Cats’ standoffish nature and refusal to participate in behavioral studies means that we know surprisingly little about what’s going on inside a kitty’s mind. Luckily, we’re learning a little more each day about our feline friends. Here’s a look at why exactly cats do some of the adorably weird things they do.

No one’s sure when cats first moved into our homes and hearts, but the most commonly repeated piece of trivia is that it happened in ancient Egypt around 4,000 years ago. They were considered sacred, treated like royalty, and valued as an important part of the family. There’s other evidence that suggests cats arrived well before then, with remains of a human and cat who were buried together dating back 9,500 years. No one’s exactly sure when these mysterious creatures showed up and volunteered their services, but we’re definitely not complaining.

While we consider our feline friends to be domesticated animals, that’s not exactly the case. When scientists took an up-close-and-personal look at cats’ DNA, they discovered that cats are still pretty wild, at least on a genetic level. Despite their name, domestic house cats still share most of their DNA with their wild cousins. Unlike dogs, who have mostly grown out of any wolf-like behavior, cats have kept their wild instincts, as well as their insistence to be treated like royalty. Some things never change.

Watch for more about why cats lie on their backs to greet you and other feline facts!

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They’re not actually that domesticated | 0:17
Right paw vs. left paw | 1:12
Picky eaters, much? | 1:53
They’re allergic to us, too | 2:34
Their brains are like ours | 3:18
How far do cats travel? | 4:31
If I fits, I sits! | 5:40
They’ll sleep just about anywhere | 6:31
They only talk to humans | 7:44
Showing off their bellies | 8:56
Why do cats purr? | 9:30