Do you give ancient Egypt credit for the domestication of cats? That’s what many people think! But, with some new evidence, it seems that cats became our cuddly counterparts a little further east and because of an emerging pest problem.
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Egyptian Tomb Carvings: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sarcophagus_of_Prince_Thutmose%27s_cat_by_Madam_Rafa%C3%A8le.jpg
Fertile Crescent: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fertile_Crescent_map.png
African Wild Cat: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AfricanWildCat.jpg
Wild Cat 2: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Felis_Lybica_Sarda_05.JPG
Leopard Cat: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leopard_Cat_Tennoji.jpg
Leopard Cat Night: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leopard_cat_India.jpg
The norwegian forest cat is still very similar to its wild self (not created through breeding), so they might be a good research candidate?
These fluffies were used by vikings to hunt rats on their boats with a lot of success.
There is actually a legend which "explains" how cats came to Cyprus. According to that Saint Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine the great, came to the island due to a storm.I don't remember where she was heading to but she had to stop to the island. There she saw that the island was suffering because of the drought and a lot of snakes were there too. So after she left they sent a ship full of cats to kill and eat the snakes to help the people there.
My favourite thing I've ever heard. "The rise of cat videos was practically inevitable" - Well, that answers the big question then doesn't. The answer isn't "42", it's that phrase.
Now we know the purpose of the universe. All things have jostled together amidst the trembles and fusions of universal time for the single purpose that cute kitty films can be.
Now, mankind's purpose is to make lots more.
Upon first seeing a cat as a toddler, my instinct was to go over to it and pet it, the furry thing was so intriguing. Did the human race's genetic code also change to be more open to cuddly, aesthetically pleasing animals as well?
"One Hypothesis is....." "We think....." "A bunch of American Universities......" "Probably domestic cat bones"? Why would you even quote that? All conjecture . Wild animals cant and wont domesticate themselves. I say this because you provided very little proof of this beyond guessing....weak argument.
I sometimes see this cat wandering around the backlot of my workplace. Pretty sure he's not domesticated because he is terrified of people and will NOT let you get close to him. On the other hand we acquired our current cat when we found him lurking around the trashcans at Fingerlakes state park near midnight in 2004 and we gave him cheese. He was sleeping on me by the next day. :D
There is a possibility that more ancient domestic cat origins still may manifest. It would be interesting to trace the genome of cats to find out if there was any successful interbreeding of various self-domesticated/ing cats from disparate locals.
Have there been any meaningful studies on the genome of Crazy Cat Ladies? I wonder when they first appeared and how far back can they be traced. Is there any evidence of continuing evolution,or is the behaviour and development static?
1:28 I was in the waiting room of my local vet several years ago when a woman brought in a cat with no carrier, no box, no harness, not even a pillowcase. The cat promptly freaked out and bit the woman all over her hands and wrists. The cat was quite easily contained in one of those disposable cardboard carriers, but the woman needed to go to the ER to get antibiotic shots for her hands.
I don't think anyone has ever been around cats. They go wild in ONE generation. And will literally bite the hand that feeds them. Even if your domestic cat has kittens you can put them in a barn And then check on them and they will hate you. There's a few week window after they're born you MUST handle them before they become irredeemable
As I have always said for all of my life "No human being has *ever* adopted a cat. Cats adopt people. That's how it is, that's how it has always been since the beginning of time."
And this true. Cat's domesticated themselves. We did not adopt the cat, the cat adopted us.
2:12 "Which kind of means, that the rise of cat videos..." ...was part of the cats' plan all along. All those conspiracy theorists out there scared of alien lizard people? Yeah, it ain't the lizards you should worry about...
So did Felis sylvestris get it's name from Sylvester the Cat from Loony Tunes, or vice versa? Maybe you think that's a dumb question, but since there are definitely species out there today which were officially, scientifically named after the likes of Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson, I really don't think it's a dumb question.
If cats were domesticated outside of Egypt, they cannot have been too common. Translations from the hieroglyphs tell us that it was a crime to export cats & occasionally, military expeditions were launched for the explicit purpose of returning domestic cats to the Two Lands.
"by this time we think humans had domesticated other animals"?
Have you READ Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs & Steel?!
30 domesticated animals came from this region!!!...
Kinda throws a wrench in yer presuppositions, don't it...
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