Study suggests cats aren't fully domesticated

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Study Suggests Cats Aren't Fully Domesticated

Cats are wild. Not wild as in crazy, or as in a lot of fun to be around - wild as in, not completely domesticated.

According to a new study, cats are only semi-domesticated, which isn't completely surprising considering the fact they only started living with humans some 9,000 years ago, and also considering everything we know about cats.

Cats' independent spirit, their hunting prowess, and the way they so often ignore us completely all make it more surprising the researchers in the study were able to find genetic evidence of any domestication.

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The study out of Washington University in St. Louis sequenced the genome of a cat named Cinnamon and found the cat's genes differed from its wild cousins in ways that are known to reflect reward-seeking behavior typically seen in domesticated animals.

The most visible effect of humans on cats seems to have come through differentiation of breeds.

The lead author of the study said most modern breeds are the result of humans trying to select their favorite combination of fur patterns and colors.

Many researchers have pointed to the African wildcat, which can be found in most parts of the continent, as the source of modern domestic cats.

As for why we ever decided to try to domesticate cats in the first place?

The Los Angeles Times reports researchers theorize the domestication is tied to agriculture - and farmers who wanted the cats to get rid of rodent pests that would eat their harvests.

So next time you get the impulse to dress your kitty in a tutu ... just remember it comes from a long line of cold-blooded killers.


Plus, Taylor Swift is becoming a cat lady

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That time the superstar posted this to her Instagram and captioned it: "This is a good example of what I typically wear on planes, in front of lots of other people who all have eyes."
That time the singer adopted this kitten, and named it Olivia Benson.
That time her cat Meredith was in one of her moods.
That time that John Cleese asked her "Is that a proper cat?" -about her cat Olivia Benson, and she posted this photo quoting him. 

That time the starlet's parents cat-sit Olivia, and this photo shoot ensued, and wound up on Tay's Instagram.

That time T. Swift was trying to sign lithographs and her cat Olivia was trying to tear them to shreds.
That time Taylor posted this Instagram of Olivia passed out.
That time she took her cat for a walk. Like it was a dog.
That time this picture happened of her kitty looking like a baby polar bear.
That time she starred in this Diet Coke commercial with a zillion cats.
That time she got pal Ed Sheeran to nuzzle up to her kitty Meredith.

That time the musician had a 20 minute stare down with her cat Meredith.

That time she posted this hilarious Pic Stitch of her cat Meredith in various displays of bad posture. 
That time Taylor made this meme of her kitties.
That time her cat Olivia passed out upside down on her lap.

That time instead of going to a Grammy after-party, the star did this instead.

That time the singer prepped for the I Heart Radio Festival in Las Vegas with her furry feline.
That time she watched the Olympics with her cat Meredith.
That time Taylor sipped from a cat mug with Ed Sheeran.
That time the country-turned-popstar snapped this picture of her cat's ridiculously adorable posture.
That time she posted an Instagram of this face. 
That time Tay hung out with her cat Meredith on a Sunday afternoon.
The time she posted this heart-melting shot of her kitty.
That time the starlet posted this and declared herself a "cat lady."

That time a super cool fan sent Tay a shirt with a bunch of cats on it. And she wore it.

That time she landed in Houston and her kitty snuggled up to her Oxfords. 
The time this was T. Swift's welcome wagon at a hotel room. 
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