Every cat owner knows the special bond that exists between owner and pet. However scientists believe that the cat-human bond began over 10,000 years ago when people were mostly farmers and needed cats for pest control.

Researchers from the University of Missouri studied these relationships using DNA, finding that rodents were the catalyst for the bond that led humans to bring cats with them on their travels. Cats not only guarded against rodents, but they also provided a furry little creature for ancient people to admire while waiting for someone to invent the Internet for exchanging viral videos of cats as well.

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