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Cats ‘domesticated in China over 5,000 years ago to prey on rodents’
yorkshirepost.co.uk ^

Posted on 12/16/2013 6:13:56 PM PST by BenLurkin

“Our data suggest that cats were attracted to ancient farming villages by small animals, such as rodents that were living on the grain that the farmers grew, ate and stored.

“Results of this study show that the village of Quanhucun was a source of food for the cats 5,300 years ago, and the relationship between humans and cats was commensal, or advantageous for the cats.

“Even if these cats were not yet domesticated, our evidence confirms that they lived in close proximity to farmers, and that the relationship had mutual benefits.”

Cats have lived alongside humans for a very long time, but when and where they were tamed remains a mystery.

Previous evidence suggested they were first domesticated in ancient Egypt, where they were kept some 4,000 years ago.

(Excerpt) Read more at yorkshirepost.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; cats; china; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; kittyping; quanhucun
When did cats first domesticate humans?
1 posted on 12/16/2013 6:13:56 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
when Mrs. Chin told Mr. Chin to feed to cat..or was it the other way around.
where's that u-tube about eating (mystery meat) in Chinese food.

2 posted on 12/16/2013 6:20:13 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi :-)
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To: BenLurkin

"...when we see them open door"

3 posted on 12/16/2013 6:20:19 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: BenLurkin

Right after cats invented the can opener?


4 posted on 12/16/2013 6:20:24 PM PST by ransomnote
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To: BenLurkin

Poor Kitty


5 posted on 12/16/2013 6:24:23 PM PST by steerpike100
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To: BenLurkin
When did cats first domesticate humans?

According to Frisky the wonder tigress, two-leggers are only semi-domesticated, which means I owe her an extra tin of extra-special treat food right this minute, and if I want to try to ignore her, she'll wait until 5:00 in the morning to walk around on my head to keep me from wasting time sleeping.

6 posted on 12/16/2013 6:27:32 PM PST by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: Standing Wolf

weird by apparently frisky has a sister


7 posted on 12/16/2013 6:29:46 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: BenLurkin

Day one.


8 posted on 12/16/2013 6:31:24 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: skinkinthegrass
 photo wasntchicken-1.jpg
9 posted on 12/16/2013 6:33:00 PM PST by digger48
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To: digger48

“General Tso’s cat”


10 posted on 12/16/2013 6:36:32 PM PST by Lee N. Field ("You keep using that verse, but I do not think it means what you think it means.")
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To: BenLurkin

“But I need my nightlight!” -Tristan Cameron the Black, furry denizen of my residence.
He also likes running water and stereo music.
Power goes out, he’s devastated.


11 posted on 12/16/2013 6:43:10 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: BenLurkin
In China?

Doubtful.

In the Middle East and North Africa?

Much more likely.

And the furry little feline overlord says that human domestication is come along nicely and more scritchies.

12 posted on 12/16/2013 6:43:13 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: BenLurkin

My kitty has domesticated me from the git-go...

Scene: me, in bed sleeping
time: 0630
Location of kitty: cuddled at my feet, starting to get hungry

Paw-paw-paw means “I want something” (context of the time is FOOD)

I ignore it

She steps it up a notch to lick-lick-lick my face

I ignore that

Then she goes to the ultimate level, picks up my fingers in her mouth and lets go, or, if they are not available, does the same to my hair.


13 posted on 12/16/2013 7:01:05 PM PST by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: WildHighlander57

Lets go? Inconceivable! (Yes, that word means what I think it means!)


14 posted on 12/16/2013 7:07:57 PM PST by 22202NOVA ("Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage." -- H.L. Mencken)
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To: 22202NOVA

Yup, she knows the difference between my fingers/hair and one of her toys :)

The toy doesn’t get up and give her her breakfast :D


15 posted on 12/16/2013 7:20:53 PM PST by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: BenLurkin

cats are tamed?
this article is written by someone who knows nothing about cats.
cats are not tamed.
cats may tame human “owners”
but cats are never tamed


16 posted on 12/16/2013 7:26:45 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: BenLurkin

cats are tamed?
this article is written by someone who knows nothing about cats.
cats are not tamed.
cats may tame human “owners”
but cats are never tamed
NEVER!


17 posted on 12/16/2013 7:27:18 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: BenLurkin

The was a grave excavated by archaeologists on the island of Cyprus that contained two bodies 8000 years old - a woman and a cat.


18 posted on 12/16/2013 7:43:26 PM PST by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: SatinDoll

Interesting!
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/04/0408_040408_oldestpetcat.html


19 posted on 12/16/2013 7:49:24 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SatinDoll

The world’s first crazy cat lady?


20 posted on 12/16/2013 7:59:00 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: bigheadfred; Standing Wolf

Frisky also apparently has a cousin who lives in my house.


21 posted on 12/16/2013 8:00:10 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Standing Wolf

That reminds me. I have to warm up some milk for the feral cat that has taken up residence in the back yard.


22 posted on 12/16/2013 8:02:05 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: BenLurkin

More correctly, about 5,000 years ago, cats began allowing humans to provide rodents for their consumption.


23 posted on 12/16/2013 8:29:11 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: BenLurkin; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Dogs have owners, cats have staff. Thanks BenLurkin.

24 posted on 12/16/2013 8:34:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: ladyjane
That reminds me. I have to warm up some milk for the feral cat that has taken up residence in the back yard.

Our feral had kittens. I will say however, that there is not a snake, mouse, or squirrel in, on, or around the house.

25 posted on 12/16/2013 8:47:27 PM PST by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!! (this post approved by the NSA))
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To: DYngbld

We are lucky. Our feral cat has her ear clipped. Apparently Friends of Feral Cats picked her up and fixed her. I hope the ‘fix’ works.


26 posted on 12/16/2013 8:55:49 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: BenLurkin

Pretty much common sense. The beginnings of agriculture meant the creation of something that had never before existed: the granary. Granaries were instantly irresistible to rodents, which in turn were irresistible to cats. Cats, seeing the food opportunities human settlements offered, made themselves at home and, as the article states, domesticated themselves.

This contrasts 180 degrees from how other animals were domesticated. The Russian biologist Vavilov once performed a breeding experiment with foxes that explains this. Vavilov trapped a dozen foxes and noted which were least afraid of humans, the ones that didn’t cower in the back of the cage when he fed them. Then Vavilov bred the least-afraid foxes with each other, and again, and within two generations he had bred foxes that would curl up in his lap like kittens. This is almost certainly how, thousands of years ago, dogs were domesticated.


27 posted on 12/16/2013 9:13:08 PM PST by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: denydenydeny

Concur. The former African Wildcats are, IMHO, more of a symbiotic species than a domesticated one. Being predators themselves, they don’t mind being around creatures like humans because we don’t threaten them, and our environment is largely ideal for their habits. We humans do breed them specifically for increased docility and domesticity, but nowhere near the level we do for other animals.

Dogs, on the other hand, actually are domesticated, and their original wolf traits are so far submerged (for the most part) as to be non-existant. Compare pictures of housecats and African/European wildcats vs. a wolf and, say, a chihuahua.


28 posted on 12/16/2013 9:39:34 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Little Pig

Sorry China—the Cat thing is Egyptian—they have the cat mummies to prove it and the literature to back it up. They worshipped cats—FYI: The name for cat in Amcient Egyptian is “Meow”.


29 posted on 12/16/2013 10:50:33 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: denydenydeny
Not only did they act like house pets, but they began to change physically. I think bigger eye's, fluffier tails, etc. It's been said that domestication results in more childlike behavior and appearance. Looking at metrosexuals I think that's true!

As I recall though it took seven generations for the Russian scientist to complete the process.

30 posted on 12/16/2013 10:52:39 PM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: ladyjane

In our strange universe, they get fixed before they break. ;-)


31 posted on 12/16/2013 11:15:19 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

For all the world as though Ptah-Ankh-Pu-Bah (or whatever that Egyptian’s name was) asked a cat what its name was, and believed the cat answered.


32 posted on 12/17/2013 2:19:06 AM PST by ExGeeEye (The enemy's gate is down...and to the left.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

By the way— are you doing anything for the 160th anniversary next October 25?


33 posted on 12/17/2013 2:20:39 AM PST by ExGeeEye (The enemy's gate is down...and to the left.)
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To: Doogle

polydactyl?


34 posted on 12/17/2013 3:59:17 PM PST by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: Perdogg

yep


35 posted on 12/17/2013 5:10:48 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: denydenydeny
Pretty much common sense. The beginnings of agriculture meant the creation of something that had never before existed: the granary. Granaries were instantly irresistible to rodents, which in turn were irresistible to cats. Cats, seeing the food opportunities human settlements offered, made themselves at home and, as the article states, domesticated themselves.

Close. Cats taught humans the secret of making beer. Making beer required keeping a store of barley, which attracted the rodents that the cats were after in the first place.

36 posted on 12/17/2013 8:57:11 PM PST by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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