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?
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  1. Sujay Shah

    Sujay Shahپیش 4 ساعت

    Cats: "How We Domesticated Humans (Twice)"

  2. Maxenne Dalgelish

    Maxenne Dalgelishپیش 4 ساعت


  3. pepe6666

    pepe6666پیش 4 ساعت

    we domesticated them twice because they wanted in, then wanted out, then wanted in again

  4. Marwan Mohammed

    Marwan Mohammedپیش 5 ساعت

    The cats chose us and we never chose them.there the boses

  5. Ryan M

    Ryan Mپیش 9 ساعت

    What is this guy talking about. There are way more than six hundred million people on the planet.

  6. drtyrrant king

    drtyrrant kingپیش 9 ساعت

    Leave that guys pet alone jezz

  7. Michael Knight

    Michael Knightپیش 11 ساعت

    I am just going to say this and get it off my chest. This is a total ripoff of, "Today I found out"! Total rip off. I think if you look at the earlier episodes of that show though.... you have to say they are stupid. Hopefully this show gets it's own flavor.

  8. Galactic Vixen

    Galactic Vixenپیش 12 ساعت

    Humans reading: *How we domesticated cats twice* Cats reading: *how we domesticated humans twice*

  9. Romeishome

    Romeishomeپیش 12 ساعت

    Ancient human: Hey cat. Domesticate? Ancient cat: I do what I want.

  10. Buff Barnaby

    Buff Barnabyپیش 12 ساعت

    Cyprus is The Pentagon for cats...planning to take over the world.

  11. Buff Barnaby

    Buff Barnabyپیش 12 ساعت

    I leave faucet dripping so if I die kitty has water. She loves faucet water.

  12. Brenna Gilbertson

    Brenna Gilbertsonپیش 13 ساعت

    so can we undomesticate them again pls

  13. uhde1000

    uhde1000پیش 13 ساعت

    So I have 5 cats and they are outdoor and indoor cats and if we leave home for weeks at a time they can survive on there own by hunting and eating they also make there own shelter but if they want they also come inside and chill with us and eat from the food we give them so are they domesticated or not?

  14. Nikki With The Blog

    Nikki With The Blogپیش 14 ساعت

    They are definitely not domesticated lol. I had a house cat from birth and when I tell you that was a damn wild cat. Even after being neutered. He ran away after 4 years. Probably out here living his best life.

  15. ZappaBlues

    ZappaBluesپیش 14 ساعت

    Right mew,..... groan

  16. aron hallam

    aron hallamپیش 14 ساعت

    Buried with a man bun

  17. Kia Brown

    Kia Brownپیش 18 ساعت

    Cats have been here for thousands years I'm sure just like their cousin before them some have gone extinct sadly

  18. Derek Leiro

    Derek Leiroپیش 19 ساعت

    I feel like the relationship we have with cats is: you feed and provide shelter for me then I'll let you pet me

  19. Francis Muir

    Francis Muirپیش 19 ساعت

    Cats domesticate us in ways that are not mutually exclusive with our domestication of them. This happens often with companion animals. Livestock have less impact on their herders.

  20. Kristinapedia

    Kristinapediaپیش 20 ساعت

    Just because I cat has healed fracture’s does not mean it was healed by human. It probably healed on it’s own. They had no way to know the cat had a fracture because they didn’t have x-rays back then. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

  21. Zach Kline

    Zach Klineپیش 20 ساعت

    if there was a “domesticated cat” on that island buried with a man, that proves cats didn’t all come from one species of wild cat

  22. Jadin Andrews

    Jadin Andrewsپیش 20 ساعت

    We have never domesticated cats, they domesticated us

  23. Rohan Ganguli

    Rohan Ganguliپیش 21 ساعت

    this video should be called how we think we domesticated cats...

  24. boludoescoces

    boludoescocesپیش 22 ساعت

    Slow down please!

  25. Anthony Monegro

    Anthony Monegroپیش 22 ساعت

    We??? Nah you.

  26. Black Ice

    Black Iceپیش 22 ساعت

    feralization and required socialization would indicate that cats were never domesticated and its a learned behavior out of generations of cohabitation convenience

  27. PadMAD3k

    PadMAD3kپیش 22 ساعت

    And the cats are like "How we've domesticated hoomans".

  28. quokka flunk

    quokka flunkپیش 23 ساعت

    cats would need domesticating twice

  29. J'Dinkaledge Morgoon

    J'Dinkaledge Morgoonپیش 23 ساعت

    single, middle aged women are responsible for the recent boom in cat population.

  30. Kera Atkins

    Kera Atkinsپیش روز

    Peeing in laundry baskets? Who lets their cat do that? Lol

  31. Nikki With The Blog

    Nikki With The Blogپیش 14 ساعت

    Right lol

  32. Numberofthings

    Numberofthingsپیش روز

    Cats actually domesticated themselves.

  33. Deb Carsey

    Deb Carseyپیش روز

    Who knew man buns were popular so long ago...

  34. Nikki With The Blog

    Nikki With The Blogپیش 14 ساعت

    With a flower in the hair to go along with it. a pretty feller he was lol

  35. Peanut

    Peanutپیش روز

    I loved this!! I love all kitties in the world

  36. xorxex

    xorxexپیش روز

    I remember when I lived in Cyprus, we had a cat living in the surroundings of my building and she was really adorable and loving

  37. wack

    wackپیش روز

    Cats domesticated themselves for their survival

  38. Bujo & Atay

    Bujo & Atayپیش روز

    Felis Cattus reminded me of biggus dickus

  39. Julian Rome

    Julian Romeپیش روز

    We didn’t

  40. KvNBLAZE

    KvNBLAZEپیش روز

    This video is so informative got my sub

  41. Rainul Islam Avash

    Rainul Islam Avashپیش روز

    Next time it will be them domesticating us. Wait.....oh no...

  42. Silver Wizardess

    Silver Wizardessپیش روز

    I wonder what would happen if cats were bred for behavior. I wonder if it would be possible to breed a whole new type of cat. 🤔

  43. miriyumm

    miriyummپیش روز

    Love this!!!

  44. You'reworthy Ofalllove

    You'reworthy Ofallloveپیش روز

    Brought ‘me around women; that’s where they learned everything from lol!

  45. AmaraOlorin

    AmaraOlorinپیش روز

    Man...cats do NOT "need" humans. If we don't clean out their litter box, that bothers US, not them. They'll just find another poo-place. If anything, they have domesticated US. I mean, we keep them, and that means we have to clean up after them.

  46. Jeremy Thomas

    Jeremy Thomasپیش روز

    Feral cats are a huge problem in Australia wiping out heaps of native species.

  47. Defiant_ace _x

    Defiant_ace _xپیش روز

    Cats aren’t domesticated change my mind

  48. Nich Hodge

    Nich Hodgeپیش روز

    I think that cats believe they have domesticated humans!

  49. nouman khan

    nouman khanپیش روز

    Why did we domesticate cats for gods sake?

  50. Lurid Phaesporia

    Lurid Phaesporiaپیش روز

    Super interested in the criteria of domesticated animals. What are some examples of animals that have been permanently genetically changed by human influence, yet are not reliant on humans in our world today? Can’t think of any off the top of my head but I probably will after I hit post here LOL

  51. Lurid Phaesporia

    Lurid Phaesporiaپیش روز

    Just realized any answers are probably gonna be really sad. Bummer.

  52. Ja Ne

    Ja Neپیش روز

    Cats peeing in laundry baskets ? I have 2 , 15 and 10 years old and they have NEVER peed on laundry much less knocked anything off the counter ... I can only speak of my cats though , still sounds strange

  53. Jose Flores

    Jose Floresپیش روز

    We just fed them fish

  54. Erika

    Erikaپیش روز

    We never domesticated cats. Cats domesticated us. 🐈

  55. Uriel Ayala

    Uriel Ayalaپیش روز

    Nobody : Me at 3am : Watching Videos of domesticating cats

  56. Meeea

    Meeeaپیش روز

    Ancient Person: hey you want to come live with me Ancient cat: yeah I guess

  57. bo0tsy1

    bo0tsy1پیش روز

    Yeah, they always seem feral to me. Maybe title should be attempted to domesticate.

  58. Averon God of fire

    Averon God of fireپیش روز

    “Felis catus” of thats some Tolkien level naming

  59. Pat Rick

    Pat Rickپیش روز

    I find it interesting how we domesticated dogs and cats twice

  60. George Manus

    George Manusپیش روز

    I love them all

  61. HumpMeFuckMeDaddy BetterMakeMeChoke

    HumpMeFuckMeDaddy BetterMakeMeChokeپیش روز

    can we give nekos credit now?& stop calling them evil

  62. Jack Passmore

    Jack Passmoreپیش روز

    The Vanilla Villain Aprvs ths mssg


    GRAVE HEAVENپیش روز

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