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Purely Scientific Reasons to Love a Fur Baby

Up to 40,000 years ago, an important evolutionary shift occurred — dogs stopped being foes and began being friends. They began lurking around the outskirts of human settlements, waiting for scraps (and ear scratches.)

Perhaps 20,000 years ago, dogs started to travel with humans as companions, helping to hunt, herd, keep watch, and (presumably) snuggle.

Conversely, cats sort of… domesticated themselves (in a very feline way.) Perhaps 12,000 years ago, a specific cat species had a genetic mutation which encouraged them not to fear humans. (Plus, they’re born pest hunters.)

So if you think about it…

For tens of thousands of years, we as a race have continuously decided we’d rather live with our canine and feline pals than without them.

Dr. Pedram Shojai

NY Times Best Selling author and film maker. Taoist Abbot and Qigong master. Husband and dad. I’m here to help you find your way and be healthy and happy. I don’t want to be your guru…just someone who’ll help point the way. If you’re looking for a real person who’s done the work, I’m your guy. I can light the path and walk along it with you but can’t walk for you.