Soul Of The Cat

SAT
Soul Of The Cat

WHEN TO WATCH

  1. Monday 3 April at 22:00

    Soul Of The Cat

  2. Saturday 8 April at 00:00

    Soul Of The Cat

Synopsis

It was thought that it was over 4,000 years ago that the first cats were able to domesticate us but research is now pointing to 10,000 as the figure of our subjugation not in Egypt but in Cyprus. Radiocarbon dating tells us that in ancient China they started using us as producers (of rats and mice) in our grain and wheat silos and warehouses but what fascinates us about our tabby cats is that inside each one, is a not very distant wild ancestor that is not terribly well veiled. This film will look at those thinly veiled behaviours between domestic cats and their wild cousins and ancestors, specifically to draw those parallels and to explain to `owners' (if one ever owns a cat) what they are seeing when they watch their cat. We will use big cat footage of lions and cheetah hunting and show cats playing or hunting. There will be scenes on cats leaping, landing, running up trees like leopards and all the behaviour we are used to seeing in domestic cats, but drawn exactly from the wild equivalent.