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Scientist: Cats think you are just a big, stupid cat
cnet.com ^ | January 12, 2014 4:20 PM PST | Chris Matyszczyk

Posted on 01/12/2014 7:07:57 PM PST by BenLurkin

Cats think you're just a a slightly big, dumb non-hostile cat. Quite specifically, he says that they treat humans as if they were their Mama Cat.

All that rubbing up against you with their tails up is apparently no more than a hopeful check that you really are just another big, fat, slovenly cat who doesn't intend to eat them with their Welsh Rarebit.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping
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1 posted on 01/12/2014 7:07:57 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Slings and Arrows

ping


2 posted on 01/12/2014 7:09:10 PM PST by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: BenLurkin
Heh...I'm sending this to my brother, who is the servant of three cats.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

3 posted on 01/12/2014 7:12:48 PM PST by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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4 posted on 01/12/2014 7:15:51 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: BenLurkin

Cats don’t have owners. They have staff.


5 posted on 01/12/2014 7:17:10 PM PST by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: BenLurkin

I’ve heard this before. Cats can definitely tell other cats; they behave towards each other way different from how they behave toward humans.


6 posted on 01/12/2014 7:25:53 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: BenLurkin

My daughter’s cat will play fetch.


7 posted on 01/12/2014 7:30:17 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Olog-hai

Plus, cats use their sense of smell. We do not smell like cats.


8 posted on 01/12/2014 7:32:15 PM PST by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: BenLurkin
Cats think you are just a big, stupid cat

As stupid as "us" big, stupid "cats" might be, we don't go around vomiting all over the floor, or bringing in dead lizards, or scratching the furniture. So, who's the stupid one, huh???
9 posted on 01/12/2014 7:35:01 PM PST by adorno (Y)
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To: adorno
we don't go around vomiting all over the floor, or bringing in dead lizards, or scratching the furniture.

not since college days, any way.

10 posted on 01/12/2014 7:37:03 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Noumenon
Lol. That got a huge laugh from my wife.
11 posted on 01/12/2014 7:37:15 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: BenLurkin
My wife has five of these furry rats. And the article is right: the lights are on but nobody's home. They do nothing but eat, sleep, fish for snacks in my aquarium, and crap in the litter boxes. Their idea of interaction is getting underfoot when they hear the electric can opener. One of us is gonna break an ankle one of these days.

Gawd, I gotta get another dog.


12 posted on 01/12/2014 7:37:43 PM PST by Viking2002
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Our cat did too.

And our cat would come running at the wiggle of our index finger.

She had us very well trained.


13 posted on 01/12/2014 7:38:40 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: adorno
So, who's the stupid one, huh???

The one who cleans up the mess.

14 posted on 01/12/2014 7:39:18 PM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Perdogg

Ya. One of the reasons why they rub their heads against us... to rub their scent on us. They also prefer us to touch their foreheads.


15 posted on 01/12/2014 7:40:14 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: Viking2002

“I like cats.
They taste just like chicken.”

[Easy now, the above is from a bumper sticker.]


16 posted on 01/12/2014 7:42:45 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: adorno

They bring in lizards and mice because in their minds, they are trying to feed you. Usually, the mice are alive and you are supposed to chase them down and catch them.


17 posted on 01/12/2014 7:42:56 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: BenLurkin

Well, that explains a lot.


18 posted on 01/12/2014 7:43:47 PM PST by DefeatCorruption
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To: dhs12345

Our can can make us say, “Get down!”, every time he gets on the table.


19 posted on 01/12/2014 7:43:59 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Graewoulf
I'll take your word for it. Three are too stringy to cook, and the other two are so fat they'd clog an artery.


20 posted on 01/12/2014 7:47:35 PM PST by Viking2002
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Yup. Ours too.

And our cat is amused and entertained when we pick things up off of the floor after she has knocked them off of the counter.


21 posted on 01/12/2014 7:49:30 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: BenLurkin

So, cats diss their mommies? They think their mommies are stupid?


22 posted on 01/12/2014 7:52:40 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: BenLurkin
"they were never bred to play some specific role in the domestic life of humans,".....Don't know about that Ben. We had a cat around the house and another in the barn. Didn't feed them that was their job to eat pests. Sounds like they had a role...
23 posted on 01/12/2014 7:53:00 PM PST by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: BenLurkin

So cats compare us to Stimpy.

“Stimpy! You iiiidiot!”


24 posted on 01/12/2014 7:53:54 PM PST by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: virgil283

Ya. Feral cats. Pretty mean if you corner one. Good mousers, though.


25 posted on 01/12/2014 7:57:23 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: the OlLine Rebel

They probably think that we are pretty weird cats. After all, we like dogs and we sleep during the night.


26 posted on 01/12/2014 7:59:33 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: Viking2002

Cat Trivia: The Domestic Cat has a 90 % kill success versus about a 10 to 50 % kill success rate for large cats, such as Tigers and Lions.

My cat catches, eats, and then leaves the carcass of a dove on my front step whenever I forget to feed her in the early morning.


27 posted on 01/12/2014 8:03:24 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf
My wife's cats have a 100% success rate of fouling the house if their litter boxes aren't scooped at least twice a day. Gawd, I miss my dogs.


28 posted on 01/12/2014 8:11:36 PM PST by Viking2002
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To: adorno

This morning as I went to feed the two indoor cats, I had to clean up kitty poop on a rug in the hall. That didn’t please me very much. Finally, after cleaning the mess and the rug and washing my hands, I went to the kitchen to make coffee and feed the outdoor cat. Surprise! Bird feathers all over the kitchen floor. I presume this bird was eaten because I couldn’t find parts anywhere else in the house. The two indoor cats may soon become outdoor cats and the kitty door may be locked as well.

Cats have “staff”, indeed.


29 posted on 01/12/2014 8:14:21 PM PST by miele man
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To: Viking2002

[Don’t tell your wife about this: ((Terriers are genetically predisposed to hate cats.)) ]


30 posted on 01/12/2014 8:16:57 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Viking2002

Our last cat decided to use the laundry basket as his litter box. Pissed all over our clean clothes. Kitty earned a long term vacation as in I took him out about 40 miles and let him out. ENOUGH of feral animals in my house. See ya. We have had a dog for about 10 years. MUCH better house guest and guardian.


31 posted on 01/12/2014 8:17:10 PM PST by Texas resident
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To: adorno

“So, who’s the stupid one, huh???”

My cat spends most of the day lounging around in the warmest, most comfortable spot she can find while I work myself to the bone to buy gourmet cat food and pay taxes.

We both know who the stupid one is.


32 posted on 01/12/2014 8:20:32 PM PST by Junk Silver
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To: Texas resident
Our last cat decided to use the laundry basket as his litter box. Pissed all over our clean clothes. Kitty earned a long term vacation as in I took him out about 40 miles and let him out.

May G-d have mercy on your soul.

33 posted on 01/12/2014 8:21:57 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: BenLurkin

I disagree with the findings of this Anthrozoologist. Cats know you’re human and not a cat. They’re aware you and the family dog are entirely different species. You may be their parents, but they’re aware you’re not a cat. Cats are family; it’s the stupid dog who is the household pet.

What cats don’t get is that despite the fact you’re a hopeless stumbling klutz with miserable dexterity and incapable of speed, cannot smell things across the house, evidently can’t hear for crap, and are demonstrably blind as a bat, you’re the most amazing hunter they’ve ever seen. It’s madness.

You wake up in the morning, go away for hours and hours, then return home around sundown with bags of food and begin a great feast. How in the HELL do you do it, they wonder. You can’t even go to the bathroom in the dark without crashing around and almost killing yourself (or a nearby cat) yet the big cold box you hide the best food in is always filled with all kinds of delectable meat. Cats are impressed, but they’re sure they can still do better which is why they always try to get outside.


34 posted on 01/12/2014 8:23:40 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: BenLurkin

And people think their cats are just little, stupid persons.


35 posted on 01/12/2014 8:27:05 PM PST by eclecticEel ("The petty man forsakes what lies within his power and longs for what lies with Heaven." - Xunzi)
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To: Graewoulf

I think this guy nailed it in a comic strip:

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/cats_actually_kill


36 posted on 01/12/2014 8:28:14 PM PST by 31R1O
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To: Texas resident

May rodents of every variety find shelter in your home.


37 posted on 01/12/2014 8:30:09 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: The KG9 Kid

Excellent post!


38 posted on 01/12/2014 8:40:48 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Graewoulf
Easy now, the above is from a bumper sticker.

Speaking of bumper stickers, I have a "Run Hillary, Run" sticker on my car...

Front Bumper!

Regards,
GtG

39 posted on 01/12/2014 8:41:50 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray

This might answer THE question: “CAN Mrs. Bill Clinton run? (Only your front bumper knows for sure!)”


40 posted on 01/12/2014 8:47:40 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: BenLurkin

like......this is news???


41 posted on 01/12/2014 8:48:44 PM PST by terycarl
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To: adorno
As stupid as "us" big, stupid "cats" might be, we don't go around vomiting all over the floor, or bringing in dead lizards, or scratching the furniture. So, who's the stupid one, huh???

the one who buys the furniture and cleans up the mess while the royal one sleeps!!!!

42 posted on 01/12/2014 8:50:42 PM PST by terycarl
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To: Viking2002
furry rats

as opposed to hairless rats?

43 posted on 01/12/2014 8:51:19 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Texas resident
What a horrible thing to do! You couldn't take the time to find the poor cat a home? Maybe there was a medical reason for the cat doing that.

When you're old and miss the toilet, I hope your caregivers are better to you.....

44 posted on 01/12/2014 8:56:03 PM PST by CAluvdubya (Molon Labe)
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To: The KG9 Kid

Bwahahaha! Awesome post!


45 posted on 01/12/2014 8:58:42 PM PST by CAluvdubya (Molon Labe)
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To: Viking2002
Their idea of interaction is getting underfoot when they hear the electric can opener. One of us is gonna break an ankle one of these days

That's why I put a noisy metal bell on my cat. I've got have some advanced warning when she's nearby.

46 posted on 01/12/2014 8:59:09 PM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Texas resident

People who abandon their animals are cruel and selfish. You could have at least found the cat an owner.


47 posted on 01/12/2014 9:02:59 PM PST by diamond6 (Behold this Heart which has so loved men!" Jesus to St. Margaret Mary)
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To: miele man

My Maine Coon is very good at non verbal communication. When it is time for me to change the litter, she sits in front of the bathroom door, the box is in there, and stares at me while I am relaxing in my recliner. She stares till I get up get a garbage bag and head to her bathroom.

Her food bowls and water are next to a workbench I use for a table and all around everything, being single has its advantages, she assumes the position and stares. She does not say anything, just stares. That translates into I want my treats, NOW. It works.

I went away for a month and my mother took over the maintenance of my cat. Mom had never had a cat in her house, she promptly fell in love with Abby. Mom gave her fresh water twice a day with not 1, 2, 3, but 4 ice cubes each time. Abby can count, if I short her a cube I get the STARE. Mom also dumped her feeding bowls once a day, washed them and refilled them whenever Abby gave her the STARE. Mom also decided it was a good idea to change her litter each day. My mother ruined my cat.

I also was stupid enuff to start to feed a couple of feral cats 2 winters ago in our neighborhood. That practice soon ballooned into 7. Word spreads in the cat world that there is a crazy cat guy in training. They will train you. When they deem it is time to be fed at first they would bang their shoulder against my front door 4 times. Sounded just like a human was at my door. Course I came running. Now that I am fully trained they only bang once but very hard. It works.

I am a cat guy since I worked long hours a dog, which I always had before, is not practical for me. Miss my dogs but do love the independent streak that all cats have.


48 posted on 01/12/2014 9:03:32 PM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: Foundahardheadedwoman

Have you considered trap/neuter/release for your ferals? An animal welfare group can probably help you get it do for free, or at least cheaply.


49 posted on 01/12/2014 9:13:37 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: BenLurkin

lol. They probably have it right.


50 posted on 01/12/2014 9:23:02 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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