Is it true that cats haven’t been domesticated yet?
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You asked us, "Is it true that cats haven't 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 haven't had much control over their breeding.
Unlike cattle, horses or dogs, who we've bred with specific traits in mind, we've never really played matchmaker with cats.
So they haven't changed much from their wild ancestors. In fact, they're genetically indistinguishable from feral cats today.
Some people would even say their domestication is incomplete. Or that they really just domesticated themselves.
Which is why it's not surprising that a recent study out of Japan 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.
CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
Explain how rats led to cats as pets.
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