National Geographic: The Secret Life of Cats


And they all lived

happily ever after.

G'night, sweetie.

In an ordinary house

on an ordinary street...

Kyle, are you in bed?

...there lived a cat.

There's my kitty.

You're so sweet.

He had everything

a kitty could want...

Feed the gerbils, honey?

Yeah, Mom.

...affection, food, shelter

and a family who thought

he was the sweetest kitty

in the whole wide world.

But this is

only half the story.

There is another side

to this contented kitty-

one his family

knows nothing about.

Like his ancestors,

he has the heart of a hunter.

Well fed and

showered with affection,

wildness still courses

through his veins.

He may look domesticated,

but look again.

This is a real life Jekyll

and Hyde.

It is the paradox of the cat.

There are more than

in the U.S. alone.

What goes on in

their secret world?

In the next hour you may

learn more about cats

than you ever wanted to know.

It's 8 p.m. Do you know

where your kitty is?


elusive and deadly,

the cat family species boasts

including the diminutive,

wild cat.

Since prehistoric times,

these cats have wandered

Africa and Europe.

The presumed ancestor of

our domestic cat,

the wild cat might

look like a tabby,

but its canines and claws

are as lethal

as those of any tiger.

In its eyes,

there's a haunting familiarity

How did this ferocious

feline jump the wild track

and make its way

to our milk bowls

and our beds?

Felis catus

set out on the rocky road

to domestication more than

In ancient Egypt,

this hunter extraordinaire

kept rodents from the granaries

In return, he was worshipped

as a symbol of life.

But history would not always

treat our feline friend

so kindly.

Believed to be

the devil's companion,

more than a few were

burned at the stake-

for keeping wrong company.

Luckily, the cat would soon

fall into grace once again,

for his hunting skills proved

invaluable on the open seas.

Cats kept the rat in check.

Near the end of the road,

perhaps the most

steadfast alliance

was forged between the farmer

and his beloved barn cat.

Now, what you got there?

You are a good cat.


the cat's very wildness

was its ticket to


There's extra milk for

you tonight.

Now to complete the journey.

...eleven, twelve, thirteen,

fourteen, fifteen...

ready or not here I come.

What lay ahead was one of

the most complex

relationships nature has

ever known-

the remarkable bond

between human and cat.

We were drawn to a creature

we could never fully tame.

Wow! Hey guys

look what I found.

We would overlook

their wildness

and welcome them

into our lives.

When the dust of the eons

finally settled,

we found ourselves inexorably

linked to the cat.

This extraordinary creature

had found a permanent place

in our hearts-and our homes.

Mama, Mama, Mama, Mom, Mama,

look what I found.

Can I keep him,

please, please?

At last, the cat managed to

dethrone the dog

as the most popular pet

in the Western world.

In the U.S. alone, house cats

have doubled in number

in just 20 years.

C'mon, chin up.

That a good boy.

Cat-mania is

sweeping the country.

These are piddle pants

for cats.

The Chaise lounges are a new

add- on to our products

that we're carrying.

The Litter Maid Electric Self-

Cleaning Litter Box.

We probably spend about

eight grand a year.

$10, $20, or $30,000 a year,

just on one cat. Yeah.

Throughout the world,

cat shows pay homage

to our feline companions

in a fury of grooming,

primping and keen competition.

Through the careful

coupling of cats,

humans have created nearly 50

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