Is it true that cats haven’t been domesticated yet? (Thinkstock)
Is it true that cats haven’t been domesticated yet?
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You asked us, "Is it true that cats have not been domesticated yet?"
 
We started cozying up to cats about 9,500 years ago, around the same time we settled down as farmers.
 
All of a sudden, 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.
 
These days, our house cats generally depend on us to keep their bellies full and a roof over their heads. But historically, we have not had much control over their breeding.
 
Unlike cattle, horses or dogs, who we have bred with specific traits in mind, we have never really played matchmaker with cats.
 
So they have not changed much from their wild ancestors. In fact, they are genetically identical to feral cats today.
 
Some people would even say their domestication is incomplete. Or that they really just domesticated themselves.
 
A recent study has come out of Japan. The results were not surprising. It found that although house cats recognized their owner's voice, 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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COMMENTS (191)
  • ianm1-loy
    9/09/2015 - 10:03 a.m.

    That was really cute!

  • emilyr1-loy
    9/09/2015 - 10:03 a.m.

    This was very cute I can't believe the news!

  • tys1-loy
    9/09/2015 - 10:05 a.m.

    I thought it was very interesting and cute helpful facts

  • ianm1-loy
    9/09/2015 - 10:05 a.m.

    The rats were in the houses and so they knew that cats would eat the rats. That's why they got some house cats so they could kill the rats. At least that's what I think. :)

  • jaydenj1-loy
    9/09/2015 - 10:07 a.m.

    awesomeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacool!

  • michelleh-1-wil
    9/09/2015 - 10:39 a.m.

    Rats are led to cats as pets because they are animals and pets.

    • zornisaiah-kid
      10/08/2015 - 11:01 a.m.

      Not all animals are pets. You don't see someone with a live elephant in their house.

  • jacksons-
    9/09/2015 - 11:06 a.m.

    awesome that was a good article.

    • robisonlogan-kid
      10/08/2015 - 11:00 a.m.

      yes great article

  • coopers-
    9/09/2015 - 11:09 a.m.

    I'm not a big fan of cat I'm a dog person

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