The typical house cat raised on plastic toys and canned food scarcely resembles its relatives in the wild. But all cats alive today can trace their lineages back to a common ancestor that prowled the Earth 11 million years ago. In this video from the science-oriented YouTube channel MinuteEarth, Joe Hanson explains the history of the domesticated cat.
Our mutual relationship with the animal started as a way for cats to get food and humans to get rid of rodents. The food part of that equation stayed the same, but today our feline friends offer more than just pest control. They’re also loving companions (when they want to be) and the inspiration behind the internet’s best memes. You can get the full fuzzy history lesson below.