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Actually, Your Cat Thinks You Are a Giant Cat
Time ^ | Jan. 07, 2014 | Kyle Chayka

Posted on 01/12/2014 12:13:45 AM PST by Slings and Arrows

If you own a cat, you probably identify as something like its mother, albeit a human version, who feeds it, entertains it, and licks its fur to keep it clean (hopefully not). Unfortunately, your cat sees your pet-owner relationship much differently, according to the new book Cat Sense by English biologist Dr. John Bradshaw. It actually thinks you’re a “larger, non-hostile” cat.

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When a cat kneads your body or the surface of a bed, it’s a behavior that’s meant for its mother’s belly, a message to keep milk flowing. Rubbing up against a human leg or hand is a way of treating you as another cat, “the clearest way cats show their affection for us,” Bradshaw explains. Leaving dead rats around the house isn’t a way of “feeding” their owners, but rather, the cats want a safe place to eat their kill. When they actually take a bite of the victim, they realize their normal human-delivered cat food tastes way better. And if you’ve ever seen a rat in any major city, this should be obvious.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping
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It's a step up from "servant," I guess.
1 posted on 01/12/2014 12:13:45 AM PST by Slings and Arrows
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2 posted on 01/12/2014 12:14:54 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Actually, my sister's dog think that she's human and that our job is to cater to her every whim.

Smart dog. She's right.

3 posted on 01/12/2014 12:17:47 AM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Slings and Arrows

How do you know you’re not a giant cat?


4 posted on 01/12/2014 12:18:29 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Slings and Arrows

“It actually thinks you’re a “larger, non-hostile” cat”

Well, that’s better than “pathetic thrall whom I shall allow to continue to serve me until I get *completely* bored with it.” Which is how I think most cats see us.

Oddly enough, it’s how I think most Democratic politicians see us, too.


5 posted on 01/12/2014 12:19:51 AM PST by DemforBush (Ice cream, Mandrake? Children's ice cream?)
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To: nickcarraway

Meow!


6 posted on 01/12/2014 12:22:34 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Naahhh.... My cat (now unfortunately deceased at 24 yrs old) Always thought I was a giant cat food vending machine. All she had to do was whine loud enough and out popped the food.

And for some strange reason I kinda still miss that.

7 posted on 01/12/2014 12:27:01 AM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Hmm, I’ve seen stories where cats attack their humans...why’s that...do the humans suddenly become a threat???


8 posted on 01/12/2014 12:31:38 AM PST by RginTN
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To: Slings and Arrows

I fear that once the cat learns how to open his tuna tins himself , I will be rendered redundant. (Yet Another human casualty of the Great Obama Depression’s ever- increasing unemployment )


9 posted on 01/12/2014 12:34:31 AM PST by faithhopecharity (now)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’m lucky she lets us live here. We’ll be homeless if she figures out how to open the cans.


10 posted on 01/12/2014 12:35:36 AM PST by ToastedHead
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To: RginTN

Some cats, like some people, just aren’t right in the head. Trust me.


11 posted on 01/12/2014 12:40:19 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: ToastedHead

Nah, she’ll still let you offer her tribute.


12 posted on 01/12/2014 12:40:42 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
It actually thinks you’re a “larger, non-hostile” cat.

13 posted on 01/12/2014 12:43:51 AM PST by Bratch
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To: Slings and Arrows

That’s why a pet fish in a fish tank works for me. No chance of the small ones attacking one.


14 posted on 01/12/2014 12:44:55 AM PST by RginTN
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To: Bratch

Don’t know about her, but I’m feeling no hostility.


15 posted on 01/12/2014 12:46:56 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Maybe she’ll let me in from the backyard once a day to do scoops. I’ll stand at the door with a dead bird in my mouth.


16 posted on 01/12/2014 12:48:32 AM PST by ToastedHead
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To: RginTN

True. OTOH, not much purring or chin skritchies.


17 posted on 01/12/2014 12:49:29 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: ToastedHead

Now you’re speaking her language!


18 posted on 01/12/2014 12:49:58 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Maybe now would be a good time to explain to her why its annoying when she flicks little Fancy Feast pieces around her food bowl on the floor.

(Yeah, right. I need this job too much to make a complaint.)


19 posted on 01/12/2014 12:58:43 AM PST by ToastedHead
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To: Slings and Arrows
There's something calming watching fish go about in a fish tank.

Also fish don't bite. Very low maintenance pets.

But I totally get the comfort cats & dogs can give. Its so easy to talk to them they meow or bark back while fish do nothing.

20 posted on 01/12/2014 12:59:03 AM PST by RginTN
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To: Slings and Arrows

I don’t see the diff between Mama or Papa and a great big cat who feeds it.

Also, I think the reason women often prefer cats is because we’re hard wired to take care of small warm cuddly things, and they’re happy to oblige. Match made in heaven!


21 posted on 01/12/2014 1:00:24 AM PST by Hetty_Fauxvert (FUBO, and the useful idiots you rode in on!)
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To: RginTN
There's something calming watching fish go about in a fish tank.

Cats actually agree on this point.

22 posted on 01/12/2014 1:00:27 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

I’m a guy, and I like both cats and dogs. (And despite this article, I’m still reasonably certain that my tomcat sees me as a surrogate mama.)


23 posted on 01/12/2014 1:03:17 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Lots of guys are very nurturing (in a manly way! LOL!). Cats love my dad and vice versa. But I think women are programmed by nature for it.


24 posted on 01/12/2014 1:10:07 AM PST by Hetty_Fauxvert (FUBO, and the useful idiots you rode in on!)
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To: Slings and Arrows
"Leaving dead rats around the house isn’t a way of “feeding” their owners, but rather, the cats want a safe place to eat their kill."

This must apply to rats only.

My cats catch mice, rabbits, chipmunks and give them to my dog who eats them.

The feral cat who had kittens in my home, had a stash of dead mice nearby till I found her and started feeding her.

Sometimes they bring their catch indoors to snack on later, after they've tossed the carcass throughout the house. Other times they eat it where they caught it. Outdoors.

It has nothing to do with feeding the owner or safe place to eat.

25 posted on 01/12/2014 1:15:18 AM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Bratch
In my last job, we had a young lady, fairly attractive, too, who dressed up like a cat each day.

She had a dozen different cat ears and tails, furry socks and cat shoes, cat belts, and her clothes had all kinds of cat badges and images and slogans, etc.

A good worker, and seemed completely normal otherwise, so HR just let her come to work each day.

We had a lot of foreign born workers, they were completely fascinated by her, and would ask her permission to take her picture on breaks, which they would send to friends and family still living in the homeland.

We also had a guy who had perfectly manicured three inch finger nails.

I'm told he was obsessed with the Hugh Jackman Wolverine movies, but I never heard him mention that myself.

The Filipino women called him “The Eagle.”

26 posted on 01/12/2014 1:15:29 AM PST by zeestephen
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
My cats catch mice, rabbits, chipmunks and give them to my dog who eats them.

That's actually kind of cute.

27 posted on 01/12/2014 1:18:27 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: RginTN

try a clam...had one once...kept it in a fish bowl...never fed it...never knew if it was dead or alive...low maintenance...George, the clam.


28 posted on 01/12/2014 1:25:54 AM PST by ladyL
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29 posted on 01/12/2014 1:41:55 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: zeestephen

Yeah, it was all good until she started shedding, right?


30 posted on 01/12/2014 1:51:17 AM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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“...HR just let her come to work each day.”

And threw her a halibut from time to time? Easier to keep on check than most employees, I suppose. As long as the fish doesn’t run out. Otherwise, I’d have accounting on quick dial - that could turn ugly


31 posted on 01/12/2014 2:03:59 AM PST by Moose Burger
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To: Slings and Arrows

My much beloved kitty, now an angel, must have thought I was her mom. She use to knead me. She would also knead her stuffed panda.

Drove me crazy. I hated it. Now I miss it so much.


32 posted on 01/12/2014 2:26:20 AM PST by Gefn (RIP Holly, April 1999-December 31, 2013 the best cat ever)
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To: Slings and Arrows

My screen name Fai Mao, is a transliteration of my English name (Philip)into Chinese. Fai Mao means Fat Cat means Fat Cat so I really an giant cat


33 posted on 01/12/2014 2:26:59 AM PST by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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34 posted on 01/12/2014 2:27:29 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Glad to avoid all this by having a dog :)


35 posted on 01/12/2014 2:32:36 AM PST by upchuck (My Internet addiction is so bad... it's alt of ctrl.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
You're trying too hard.


36 posted on 01/12/2014 2:39:10 AM PST by Daffynition (It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

My cat knows that she is the ZooKeeper in a human Zoo.


37 posted on 01/12/2014 3:04:08 AM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

The opposite is why men like dogs... Men need validation of their dominance and ability to lead or fontrol... and an obedient goofy dog provides that.


38 posted on 01/12/2014 3:06:18 AM PST by Rodamala
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Cat Ping.


39 posted on 01/12/2014 3:09:03 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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40 posted on 01/12/2014 3:10:27 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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41 posted on 01/12/2014 3:11:31 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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42 posted on 01/12/2014 3:12:53 AM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“Dogs have masters; cats have staff.”


43 posted on 01/12/2014 3:58:55 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Bullish

Our cat of 21 yrs just died and we miss her a lot as we developed a terrific bond. She seemed more dog like then cat. At night she used to sleep on my arm using it as a pillow. I picked up her ashes this past wednesday and have been sad since.


44 posted on 01/12/2014 4:43:16 AM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: zeestephen

Let me guess. You live in California.


45 posted on 01/12/2014 4:56:36 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Daffynition

Thank God it’s morning and I have all day to rid that nightmare image from my brain before going to sleep tonight.


46 posted on 01/12/2014 5:04:37 AM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Mouton

Condolences on your loss.


47 posted on 01/12/2014 5:05:56 AM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Daffynition

UGH!!!! It’s not nice to scare people so early on a Sunday morning before coffee....

(now I have to wash out my mind’s eye)


48 posted on 01/12/2014 5:10:35 AM PST by Mrs. B.S. Roberts
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To: Mrs. B.S. Roberts; Rebelbase

Hope the specimen has been spayed/neutered.


49 posted on 01/12/2014 5:17:20 AM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: RginTN

My Little Killer often attacks me – hence her name. It’s usually when she wants attention or has enough attention. She’ll be on my lap, I’ll be petting her. Suddenly she sinks her fangs in my hand and hangs on with her claws. I have to smack her head to make her let go.


50 posted on 01/12/2014 5:25:55 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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