The ancient Egyptians famously worshipped them; they traveled the world on Viking ships, and today they are some of the Internet’s best memes. But, in fact, as Abigail Tucker, the author of “The Lion in the Living Room,” explains, “You could see our relationship with cats as a series of cat-controlled takeovers.”

In this video, the latest installment in The New Yorker’s “Obsessions” series, Tucker discusses the history of human-feline coexistence.