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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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COMMENTS (18)
  • ryanstreator-bak
    9/23/2015 - 01:10 p.m.

    Yes I have asked this question before in my head, because of my physco kitton turning just about everything into a scraching post.But if you were to walk into the kichon...expect some meows.

  • peytonnelson-bak
    9/29/2015 - 07:00 p.m.

    I would be so sad if they didn't have cat's

  • hollynoce-bak
    10/06/2015 - 04:05 p.m.

    I like this story because i love learning about cats!!






    -Holly Noce

  • kc-bla
    10/14/2015 - 02:37 p.m.

    I think cats are domesticated because we give them the things they need.

  • jshelton-fra
    10/15/2015 - 11:24 a.m.

    I like that soooooo much its sooooooooooo cute even that I have 10 cats

  • ceairahf-coo
    11/13/2015 - 09:21 a.m.

    Do stray cats recognize people's voices if they always go to the house.

  • sf-gar
    4/21/2016 - 02:12 p.m.

    so cool and i love kitties

  • mmaurice-dav
    10/19/2016 - 09:01 a.m.

    this story is about a cat being domesticated or is it not true or not i think that cats are because they are acting very.softly and that they do a lot of thing about the cat are very cute but some people say its not cute but people think that the cat is not because they don't like cats and they like to do a lot of things for there cats and they will do the same about the cats

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