Skip to comments.Scientists believe cats 'sort of domesticated themselves'
Posted on 06/29/2007 8:02:15 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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He has disappeared 4 times so far including this time. Two times, we were called by animal control services due to the chip implant. One time, he was roaming another neighborhood and we found him at our synagogue and carried him home. Later out we found that one of our neighbors said he was hanging out around a neighbor a few blocks away. This time though, it looks like he may be gone for good.
You can't tell me that this cat domesticated himself. (that %$#@* cat).
— Sorry can’t remember whose quote I just stole!
She needs to get a worthwhile hobby. Purposely breeding cats should mean jail time in this world today. Witch.
I was wondering how long it would take for the free cat to come up. Thanks for the laugh.
We had a cat, 30 years ago, that just showed up at the door one day, out of nowhere, walked in like she owned the place, and decided to stay. She lived there for the next five or six years and died. Would bring up snakes and birds and stuff and put them on the front door steps at night.........
It wasn’t up for long.
You have a cat named "Nickel-Metal Hydride"?
Link to the original news article and read about how PETA was outraged by this lady’s cat breeding.
Also...check out some of the comments posted by readers at the end of the article.
We have an Australian Cattle Dog who is obsessed with chasing frisbies. When he was about 8 months old, we took him with us on bike ride across the state of Kansas. I drove the motor home and my husband, four close friends and about 1000 other friends went along. One evening we decided to see how long Barkley would retrive the frisbie. The six of us went at it for about 2 1/2 hours, sitting around eating and drinking beer. We finally got sick of it and told him to go away (other nice trick is if you tell him “out” he leaves). So he went around to other camp sites, dropping the frisbie at people’s feet and kept it going another hour before we finally called him home and put him in the motor home. It was getting dark.
Not intestested in what anyone else says about it.....I just know that it’s senseless and cruel to breed while thousands are purposely killed every day in this country costing taxpers millions!!
My cat comes to get me if I am in the family room when the stove timer goes off.
I like the comment I heard the other day - Dogs have masters. Cats have staff.
Yes, there's nothing like opening one's eyes from a nap on the white living room wall-to-wall to the sight of a dead mouse with one or more bleeding stumps and my cat on the other side of it, looking expectantly at me for praise.
That’s just their way of telling you to get food for them.
They’re freeloaders, plain and simple.
I got the orange tabby, Thomas from a “foster mom”. We had to be interviewed and it was agreeable and we adopted him. His mom got scared away and left the kittens. Thomas was one of them. He’s a sweetheart - real marsh mellow personality but he will stand his ground.
Debbie, our Bengal is too much! I’ve had to train her NOT to climb the walls and NOT jump in the shower with me. I’ll fill the bath tub and she’ll swim around in there and play with toys. She loves water! She also sounds different - she chrips. She’s VERY active. When it comes to food SHE is the aggressive one.
Another way to tell a Bengal is the body type - they are significantly longer. They’re very soft - pelted and come in various shades. They should have “black boots” and a black and cream tail. Of course they should have spots and some have “glitter”. Debbie doesn’t have “glitter” but she is beautiful - she’s a “blondish” coloring. Light coloring with dark spots and mint green eyes that are more oval. The eyes are another give away. They’re different in shape.
Next year I hope to get a male Bengal with “glitter”. I don’t like having them all the same age. As they get older ... like people they start declining ... I went through that before and it was hard to deal with ... one lived to be 20 years old and the other two died within months of each other at 18 years old.
I’d highly recommend Bengals - they’re smart, fun and beautiful. It’s the closest I’ll ever get to a “wild cat”. Selectively mated domestics and Asian leopard is what makes them more unusual.
Too cute for words!
A few years ago I read a news item about a cat in England who was stealing stuff from other people's houses via the cat doors. He brought home all kinds of stuff, including IIRC an umbrella and a golf club.
I have never trusted cats. Never.
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
They aren't breeding cats for *those* qualities.
And uh...animals die. Billions and billions daily. 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 have a big garden, so I went to the human society and got a cat as IPM. I took home the cat that reached through the cage and snagged me with his paw. Naturally, he’d never been outside a day in his life, but he caught on in a big hurry. He is an excellent hunter now. He brings me a rodent, I open a can of wet food to reward him (and dispose of the rodent). The first few catches, I had a hard time getting the rodent away from him.
He comes when he is called (the dog should do so well), plays fetch, dances on command, stands (back legs) on command and is my constant companion and best buddy.
Right now he is thoroughly out of sorts with me - my granddaughter is visiting and he is outraged to discover that I can love someone else.
How much did this cost taxpayers?
What’s with the propensity for publishing peoples’ age when it has nothing to do with the story?
You're kidding right? It's the best thing to do. Economically and morally. Same goes for liberals. :)
:( Awww, I hope your kitty comes back.
We are worried about her right now, as neither one of us has seen her in 2 weeks. We call her and she won't come, but her food gets eaten and it is in a spot where other animals can't get to it, so we just have to hope for the best. Although, she does live up to her name of Xena Warrior Princess B**ch, I've seen her beat up some pretty big dogs and so far she has managed to survive not getting caught by a coyote, so she may still be out in the woods somewhere and just ignoring our calls.
We know this.
Is THIS what we know??? : )
My cat, Ace, has at least a couple of dozen variations of "meows" "preows" and "peuws", some of which might mean "pet me" or "let me out", but most of them are variations of
FEED ME! "
We recently moved (a month ago). I would say that would qualify as the kind of event that would upset a cat. The only thing is that before the move, this particular cat wanted to be an "outside" cat from the moment we took him home from the shelter. When he peed on a bunch of things in the house my wife got so angry that she let him go outside (thinking he would be gone for good). To our surprise, he simply spent his evenings prowling the neighborhood for adventure and coming back to the house for napping, eating, and the occasional affection. Shortly after that, he disapeared for two days and we got a call from a shelter.
I thought that when we moved, he would bolt for good, but he simply repeated his routine of hanging around the new house and prowling at night, and then finding new favorite places to perch and sleep during the day. We disappeared for 3 or 4 days, and we thought he was gone, but we found him hanging around our local synagogue and one of the kids picked him up and carried him home. He went back to his "normal" routine. He disapeared for another 2 days a couple of weeks later and we get a call from yet another shelter that they have our cat (from the implant chip). Another do-gooder had picked him up, drove him to the shelter nearest her home which was 30 miles away from us. He did not run away, but he is a notorious flirt with people and she picked him up, thinking she was saving him.
Now he has gone again. We haven't been called by any shelters, and I haven't seen him around the area at all. Who knows what happened to him. He may turn up in a day, a month, or a year. We may get a call from another shelter because of the implanted chip or he may be road-kill. Who knows.
We speculated that it was more because he was a male cat and that a female cat would not have been as "outdoor". The kids want another cat, but I am not ready yet.....
And people are just warm furniture...
What are the things we call wildcats/bobcats if they are not wildcats? A lynx variant?
haha. i am greeted each day by four kitties staring at me, waiting for me to wake up. i had two. then two more (a mom and baby) found us. the strays are the best and sweetest cats i have ever had. i am glad cats became domesticated.
Thank you for the Bengal info. I’ve read that Bengals like water; ours doesn’t. She’s just too refined. She dips that little foot of hers in it and says, no sirree, not for me! Our orange tabby (Arancia—Italian for orange) gets in between the shower curtains when we shower. The inside one is clear and he can watch without getting wet. But he watches the water at the bottom instead of us which I’m sure is a lot more interesting! Sometimes he falls in, but just climbs out.
Luna likes to jump. I have an open bookcase that is in front of a little corner of our window (I have to put my books wherever I can find a cranny). Both of our cats have emptied parts of several shelves (yes, books just come crashing down) so that they can jump and have a place to lay and watch out the window. Luna jumps all around. And she also has a longer body type. She’s very soft and is largely black with cream in between the stripes. She’s closer to a marbed pattern, but does not have well-defined rosettes.
She is our dominant cat. Arancia is mostly just a pussy-cat push-over. Although not entirely. We find that the two of them have mellowed each other some.
Many scientists believe that dogs domesticated themselves, too. The old theory was that people adopted wolf puppies, but wild wolves would have been hard to domesticate and would make bad pets. Instead, what may have happened over thousands of years is that wolves followed bands of humans around on their hunts, and hung out at their campsites, eating the discarded bones and other detritus. Over time, they became more domesticated, and man started appreciating the benefit of having a warning every time danger approached. The dogs that survived were the ones who could not only get along with humans, but understand their behavior. My dog knows when I’m going to my car; the ancient wolves would know when the Geico guys were about to go on a hunt.
I’ve heard some people say that they don’t entirely trust people who don’t like dogs. I agree, but I also don’t entirely trust people who don’t like cats. OK, some people are allergic to them, and some cats are pretty ornery, but there’s something wrong with anyone who isn’t moved by a furry, friendly critter of whatever sort. I’m not much for the various rodents, just because it never seemed to me like they took a lot of notice of people, but I could be wrong. Birds, reptiles,amphibians and fish mostly leave me cold.
The cat was allowed to stay but the horse never got it into his head that jumping up on the bed and licking my face in the morning was definitely not allowed.........
Oh...You mean everytime the FEED ME timer goes off.
I know two cases where a cat showed up and just decided to stay - and in both cases, eventually brought another cat-friend to stay as well. The family I knew that this happened to ended up finding a home for the second cat. But the widow I know this happened to kept both cats (and she had a dog) and then the alpha-cat broght a 3rd cat-friend to stay. I think she found another home for that one.
That's funny my dog's cat (Chew Toy) carries his weight. Of course he thinks he's a dog.
Cat’s are descendents of stranded space aliens........
Mine is mostly bengal but she is none of the above. She's not affectionate but will lie on your lap. She doesn't like to be held or carried does like to be around me. I can let her out all day on the back deck and she will not wander off. She wandered off one time last summer but I found her in front of my next door neighbor's house and scolded her all the way home. She never left the deck again.
However, she knows that I allow her to stalk any birds at the feeder which is about 25 feet off the back deck but once she makes a move on the birds, they're gone and she dashes back onto the deck.
She can't meow but rather kinda squeeks so I named her squeek. She's not playful in any way but occasionally plays with her squeeky mouse when I'm not present. For whatever reason, she is constantly putting it in her water bowl then the thing squeeks nonstop till it dries out.
She's not mischevous or destructive in any way. She is allowed on furniture but very seldom gets up on them.
She is just a good all around cat....