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. George Manus

    George Manus6 soat oldin

    I love them all

  2. HumpMeFuckMeDaddy BetterMakeMeChoke

    HumpMeFuckMeDaddy BetterMakeMeChoke6 soat oldin

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

  3. Jack Passmore

    Jack Passmore6 soat oldin

    The Vanilla Villain Aprvs ths mssg


    GRAVE HEAVEN6 soat oldin

    No one: UZgo recommendations at 2 am:

  5. Bertha Lovejoy

    Bertha Lovejoy6 soat oldin

    you mean how *cats domesticated US?*

  6. James Smith

    James Smith7 soat oldin

    Notice the wording this is only theory. There is no DNA evidence the common cat to other larger species from here. We can genetic test 2 million year old remains but can't on 11,000 year old remains. Ya ok. There's not much record for early human fossils either but they still test them. You'll notice in the video several times saying we still don't know but this is the beginning of understanding the domestication. Depending on the different circles I've heard for years cats arnt from here. Which is why Egyptian cult of Ra worshiped them. Or is Ra El isis Ra el ites. There's multiple skeletons of the older cats. They can find tiny mummies in the andjes or mountains like 9 10 inches much older and pull DNA and wanna have us believe they cant get DNA from the larger older cat species. Like it already hasn't been done it doesn't match. You don't need many only one. Even dinosaurs skeletons provide DNA

  7. Lumberjack king the great

    Lumberjack king the great7 soat oldin

    Cats are just using us to get access to our yard so they can hunt and they don't even need us

  8. Curtis Gangler

    Curtis Gangler7 soat oldin

    I love cats I grew up with them all my life

  9. 伊藤博文

    伊藤博文8 soat oldin

    Cats are not the domesticated animal. They just live with us. Cats don't change their life style.

  10. Terry Daktyl

    Terry Daktyl8 soat oldin

    Cats are a miracle of Evolution. Humans never domesticated them. Rather they trained humans to do their bidding.

  11. apurplebutton

    apurplebutton8 soat oldin

    So CYPRUS is the dreamland of all cat ladies around the world.

  12. Aaron J

    Aaron J8 soat oldin

    we'll go extinct before they ever do

  13. ochaze1

    ochaze18 soat oldin

    What strain of algae did cats spawn from?!?

  14. joshua Stanaway

    joshua Stanaway8 soat oldin

    Cat owners all smell like ammonia, it's disgusting.

  15. Burton Rivera

    Burton Rivera9 soat oldin

    What's this "we" sh*+?

  16. Cedric Peery

    Cedric Peery9 soat oldin

    Domestication: attracting them, making friends with them, giving them sanctuary, having a quid pro quo relationship. Gradualism, duh.

  17. Deejay JeanP

    Deejay JeanP9 soat oldin

    "Take me off island hooman" - There, answered it.

  18. Kimberly G.

    Kimberly G.9 soat oldin

    Nope. Cats are not domesticated. And ... we're Top Chicken.

  19. Matt Alexander

    Matt Alexander9 soat oldin

    Felus Catus is actually not a bad name for a cat.

  20. Perkaholic

    Perkaholic9 soat oldin

    I just want to know who saw a lion or tiger and thought “yeah that’d make a great pet”

  21. RIcky Rick

    RIcky Rick9 soat oldin

    Could you possibly talk any faster?

  22. Nika Mekhradze

    Nika Mekhradze10 soat oldin

    do something related to global warming

  23. Methgod Sirius

    Methgod Sirius10 soat oldin

    Cats are trash get a dog

  24. tbx59

    tbx5910 soat oldin

    Dude has a robot voice

  25. Peter B

    Peter B10 soat oldin

    My cats have never pissed on my laundary!

  26. Ivan Übermensch

    Ivan Übermensch10 soat oldin

    But is that really how the guy in Cypress looked 10,000 years ago?

  27. Potatoe

    Potatoe10 soat oldin


  28. petros computers

    petros computers10 soat oldin

    Im in Cyprus and have 2 cats ,they are family for me .period

  29. daasa380

    daasa38011 soat oldin

    What exactly is “southwest Asia”...? Is that another term for the Middle East? Never heard it before.

  30. Turd Ferg

    Turd Ferg11 soat oldin

    Actually cats domesticated us... Just sayin..

  31. Swearing at Subarus

    Swearing at Subarus11 soat oldin

    The reason we have no idea about how cats domesticated is because it never in reality happened. Cats just simply decided as a group to hang out with humans and eventually enslaved us

  32. Christopher Bako

    Christopher Bako11 soat oldin

    I read somewhere, %80 of orange cats are male.

  33. JustApotatoFace

    JustApotatoFace12 soat oldin

    We never domesticated cats... they domesticated us and they have trained us well as their servants by giving us purrs when we do something good and scratch us when we do something wrong.

  34. youngpulla20007

    youngpulla2000712 soat oldin

    Do a video on metamorphosis. Why do worms morph into flying insects?

  35. Erik Bergström

    Erik Bergström12 soat oldin

    Nah m8. The cats domesticated themselves.

  36. Phantom9252

    Phantom925213 soat oldin

    Cats rule the world

  37. Mr. Myrino

    Mr. Myrino13 soat oldin

    I just gave them fish 🐟

  38. Charles Wagner

    Charles Wagner14 soat oldin


  39. Frank Ballast

    Frank Ballast14 soat oldin

    Bro these comments are the best !

  40. Bamsy

    Bamsy14 soat oldin

    Does this mean Florida man can domesticate alligators?

  41. Leanne H

    Leanne H14 soat oldin

    We never domesticated the cat, it domesticated us.

  42. Daphne Rodriguez

    Daphne Rodriguez15 soat oldin


  43. Jeff Davis

    Jeff Davis15 soat oldin

    My theory: Cats taught ancient man how to distill grains and produce alcohol. They offered "Protection Services" to insure the grains were protected.

  44. keo warner

    keo warner15 soat oldin

    I love how cats sort of domesticated themselves by filling the much needed role of pest control

  45. FatherBootyHands

    FatherBootyHands16 soat oldin

    Dogs are so much better

  46. Marina Cover

    Marina Cover16 soat oldin

    The comments section is full of cat people🥰

  47. John Ruud

    John Ruud16 soat oldin

    I don't think this is true, cats were the ones who taught humans to care for them and they are our owners and overlords.

  48. Logan Ferguson

    Logan Ferguson16 soat oldin

    No geological references? More than likely the cats were already on Cyprus when the Mediterranean was flooded.

  49. Ian Beddowes

    Ian Beddowes17 soat oldin

    I grew up as a child in central Birmingham, England. Either you livedwith cats or you lived with mice. No middle way.

  50. Michael Farrell

    Michael Farrell17 soat oldin

    Forgot to like the video... The last joke made me immediately run to the like button

  51. Wade M. Myers

    Wade M. Myers17 soat oldin

    Ancient kitties :)


    VITTXRIO17 soat oldin

    Domesticated cats? My cats are still savage when they want to. They've been living here since 2014. More like mutual agreement or the cat adopts you.

  53. Ulex

    Ulex18 soat oldin

    "How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)" Im sorry to break it to you, we didn´t domesticated cats, at all.

  54. Brett Faver

    Brett Faver18 soat oldin

    sounds like stockholm syndrome

  55. Jeremiah Scherer

    Jeremiah Scherer18 soat oldin

    I've never met a domesticated cat.

  56. BeBe R. Rodriguez

    BeBe R. Rodriguez18 soat oldin

    Proof that ALL cats are domesticated by humans ....... Enjoy😁

  57. Fleetwood Snacc

    Fleetwood Snacc19 soat oldin

    Not here to watch the vid, just to say: We domesticated cats because otherwise, the world would be unsafe

  58. eLMoney20

    eLMoney2019 soat oldin

    I watched it UZgo! Are you happy?

  59. Dante Kharma

    Dante Kharma19 soat oldin

    I have class in 10 min, why am I watching this

  60. Blake Salchow

    Blake Salchow19 soat oldin

    I love when he says wild kitty’s