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The Nature of Cats and Men
Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Charles Payne

Posted on 01/25/2013 6:45:47 AM PST by Kaslin

Earlier this week a New Zealand politician, Gareth Morgan, asked his countrymen to get rid of housecats. Morgan didn't ask for these cats to be euthanized; he just asked to make sure they don't have any offspring. His problem with cats is one that's growing in developed nations-how to preserve animals living in an urban setting against a natural born killer.

Yes, your housecat is one of the most destructive killing machines on the planet, and environmentalists have taken notice.

Several studies in recent years confirm housecats and their feral cousins have a destructive streak that, according to the University of Nebraska, has already resulted in the extinction of 33 different bird species.

Last year the University of Georgia hooked up cameras to 60 housecats that were let out each day. The carnage was mindboggling as these cute family pets went on a murderous rampage, killing lizards, voles, chipmunks, frogs, small snakes, and birds. In fact, it is believed cats in America kill up to 500 million birds a year and between three and four billion animals in total. And it seems like bloodlust since less than twenty-five percent of kills are ever dragged home.

This behavior makes cats an immense threat to their environment. In fact, in the United States cats kill close to 1,000 times more birds than windmills (440,000 a year now and 1,000,000 a year by 2030). In the U.S., 33 percent of households own at least one cat, and the total amount of 86 million is larger than our dog population. In New Zealand, 48 percent of households own at least one cat with total population of 1.4 million. For a nation that is still relatively untouched compared to others, the stakes are high.

Mr. Morgan has made his pitch: "Imagine a New Zealand teeming with native wildlife, penguins on the beach, kiwis roaming about your garden ... imagine hearing birdsongs in our cities."

I'm not sure what the outcome could be, although I don't think it is outrageous to not think there will be rules for cat ownership. It's really remarkable when you think about it; what's a lefty to do? Your cats are destroying the environment more than your neighbor's charcoal barbeque grill. And you say you want clean energy ... how much blood is on the hands of people getting energy from windmills-more than those getting it from coal mines.

But the real reason I brought up cats is because hardwired behavior is hard to erase. It can be hidden for some time, but the cat that likes to get the belly-rubs also likes to wipe out any animal species it can defeat. So what about man? The debate on how mankind is wired and what the nature of man really is has been debated for centuries. On one hand, we are lucky to be able to determine our fates. Upon birth we are not obligated to fly south for the winter or brave running streams to reach a spot to lay eggs.

Of course this ability to chart our own course also makes us open to suggestion(s).

Right now in this country that suggestion is that we keep printing money and taxing success to pay for a utopian society where we all work together without a care for material reward or recognition. We are born into families but now we are told that family extends beyond even your community. We are being told we are all in this together to the point that people that don't work have no guilt over taking money from those that do while people that work are drowning in a guilt campaign because they are greedy for not sharing their prosperity.

I think at our core we are competitive and also like shiny objects.

The notion that the guilt trip is working is only half correct-only a few successful people say tax me more, while their less successful brothers all agree it is time for the rich to pay even a fairer share. And I must say this rhetoric can be made to sound so nice, but its essence is not unlike a house cat let loose to terrorize a neighborhood. This money-grab also includes giving up basic rights that have always been afforded to Americans. Our notion of freedom could be turned upside down if we don't take a stand.

While I don't think everyone will succumb to the pressure, we can be swayed and a lot will ignore their instincts. No, we aren't hardwired to go south for the winter but can be talked into it. The next four years will be a non-stop campaign to force Americans into accepting that we are a giant commune. The promoters of this campaign have the Bully Pulpit, media and that little green monster that resides in most of us but only comes out periodically (like when Tom Brady is winning the Super Bowl).

America wins when we are motivated by financial rewards and other selfish needs. It's in our nature, just as it is in the nature of most other animals on the planet, to win and enjoy the rewards of winning. In nature that prize is called survival, for humans it could be called money in the bank, house on the beach, or kids through college. We can't be ashamed of wanting to be successful or actually reaching certain heights in life and shouldn't allow the government to take what we earn under the false pretense of helping others.

I think 50% of anyone's earnings is more than enough to run government from the local to federal level.

My earliest memories are of wanting more-to climb tall trees, to win marbles, to win football games and, later, to win life. Survival is hardwired, but guts and determination can be removed. I didn't watch much of the Benghazi hearing yesterday, but from what I heard it was a combination love-fest and GOP rolling over. And while the cameras were rolling there, the GOP caved on the debt ceiling, allowing it to run up three more months-no strings attached.

Even domesticated cats harbor the need to be savage killing machines because it's their nature. I thought it was the nature of the GOP to stand for fiscal discipline but maybe I'm wrong.

One thing is for sure, we all have to hold onto that kernel of determination and guts that made us reckless children with scraped knees and busted lips and loving every second of the journey of life.

We can't allow it to be taken or coaxed away from us because the future of our children goes hand in hand with it. We have to be as determined as Sylvester the Cat was in trying to catch Tweety or in the end ... we'll become the hunted.


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1 posted on 01/25/2013 6:45:48 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
hmmm.

A world without cats???

Works for me. I hate 'em....

2 posted on 01/25/2013 6:50:17 AM PST by China Clipper ( Animals? Sure I like animals. See? There they are, right next to the potatoes!)
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To: China Clipper

I hope you love mice then.


3 posted on 01/25/2013 6:52:39 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: China Clipper

How sad for you.


4 posted on 01/25/2013 6:52:52 AM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

And the plague that comes along with them.


5 posted on 01/25/2013 6:59:53 AM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: China Clipper

Yeah, a population explosion of mice and rats is much more preferable. sarc/


6 posted on 01/25/2013 7:00:29 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

7 posted on 01/25/2013 7:00:50 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: chessplayer

Cats are obsolete. Sticky traps effectively control mice and rats.

There a host of improved traps that don’t piss in the house.


8 posted on 01/25/2013 7:02:58 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: bert

The only times any of my cats have relieved themselves anywhere other than the litterbox were when we let it get really dirty (a good indicator of this is finding a cat turd just outside the box!).

And you never have to bait or reset a cat.


9 posted on 01/25/2013 7:08:02 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: Kaslin
"If you would know a man, observe how he treats a cat."

-Robert A. Heinlein

10 posted on 01/25/2013 7:09:01 AM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: China Clipper
Don't like cats? Google "black death" and see if you like 'em any better.

CC

11 posted on 01/25/2013 7:11:46 AM PST by Celtic Conservative
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To: bert
There a host of improved traps that don’t piss in the house.

Cats that are allowed outside don't urinate in the house either. They also like to bury their defecation. Our cat helps keep all manner of varmint from my wife's garden. We really don't need shrews around.

Field mice are unconcerned about glue traps unless they come upon a warm garage.
12 posted on 01/25/2013 7:13:16 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("C'est la vie" say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. -- Chuck Berry)
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To: Kaslin

Townhall’s C. Payne reports on a New Zealand pol who demonstrates once elected pols have a license not only to steal but make laws to eliminate house pets like cats because the pol hates cats.


13 posted on 01/25/2013 7:13:27 AM PST by mosesdapoet (Should the "Chicago Mechanic" come out of retirement ?)
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To: Kaslin

I guess the re-building of Christchurch is going well that
this idiot has time to waste on this crap!


14 posted on 01/25/2013 7:13:37 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: tacticalogic

Cats will never be your slave. Some humans react to their psyche with admiration, others with anger.


15 posted on 01/25/2013 7:13:54 AM PST by fattigermaster
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To: Kaslin

My wife’s cat is a natural born killer. His trademark is to bite the heads off chipmunks and mice and leave the remains on the deck. I havent seen many bird remains but he even somehow managed to kill a crow.


16 posted on 01/25/2013 7:18:43 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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To: randomhero97

During the times of plague, some medieval towns eradicated cats as familiars of the devil. The rat populations exploded and many foolish humans died as a result. There was a reason that many ships carried a ships cat or two in the later years.

The nitwit recommending this will next tell his constituents that they must be resettled because they are now a threat to the birds, or that dogs upset the birds mating habits so now the dogs have to go.


17 posted on 01/25/2013 7:25:24 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Brooklyn Attitude

Kill a cow? Yeah, sure.


18 posted on 01/25/2013 7:27:26 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: bert

Cats are obsolete.


Have you told God that? How many more of God’s creations do you consider obsolete? Birds? Fish? Elephants? Dogs? Wolves?


19 posted on 01/25/2013 7:27:33 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: Brooklyn Attitude
Mmmm Porky Chopz

Yummy Yumz

20 posted on 01/25/2013 7:29:28 AM PST by fattigermaster
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To: chessplayer

Exactly.

If the Good Lord hadn’t intended cats to be widespread and favored, He wouldn’t have invented the Internet.


21 posted on 01/25/2013 7:30:20 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: RJS1950

“Kill a cow? Yeah, sure.”

LOL. Crow not cow. I didnt actually see him do it but he was standing near the body and had blood on his claws. If that damn cat could kill a cow I’d be mighty worried.


22 posted on 01/25/2013 7:34:08 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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To: Kaslin

Didn’t they learn anything from the Plague?


23 posted on 01/25/2013 7:34:13 AM PST by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: bert

I’ve never had a problem with a cat pissing in the house and they are indoor cats only. Now, every dog I’ve had certainly did have problems with pissing and/or crapping in the house from time to time. I empty and refill the oversized litter box once a week by turning the heavy mil bag that I put over the box inside out. Put the box inside a new bag and fill with fresh litter. Less than 5 minutes, no muss, no fuss and no freezing my ass off picking up droppings in the yard or repairing the yellow spots in the grass. Loved all of my dogs but cats are better, more self-sufficient companions who greet me at the door and sit in my lap just like my dogs did.


24 posted on 01/25/2013 7:34:47 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: bert

There a host of improved traps that don’t piss in the house.


Ok, two things here. 1)-Seems you believe humans can do a better job than God. 2)-If you don’t want to risk a cat pissing in your house,,,don’t get a cat.


25 posted on 01/25/2013 7:35:36 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: Brooklyn Attitude

OK, had me thinking she had a pet mountain lion. One of my long previous outdoor cats used to kill crows as well. We finally started to keep all of our cats as indoor, neutered or spayed cats. Interestingly, once neutered and front claws removed, they behaved toward us much like our dogs. Best of both worlds without having to let them out a O-dark-thirty or clean up the yard after them.


26 posted on 01/25/2013 7:39:07 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Kaslin

Yet when they got rid of the cats in Europe during the middle ages, in came the bobonic plague.


27 posted on 01/25/2013 7:52:43 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Kaslin

We need to convince ‘em that liberals taste just like mice!


28 posted on 01/25/2013 7:54:54 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: fattigermaster
Dogs come when you call them.

Cats take a message and get back to you later.

29 posted on 01/25/2013 7:56:41 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Brooklyn Attitude

After one of our cats bagged a hummingbird, we took down our hummingbird feeder. We love the little critters but we’re not going to bait them in reach of our killing machines!


30 posted on 01/25/2013 8:16:13 AM PST by Little Ray (Waiting for the return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings.)
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To: RJS1950
I had a cat that liked to play "fetch" - sort of. He'd come and drop one of his foam-rubber golf balls in my lap and I'd throw it down the hall. Interestingly, he didn't immediately run after it - he'd watch to see where it rolled, then bolt down that corridor and hit his target at full speed, rolling onto his side while biting and clawing at his "prey". Then he'd bring the tattered ball back and drop it in my lap, ready to go again.

As a house cat, he just felt the need to "hunt" once in a while, I guess.

31 posted on 01/25/2013 8:29:58 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Kaslin

Bull$h!it. If the idiot doesn’t talk about how WILD cats kill smaller animals, he doesn’t deserve to open his mouth. That’s the way things work in nature. Get used to it, idiot.


32 posted on 01/25/2013 9:05:07 AM PST by I want the USA back
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To: Kaslin

My little lady cat kills snakes, rats, lizards and roaches. What’s not to love?

I’ve never seen any evidence of her harming wild birds or having any interest in them, outside of when she was very little. My guess is, we spoiled her by feeding her “big birds” like chicken and turkey.


33 posted on 01/25/2013 10:00:34 AM PST by Southern Magnolia
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To: Kaslin
I have 4 cats. All are neutered. None are declawed. They are never let out, and if by chance they escape, they are usually at the front door in half an hour begging to be let back it.

I'm all for responsible pet ownership, but if I had a choice between making sure a cat didn't reproduce, and making sure a liberal didn't, there would be kittens everywhere.

34 posted on 01/25/2013 10:09:42 AM PST by chesley (Vast deserts of political ignorance makes liberalism possible - James Lewis)
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To: Brooklyn Attitude

When we were young, my sister owned a cat that hunted squirrels, and brought them home constantly.

Pretty impressive, actually, as they were full-grown, not babies.


35 posted on 01/25/2013 10:16:21 AM PST by chesley (Vast deserts of political ignorance makes liberalism possible - James Lewis)
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To: 1rudeboy

ROTFL, meow? Kitty gram?

Woman #1: [ moves to chain-locked door ] Who is it?

Land Shark: [ muffled voice ] Mrs. Ramilarghh??

Woman #1: Who is it?

Land Shark: [ muffled voice ] Plumber..

Woman #1: Plumber? I didn’t ask for a plumber. Who is it?

Land Shark: [ muffled voice ] Telegram.

Woman #1: Oh. Telegram. Just a moment.


36 posted on 01/25/2013 10:54:22 AM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: chessplayer

My confound and lab were much better rodent control than any cats I had.


37 posted on 01/25/2013 11:05:53 AM PST by Bulwyf
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To: Redleg Duke

We need to convince ‘em that liberals taste just like mice!
==
Why not? Liberals think they taste like chicken.


38 posted on 01/25/2013 3:56:13 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 (Nothing so vexes me as a thief above ground...ENFORCE THE BILL OF RIGHTS..)
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