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2017-06-19 01:48:48 PM  
Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ago.

False.  Cats were never "tamed."

There is little genetic difference between a tabby and a wild cat, so scientists think the house cat is only domestic when it wants to be
 
2017-06-19 02:34:30 PM  

Konlii: Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ago.

False.  Cats were never "tamed."

There is little genetic difference between a tabby and a wild cat, so scientists think the house cat is only domestic when it wants to be


Clearly that date makes the first know success of our feline overlords in getting us to feed them.
 
2017-06-19 02:58:02 PM  
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Nine thousand years of cat worship-- Today's Caturday Work Week Special!
 
2017-06-19 04:02:01 PM  

Konlii: Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ago.

False.  Cats were never "tamed."

There is little genetic difference between a tabby and a wild cat, so scientists think the house cat is only domestic when it wants to be


I've read that some scientists consider house cats to be semi-domesticated.  But if you read some of the traits they list as being evidence of domestication, many are the same traits that you see with animals that are adapting to urbanization.  So go figure.

Also, if you look at the Russian Silver fox, there isn't a lot of genetic difference between them and their wild counterparts.  Just a few genes regulating adrenaline and some other behavior modifying hormones were enough to do the job.  It appears that it doesn't take much.  The Russian researchers were able to do it in as few as 6 generations.
 
2017-06-19 04:33:50 PM  

Konlii: Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ago.

False.  Cats were never "tamed."

There is little genetic difference between a tabby and a wild cat, so scientists think the house cat is only domestic when it wants to be


I can only imagine how fun it was to tame a wild cat.
 
2017-06-19 05:53:02 PM  

Merltech: Konlii: Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ago.

False.  Cats were never "tamed."

There is little genetic difference between a tabby and a wild cat, so scientists think the house cat is only domestic when it wants to be

I can only imagine how fun it was to tame a wild cat.


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2017-06-19 06:56:34 PM  
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My exquisite Siameefs, earlier this year.
 
2017-06-19 07:06:01 PM  
Just to make the conversation more interesting, I'll leave this here...

http://www.wcnews.com/wcpedia/Kilrathi
 
2017-06-19 07:09:26 PM  
Just to get the argument started:
Cats are better than Dogs.
 
2017-06-19 07:12:48 PM  
Cats simply took advantage of all the rodents in our grain stores and moved in. Humans thought they were useful so allowed them to stay.
 
2017-06-19 07:13:02 PM  

Merltech: Konlii: Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ago.

False.  Cats were never "tamed."

There is little genetic difference between a tabby and a wild cat, so scientists think the house cat is only domestic when it wants to be

I can only imagine how fun it was to tame a wild cat.

hot pursuit! Cheetah chases man in house!
Youtube WA4pqEHiNZ0
 
2017-06-19 07:13:48 PM  
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2017-06-19 07:14:24 PM  

DogBoyTheCat: Just to get the argument started:
Cats are better than Dogs.


better at what?
 
2017-06-19 07:16:28 PM  
I don't like the sound of 'taming events'. Ca reepy.
 
2017-06-19 07:17:38 PM  

fusillade762: Merltech: Konlii: Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ago.

False.  Cats were never "tamed."

There is little genetic difference between a tabby and a wild cat, so scientists think the house cat is only domestic when it wants to be

I can only imagine how fun it was to tame a wild cat.

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"They called you exotic! "
 
2017-06-19 07:18:08 PM  
Caturdays been going on for over 9,000 years

So we've had more than enough. Give it a rest, for chrissake.

/dogs FTW
 
2017-06-19 07:19:52 PM  

Merltech: Konlii: Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ago.

False.  Cats were never "tamed."

There is little genetic difference between a tabby and a wild cat, so scientists think the house cat is only domestic when it wants to be

I can only imagine how fun it was to tame a wild cat.


img.fark.net18 months and still working with Xena, she becomes a little less feral everyday. Still crazy after all these days.
 
2017-06-19 07:20:23 PM  
A Caterday on a Monday?

What next? Somebody like Donald Trump as president?
 
2017-06-19 07:26:18 PM  

DogBoyTheCat: Just to get the argument started: Cats are better than Dogs.


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And then the murders began.
 
2017-06-19 07:27:49 PM  

Merltech: Konlii: Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ago.

False.  Cats were never "tamed."

There is little genetic difference between a tabby and a wild cat, so scientists think the house cat is only domestic when it wants to be

I can only imagine how fun it was to tame a wild cat.


I adopted a vicious feral years ago, finally tamed it by holding it with one hand under its chest, legs hanging freely and the other hand on its shoulders/back where it couldn't move and just let her scream her little lungs out. Crying bloody murder but I wasn't hurting it, she was just that unsocialized.

It turned out to be the best cat that I've ever had, would follow me on short hikes and pretty much anywhere. Even scratched at the door to be let out and would come right back, no matter where we ended up.. then I got a second cat and bye-bye little polydactyl.
 
2017-06-19 07:28:35 PM  
Caturday?! On a MONDAY?!?!

It's more likely than you think!
 
2017-06-19 07:29:06 PM  

jim32rr: Merltech: Konlii: Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ago.

False.  Cats were never "tamed."

There is little genetic difference between a tabby and a wild cat, so scientists think the house cat is only domestic when it wants to be

I can only imagine how fun it was to tame a wild cat.

[img.fark.net image 422x750]18 months and still working with Xena, she becomes a little less feral everyday. Still crazy after all these days.


Good luck.  She's a cutie!
 
2017-06-19 07:30:24 PM  
Cats were domesticated.  Then some of those domesticated cats went feral again.  A lot of this "cats are only domesticated when they want to be" is when people adopt cats as pets they are not going for behavioral traits -- which is what you want in domestication as a house pet -- but for "Aw, isn't it cute" as a kitten, then learns it becomes a living chainsaw when it grows up.

Cats are domesticated, but can still survive on their own without humans.  Mind you, there are some breeds that cannot, like the Munchkin Cat.
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Those short legs make it hard for them to even jump onto the cushions of a couch.  No way they would survive more than a generation in the wild.  Running, leaping and climbing trees is severely hampered, and reduces their ability to hunt while making them more of a target for other predators.
 
2017-06-19 07:35:25 PM  
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2017-06-19 07:45:00 PM  

real_headhoncho: Cats were domesticated.  Then some of those domesticated cats went feral again.  A lot of this "cats are only domesticated when they want to be" is when people adopt cats as pets they are not going for behavioral traits -- which is what you want in domestication as a house pet -- but for "Aw, isn't it cute" as a kitten, then learns it becomes a living chainsaw when it grows up.

Cats are domesticated, but can still survive on their own without humans.  Mind you, there are some breeds that cannot, like the Munchkin Cat.
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Those short legs make it hard for them to even jump onto the cushions of a couch.  No way they would survive more than a generation in the wild.  Running, leaping and climbing trees is severely hampered, and reduces their ability to hunt while making them more of a target for other predators.


Makes it hard for them to go upstairs without an elevator, escalator or dumbwaiter, too.
 
2017-06-19 07:45:03 PM  

Fat Old Broad: jim32rr: Merltech: Konlii: Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ago.

False.  Cats were never "tamed."

There is little genetic difference between a tabby and a wild cat, so scientists think the house cat is only domestic when it wants to be

I can only imagine how fun it was to tame a wild cat.

[img.fark.net image 422x750]18 months and still working with Xena, she becomes a little less feral everyday. Still crazy after all these days.

Good luck.  She's a cutie!


Thank you. Love her to death, tried to save her mom and her brother but it didn't work out, still have most of my right hand though 🙋
 
2017-06-19 07:51:17 PM  

Butternut Squanch: DogBoyTheCat: Just to get the argument started:
Cats are better than Dogs.

better at what?


Waste Management, for one.
 
2017-06-19 07:52:24 PM  
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In case Caturday regulars are looking in, the AT&T cat from a week ago has found a home thanks to an employee's relatives. During the vet visit, they discovered Ma Bell was actually a tom. No word on whether he's being called something like "Alexander," "Graham" or "Watson" now, but regardless which name he chooses, he can add the suffix "who was saved from animal control."
 
2017-06-19 08:00:29 PM  

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In case Caturday regulars are looking in, the AT&T cat from a week ago has found a home thanks to an employee's relatives. During the vet visit, they discovered Ma Bell was actually a tom. No word on whether he's being called something like "Alexander," "Graham" or "Watson" now, but regardless which name he chooses, he can add the suffix "who was saved from animal control."


YAY! I'm so glad Pa Bell or whatever they're calling him now has some humans to boss around. Poor little dude didn't deserve to be dumped and it's awesome that he was taken in before things got even worse for him. Thanks for letting us know! :-)
 
2017-06-19 08:07:26 PM  

Bimmer Jones: [img.fark.net image 480x640] Stalking Cat

BLUE CHEER - the hunter
Youtube qi_VH04gE6w
 
2017-06-19 08:17:28 PM  

Dinjiin: I've read that some scientists consider house cats to be semi-domesticated.  But if you read some of the traits they list as being evidence of domestication, many are the same traits that you see with animals that are adapting to urbanization.


Even if my cats are only pretending to like me, I'll take it.

All three are sitting about a foot from the keyboard right now. Juuuust waiting ...
 
2017-06-19 08:18:33 PM  

real_headhoncho: Cats were domesticated.  Then some of those domesticated cats went feral again.  A lot of this "cats are only domesticated when they want to be" is when people adopt cats as pets they are not going for behavioral traits -- which is what you want in domestication as a house pet -- but for "Aw, isn't it cute" as a kitten, then learns it becomes a living chainsaw when it grows up.

Cats are domesticated, but can still survive on their own without humans.  Mind you, there are some breeds that cannot, like the Munchkin Cat.
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Those short legs make it hard for them to even jump onto the cushions of a couch.  No way they would survive more than a generation in the wild.  Running, leaping and climbing trees is severely hampered, and reduces their ability to hunt while making them more of a target for other predators.


What sort of bastard would deliberately breed a cat designed to be helpless?
 
2017-06-19 08:22:48 PM  

JulieAzel626: A Caterday on a Monday?

What next? Somebody like Donald Trump as president?


Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!
 
2017-06-19 08:29:47 PM  
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2017-06-19 08:40:14 PM  

Konlii: False.  Cats were never "tamed."


cowboys herding cats
Youtube Pk7yqlTMvp8
 
2017-06-19 08:44:10 PM  
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2017-06-19 08:45:24 PM  
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2017-06-19 09:00:38 PM  
Did someone say cats?...

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*phew*
 
2017-06-19 09:01:51 PM  

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Lesson #1...Don't taunt the Dynamite Cat!
 
2017-06-19 09:15:20 PM  
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2017-06-19 09:17:44 PM  
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2017-06-19 09:20:08 PM  
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2017-06-19 09:21:21 PM  
This is George. He keeps track of our current location.
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2017-06-19 09:23:19 PM  
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2017-06-19 09:25:04 PM  

sturnus vulgaris: real_headhoncho: Cats were domesticated.  Then some of those domesticated cats went feral again.  A lot of this "cats are only domesticated when they want to be" is when people adopt cats as pets they are not going for behavioral traits -- which is what you want in domestication as a house pet -- but for "Aw, isn't it cute" as a kitten, then learns it becomes a living chainsaw when it grows up.

Cats are domesticated, but can still survive on their own without humans.  Mind you, there are some breeds that cannot, like the Munchkin Cat.
[img.fark.net image 281x287]
Those short legs make it hard for them to even jump onto the cushions of a couch.  No way they would survive more than a generation in the wild.  Running, leaping and climbing trees is severely hampered, and reduces their ability to hunt while making them more of a target for other predators.

What sort of bastard would deliberately breed a cat designed to be helpless?


Sandra Hochenedel and Kay LaFrance
 
2017-06-19 09:28:27 PM  
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2017-06-19 09:30:14 PM  
img.fark.netXena
 
2017-06-19 09:30:21 PM  
 
2017-06-19 09:30:52 PM  
I hope I didn't offend anyone.  That song just grabbed my soul - er - keyboard  ;)
 
2017-06-19 09:31:31 PM  
img.fark.netCrazy New half-brother Felix
 
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