The Tale Of The Tail: Did We Domesticate Cats, Or Have They Domesticated Us?

When it comes to keeping cats as companions, it seems it’s never been about us.

But the cats already knew that.

A study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution asserts that cats remained wild for thousands of years while they lived alongside humans, and only recently decided to warm up to us on their own accord.

“The cat has long been important to human societies as a pest-control agent, object of symbolic value and companion animal, but little is known about its domestication process and early anthropogenic dispersal,” writes lead researcher Claudio Ottoni. “While the cat’s worldwide conquest began during the Neolithic period in the Near East, its dispersal gained momentum during the Classical period, when the Egyptian cat successfully spread throughout the Old World.”

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