Cats domesticated themselves


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#2

Cats didn’t domestic themselves, they domesticated humans.


#3

Domesticated is a strong term for how cats and humans interact.


#4

They can also de-domesticate themselves in an instant. Go, Simba, be free!


#5

I like the idea that cats were useful from the get-go, they didn’t have to be domesticated for humans to find them useful.


#6

:slight_smile:


#7

“I have no idea what you mean,” I say as I open the window to let my cat inside because he’s decided that jumping up on the water barrel and coming in the window is preferable to the door.


#8

Current theory is that wolves weren’t domesticated by humans directly. There was an intermediate form, a slightly-less-wary wolf that adapted to scavenging around neolithic human settlements. Living off of scraps meant they had to tolerate humans to some extent. Humans benefited by having wolf-dogs cleaning up the neighborhood and raising hell when more-wild animals approached.

The pups of these critters could be approached and adopted, and eventually trained and bred.


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#10

“Got created the cat so that Man could caress a wildbeast.” Victor Hugo


#11

Hear that, Mrs Spat? You’re domesticated. Oww.


#12

Humans domesticated ourselves and dogs, livestock. Cats tolerate us because we are a consistent source of nibbles.


#13

And warm pizza boxes on which to rest.


#14

The traditional quote: “Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.”


#15

they had to domesticate us, first.


#16

Topical synchrondipity! I was just watching this:


#17

Pariah dogs still live like that in a lot of places.


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