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): 252mya.com/gallery/julio-lacerda
Ceri Thomas (who illustrated Felis silvestris lybica): alphynix.tumblr.com/
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  • Dog:I luv u hooman Cats:Feed me or die

    SNoop420SNoop4208 hours ago
  • Another delightful video

    Eyedubya1001Eyedubya100122 hours ago
  • Sylvester: Tho that's where I got my name!

    Dragon SlayerDragon SlayerDay ago
  • Next: how we domesticated humans

    E DJE DJDay ago
  • Wait a minute, what was that about baboon feat B in the Egyptian excavation diagram?

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

    Titanus RodanTitanus Rodan2 days ago
  • Cats are not domesticated . Not completely anyway . Also cats are quite pointless and should all be put down .

    Kain JamesKain James2 days ago
  • WOW, remarkable preserved man and cat, even got their clothes on.

    Antony BellinghamAntony Bellingham2 days ago
  • In Cypros, it started with some cats taken over by boat from Turkey. After 9000 years, guess what?

    Nepse 76Nepse 763 days ago
  • Humans are a bigger infestation than cats. 500+ million cats vs 8+ billion humans

    squirrelsquirrel3 days ago
  • Me : * clicks video * Cat : It’s is true young one...

    Uuber _ogUuber _og4 days ago
  • may god bless and keep you always: good people

    Eric KingEric King4 days ago
  • Felis catus?? What happened to familiarus?

    Seamus Holmberg - ChappellSeamus Holmberg - Chappell5 days ago
  • How cats domesticated humans

    KvATKvAT5 days ago
  • My cat watched this with me and looked very smug the entire time

    Sarah HopkinsSarah Hopkins5 days ago
  • Takkar from FarCry Primal domesticated them all

    Kaloian IvanovKaloian Ivanov5 days ago
  • 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?

    TarrabyteTarrabyte7 days ago
  • Cats on ships keep mice down

    Fred GenoFred Geno7 days ago
  • 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.

    Company loves miseryCompany loves misery7 days ago
  • 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.

    Mats F.Mats F.7 days ago
  • Cats are all over Greece Cyprus and Israel

    Yaki Gesher-ZionYaki Gesher-Zion8 days ago
  • I asked myself the same questions just a few minutes ago and couldnt fall asleep. 3 am thoughts be like

    OlioBGMOTI - BulgariaOlioBGMOTI - Bulgaria8 days ago
  • Ive been in cyprus there are a lot of cats a lot evry 100m u can find a cat

    NotGeoNotGeo8 days ago
  • <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

    veritumveritum8 days ago
  • i live in cyprus lol

    CATlordCATlord9 days ago
  • Ok it's cute that they buried them together, but did they wait for it to die or did they kill it?

    ChristianChristian9 days ago
  • Ancient kitties :3

    LichtLicht10 days ago
  • kinnnda unlucky for you...my 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)

    Sylph SylphSylph Sylph10 days ago
  • I hate all pets in general but video is quite nice.

    ベジータベジータ10 days ago
  • 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

    Princess CovePrincess Cove11 days ago
  • 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

    Luật DươngLuật Dương11 days ago
  • 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): 252mya.com/gallery/julio-lacerda и Цери Томас alphynix.tumblr.com/ Произведено в сотрудничестве с PBS Digital Studios: usproject.info 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

    Виктория АссороваВиктория Ассорова11 days ago
  • Most of us in Cyprus Love cats. It's true that they have become a trademark of the island

    EGO ANDREASEGO ANDREAS12 days ago
    • Κύπρος γη Γατική !

      UNIVERSAL SPACE EXPEDITIONERUNIVERSAL SPACE EXPEDITIONER11 days ago
  • We haven't domesticated them we think we have they stick around for easy food that's it.

    Marc DuncanMarc Duncan13 days ago
  • Imagine if dinosaur and human co exist at the same time and we domesticated them

    puking emojipuking emoji13 days ago
  • they were insane big, the back leg were strong

    Airheuènegé A airAirheuènegé A air13 days ago
  • 8 month old!!!!! That’s tooo Young! I’m sad now

    WSProductionsWSProductions14 days ago
  • you did a great job

    ZIEGLER MONSTERZIEGLER MONSTER14 days ago
  • I like cats

    S LaukoS Lauko15 days ago
  • Cat: walks into human village looking for food Human: so you have chosen, DOMESTICATION!

    Neal CampionNeal Campion16 days ago
  • We didn't domesticate cats, cats domesticated us. Twice.

    Rando BadandoRando Badando16 days ago
  • "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!

    DK Dempcey Knight DKDK Dempcey Knight DK16 days ago
  • The only idea I got out of this was, were there really guys who sported the man-bun back in the day?

    SnK ViewsSnK Views16 days ago
  • no thst cat died with a human sacrifice beside it

    Mig CaroMig Caro16 days ago
  • Is that an ocelot

    LeKnight StudiosLeKnight Studios16 days ago
  • Dogs: our best friends Cats: our overlords

    Orion TomashevskaOrion Tomashevska17 days ago
  • Humans: Well, the dogs helped us a lot... let's try cats. Cats: 💤😴 Is it time to eat yet?

    Jake RykerJake Ryker17 days ago
  • When you said "Millet" you showed a picture of corn kernels, smooth.

    Era AionEra Aion19 days ago
  • I always try to imagine the first human to ever see a kitten... awwwww

    Onyxx ProductionsOnyxx Productions20 days ago
  • That cat killed that guy, that's why they're together, locked to the death.

    Lost AquarianLost Aquarian20 days ago
  • Maybe our pet cats should treat us a little bit more with respect, You hear that Benny.

    A BissA Biss20 days ago
  • More like how cats domesticated us

    ChiksChiks23 days ago
  • I live with 23 of those 600.000.000 cats

    fausto123fausto12323 days ago
  • they're cute

    Chocolate PieChocolate Pie24 days ago
  • This man talks like he's reading an encyclopedia at 3x normal conversation speed. It's so dry. Attenborough, where you at bro?

    Adam CajanderAdam Cajander26 days ago
  • It's not a coincidence that Goddess Venus being born in Cyprus has many cats in the country....as cats symbolizes femininity.

    Modern WitchModern Witch26 days ago
  • “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

    SunlionSunlion28 days ago
  • wake up!! they domestiCATed us (twice)!!!!

    JohnDoe080283JohnDoe08028329 days ago
  • Dogs: loyal till the end Cats: feed me

    JojoJojo29 days ago
  • Meoowww

    Somaya RajSomaya RajMonth ago
  • fascinating.

    clarkewiclarkewiMonth ago
  • Interesting

    Chiara BondChiara BondMonth ago
  • 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.

    Tensai55Tensai55Month ago
  • 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 ...

    Adam FrancisAdam FrancisMonth ago
  • 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 #Month ago
  • 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

    Wolfpaw #Wolfpaw #Month ago
  • They don't wanna be fed, they wanna hunt

    Paladin RensePaladin RenseMonth ago
  • I looooovee tabby cats!!

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

    Cypher791Cypher791Month ago
  • Where is twice? -1

    Grabaciones de SiwkannGrabaciones de SiwkannMonth ago
  • "ancient kitties"

    William KapelanskiWilliam KapelanskiMonth ago
  • Me looking at my cats and thinking: How we failed domesticating cats (twice)?

    Sena TSena TMonth ago
  • Tricky. They are still not domesticated. XD

    CharlymaumushiCharlymaumushiMonth ago
  • My cat definitely domesticated me

    Rough colliesRough colliesMonth ago
  • South west Asia => Middle East

    Naouali NizarNaouali NizarMonth ago
  • We didn't domesticate cats. *They domesticated us.*

    Elia RigoliniElia RigoliniMonth ago
  • Hey all you cool cats and kittens

    D DD DMonth ago
  • 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

    Valentin IslasValentin IslasMonth ago
  • 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.

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

    A New EarthA New EarthMonth ago