Gene Study Says Domestic Cats are Just Pretending to be Nice

By Gary Cutlack on at

A study that mapped the genome of domestic cats and compared it to the make-up of their wild cousins has found that there's very little difference between the two, with that seemingly polite thing on the carpet probably just pretending it's not a killer because it means you give it meaty chunks.

The main impact humans have had on domestic cats came via selectively breeding them based on picking the most docile strains to come into our homes, but that's not been enough to change them in any drastic manner from their wild counterparts.

And the fact that the nice homely ones breed with the crazy wild ones means there's little more than a slight deviation in stem cell design between the home cat strains and the outdoor feral models. [PNAS via Time]

Image credit: Wild cat from Shutterstock