Mews and Nips: Cat Domestication Traced to Chinese Farmers 5,300 Years Ago

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In a fascinating discovery, archaeologists have unearthed the first clear evidence of cats living among humans as semi-domesticated mousers about 5,300 years ago in China. The LA Times reports that this discovery fills in an enormous gap in experts’ understanding of cat domestication, but it has also surprised them: an ancient Chinese village was the last place they expected to find this kind of evidence. “This was a very unexpected find,” said study coauthor Fiona Marshall, a zooarchaeologist at Washington University in St. Louis. For more on the discovery, and its significance to understanding the roots of how our cuddly housecats’ ancestors became domesticated, read the full article on the LA Times website.

If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we told you all you need to know about bladder stones in cats, on Tuesday, we explored why cats react to catnip, on Wednesday, we addressed the difficult topic of what happens during euthanasia, on Thursday, we lightened the mood a bit by featuring the top five cartoon cats, and on Friday, I shared my list of my ten favorite books of 2013.

Today’s video made me wonder how many of you are seeing this played out at your home?


Have a great weekend!


3 Comments on Mews and Nips: Cat Domestication Traced to Chinese Farmers 5,300 Years Ago

  1. Cynthia Southern
    December 23, 2013 at 1:43 am (6 years ago)

    I love the video. It was hysterical. Fortunately Queenie and Princess leave the tree and decorations alone. I liked Shorty and Kodi on Facebook and Twitter. I want to follow their feline adventures. Thanks for sharing with us. 🙂

  2. Stanley & Katrina (@StanleyNKatrina)
    December 21, 2013 at 9:39 am (6 years ago)

    What a wonderful video and recap of your week. Love the discovery too. We are new followers and will be sharing this post. Found you via Caren and Cody! Have a paw-riffic Holiday Season.

    • Ingrid
      December 21, 2013 at 4:14 pm (6 years ago)

      I’m glad you found us, and thanks for sharing!


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