Is it true that cats haven’t been domesticated yet?
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Is it true that cats haven’t been domesticated yet?
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You asked us a question. "Is it true that cats have not been domesticated yet?"
We started cozying up to cats about 9,500 years ago. That was around the same time we settled down as farmers.
We found ourselves with grain stores. Yay! And a major rat problem. Boo!
Cue the wild cats who took care of the rats. And we ended up taking care of the fur balls.
Our house cats generally depend on us these days. They need us to keep their bellies full. And to give them a roof over their heads. 

We have not had much control over their breeding in the past.
Cats are different from cattle, horses or dogs. We have bred those animals with certain traits in mind. But we have never really played matchmaker with cats.
So they have not changed much from their wild relatives. They are genetically the same as feral cats today in fact.
Some people would even say their housetraining is not yet finished. Or that they really just trained themselves.
A recent study has come out of Japan. The results were not surprising. It found that house cats knew their owner's voice. But it was a rare kitty who actually bothered to respond.
Yeah, that sounds familiar. Aloof. But crazy cute.
For more stories like this, I refer you to Munchkin.

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Explain how rats led to cats as pets.
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  • zed-eri
    9/11/2015 - 05:53 a.m.

    9500 years ago, people needed wild cats to get rid of the rats. So people gave cats food and places to live. Cats killed mice. I think that how rats led to cats as pets.

  • lynn-eri
    9/13/2015 - 12:39 p.m.

    About 9,500 years ago, farmers had a problem of dealing with rats. Rats stole their crops and destroyed their goods so they could not sell them. Then wild cats solved that problem. Cats drove away the rats so the farmers looked after them in return. As time passed, cats became more familiar with humans and they became pets for families.

  • sithu-eri
    9/14/2015 - 06:08 a.m.

    Rats led to cats as pets for two reasons. First thing, rats are afraid if the cats are walk around the rats. Rats don't stay in house that have cats. Second thing, cats are very sensitive with the fast things like that rats.

  • freddy-eri
    9/14/2015 - 06:09 a.m.

    Rats led to cats as pets by eating a lot of foods and destroy many things; clothes, wire and books.All men are angry and think to prevent from the rats' danger. Then, they started to pet the cats and the cats are more friendly. Therefore, men choice to pet cat.

  • vens-eri
    9/14/2015 - 06:14 a.m.

    Most of the people don't want to spend time on rats to drive away so they keep the cats , and give a place , and feed the foods them for killing mice instant of them.

  • chloe-eri
    9/14/2015 - 06:21 a.m.

    Rats are enemies of people. Rats were destroyed crops , clothes and other materials. So people need to keep cats to burn the rats. Now a day people cats not only take care of the rat/mouse but also for pets.

  • emily-eri
    9/15/2015 - 05:37 a.m.

    9500 years ago, farmers were upset about the rats. The rats destroyed every things . So the farmers start using wild cats to get rid off the rats. Cats like to eat rats or mice or every things.They kept the cats as their pets. They give the cats food and place to live and cats killed rats . That's how rats led to cats as pets.

  • chue-eri
    9/16/2015 - 06:11 a.m.

    As the rats made people annoying, they were not wanted to survive near the peoples' surrounding. So, some farmers in the past figured out the ways how to drive the rats away. Then, they noticed that cats really enjoy mice and got the idea to have wild cats at their house or farms so that they didn't need to worry about the rats which would destroy their chops. By this way, rats led to cats as pets indirectly.

  • connerc-jen
    9/16/2015 - 11:56 a.m.

    that is rely waky!

  • hopekennedy-bak
    9/23/2015 - 12:59 p.m.

    Thank you for making this!I love cats. They are sooooooo cute!

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