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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  • Baruch Ben-David
    Baruch Ben-David

    You think *we* domesticated *them*?

  • Chicken Lips
    Chicken Lips

    Lmao the thumbnails a cat with a body of a lion and the face of a tabby cat

  • TruthB Told
    TruthB Told

    WE didn't domesticate cats. THEY domesticated us.

  • Uintabri

    Cats, they make you want to strangle and love them at the same time.

  • Big Al
    Big Al

    Humans are weird animals. Why were we the only species of mammals to evolve to a higher intelligence? Was it our Diet? Anatomy?

  • Ashley Badenhorst
    Ashley Badenhorst

    We didnt domesticat cats they domesticated themselves

  • Tucher97

    Domestication began with common interest, that common interest, food and protection, we as apes of the hamburger in the beginning of time figured out better hunting methods, wolves or atleast early wolves didn't have food, but we did, wolves came to us for food in the harsh times while wolves protected their "mostly reliable" source of food Cattle do not have to be onguard 24/7 as humans protected them, provided them with grazing field and lead them to streams, now cattle are provided with great grazing spots, protection and medical care but of course cattle produce way more milk due to cross breeding so now cattle rely on humans

  • girlzrockify

    Unfortunately cats have caused a lot of Australian fauna to go extinct

  • Source Code Deleted
    Source Code Deleted

    "Their estimate population is 600,000,000" Our population is 6 Billion. Cats: The slave population is getting larger and worships us with no signs of rebellion.

  • EmpireVision

    Some humans aren’t domesticated I have domesticated family and friends.

  • Frank Castle
    Frank Castle

    *"Domesticated???"* -Cats

  • Ryan Zlatanova
    Ryan Zlatanova

    Dear Eons hosts: pleeeeeeeeeease slow down! Please speak slower!

  • Bill Brit in Denmark
    Bill Brit in Denmark

    Cats domesticated humans.

  • AntonymicallyCorrect

    Family: wants cat Dad: doesn't want cat Dad and the cat:

  • Detective -Jamie Westly
    Detective -Jamie Westly

    My cat came from space .

  • L1qu1d S1lenc3r
    L1qu1d S1lenc3r

    With all the eqyptian statues and having the cat as a sacred animal and whatnot I'm sure we probably domesticated cats as well as a few types of other animals more then just twice... A lot was lost from history when the libraries of Alexandria burned.


    Make Russian subtitles please. 🇷🇺🙏

  • Polina Maximova
    Polina Maximova

    Can I get a job as Kitty Caretaker there?

  • Brad Bradson
    Brad Bradson

    Please correct your video title

  • Brad Bradson
    Brad Bradson


  • Benjamin Goldstein
    Benjamin Goldstein

    Wow, I knew that Chinese Emperors buried some of their staff with them, but this old Cyprus cat took its owner with it into the grave!!!

  • Igotasemi Yo
    Igotasemi Yo

    The Mediterranean was filled in after the flood. Those islands were once part of the main land the cats were always there now they’re stuck

  • andrew knight
    andrew knight

    how cats domesticated us you mean!

  • Cosmin Alexandru
    Cosmin Alexandru

    You got me with the twice in the title

  • ahmed essa
    ahmed essa

    I love cats!

  • MrLeading Entertainment
    MrLeading Entertainment

    Ancient Cyprus (Minoans) was a sister country and tributary to ancient Kemet so it’s no surprise they both loved domesticating felines.

  • Raccoon Toaster
    Raccoon Toaster

    Pfft silly man, they domesticated us to serve them

  • I Am Aquarius
    I Am Aquarius

    11 billion people on the planet 600 million cats how have cats taken over?

  • Kronos camron
    Kronos camron

    Dude, cats domesticated US....

  • Hungry Bird
    Hungry Bird

    Dogs are way better imo!

  • Josh Pixley
    Josh Pixley

    Rome fell because the cat knocked it over.

    • Satria Jannatan
      Satria Jannatan


  • Skele-Kirb

    i want a dog video next

  • Big Chungus
    Big Chungus

    We didn't domesticate them, they domesticated us

  • Razor

    4:36 my cat has that exact same coat 😁

    • Razor

      @Polina Maximova haha yeah, very. Sweetest cat I ever seen.. cant be 5 minutes without cuddles :P I'll post a vid soon

    • Polina Maximova
      Polina Maximova

      Then your cat must be very cute

  • TropicalTrapFire 03
    TropicalTrapFire 03

    Solution for Cyrpus: Step 1: Get all Stray Cats Step 2: Drop them off in Africa Step 3: Go home

    • Satria Jannatan
      Satria Jannatan

      They shall reunite with the big cats

  • Jeremy Backman
    Jeremy Backman

    If you throw your cat into the wild it will either start hunting and feeding itself immediately or starve in a week.

  • Jeremy Backman
    Jeremy Backman

    All mammals are capable of being friendly , doesn't mean they are domesticated.

  • Jeremy Backman
    Jeremy Backman

    Cats have never been domesticated , they've been selectively bread for some traits but not domesticated. Mentally there is little or no difference between your house cat and a tiger born and raised in captivity.

  • Full Throttle
    Full Throttle

    My cats are entertaining kinda interesting how they can see ghosts. I live in a non haunted place now so they aren't looking around all strange.

  • Bryan Guerrero
    Bryan Guerrero

    It’s like they know if humans didn’t do this they would rule and that’s why they walk past us like we mean nothing

  • Rook Bowden
    Rook Bowden

    Why creepy music

  • redbirdacres

    "All cats are evil" Signed, the dog

  • Jefferson Chau
    Jefferson Chau

    More like cats domesticated us

  • Yippy Kayak Other Buckets
    Yippy Kayak Other Buckets

    Me plus 7B cats instead of other people would make for a glorious world.

  • Stunning Macaroon
    Stunning Macaroon

    We didn't domesticate cats, cats domesticated us.

  • monkeyhorserider

    6000000 seems low when it’s 0.5%

  • Sam Maietto
    Sam Maietto

    But cats pretty much domesticated themselves....

  • i'm a alien
    i'm a alien

    7:45 It's cracks like that that make your cat not respect you!

  • Zaka Rachi
    Zaka Rachi

    What if cats domesticated us

  • Dr Victor Fursov - Entomologist Beekeeper Teacher
    Dr Victor Fursov - Entomologist Beekeeper Teacher

    Very interesting and entertainng story. Thak you very much.

  • k i
    k i

    Clean the litter box.

  • Kaycee Whitham
    Kaycee Whitham

    🐅 to 🐈 👌

  • Nick Walker
    Nick Walker

    Its amazing to know these animals have been domesticated twice. The first time we probably said they were too uptight. The second time, we accepted the terms of agreement. They are the Feline of the House, and humans are staff, and personnel. Cat's are precious. My little one passed away only last October. I kept a small bit of his fur to keep with me, and it will go to the grave with me. He was my little shadow.

  • Bayek Of Siwa
    Bayek Of Siwa

    Cats were domesticated in Ancient Egypt.

  • Satan Official
    Satan Official

    ??? No mention of the very lovable and huggable polecat?

  • Matthew Rand
    Matthew Rand

    Cats make very warm hats

  • Martyn Parkman
    Martyn Parkman

    I Ike cats

  • Backinblack Bunny
    Backinblack Bunny

    My cats have a thing about pee ing in any box left open. WHY MUST YOU PEE ON ALL MY SOCKS AND PILLOWCASES, SQUIGGLEFLOOFS?

  • Allan Black
    Allan Black

    I’m watching this with my dog. She just asked why a cat would pee on it’s human’s clothes.

  • Max2020

    Had no idea Cyprus has such a massive cat population! Great research. Many thanks for great vid.