How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)
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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:
Julio Lacerda (who illustrated the Cyprus grave site):
Ceri Thomas (who illustrated Felis silvestris lybica):
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  • Eric King
    Eric King

    may god bless and keep you always: good people

  • Seamus Holmberg - Chappell
    Seamus Holmberg - Chappell

    Felis catus?? What happened to familiarus?

  • KvAT

    How cats domesticated humans

  • Sarah Hopkins
    Sarah Hopkins

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

  • Kaloian Ivanov
    Kaloian Ivanov

    Takkar from FarCry Primal domesticated them all

  • Tarrabyte

    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?

  • Fred Geno
    Fred Geno

    Cats on ships keep mice down

  • Company loves misery
    Company loves misery

    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.

    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

    Cats are all over Greece Cyprus and Israel

  • OlioBGMOTI - Bulgaria
    OlioBGMOTI - Bulgaria

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

  • NotGeo2008

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

  • Vforfettuccine

    <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

  • CATlord

    i live in cyprus lol

  • Christian

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

  • Licht

    Ancient kitties :3

  • Sylph Sylph
    Sylph Sylph

    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

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

  • Princess Cove
    Princess Cove

    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

    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

    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


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


      Κύπρος γη Γατική !

  • Marc Duncan
    Marc Duncan

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

  • puking emoji
    puking emoji

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

  • Airheuènegé A air
    Airheuènegé A air

    they were insane big, the back leg were strong

  • WSProductions

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


    you did a great job

  • S Lauko
    S Lauko

    I like cats

  • Neal Campion
    Neal Campion

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

  • Rando Badando
    Rando Badando

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

  • DK Dempcey Knight DK
    DK Dempcey Knight DK

    "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

    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

    no thst cat died with a human sacrifice beside it

  • LeKnight Studios
    LeKnight Studios

    Is that an ocelot

  • It Was A Good Idea At The Time
    It Was A Good Idea At The Time

    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

    Dogs: our best friends Cats: our overlords

  • Jake Ryker
    Jake Ryker

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

  • Era Aion
    Era Aion

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

  • Onyxx Productions
    Onyxx Productions

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

  • Lost Aquarian
    Lost Aquarian

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

  • A Biss
    A Biss

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

  • Chiks

    More like how cats domesticated us

  • fausto123

    I live with 23 of those 600.000.000 cats

  • Chocolate Pie
    Chocolate Pie

    they're cute

  • Adam Cajander
    Adam Cajander

    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

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

  • Sunlion

    “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

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

  • Jojo

    Dogs: loyal till the end Cats: feed me

  • Somaya Raj
    Somaya Raj


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  • Chiara Bond
    Chiara Bond


  • Tensai55

    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

    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 #

    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 #

    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

    They don't wanna be fed, they wanna hunt

  • A S
    A S

    I looooovee tabby cats!!

  • Cypher791

    “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

    Where is twice? -1

  • William Kapelanski
    William Kapelanski

    "ancient kitties"

  • Sena T
    Sena T

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

  • Charlymaumushi

    Tricky. They are still not domesticated. XD

  • Rough collies
    Rough collies

    My cat definitely domesticated me

  • Naouali Nizar
    Naouali Nizar

    South west Asia => Middle East

  • Elia Rigolini
    Elia Rigolini

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

  • D D
    D D

    Hey all you cool cats and kittens

  • Valentin Islas
    Valentin Islas

    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

    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

    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

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

  • 08mlascelles

    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

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

  • Omar Delawar
    Omar Delawar

    You cat to be kitten me right meaow!

  • superduperboyx

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

  • Nameless Nick97
    Nameless Nick97

    I wish I wasn’t allergic to cats

  • Harriet Harlow
    Harriet Harlow

    I dunno. I think cats domesticated us. lol

  • Dianne Forit
    Dianne Forit

    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

    we are cat all slaves

  • Mori Monte
    Mori Monte

    Should I assume that Cyprus is the Cats Mainland?

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