How Cats Used Humans to Conquer the World

Sometime around the invention of agriculture, the cats came crawling. It was mice and rats, probably, that attracted the wild felines. The rats came because of stores of grain, made possible by human agriculture. And so cats and humans began their millennia-long coexistence.

This relationship has been good for us of course—formerly because cats caught the disease-carrying pests stealing our food and presently because cleaning up their hairballs somehow gives purpose to our modern lives. But this relationship has been great for cats as species, too. From their native home in the Middle East, the first tamed cats followed humans out on ships and expeditions to take over the world—settling on six continents with even the occasional foray to Antarctica. Domestication has been a fantastically successful evolutionary strategy for cats.

h/t Waffle

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  • mobuyus

    These are the only animals I’ve ever been hounded by.

    • Pip is always after something;)

      • Justin St.Denis

        That’s because you are likely delinquent or wanting in some way. Pip is merely doing his job, keeping you on the straight and narrow……

    • Justin St.Denis

      I am constantly hounded by our two, and a third has recently adopted our property as its operating base. Life can be furry complex.

      • mobuyus

        I’d rather a planet free of islam than a planet free of cats. Honestly anyone disagreeing with that is not fit for life.

  • WalterBannon

    Cats will find there is one big hole in their plan. They should have gotten rid of the muslims first. Muslims only have room in their world for female slaves, goats, camels and death to everything else.

    • mobuyus

      I had a tuxedo cat with extra claws on it’s feet and am pretty sure it would have killed any islamopiphicine it had the misfortune to lay it’s green eyes on.

  • Waffle

    Cleaning up those hairballs definitely gives purr-pose to my life.

    • K has Pip trained, he waits till she arrives with a paper towel.

      • Waffle

        Perhaps it’s the other way around.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    So, were there any pre-Colombian kitties in the new world?

    • The Deplorable Rosenmops

      Just wild cats like cougars and bobcats and such.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        No agriculture, no house cats, I take it.

    • Waffle

      Just big ones.

  • Clausewitz

    The man who’s been in charge of our house for the past eight years. “The early years”. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2d71a9274e0cb6fd1abf212cf5f0a9e522203089d2b4c888492275ae6cce726f.jpg

    • Justin St.Denis

      Clausewitz, your buddy is a dead ringer for a little guy who has been haunting my yard of late. I know this little guy belongs to somebody – he is far too clean and tidy to be a feral. But he has decided, for whatever reason, that I am his guy. He shows up by 6:00a.m. each day, and doesn’t leave before sundown. He follows me wherever I go on my property, constantly tossing himself at my feet for a tummyrub or a chinscratch. I tried to discourage it, but I suspect he has bonded to me as opposed to somebody in his own house/his owner. My wife thinks this is funny because I am beginning to love the little guy too much………

    • Cool!

    • evangeline golding

      He’s so cute!

  • andycanuck

    That’s a beautiful cat photo. (And I’m a dog person BTW, without being a cat-hater.)

  • Brett_McS
    • Justin St.Denis

      Sheldon looks like he was an owl in a former life.

    • He looks like the boss!

    • evangeline golding

      He’s gorgeous.

  • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)
  • Red-Pilled Conservative

    Dogs are better. Try to get a cat to stop a home invasion.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Cats are better; they fart less and their farts don’t melt the paint off the walls.

      • But when they do look out. Pip as a kitten had a couple of doozies.

    • Clausewitz

      When throwing a cat at a home invader, aim for the face. Hysteria ensues.

    • Frances

      Just pick up the cat and throw at the invaders. Problem solved.