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How We Domesticated Cats

Unlike dogs, it’s difficult to get cats to do stuff. So how on earth did we domesticate these sometimes lovable felines? Actually, feral cats are thought to have been domesticated twice–once in southeast Asia 10,000 years ago and again in Egypt 3,500 years ago. Today, cats have truly taken over the world with an estimated population of 600,000 million. In the following video, PBS Eons tells us the story of how the close relationship between cats and humans began and is still flourishing today.

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The Science of Cats

Why do cats always seem to land on their feet? Is catnip an aphrodisiac for them? AsapSCIENCE offers the straight, scientific scoop on cats in this episode.

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Why Cats Can’t Taste Sweets

Do cats prefer sardines or sweets? Bytesize Science explains why cats, unlike humans and other mammals, are indifferent to sweet flavors.

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Single Cats Greet the Day

How are single cats spending Valentine’s Day? Jeff Wysaski of Pleated-Jeans gives us the straight scoop.

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He’s Got the Cat Scratch Fever

Worried about protecting native bird species, a whack-job environmentalist from New Zealand has launched a campaign to eradicate the domestic house cat. On his website, “Cats to Go,” Gareth Morgan advocates neutering and euthanasia for felines. H/T Next Media Animation

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The Dippy Do Dah Club

Besides the Little Rascals, Hal Roach also produced a series of comedies called The Dippy Do Dah Club, featuring an all-animal cast. PETA might object to the inclusion of a mock cock fight, but this 1923 episode, The Knockout, is quite hilarious,  with ducks, chickens and dogs all attending the big fight, and monkeys masquerading as the press. Some things never change!

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Look What the Dog Dragged In

Everyone’s heard the expression “Look what the cat dragged in.” But what if the cat gets dragged in — by the dog?

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The Obama Cat-astrophe

Cats are getting their fur up over the prospects of a second term for President Obama. Some of the more outspoken felines have stepped forward to nip that idea right in the bud. H/T Moonbattery

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