Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Research Claims Your Cat Thinks Youíre Just Another (Big!) Cat
PhilyCBSLocal ^ | 15 Jan 2014 | Chelsea Karnash

Posted on 01/16/2014 6:04:02 AM PST by shove_it

~snip~

According to Dr. John Bradshaw, who’s studied felines for over 30 years and wrote the tome Cat Sense, cats were never bred for companionship. In fact, they tend to think of humans as big, lazy, overgrown fellow cats, which might explain some of that cool, disinterested behavior towards us.

~snip~

Bradshaw also tells CNET that “cats now face possibly more hostility than at any time during the last two centuries,” alleging that breeders who try to domesticate them are doing more damage than good to the natural predators.

(Excerpt) Read more at philadelphia.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS:
I've been trying for years to teach my cat to be a dog with little success.
1 posted on 01/16/2014 6:04:02 AM PST by shove_it
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: shove_it

Fair enough. I think my cat is just another little person.


2 posted on 01/16/2014 6:05:52 AM PST by Junk Silver
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: shove_it

how much tax money was spent on this?


3 posted on 01/16/2014 6:06:43 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: shove_it

Bradshaw also discovered that cats who were shamed as kittens live unhappy adult lives.


4 posted on 01/16/2014 6:08:44 AM PST by GSWarrior
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

“cats now face possibly more hostility than at any time during the last two centuries,”

Boo hoo hoo! I'm glad to hear it. Cats suck.

5 posted on 01/16/2014 6:08:58 AM PST by Constitution Day
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: shove_it

6 posted on 01/16/2014 6:10:03 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: shove_it
big, lazy, overgrown fellow cat

I resemble that remark...

7 posted on 01/16/2014 6:10:26 AM PST by Bobalu (The true secret to genius is in creativity, not in technical mechanics - Richard Feynman)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Junk Silver

“Fair enough. I think my cat is just another little person.”

Post of the day.

(At least in the cat-lover category.)


8 posted on 01/16/2014 6:11:11 AM PST by moovova
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: JoeProBono

OMG!!!


9 posted on 01/16/2014 6:11:25 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Constitution Day

You never met my first cat, Peaches. She could charm the most confirmed cat hater.


10 posted on 01/16/2014 6:12:14 AM PST by fatnotlazy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: shove_it

We had a male cat who definitely acted like he thought he was one of us.

Just the way he would look at us in our eyes.

I recall getting ready for dinner and he jumps in one of our seats and sits there looking at us like ‘Please pass the...”


11 posted on 01/16/2014 6:12:28 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: shove_it
Research Claims Your Cat Thinks

The study went off the rails right there.

Still, my cats are brighter than most people in DC.

12 posted on 01/16/2014 6:12:54 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BitWielder1

Yup. I wonder what kind of Dr. this Dr. is?


13 posted on 01/16/2014 6:16:07 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: GSWarrior
I am very surprised at his depth of knowledge. And all along I thought he was just another dumb jock/sportcaster!


14 posted on 01/16/2014 6:17:44 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: shove_it; windcliff; stylecouncilor

Were this true, my big black-n-white would be mauling every person who came down the walk.


15 posted on 01/16/2014 6:18:47 AM PST by onedoug
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: shove_it; Slings and Arrows

Kittaa ping


16 posted on 01/16/2014 6:21:22 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sickoflibs

Ours has been known to do the same. Sit at an empty chair at the table, with his little face just over the edge of the table, watching everything, like he’s part of the action.


17 posted on 01/16/2014 6:24:24 AM PST by NEMDF
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: FReepers
So they said, "Simon, just put the cute
hat on. People will donate if they see a
kitty in a cute hat".
Well maybe they will but those idiots still
need a bigger box of Band Aids!


Click The Pic To Donate

Support FR, Donate Monthly If You Can

18 posted on 01/16/2014 6:25:13 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: shove_it

I’m very happy to say our cat is not the stereotypical standoffish lazy “cat” type at all. She’s more well behaved than most dogs (or humans) I’ve known. Even knows how to beg for treats by raising a paw.

Earns her keep, too. She’s killed about a dozen rats left on our doorstep.


19 posted on 01/16/2014 6:32:28 AM PST by Southern Magnolia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NEMDF
RE :”Ours has been known to do the same. Sit at an empty chair at the table, with his little face just over the edge of the table, watching everything, like he’s part of the action.”

We had a female cat at the same time who acted nothing like that. This was the male cat doing it and he had his claws and loved to go out and hunt too.

You want to see if you can capture it in photographs for history because back then I found seeing our cat present himself and look like he would actually talk to us as ahuman would, like he was a real part of the family, was unique.

Our female cat and dog couldn't do it.

20 posted on 01/16/2014 6:34:05 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: shove_it

I’ve tried to mind meld with my cat....I got nothing


21 posted on 01/16/2014 6:35:04 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bobalu

Me, too. Without the hairballs, of course..............


22 posted on 01/16/2014 6:37:00 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: NEMDF

I should mention that he was hamming it up for human food, he used to smack my mom in the head with his paw while she was watching TV to try to get some human food out of her.

She finally got a watergun to end that.

It was fun to watch,


23 posted on 01/16/2014 6:37:18 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Southern Magnolia
"...She’s killed about a dozen rats left on our doorstep..."

Geez! You're brutal! I don't like democrats any better than the next guy but you cat might be going at it a bit heavy.

24 posted on 01/16/2014 6:37:50 AM PST by skimbell
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: 12th_Monkey

The cat is waaaaay to sophisticated and advanced for us mere humans..............He was probably ignoring you or using the Feline Mind Block technique..........ever find dead animals on your doorstep? He was feeding his pet.................


25 posted on 01/16/2014 6:40:50 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Southern Magnolia

We had a cat when I was a teen that would catch frogs, snakes, squirrels and such and leave them on the back porch steps, as gifts. I can still remember my mom screaming when she opened the back door and stepped on a snake, dead of course...................


26 posted on 01/16/2014 6:43:24 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: shove_it

My cats know that I’m the only cat around here that can work the can opener! Seriously though, the idea that cats aren’t affectionate is weird to me. Mine greet me at the door right along with the dog. One of them will come sprinting from two yards away when he hears my car. If I don’t immediately get out, he jumps on the windshield and starts yelling at me. They even show affection to the dog.

That said, they are generally not as needy as dogs, and they do like to kill little creatures and eat them.


27 posted on 01/16/2014 6:58:34 AM PST by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cdcdawg

Several years ago I broke an ankle. My kitty, Timothy, stayed with me the whole time I was laid up. He was so devoted that he hardly ate or drank and developed kidney failure. Luckily, we got it under control and he lived several more years. I’m a big dog lover, but no dog could ever hold a candle to Timothy as far as devotion and affection.


28 posted on 01/16/2014 7:29:40 AM PST by Himyar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Himyar

A few years ago one of my barn cats went missing for a couple of weeks. When she finally showed up she had a compound fracture of her right rear leg. I scooped her up and took her to the vet who removed her leg. Since that time she has been my house cat.

Every day when I get home she immediately finds me and plops down on my lap for the duration. If I am home she will let me know when she is hungry so that I can pick her up and put her near the food which we keep in the laundry room on the counter so the dog can’t eat it, even though she can climb up there.

She knows that I saved her life and repays me everyday with her affection. She doesn’t do this with my wife or kids only me.


29 posted on 01/16/2014 7:45:03 AM PST by shotgun
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Red Badger

Ha! Yes, birds, mice and small snakes...that was my good cat. the indoor one is one of the top 10 useless cats in America.


30 posted on 01/16/2014 8:08:41 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: cdcdawg; MinuteGal

“Mine greet me at the door right along with the dog.”

My last cat (may she rest in peace), when I returned from work and opened the front door to my condo, would instantly begin racing back and forth from the bedroom to the living room, to the bedroom and back, again and again, until I sat down to pet her. She was just so excited I was home, and would be like sticky glue attached to me for about the next hour. Only then would she relax (after being fed of course) and go back to typical kitty duties of sleeping, being petted, playing around, hitting the kitty litter box, repeat, wash and rinse.


31 posted on 01/16/2014 8:21:48 AM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: fatnotlazy

I’ve seen cats that I liked. I am sure there are other outliers. I’m highly allergic to them, though.


32 posted on 01/16/2014 10:07:40 AM PST by Constitution Day
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: shove_it; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ...

33 posted on 01/16/2014 10:32:51 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cdcdawg

“Seriously though, the idea that cats aren’t affectionate is weird to me.”

I used to think that, until we picked up Apple from the local shelter. When the shelter worker handed Apple to my wife, the first thing she did was give my wife a head bonk on the chin. We knew at that moment we had been chosen.

She doesn’t care much for sitting in a lap, but pick her up and hold her on your shoulder and she will cover you with head bonks (and occasionally give you a little nip, which I don’t care for).

Patch, our feral rescue, is also quite affectionate, and she does like sitting in a lap. But she’s definitely decided who her humans are; she loves me and likes my wife, but disappears under the bed when we have company.


34 posted on 01/16/2014 10:43:35 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: DJ MacWoW

That’s a happy looking little kitteh.
I miss my persians, they are wonderful but they seem to only bond with one person and that’s it.


35 posted on 01/16/2014 11:06:36 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Constitution Day
Ok. That's different. I thought you were a confirmed cat hater.
36 posted on 01/16/2014 11:08:09 AM PST by fatnotlazy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: Lx

I had a beautiful Angora when I was 4. She loved me until she got older and then she became my Mom’s cat.


37 posted on 01/16/2014 11:08:31 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Oh yeah, head bonks are awesome. Every kitteh I’ve had over thirty some odd years has been very affectionate.


38 posted on 01/16/2014 11:09:32 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: GSWarrior

LOL! Good one!

>>> Bradshaw also discovered that cats who were shamed as kittens live unhappy adult lives.


39 posted on 01/16/2014 6:15:42 PM PST by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Slings and Arrows

This Bradshaw is nuts. My female cat not only knew I wasn’t a cat, she also knew the same was true about herself.


40 posted on 01/16/2014 11:08:45 PM PST by Lauren BaRecall ("I PROMISE that we won't blow it this time!" - John Boehner, election night 2010)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: Lauren BaRecall

I’d say that my cats think they’re people, but I don’t think they’d like the demotion.


41 posted on 01/16/2014 11:57:27 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson