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Cats Are Evil
Slate ^ | 1-25-13

Posted on 01/25/2013 3:54:40 PM PST by SJackson

Why New Zealand is right to consider banning them in order to save its wildlife.

You know what animal makes a good pet? No animal.

Dogs will bite you to death and then eat your corpse. Snakes will asphyxiate you, escape, infest the Everglades, and eat all its mammals. Pet parrots perpetuate a trade that upends ecosystems, and hamsters pass you dangerous zoonotic diseases. But perhaps the worst pet of all, environmentally speaking, is a cat.

Domesticated cats started out as parasites on human civilization. Unlike other species, and admittedly to their credit, they domesticated themselves. When humans started growing grain, the crops attracted rodents that attracted cats. Wild cats evolved into housecats, and they were quite useful for thousands of years, killing disease-ridden rats and mice and protecting our food stockpiles. But now that we have industrial farming, reliable food storage, and mostly mouse-proof houses, cats are mere parasites again. Playful and often affectionate parasites, sure, and adorable when young, but a scourge on the landscape.

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TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
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1 posted on 01/25/2013 3:54:44 PM PST by SJackson
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To: Slings and Arrows

Evil kitty ping.


2 posted on 01/25/2013 3:57:16 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: SJackson

I’ll trust even a feral cat before I trust a democrat.


3 posted on 01/25/2013 3:57:59 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: SJackson

If we want to start eliminating parasites. . . I can think of a few places to start. . .and all are Inside the Beltway. . .


4 posted on 01/25/2013 3:58:55 PM PST by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: SJackson

The Left is a fount of unending bottomless hate for all life.


5 posted on 01/25/2013 3:59:15 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: SJackson

Message to Libs...mess with my cats and you’ll come up against REAL evil.


6 posted on 01/25/2013 3:59:59 PM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: SJackson
The author of this article...


7 posted on 01/25/2013 4:01:15 PM PST by South40
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To: SJackson

I see Morgan has failed to address the effect he’s having on the eco system.


8 posted on 01/25/2013 4:02:44 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: SJackson

They are some kind of stupid.


9 posted on 01/25/2013 4:02:53 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SJackson
CATS ARE INDEED EVIL!


10 posted on 01/25/2013 4:03:04 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: freekitty

I am not talking about cats.


11 posted on 01/25/2013 4:03:46 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SJackson
Catz are evil, bloodthirsty, wanton killers.

I keep 2 as petz.

What does that say about me?

/johnny

12 posted on 01/25/2013 4:06:53 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SJackson
Cats are even MORE evil after a bath!


13 posted on 01/25/2013 4:07:36 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: SJackson

Viking Kitties and Facebook are not amused.

Where is the grumpy cat pic??


14 posted on 01/25/2013 4:08:25 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SJackson
Ask Little Johnny if cats are evil!


15 posted on 01/25/2013 4:10:02 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: Salgak

well, the sheeple would just elect more.


16 posted on 01/25/2013 4:11:20 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SJackson

My kitteh is my best friend. Anyone who tries to harm her or take her away from me will have to come through me first.


17 posted on 01/25/2013 4:17:01 PM PST by Gefn ("I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder")
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Gato won that one. :)


18 posted on 01/25/2013 4:17:29 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Johnny had it coming.


19 posted on 01/25/2013 4:19:27 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: ConradofMontferrat

That kid is a brat and a future serial killer. That kitty was exercising self defense!


20 posted on 01/25/2013 4:23:57 PM PST by dforest
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Good kitty!


21 posted on 01/25/2013 4:27:18 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Good work by the cat!


22 posted on 01/25/2013 4:28:00 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: SJackson

I agree that cats are evil, or at least generally malevolent, but not because they kill birds. They’re evil because they usually have no appreciation at all for the human hosts upon whom their existence depends. Even the lowly rat appreciates humans enough to show us some respect and only come out to raid our garbage at night, while running and hiding at the sight of us. Cats strut around like they own the place, have no respect for our property, and would definitely try to eat us if they could figure out how.


23 posted on 01/25/2013 4:29:34 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: AnAmericanMother

~And~ what *I* would have given him later, too, if he were my own hell spawn.


24 posted on 01/25/2013 4:30:34 PM PST by Salamander (Do not remove this tagline under penalty of law.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

ROFLMAO! I love cats.


25 posted on 01/25/2013 4:30:43 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: Boogieman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srrw_UnlRII


26 posted on 01/25/2013 4:34:03 PM PST by Salamander (Do not remove this tagline under penalty of law.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
It means you are JUST LIKE THESE PEOPLE
27 posted on 01/25/2013 4:37:07 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Little Johnny learns early on not to take out his frustrations on a pet...


28 posted on 01/25/2013 4:37:23 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Sans-Culotte

Actually, this is a case of edited video.

The whole video shows the cat to be the A$$hat. Kid was on the bed minding his own biz when the cat tried to chew his feet off.

What you see here is Johnny boy defending his feet from being chewed off.

Cat did in fact need smacked.

LOL, but I blame the mom behind the camera for letting it go on too long.

Kid WILL grow up, cat WILL lose all future encounters.


29 posted on 01/25/2013 4:37:23 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: SJackson
IN SOVIET UNION, RATS CATCH CAT!
30 posted on 01/25/2013 4:38:25 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: SJackson
But now that we have industrial farming, reliable food storage, and mostly mouse-proof houses, cats are mere parasites again.

Stop reading right there.

Where does this guy live? Before we rescued our current house cat -- abandoned under the barn behind our property -- we were overrun with field mice every autumn when the first frost arrived. Our house was built to code in 1997. There is NO such thing as a mouse-proof house. Certainly no such thing as a rodent-proof barn.

In addition to which, we raise a good bit of our own food, which our cat protects: killing moles, voles, grey squirrels (rats with bushy tails), red squirrels (extremely evil red rats with bushy tales) and rabbits (rats with long ears) and seed eating birds. Hell, our cat has even treed several raccoons.

Luckily, when a very large black bear wandered into our cookout on Memorial Day last he did not go after the bear. Had he done so I would not have been able to reach my shotgun in time to save my wife...

31 posted on 01/25/2013 4:43:22 PM PST by FredZarguna ("The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." -- Henry the Sixth Part II, 4.2.71-78)
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To: SJackson
I know evil when I see it. Blow Fly Barry.

I enjoy every bit of the "evilness" in my cat.

32 posted on 01/25/2013 4:44:29 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Boogieman
and would definitely try to eat us if they could figure out how

Which makes them good at what they're designed for, but not evil.

33 posted on 01/25/2013 4:45:10 PM PST by FredZarguna ("The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." -- Henry the Sixth Part II, 4.2.71-78)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Holy Toldeo! That kid needs some anger management. Hope that cat took a good bite - brat asked for it.


34 posted on 01/25/2013 4:45:45 PM PST by fivecatsandadog ("Six callers ahead of us, Jimmy. ")
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Little Johnny just found out cats don’t read Dr. Spock.


35 posted on 01/25/2013 4:45:55 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Charles Martel; AnAmericanMother

Before you go blaming the kid, you should know that his MOTHER was at fault.

The kid was DEFENDING himself, and his mom thought the whole thing “funny.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMIhL63KPxw

You decide.


36 posted on 01/25/2013 4:46:50 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: fivecatsandadog

That little sh-t definitely had it coming.


37 posted on 01/25/2013 4:47:04 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: fivecatsandadog

Actually, the cat DID take a ‘good bite.’ That’s why the kid slugged him.

Cat had it coming!

LOL

An edited vid can change everything. Just ask FATBOY Moore(on)!


38 posted on 01/25/2013 4:50:53 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Yep, Mom should’ve broken that up and swatted the cat long before it got that far. There are some mean ones out there that make rotten pets, no doubt about it. Still, I’ll bet that kid thought twice about future fisticuffs with that bundle of claws, teeth and muscle.


39 posted on 01/25/2013 4:50:54 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: beaversmom; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ..


40 posted on 01/25/2013 4:52:29 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

I have seen similiar video of a young girl abusing a horse. The horse defended itself, which made me cheer. That little girl was an angry, nasty piece of work!

Children should learn at a much earlier age not to treat animals as they would a sibling. Cats, dogs, horses - they do not think like we do but sure do recognize an attack against them when it happens. Fights between human siblings, though, are common.


41 posted on 01/25/2013 4:53:27 PM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: Charles Martel

You got that right.

Grew up on a farm. Cats CAN make good pets if you socialize them properly. (really hard to do)

Mostly though, they are mean with a bad attitude.

We never let them in the house, they lived in the barn. They did NOT get fed, that was on purpose. They were there for vermin control. And they ARE the most efficient, effective hunters around. Smart, creative, and down right evil. Would NEVER keep one as a ‘pet.’ But that’s just me.

Now, for vermin control, I keep mini pins and jack russells.

A lot friendlier to people and just as effective as ratters.


42 posted on 01/25/2013 4:58:11 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Catz are evil, bloodthirsty, wanton killers. I keep 2 as petz.

What does that say about me?

You don't like dogs.....

43 posted on 01/25/2013 4:58:18 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: SJackson

44 posted on 01/25/2013 5:00:40 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: Slings and Arrows
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45 posted on 01/25/2013 5:01:39 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: South40

lol


46 posted on 01/25/2013 5:02:48 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Lazamataz
Not quite so awesome, my only trick is standing on an empty soda can, keeping it intact until I tap it with my fingertips and crush it. And keep my fingertips, mostly.

That and the opposable thumb and tool using thing.

Opposable thumbs are awesome.

Most human pets are carnivores. Says a lot about us as a race.

/johnny

47 posted on 01/25/2013 5:03:30 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SatinDoll

Don’t get me wrong. Kids are little savages themselves.

I heard some fartgas from PETA that kids need to be TAUGHT to abuse animals.

BALDERDASH. You need to TEACH kids NOT to abuse animals. Teach them NOT to poke the animal in eye, stick fingers up their noses, pull their tails, slap their heads and yank on their ears.

Kids are born savages. Parr of getting civilized is learning how to treat animals humanely.

But in this case, kitty had it coming. Kid rang his bells, you can hear it in the video.

Bottom line here, the kid and cat were having a standoff, the only so called adult in the room was the mom. And Mom was a jerk.


48 posted on 01/25/2013 5:06:05 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Love dogs. Cried like a baby when I buried Randy in the yard. He was also fairly evil, somewhat bloodthirsty, but easily distracted.

I put up a bird feeder right outside where my catz sun in the morning. Nothing like coffee and a little predator/prey action through the window.

/johnny

49 posted on 01/25/2013 5:07:51 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Boogieman

Dogs have masters; cats have staff. LOL.


50 posted on 01/25/2013 5:10:20 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. The 2nd Amendment is the First Human Right.)
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