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Dogs we understand. Cats are mysterious, even though they are the most popular pet
Washington Post ^ | Oct 14, 013 | John Bradshaw

Posted on 10/17/2013 6:23:52 AM PDT by Innovative

Cats are the world’s most popular pets, outnumbering dogs by as many as three to one. This popularity is undoubtedly helped by the fact that cats are simultaneously affectionate and self-reliant...

Even so, cats remain aloof and inscrutable. Dogs tend to be open, honest and biddable. Cats, on the other hand, demand we accept them on their terms but never quite reveal what those terms might be.

Studies of dogs in the 1950s established the notion of a “primary socialization period,” when puppies are especially sensitive to learning how to interact with people. For dogs, this is between 7 and 14 weeks of age. The concept also applies to cats, but it starts earlier. A kitten that is handled regularly between 4 and 8 weeks generally develops a powerful attraction to people. One that does not meet a human until 10 weeks or later is likely to fear people for the rest of its life.

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cats; doggieping; dogs; kittyping; petpsychology; pets; psychology
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I personally like both cats and dogs -- they each have their virtues and challenges.
1 posted on 10/17/2013 6:23:52 AM PDT by Innovative
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To: Joe 6-pack; Slings and Arrows

Kittyping and doggie ping — mostly about cats, but also some about dogs


2 posted on 10/17/2013 6:25:32 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

My take on Dogs and Cats: Imagine you have a dog and a cat. Imagine you are God and your dog and your cat are humans. Which one is more Christian in his attitude? The dog or the cat?


3 posted on 10/17/2013 6:26:49 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Innovative

Had ‘em both.

Love ‘em both.

Both are more intelligent than politicians.


4 posted on 10/17/2013 6:27:49 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Innovative
I personally like both cats and dogs -- they each have their virtues and challenges.

Ditto here as well. I seem to like best the one I'm interacting with at the moment.

And cats CAN be very affectionate. Mine greet me when I come home.

5 posted on 10/17/2013 6:28:32 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: cuban leaf
Which one is more Christian in his attitude? The dog or the cat?

Depends on the dog. Depends on the cat.
6 posted on 10/17/2013 6:30:24 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: Innovative

Cats are not hard to understand. They are very predictable creatures once you get to know them.

They all have common characteristics — and they all have distinct personalities.


7 posted on 10/17/2013 6:32:41 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

“Depends on the dog. Depends on the cat.”
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Ain’t that the truth.


8 posted on 10/17/2013 6:34:17 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Innovative

Dogs vs. Cats summed up in two lines

Dog: you pet me! You feed me! You love me! You must be God!

Cat: you pet me, you feed me, you love me... I must be God


9 posted on 10/17/2013 6:34:19 AM PDT by Will not Live for another Man
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To: Innovative

Can't we all just get along?

10 posted on 10/17/2013 6:36:01 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: Innovative

I love cats...
but I can never eat a whole one.


11 posted on 10/17/2013 6:39:13 AM PDT by Ignatz (Winner of a prestigious 1960 Y-chromosome award!)
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To: Innovative
I like them both as well although I would pick a dog over a cat as a pet if given the choice. Playing with a dog is much more fun in my opinion.

I have a feeling that dogs are not as easy to read as we think they are. And cats are probably not as mysterious.
12 posted on 10/17/2013 6:43:30 AM PDT by needmorePaine
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To: Dr. Sivana

Depends on the dog. Depends on the cat.


Generally speaking. I’m talking about the general differences between dogs and cats.


13 posted on 10/17/2013 6:44:14 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Da Coyote
Both are more intelligent than politicians.
True, but to be honest, all other animals and even some plants are smarter as well.
14 posted on 10/17/2013 6:45:26 AM PDT by needmorePaine
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To: Innovative

Ditto, and I’ve noticed that most dogs and cats like me back, whether I want affection or not. Cats in particular can be a problem.


15 posted on 10/17/2013 6:45:37 AM PDT by HomeAtLast (The original Tea Party entailed a willingness to do without some tea.)
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To: Innovative

Basically it comes down to dogs being pack animals and cats not. My rat terrier is very much like a cat. But like others, I like cats and dogs on a case by case basis. I LOVE horses.


16 posted on 10/17/2013 6:45:44 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Innovative

17 posted on 10/17/2013 6:48:25 AM PDT by Daffynition (*In memory of FReeper Blackie. God rest his *Hooligan* soul.*)
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To: Innovative

As an aside, it has long been noted that tyrants generally dislike cats. Many of history’s famous tyrants and dictators hated cats. Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, Napoleon Bonaparte, Benito Mussolini, and Adolph Hitler were all men that were cat haters.


18 posted on 10/17/2013 6:50:24 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Welfare is the new euphemism for Eugenics.)
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To: cuban leaf
I’m talking about the general differences between dogs and cats.

I can't generalize after having met Emily the Rottweiler and Bella the Rat Terrier. Barely the same species, and PLENTY of representatives from both sides. Emily was Ferengi, and I had to buy passage by opening the owner's fridge and getting out a slice of ham.


19 posted on 10/17/2013 6:50:34 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: Will not Live for another Man

Dogs have owners; cats have staff.


20 posted on 10/17/2013 6:57:28 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: cuban leaf

Gregariousness and emotion are not hard characteristics of Christianity. Jesus was not the happy-go-lucky guy that liberals and many heretical evangelicals make him out to be.


21 posted on 10/17/2013 6:59:12 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

Gregariousness and emotion are not hard characteristics of Christianity. Jesus was not the happy-go-lucky guy that liberals and many heretical evangelicals make him out to be.


I didn’t mention that stuff. But to amplify the question, looking at the relationship a dog has with his owner vs the relationship a cat has with his owner (again, talking about the generic traits of the two animals), which most closely mirrors the relationship a Christian has with God?

And when I say generic traits, I mean like when I say that generally speaking men are taller than women and women have bigger breasts. i.e. “depends on the animal” is not a serious answer.


22 posted on 10/17/2013 7:05:05 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: fwdude; cuban leaf; shibumi

That may be true but He didn’t leave decapitated birds or tortured mice on the furniture, either.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7ZkSm24xiM


23 posted on 10/17/2013 7:11:20 AM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: cuban leaf

What did/do witches usually have as familiars?

:)


24 posted on 10/17/2013 7:12:27 AM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: Innovative

Had both, love both but in the end,

Cats Rule, dogs drool.


25 posted on 10/17/2013 7:26:03 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Innovative
A dog has a loving master who feeds him and cares for him every day. The dog says to himself "My master cares for me and gives me food every day. He must be God!"

A cat has a loving master who feeds him and cares for him every day. The cat says to himself "My master cares for me and gives me food every day. I must be God!"

26 posted on 10/17/2013 7:38:14 AM PDT by trad_anglican
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To: Innovative; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ..

27 posted on 10/17/2013 7:38:46 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Innovative

My 2 dogs beat any electronic alarm system hands down.


28 posted on 10/17/2013 7:39:22 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Innovative
"I personally like both cats and dogs -- they each have their virtues and challenges."

Yep, love 'em both, but at heart I'm a cat person.

29 posted on 10/17/2013 7:40:02 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Ignatz

Better yet, go veggie!


30 posted on 10/17/2013 7:42:30 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: cuban leaf
"But to amplify the question, looking at the relationship a dog has with his owner vs the relationship a cat has with his owner (again, talking about the generic traits of the two animals), which most closely mirrors the relationship a Christian has with God?"

But I'm not sure that really matters, since I don't think animals' relationships with us are meant to mirror His.

God created both dogs and cats for our companionship. I've had several cats, and every one of them has been wonderfully loving and attached.....there was never anything lacking in our relationships.

31 posted on 10/17/2013 7:44:34 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Slings and Arrows

:)

32 posted on 10/17/2013 7:45:55 AM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: HomeAtLast

Very true. I have three cats and if one of them wants attention I don’t have a moment’s peace until I oblige them.


33 posted on 10/17/2013 7:46:00 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (My sweet talk is also savory and creamy.)
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To: trad_anglican

I think Lucifer thought that, too.

:)


34 posted on 10/17/2013 7:46:46 AM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: Innovative

Dogs have owners, Cats have staff.


35 posted on 10/17/2013 7:47:28 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Salamander

Mine aren’t - it would interrupt the meal service.


36 posted on 10/17/2013 8:05:15 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Innovative
Perhaps cats are best explained by the existential musing of Henri le chat noir. Link to video
37 posted on 10/17/2013 8:26:41 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: BenLurkin

“Cats are not hard to understand. They are very predictable creatures once you get to know them.”

Yes.

Our cat is now 5 years old and I’ve watched him since he was a kitten. He has very consistent behavior and patterns of activity.


38 posted on 10/17/2013 8:32:46 AM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: CatherineofAragon

But I’m not sure that really matters, since I don’t think animals’ relationships with us are meant to mirror His.


It matters to me. In the answer to the question is my answer to which animal I prefer. For me, I often look at my pet and say, “Dang, I would like to hope that God sees me as I see my pet.” regarding how my pet responds to me.

What I find especially interesting is that I think pretty much every person who read my question knows which pet I like the best becaus in their heart of hearts, they know the answer.

But as you said, different pets have different personalities and you can find stinkers in both species.


39 posted on 10/17/2013 8:34:25 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Innovative

We have one of those kitties who didn’t have close affection in the early weeks. She is a Tortie, (so naturally has an attitude), but altho I would so love to pick her up and pat her, she is always out of reach. She likes to be nearby, but I have only held her 2x in the 4 years we’ve had her. She does let me scratch her ears when she is curled in her bed at night, and she even purrs, but she is still wary of me. So frustrating for me!! Our calico lets me get the petting in, so I’m not denied.

Thank goodness for our pets! They do so much more for us — than we do for them.


40 posted on 10/17/2013 8:37:14 AM PDT by Exit148
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To: cuban leaf

Yes, but your post #22 implied that there’s generally less of a loving quality in the relationships cat owners have with their pets, compared to that of dog owners.
Just about any cat owner can tell you that’s not the case.


41 posted on 10/17/2013 8:48:34 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: CatherineofAragon

Yes, but your post #22 implied that there’s generally less of a loving quality in the relationships cat owners have with their pets, compared to that of dog owners.


Actually, no. Reread my question. What happened was that you inferred it. And it is very telling that most people do.

There is a reason for that. ;-)

That being said, I like both Chinese AND Vietnamese food. :-P


42 posted on 10/17/2013 9:02:34 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Ignatz

Dohmer? Is that you?


43 posted on 10/17/2013 9:03:05 AM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: cuban leaf

There is a reason for it-—a lot of folks assume cats aren’t loving. ;)

That said.....does your original post have to do with dogs’ self-sacrificing qualities? Just guessing....


44 posted on 10/17/2013 9:16:46 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: CatherineofAragon

No.

Rather, it’s rooted in the “mans best friend” mantra.

My dog is extra needy. The entire time I’m around him he is like the kid on the trike in “The Incredibles” taht is waiting for something “amazing” to happen. Right down to the look on his “face”.

I know it is just my perception and he is probably just hoping for food, but That quality is pretty rare in cats. I’ve been around VERY personable cats. The funny thing is, people say things like, “That cat thinks it’s a dog” when around such cats.

Cat’s tend to be very independent. They often really don’t want to be petted, and when they do want to be, they can be downright forceful about it. Dogs are much more open about what they want.

This is something that hit me about five years ago. Ever since then I’ve watched both cats and dogs around their owners. I noticed that the visible relationship most dogs have with their owners seems to mimick the relationship I think Christ wants me to seek with him. Meanwhile, cats seem more like agnostics.


45 posted on 10/17/2013 9:35:36 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Exit148

That’s so true. Cats and dogs are a gift that God gave us.
I like both, but I found the perfect Cat. She sleeps, plays and don’t get into trouble.
She loves tummy rubs but will let you know when she had enough.


46 posted on 10/17/2013 10:42:15 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: cuban leaf

Well, I see the point you were making is not what I assumed. My apologies.


47 posted on 10/17/2013 10:57:25 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: cuban leaf

I’ve never believed in the myth of the aloof cat. Every cat I’ve ever owned is a complete suck up and a constant presence. I think it all boils down to the owner. If the owner wants independent pets they’ll get independent pets, if they want companions that never stray far from them they shadows that shed. I want companion animals so my cats greet me at the door and roll around on the floor around my feet every time I stop moving for 10 seconds.


48 posted on 10/17/2013 11:07:18 AM PDT by discostu (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: Will not Live for another Man

Best summary of the difference between the two species that I’ve seen.


49 posted on 10/17/2013 11:16:45 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Never trust a man who doesn't like cats

Don't know who said it first.

50 posted on 10/17/2013 1:25:05 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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