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Scientists believe cats 'sort of domesticated themselves'
SignOnSanDiego.com ^ | June 29, 2007 | THE WASHINGTON POST

Posted on 06/29/2007 8:02:15 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

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To: Chuzzlewit
they get that Bugs Bunny wide eyed and teary look..


151 posted on 06/29/2007 4:42:36 PM PDT by rxgalfl
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To: MarkL

NiMH is quite terrified of this cross-breed rabbit, he’s bigger than the cat.
Somebody let some domestic rabbits loose, and they mixed with the local flop eared critters, and now we have some odd looking rabbits.
The cat is quite spooked by this.


152 posted on 06/29/2007 5:38:08 PM PDT by Darksheare (The Windows Error dialog box. Windows' way of saying, "Look at ME!")
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To: DogByte6RER

LOL...GOod one!


153 posted on 06/29/2007 6:06:14 PM PDT by Fawn (If it wasn't for FR, I'd be having an Existential MELTDOWN..............right now)
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To: expatguy
I have never trusted cats. Never.

What do you mean by that? Do you think they are going to steal your wallet?
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154 posted on 06/29/2007 6:16:07 PM PDT by Fawn (If it wasn't for FR, I'd be having an Existential MELTDOWN..............right now)
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To: DogByte6RER

And how much did this study cost us?


155 posted on 06/29/2007 6:17:15 PM PDT by abigailsmybaby (I was born with nothing. So far I have most of it left.)
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To: lepton
How much does hunting down, capturing, and neutering cost?

About $35.00

156 posted on 06/29/2007 6:17:27 PM PDT by Fawn (If it wasn't for FR, I'd be having an Existential MELTDOWN..............right now)
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To: pbmaltzman

Thank you, but I forgot to mention, I don’t own anything that can’t go 2 weeks without water.


157 posted on 06/29/2007 7:05:18 PM PDT by G Larry (Only strict constructionists on the Supreme Court!)
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To: Bender2
Apparently Bender2 likes the cheesecake photos. So this one is for you... Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
158 posted on 06/29/2007 7:39:37 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Names Ash Housewares

Heard Rush say it often.


159 posted on 06/29/2007 7:43:29 PM PDT by moehoward
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To: rxgalfl
Mine often sits by the door and does this when he figures out I'm leaving for the day. It makes it really hard to go out.

Of course, he's curious about new stuff, too.

And I've used him to make this picture:


160 posted on 06/29/2007 8:59:27 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr

BUMP!


161 posted on 06/29/2007 9:28:58 PM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: G Larry
Thank you, but I forgot to mention, I don’t own anything that can’t go 2 weeks without water.

Ahhh... that changes everything; also makes sense to me. I learned the hard way, back in high school, that birds must be attended to every day WRT food and water (I inadvertently, stupidly starved one of them).

Cats, OTOH, make sure that you don't forget to feed them. One of the things I like about them. ;)

162 posted on 06/30/2007 1:44:51 AM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: Slings and Arrows

Now I know why food is viewed by cats as “love”, because it goes back to the days of the ancient near east when they worked the fields.


163 posted on 06/30/2007 3:36:29 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation.)
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To: Sacajaweau
Oh...You mean everytime the FEED ME timer goes off.

No, she won't eat human food, so she doesn't care what I'm cooking when my stove timer goes off. Not that she doesn't yell for me to feel her her own food -- she even sighs really loud when I don't move fast enough. But when my oven timer goes off and I'm out of the room, she really does come and alert me.

164 posted on 06/30/2007 10:54:29 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ( “A nation without borders is not a nation.” —Ronald Reagan)
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To: DogByte6RER
Dogs have masters.

Cats are masters.

165 posted on 06/30/2007 10:55:36 AM PDT by LibKill (Bush betrayed conservatives on Immigration. NO support for Bush.)
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To: Darksheare

A 24 pound cat? Wow ! Any pics?


166 posted on 06/30/2007 11:00:06 AM PDT by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: DogByte6RER
BTW. If the common housecat was as big as the common dog, we would be extinct.

The only thing that keeps the little furballs in line is that we are bigger than they are.

167 posted on 06/30/2007 11:00:46 AM PDT by LibKill (Bush betrayed conservatives on Immigration. NO support for Bush.)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes
Lemme see if any of my image stuff still exists.
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168 posted on 06/30/2007 11:05:21 AM PDT by Darksheare (The Windows Error dialog box. Windows' way of saying, "Look at ME!")
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To: advertising guy
I have 4 cats right now and a damn doggie door and just rescued a pidgeon flying in my house . I shoulda let the cats eat the pidgeon then eat the cats........lol

I sympathize! I had a terrified sparrow in the house who got in by the cat door. It flew around in a panic, dropping poop bombs all over and narrowly escaping death-by-ceiling-fan. I tried fanning it with a broom in the direction of the open door, but no dice. Finally it landed in the foliage of an indoor plant and cowered there, allowing me to pick up the entire potted plant and put it outdoors. All this transpired too high up for the cat to reach.

169 posted on 06/30/2007 11:23:21 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ( “A nation without borders is not a nation.” —Ronald Reagan)
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To: lepton
The best way to control them?" Allow people to hunt them and eat them. Spaying and Neutering on a large scale is absurdly wasteful economically, and not eating them is wasteful biologically.

I hope you're not suggesting eating domestic cats.

170 posted on 06/30/2007 11:24:59 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ( “A nation without borders is not a nation.” —Ronald Reagan)
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To: Darksheare
NiMH dropped off a LIVE rabbit in the kitchen. He then sat and excitedly yipped at us as we chased the rabbitoid miscreant around the kitchen....

LOL!! Been there — with a snake! Eeeewww!

171 posted on 06/30/2007 11:42:25 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ( “A nation without borders is not a nation.” —Ronald Reagan)
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To: Albion Wilde

The rabbit was quite interesting, as it hopped and jumped all over the kitchen before dad grabbed it and evicted it.
After it was evicted, it acted angry for that fact.


172 posted on 06/30/2007 12:15:50 PM PDT by Darksheare (The Windows Error dialog box. Windows' way of saying, "Look at ME!")
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To: Albion Wilde
I hope you're not suggesting eating domestic cats.

Well no, not really. As I noted in another post, I don't have any good recipes.

173 posted on 06/30/2007 12:19:55 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: DogByte6RER

The Dog’s Diary

8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Dinner! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

The Cat’s Diary

Day 983 of my captivity.

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a “good little hunter” I am. Bastards! There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of “allergies.” I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now...


174 posted on 06/30/2007 12:27:26 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Choose life!)
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To: Darksheare
The rabbit was quite interesting, as it hopped and jumped all over the kitchen before dad grabbed it and evicted it. After it was evicted, it acted angry for that fact.

LOL! I see that you are good at "reading" creature expressions. It amazes me when people are dumb to their subtle but visible ways. Twice I have rescued yellowjacket bees from drowning, and even they gave a little see-saw with their wings before flying off.

175 posted on 06/30/2007 7:53:15 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ( “A nation without borders is not a nation.” —Ronald Reagan)
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To: lepton
...I don't have any good recipes.

ROFLOL! Try inquiring at a wok restaurant.

176 posted on 06/30/2007 7:54:27 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ( “A nation without borders is not a nation.” —Ronald Reagan)
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To: Nachum

“and we found him at our synagogue “

The cat was in shul?


177 posted on 07/01/2007 12:13:37 AM PDT by rahbert
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To: Spktyr

He is SO cute :) He looks he is about to cry...little stinker!


178 posted on 07/01/2007 4:15:33 AM PDT by rxgalfl
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To: Caramelgal

Awwww. Don’t imagine life without her. Enjoy every day and keep loving on one another.

I say that to myself, as well.

I found a one year old cat in a pet store back in 1997. She stood out from every other animal because she had already outgrown her “kitten stage.” But she was the most relaxed cat; beautiful, beautiful eyes. And she was sweet and ever so tolerant - especially with my toddler.

The store owner said the couple who owned her brought her in because they couldn’t bear the pound. They were moving cross country and they couldn’t take her for some reason.

“Emma” (believed to have been “Mama”) is the only reason why I could probably become a cloning proponent. She is friendly with everyone who comes to our home. She has this unique ability to fall asleep completely on her back in the middle of a busy room with a vaccuum going, kids running around her, etc. She is trusting, she’s playful, and she’s part of the family. She’s our baby, and we try not to think about her age.

She’s sitting in my lap as I close this. I need to see if I can upload a picture and share her with you.

Much lasting health to your kitty,
getme...


179 posted on 07/01/2007 8:28:32 AM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL
“Emma” … has this unique ability to fall asleep completely on her back in the middle of a busy room with a vaccuum going, kids running around her, etc. She is trusting,..

How sweet. Your baby Emma is so special, so keep enjoying her everyday. My Zelda is like that too. The very first night she spent in my house, she laid down in the middle of the kitchen floor while I was busy making dinner, I had to literally step over her repeatedly while she soundly slept in the midst of all the activity.

However, in those first few weeks with me, in the middle of every night’s sleep, she’d climb up on me and lick my nose until I woke up. I’d open my eyes, and say “Hello Zelda, what do you want?” She’d look me straight in the eyes, start purring, lick me again, nuzzle my cheek then go right back to sleep. It was sort of like she was checking on me, making sure everything was still OK.

All three cats have such very different personalities.

Zelda is very much the wise Queen. She is definitely in charge and cool headed and keeps the other two in line. She’s very affectionate, but usually not overly intrusive. She respects my space and she doesn’t like to compete for my affection with the others, so she will usually wait until we can have quite time alone together. She’s friendly with everyone, but she especially seems to like men, perhaps because she lived with me and my dad in his final years and he spoiled her rotten and they were very close. After he died, for weeks she would endlessly pace around the house in the middle of the night, calling for him.

Willie is the clown. He is precocious, he is silly and like most Oranges and polydactyls , he is way scary smart. He likes to play fetch and he likes to get into trouble and when company comes, he likes to be the “life of the party” and the center of attention. And when Willie wants my attention, he will stop at nothing to distract me until he gets his way and I stop what I’m doing. Many FR sessions have been put on hold because Willie will knock the mouse out of my hand and or lay on my keyboard or knock papers off my desk until I pay attention to him.

In Winter, Willie paws at the sheets until I pull them up so he can get under the covers to get warm. But when I’m sick or just feeling down, Willie is the one who always seems to know and makes sure I get his special attention and affection, and some extra cuddling. He is very empathetic.

While my niece and her toddler son lived with me for a time, Willie was often found in Alan’s crib, snuggling up close. He likes kids too. Willie is a people “person”.

Poor little Nonie is the shy one. She doesn’t like people she doesn’t know and she doesn’t like when I have company – she hides until they are gone. She gets bullied by the other two cats but she knows if she comes to me, I’ll make her feel safe. Nonie is a bit neurotic and needy and OCD, but she’s so sweet. She likes to do Yoga with me in the morning, laying on her back and doing stretches along with me. She also likes watching TV, especially NASCAR and hockey, she likes to chase the cars or the puck and runs around to the back of the TV to find out where they went and is always so surprised that she can’t catch them.

I don’t understand people who don’t like cats. I like dogs too and I’ve know some very special dogs, but I suspect that people who don’t like cats are people who just aren’t “special” enough to deserve a cat’s love and I feel sorry for them.

Willie the Wonder Cat (who likes having his picture taken and hamming it up) says Hi!


180 posted on 07/01/2007 5:39:37 PM PDT by Caramelgal (Rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words or superficial interpretations)
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To: rahbert
The cat was in shul?

He heard that there was a kiddush.

181 posted on 07/02/2007 8:50:50 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Caramelgal

Hi Caramelgal,

I really loved reading every bit of your post. And I can see we feel the same way about our sweet, sweet feline friends. And when rare gems such as ours are found, they are more precious and valued than hitting the lottery. I wouldn’t trade mine for the world.

Because there are those kitties who are naughty and completely on board the “me” cushion. I’ve owned them too, years ago. But Emma has taught us that kinship and love can occur between the owner of the house and the cat. And that even a kitty can be the one initiating the love in the first place. She patiently waits for us to always return home to her. And I suspect it’s the same for you.

Now go spoil your baby!


182 posted on 07/03/2007 11:23:59 AM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: DancesWithCats

Here’s a good one. See post #5. :)


183 posted on 07/06/2007 2:05:42 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (For evil to win, it is only necessary for Jimmy Carter to be considered a role model.)
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Note: this topic is dated June 29, 2007.

Blast from the Past.

Thanks DogByte6RER.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution, or maybe re-adding and updating the GGG information, I'm past caring. WTH is UP with this SERVER?!?

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


184 posted on 03/03/2013 7:20:15 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Publius6961
I have a Manx that has a large assortment of “meow's”, “rrrr’s” and “merow’s” most of which I too also believe is his way of telling me that his food bowl is empty. I have gotten one of the auto-feeders that hold about 1 pound of dry food and that seems to keep him happy. But if that feeder runs empty he will let me know. One of my favorite ways to get payback for being a cat waiter is to mess with him on the feeder. When it is empty he makes a beeline to the kitchen to show me it is empty, I will then add in about 5-10 kernels of food. He will stare at the newly added kernels for a few seconds then look at me with a “WTF” look, go back to staring to the kernels a bit, then scowl at me with a look of “Fill it up or I will kill you and eat you when you sleep.”
185 posted on 03/03/2013 7:41:13 PM PST by SledgeCS (Democrat/Liberal/Progressive/Socialist = Gun Control Nazi)
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To: Kay Syrah
My Manx also understand the doorknob principle, in fact I had to replace the handle style with the round ones to keep him from opening up the doors. He is working on the round ones but not being able to jump up and hang from a handle has slowed him down.
186 posted on 03/03/2013 7:47:02 PM PST by SledgeCS (Democrat/Liberal/Progressive/Socialist = Gun Control Nazi)
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