Cat and mouse: Feline appetite for little critters helped tame its wild ancestors, study says

  • Article by: MALCOLM RITTER , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 16, 2013 - 2:44 PM

NEW YORK — A cat-and-mouse game played out in a Chinese village some 5,300 years ago is helping scientists understand how wild felines transformed into the tame pets we know today.

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davehougDec. 16, 13 9:45 PM

OK, how about a little girl found an abandoned kitty, raised it and played with the next litter born in her house. Wouldn't being raised by humans be enough for the next generation to be comfortable around humans who fed and played with them??? No rats needed :)

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davethedogDec. 17, 1311:32 AM

Agree with davehoug. All you have to do is take one look at a kitten and it's pretty easy to figure out how and why cats were domesticated. Maybe cats were tolerated in the barns because of the rodent control--but they were brought into the house because kittens are cute.

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