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The Truth About Cat and Dog Owners
ABC News via Yahoo! ^ | 6/14/13 | Gillian Mohney

Posted on 06/15/2013 1:08:55 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows

There are plenty of divisions in a nation of over 300 million people, from Democrats versus Republicans to Pepsi versus Coke. But most importantly is the one between cat lovers and dog lovers.

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Dogs are still America's pet of choice with approximately 43.3 million households owning one or more dogs. Although the state with the highest percentage of dog owners is Arizona, with 47.9 percent or approximately 1.7 million households including a dog, the state mammal is the ringtail cat.

Cats are America's second favorite pet, with more than 36 million households having at least one feline resident. The state with the highest percentage of cat owners is Vermont with nearly half of all households including at least one cat. Their state mammal is the Morgan horse.

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(Excerpt) Read more at gma.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cats; doggieping; dogs; kittyping
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Play nice, y'all.
1 posted on 06/15/2013 1:08:55 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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2 posted on 06/15/2013 1:09:42 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: Slings and Arrows

A dog always looks up to his master.
A cat always looks down on his master.
But a pig...a pig will always look him in the eye.

That said, a dog — two of them — are our pets of choice.


3 posted on 06/15/2013 1:16:09 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’ve always liked cats better than dogs, but only in the last few years have I asked myself why. I came to realize that I enjoy the challenge of obtaining a cat’s love. A cat will definitely tolerate you if you feed it, but it takes more than that to win their affection. To see a cat change from being completely feral to being an affectionate housepet is very cool. Just tonight, a feral cat that we’ve been feeding for a while (we trapped her and fixed her last year), FINALLY head-bumped my hand and let me pet her when I fed her. She crossed the kitty Rubicon! LOL! Not much to some people, but to me it was a thrill. ;o)


4 posted on 06/15/2013 1:26:33 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (FUBO, and the useful idiots you rode in on!)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

I’m with you. It’s a dog’s nature to love its pack leader (which is no way a slur against dogs). A cat’s love must be earned.


5 posted on 06/15/2013 1:29:00 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Don’t know about dogs, but cats make a nice stew after they’re treated a bit with a heavy duty meat tenderizing mallet.


6 posted on 06/15/2013 1:33:10 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: dagogo redux

Well, in that same spirit, “long pig” is supposed to be very tasty too! Not something I’d care to try, though.


7 posted on 06/15/2013 1:54:43 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (FUBO, and the useful idiots you rode in on!)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

“I’ve always liked cats better than dogs”.
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My cats like me better then they like my dog ;
In the last four years here, I have had a vast collection of feral cats. One very nice female had four kittens under the table one night. They are now a month old and a real delight.
I was once feeding as many as 8 cats a year ago, but four were poisoned?, accidentally or deliberately.
A few weeks ago, my neighbor brought me a kitten that he found in the middle of the road, about a mile away.
It is doing ok now, and even nursing from the mother of the other four.
Kittens are free to a good home.
All you do is pay shipping from Cebu island, Philippines, hahaha


8 posted on 06/15/2013 1:56:32 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: Slings and Arrows

It’s a dog’s nature to love its pack leader

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Indeed. I’ve read that by contrast, cats relate to “their human” as a substitute mommy. I guess I enjoy being Momcat!


9 posted on 06/15/2013 1:56:47 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (FUBO, and the useful idiots you rode in on!)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

I prefer dogs if I had to choose. That said I have 4 cats:) and they have grown on me. I still want a dog again some day. Our cats are all affectionate creatures with 1 preferring to bestow that affection primarily on hubby and one on me. the other two take what they can get from anybody. The one that only lets me cuddle her and runs from others is kinda spooky. She used to follow me around and she still sits there staring at me sometimes, looks like she is trying to figure something out lol. She likes to clean my hand and it almost seems like she feels she’s giving something back for the petting she gets:)


10 posted on 06/15/2013 2:05:52 AM PDT by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I cant stand a dogs smell. They stink. Other wise I’m all for them.


11 posted on 06/15/2013 2:11:14 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: BigCinBigD
I cant stand a dogs smell.

Maybe you should stop smelling under the tail.

12 posted on 06/15/2013 2:14:51 AM PDT by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

I enjoy being a cat mama too! I have six of them!


13 posted on 06/15/2013 2:19:51 AM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: pbmaltzman
I haven't been able to have a dog in over 40 years, ever since my big German shepherd had to be euthanized.

Where we just moved to (Northern Arizona), a local fellow wants to rehome a purebred collie, which I think is the most beautiful breed of all... if I had better cash flow, I'd not hesitate, as we do have a fenced yard. But I spend enough money feeding the cats as it is.

When i had dogs, I liked them better. But I have since come completely over to the feline side of things. It's just so satisfying getting cats to purr!!

14 posted on 06/15/2013 2:22:30 AM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: Slings and Arrows
A good cat is a delight.
A good dog is a real asset.
A bad cat is a nuisance.
A bad dog is a real danger.

I love them both, but they are quite different animals!

15 posted on 06/15/2013 2:34:29 AM PDT by Casie (democrats destroy)
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To: Alaska Wolf

Maybe you should watch your mouth.


16 posted on 06/15/2013 2:43:32 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: BigCinBigD
Maybe you should watch your mouth.

Really? Did you identify a profanity somewhere?

17 posted on 06/15/2013 2:49:01 AM PDT by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Looks like some strife on this thread...call me when it's unescalated, bro.


18 posted on 06/15/2013 2:52:01 AM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

That sounds about right. When my tomcat was younger he would occasionally “nurse” on my arm. He still kneads my belly. (Blood from a turnip there, of course.)


19 posted on 06/15/2013 2:55:05 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: Daffynition
Smiley - Confused - 2 photo confused-smiley-013.gif I told 'em to play nice.
20 posted on 06/15/2013 2:57:11 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Especially when they're indoors. Take the ruff-stuff outside B4 someone gets hurt.;)


21 posted on 06/15/2013 2:59:38 AM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: Daffynition

Maybe if we have them neutered...


22 posted on 06/15/2013 3:06:35 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: AlexW
One very nice female had four kittens under the table one night.

Years ago, when I lived in a Houston suburb, my daughter brought home a sweet, female tabby cat with blue eyes from the Swim Club. The following week, my other daughter brought home a large, lanky, Siamese cat from the 7-11.

My husband pitched a fit and prevailed upon me to give one of the cats to my neighbor for his co-worker who was suffering the loss of her cat. The blue-eyed tabby was chosen. He was to pick her up the next day.

While working at my sewing machine, I heard a sound under my feet. I looked down, and that blue-eyed tabby had given birth to 2 kittens. She hadn't even looked pregnant.

The next day, my neighbor came over to pick up his cat, and I told him that he couldn't take her yet -- she'd just had kittens and he'd have to wait 6 weeks, or he'd have to take the whole family.

"No," he replied, "I'll just take THAT one," pointing at my big, male Siamese. My mouth dropped open, speechless, and my husband handed over my favorite cat!

That sweet, blue eyed tabby gave birth to one "Siamese" and one solid black kitten under my sewing machine. We kept the Siamese looking one, and we owned the tabby for many years. However, she had wanderlust and was only sweet and affectionate when she was pregnant. Otherwise, she was aloof and arrogant and absent a lot. When she was cuddly and nice, we knew there were kittens coming.

23 posted on 06/15/2013 3:08:00 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: BigCinBigD
SOME dogs stink, but most don't -- particularly if you give them the occasional bath. My Golden Retrievers never smelled, unless they had found some deer, or rabbit, poop to roll in.

OMG, I miss my Max who died of Pancreatic Cancer in Feb.


24 posted on 06/15/2013 3:15:15 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Slings and Arrows

Although I’ve had the honor of working with people who had therapy dogs
I must confess I’m drawn to cats. Not that I don’t like doge. I’ve never been a dog owner. I’ve shared my life with two cats, one at the rainbow bridge and one meowing for me to feed her.

I think to open your home to an animal, whether its a dog or a cat, you need a big heart and lots of love. I would never date someone who didn’t like either dogs or cats. They become your best friends and all they ask in return is love and of course, a full food bowl. I’m grwreful to live in a world that has such wonderful creatures in it. When ever I feel blue I’m kitty loves me. She’s my best friend.

And I better feed her now


25 posted on 06/15/2013 3:19:57 AM PDT by Gefn (More Cowbell please)
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To: Gefn

Sorry for my typing I dislike the iPad.


26 posted on 06/15/2013 3:21:20 AM PDT by Gefn (More Cowbell please)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks for sharing your story.
I am not a “cat lover”, but seem to have always had them, except for five years in Europe.
In the Philippines I have been deluged with them, now watching some feeding off of my leftover dinner.


27 posted on 06/15/2013 3:29:01 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: Slings and Arrows

We’ve had a succession of rescue dogs and are angling for another. The animal control officer is holding a dog that was horribly abused pending a criminal prosecution of the owner. The dog is okay but has been left pretty scarred and frankly beat up and ugly; broken bones that didn’t heal right, a rambling gait and some permanently missing fur. They thought he was unadoptable but we want him.

No cats for me, I spent over four decades working with unintelligent, self-centered prima dona’s who thought they were the center of the universe. I don’t need another one.


28 posted on 06/15/2013 3:29:40 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: BigCinBigD; Alaska Wolf

LOL!

Mental note, “Can dish, can’t take”.


29 posted on 06/15/2013 4:13:22 AM PDT by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Arizona...heat, illegals, McCain, dogs...ick.


30 posted on 06/15/2013 4:17:46 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: MasterGunner01

Dogs have an owner,
Cats have a staff.


31 posted on 06/15/2013 4:17:52 AM PDT by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: dagogo redux

you wrote: “cats make a nice stew after they’re treated a bit with a heavy duty meat tenderizing mallet.”

Our local Chinese restaurant doesn’t even bother with the mallet...


32 posted on 06/15/2013 4:25:54 AM PDT by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: muir_redwoods

You and I are on the same page. All my dogs have been rescues.


33 posted on 06/15/2013 5:02:57 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Slings and Arrows

Both are great and each have their own personality. If I had to pick between the two, I would choose a dog. My favorite dog, a big, loveable German Shepherd, died last year. It was harder on me than I thought it would be. I miss him very much.

I also had a favorite cat a few years ago that behaved in many ways like a dog. In fact, he was a lot of fun, very active and seemed to enjoy playing with our dogs. It was very sad when he just up and died for no apparent reason one day.

Pets can be a blessing and can provide companionship. I swear they can even express love if you treat them right.


34 posted on 06/15/2013 5:11:45 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: muir_redwoods

A past in politics? Or pimpin’? Actually either would fit. That’s sad.


35 posted on 06/15/2013 5:29:47 AM PDT by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: duckman
My students know how much I love cats. I have four, three of which are Siamese, and the other is a HUGE Maine Coon. The students often give me gifts and cards with cats on them. One of my favorites is a plaque that says, “It's my cat's world. I'm just here to open cans.”
36 posted on 06/15/2013 5:58:40 AM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death,....therefore, choose life..")
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To: Slings and Arrows

Clinton murdered his dog. No more photo ops.

Who knows what the Sunni Kenyan does with his dog.


37 posted on 06/15/2013 5:58:49 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Dog = Man’s best friend.
Cat = Fuzzy novelty.


38 posted on 06/15/2013 6:03:31 AM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: BigCinBigD
Dogs shouldn't smell, unless they roll in something putrid.

My neighbor switched from a high-quality dog food back to a low-cost grocery store brand after her daughter stopped working at a pet shop and she could not longer get discounted food. Within just a couple of weeks the dogs started smelling; she switched back to the good dogfood, and voila, no more stinking dogs.

39 posted on 06/15/2013 6:04:52 AM PDT by LSAggie
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To: When do we get liberated?

I worked in financial services


40 posted on 06/15/2013 6:06:22 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: srmorton

How much does your Maine Coon weigh? The biggest one I know weighs 22 lbs. I thought they got bigger.


41 posted on 06/15/2013 6:08:28 AM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: When do we get liberated?

My first thought was Hollywood.


42 posted on 06/15/2013 6:09:47 AM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: 3Fingas

“I also had a favorite cat a few years ago that behaved in many ways like a dog.”

We have a female orange tabby who is quite dog-like in some respects. She’s a bit of an attention-seeker, fortunately not in a destructive way, and she drinks from the toilet. :)


43 posted on 06/15/2013 7:04:25 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (The average American voter is an idiot. Which is how the Dems want it.)
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To: IbJensen

Mitt Romney put a dog on the roof of his car. Obama put one on the roof of his mouth.


44 posted on 06/15/2013 7:05:18 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (The average American voter is an idiot. Which is how the Dems want it.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Right. The Sunni Kenyan lustily ate his dog.

Woof, woof.

How lucky are we to have a phony, mystery, dog-eating, America-hating running dog for a president?

He and his henchmen objective to insure that all Christians and Jews living in Muslim countries are massacred. Further, they work towards enslaving all Americans, keeping them under the thumb of their spy organizations.


45 posted on 06/15/2013 7:13:06 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

yes- the head bump! You’re hers now...I love it when they challenge you-want more food, scratching something up/ causing trouble etc. and they stare at you; once they blink slowly/close their eyes-they have submitted and you win!

I like both cats and dogs-I also love Muscovy ducks-they are like dogs to me!


46 posted on 06/15/2013 7:58:30 AM PDT by homegroan (Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option....)
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To: dagogo redux

Dohmer? Is that you?


47 posted on 06/15/2013 8:06:22 AM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: muir_redwoods

Ha, same here but worse....subprime auto finance lol


48 posted on 06/15/2013 8:19:51 AM PDT by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: Gefn

Amen.


49 posted on 06/15/2013 9:55:17 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: muir_redwoods

Thank you for your compassion for hard-to-place animals. All my cats are former strays.


50 posted on 06/15/2013 9:56:17 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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