Is it true that cats haven’t been domesticated yet?
September 09, 2015
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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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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
Explain how rats led to cats as pets.
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