER MONSTER15 өдрийн өмнө

    you did a great job

  43. S Lauko

    S Lauko15 өдрийн өмнө

    I like cats

  44. Neal Campion

    Neal Campion16 өдрийн өмнө

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

  45. Rando Badando

    Rando Badando16 өдрийн өмнө

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

  46. DK Dempcey Knight DK

    DK Dempcey Knight DK17 өдрийн өмнө

    "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!

  47. SnK Views

    SnK Views17 өдрийн өмнө

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

  48. Mig Caro

    Mig Caro17 өдрийн өмнө

    no thst cat died with a human sacrifice beside it

  49. LeKnight Studios

    LeKnight Studios17 өдрийн өмнө

    Is that an ocelot

  50. Orion Tomashevska

    Orion Tomashevska17 өдрийн өмнө

    Dogs: our best friends Cats: our overlords

  51. Jake Ryker

    Jake Ryker17 өдрийн өмнө

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

  52. Era Aion

    Era Aion20 өдрийн өмнө

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

  53. Onyxx Productions

    Onyxx Productions20 өдрийн өмнө

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

  54. Lost Aquarian

    Lost Aquarian20 өдрийн өмнө

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

  55. A Biss

    A Biss21 өдрийн өмнө

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

  56. Chiks

    Chiks23 өдрийн өмнө

    More like how cats domesticated us

  57. fausto123

    fausto12324 өдрийн өмнө

    I live with 23 of those 600.000.000 cats

  58. Chocolate Pie

    Chocolate Pie24 өдрийн өмнө

    they're cute

  59. Adam Cajander

    Adam Cajander26 өдрийн өмнө

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

  60. Modern Witch

    Modern Witch27 өдрийн өмнө

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

  61. Sunlion

    Sunlion28 өдрийн өмнө

    “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

  62. JohnDoe080283

    JohnDoe08028329 өдрийн өмнө

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

  63. Jojo

    Jojo29 өдрийн өмнө

    Dogs: loyal till the end Cats: feed me

  64. Somaya Raj

    Somaya RajСарын өмнө


  65. clarkewi

    clarkewiСарын өмнө


  66. Chiara Bond

    Chiara BondСарын өмнө


  67. Tensai55

    Tensai55Сарын өмнө

    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.

  68. Adam Francis

    Adam FrancisСарын өмнө

    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 ...

  69. Wolfpaw #

    Wolfpaw #Сарын өмнө

    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

  70. Wolfpaw #

    Wolfpaw #Сарын өмнө

    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

  71. Paladin Rense

    Paladin RenseСарын өмнө

    They don't wanna be fed, they wanna hunt

  72. A S

    A SСарын өмнө

    I looooovee tabby cats!!

  73. Cypher791

    Cypher791Сарын өмнө

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

  74. Grabaciones de Siwkann

    Grabaciones de SiwkannСарын өмнө

    Where is twice? -1

  75. William Kapelanski

    William KapelanskiСарын өмнө

    "ancient kitties"

  76. Sena T

    Sena TСарын өмнө

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

  77. Charlymaumushi

    CharlymaumushiСарын өмнө

    Tricky. They are still not domesticated. XD

  78. Rough collies

    Rough colliesСарын өмнө

    My cat definitely domesticated me

  79. Naouali Nizar

    Naouali NizarСарын өмнө

    South west Asia => Middle East

  80. Elia Rigolini

    Elia RigoliniСарын өмнө

    We didn't domesticate cats. *They domesticated us.*

  81. D D

    D DСарын өмнө

    Hey all you cool cats and kittens

  82. Valentin Islas

    Valentin IslasСарын өмнө

    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