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Millions Love This Semi-Domesticated Pet — Do You Have One?

These popular pets are far less dependent on us than we like to think. They seem to have a love-hate bond with their humans, morphing from cuddly house companions to captive wildcats.

cats are only semi-domesticated

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • If you have feline family members, you may have noticed they occasionally seem to lose their domesticity, morphing from house pets to captive wildcats and back again
  • Interestingly, even experts disagree on the topic of domesticated cats, specifically whether our feline companions are truly tame, or only semi-tame
  • Despite thousands of years living with and around humans, cats continue to walk on the wild side, unlike dogs and other domesticated animals   

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