Cats have not and will not be domesticated.
I read something earlier today written by an actual Cat Scientist (well, a veterinary scientist specialising in feline anthrozoology) that pretty much said the same thing.
"The domestic cat, despite its name, is not actually a fully domesticated species. It retains a lot of the abilities of the wild ancestor, so that it can flip between a fully hunting wild-type existence to a very domesticated existence curled up by somebody’s fire - literally within a generation or two. The domestic dog has gone down the whole way to the end of domestication - fully domesticated. The domestic cat is still, perhaps, only half way." [x]
And why give up the advantages of keeping your wild side when your human slaves will continue to feed you and pet you even when you refuse to even pretend to follow instructions and make a hobby of coughing up hairballs in their shoes.
WHOA WHOA NOT FUNNY NOT CUTE.
And cats CAN be trained. Ever hear of marker training??
Yeah that’s utter bullshit. I’ve trained several cats to do traditional “dog tricks”. My current cat sits, shakes, begs, lies down, and plays dead on command. And it wasn’t hard at all. In fact, he was easier to train than a couple dogs I’ve worked with.
My theory is that so many people misunderstand cat psychology so terribly that their cats grow up to be fearful, mistrustful, aggressive, or just disinterested and then people just think that that’s the default or “normal” behavior of the domesticated cat as a species.