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1 Political Atheist  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 12:55:43pm

Yeah, we too had our last outdoor cats years ago. We have an enclosed yard so we “walk” the overlords. A shake of the treats bag brings them running inside. Gentle correction & supervision keeps them from going out of bounds. Oh and we did train our Maine coon to a harness and leash. That makes for some interesting looks.

2 Charles Johnson  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 1:05:04pm

Cats are cute little remorseless serial killers.

3 RealityBasedSteve  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 1:14:08pm

re: #2 Charles Johnson

Cats are cute little remorseless serial killers.

yea… but that cute part sort of excuses them…

RBS

4 Dom  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 1:48:34pm

re: #3 RealityBasedSteve

yea… but that cute part sort of excuses them…

RBS

No disrespect, but everyone has excuses for everything and cuteness is a really bad one. Keeping cats is an arrogant whimsy. Kittens can be taught to use a leash. Cat-lovers won’t like that one bit, but I don’t feel they have any entitlements. This beautiful wood pigeon was on my lawn not so long ago:

Its partner still has the odd lonely wander around the pond, but I’ve stopped putting feeders there.

What other pet would be allowed in my garden to do this? But I appreciate there are no regulations that cat-owners should be keeping. Given humanity’s vast spread, numbers of domestic cats have also rocketed, and here in Blighty even the house sparrow is considered endangered! Time for regulations on cats.

5 CuriousLurker  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 2:30:50pm

I went the the pharmacy earlier this afternoon and there was a cat out front. She was very friendly and seemed well fed, but her coat was less than immaculate—it definitely had that outdoor cat look to it.

I don’t know if she belonged to someone or was a stray, but when I came back out with the can of food I’d bought for her there was a young woman petting her who said she was calling her mom with the intentions of taking the cat home with her. I gave her the can of food and told her I wished I could take the cat in myself, but I already have two and there simply wouldn’t be room.

Anyway, it seems that story at least was headed for a happy ending.

6 Charles Johnson  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 2:53:20pm

Wow, looks like this post really pissed someone off.

Talk about misunderstanding!

7 EPR-radar  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 2:57:21pm

re: #6 Charles Johnson

Another item for the why we can’t have nice things file. Why is there this need for so many people to deny reality, even for something as banal as the habits of cats?

8 palmerskiss  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 2:58:02pm

cats are sociopathic little monsters. and i love every furry inch of them.

both realities can exist just fine.

9 wrenchwench  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 2:58:43pm

I love my cats too. That’s why I keep them in the house.

10 Gus  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 2:59:12pm

Cats are great for controlling flying tree rats.

11 palmerskiss  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 2:59:32pm

re: #9 wrenchwench

I love my cats too. That’s why I keep them in the house.

indoor cats live longer. one of those sad but true things.

12 palmerskiss  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 2:59:54pm

re: #10 Gus

Cats are great for controlling flying tree rats.

thank gosh for that.

13 ObserverArt  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 2:59:57pm

What part of the truth upset LL (Tommy) Thomason so? I guess they did not read the article attached to this page and have never paid attention to the work of a cat left to its own devices.

14 wrenchwench  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 3:00:15pm

re: #11 palmerskiss

indoor cats live longer. one of those sad but true things.

Nothing sad about that for me and mine.

15 palmerskiss  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 3:00:51pm

re: #13 ObserverArt

What part of the truth upset LL (Tommy) Thomason so? I guess they did not read the article attached to this page and have never paid attention to the work of a cat left to its own devices.

he is head of the cat anti-defamation league… formerly known as “all dogs go to hell union”

16 palmerskiss  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 3:01:40pm

re: #14 wrenchwench

Nothing sad about that for me and mine.

i hate to keep anything indoors.

17 Aqua Obama  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 3:02:03pm

Cats are Nature’s little Steven Seagals

18 palmerskiss  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 3:03:00pm

re: #17 Aqua Obama

Cats are Nature’s little Steven Seagals

without the crazy bush support

“i can haz nuklear weaponz?”

19 palmerskiss  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 3:12:25pm
20 Sionainn  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 3:28:33pm

re: #4 Dom

No disrespect, but everyone has excuses for everything and cuteness is a really bad one. Keeping cats is an arrogant whimsy. Kittens can be taught to use a leash. Cat-lovers won’t like that one bit, but I don’t feel they have any entitlements. This beautiful wood pigeon was on my lawn not so long ago:
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Its partner still has the odd lonely wander around the pond, but I’ve stopped putting feeders there.

What other pet would be allowed in my garden to do this? But I appreciate there are no regulations that cat-owners should be keeping. Given humanity’s vast spread, numbers of domestic cats have also rocketed, and here in Blighty even the house sparrow is considered endangered! Time for regulations on cats.

In my city, there are regulations for cats. They must stay in their own yards or be on a leash. I used to catch cats and let animal control pick them up. Cost the owners about $300 to get their pet back. I got tired of them soiling my little kids’ play area.

21 Sionainn  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 3:30:25pm

re: #9 wrenchwench

I love my cats too. That’s why I keep them in the house.

That’s the other thing. I live on the outskirts of the city, right next to the desert. There are coyotes who would love to eat the neighbors’ cats. If you love your cats, keep them inside.

22 Official Lab Rat In Gay Radical Experiment  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 3:31:53pm

OMG, This is so true! I have always had just indoor cats, but mostly because I knew it was easy for them to get diseases outdoors.

When we moved into our new house, with a doggy door, we realized the people who lived here before had a cat and decided to leave it behind. She is obviously an outdoor cat and all attempts to make her “proper” have failed over the years.

I shit you not, every time I go outside, I am worried about what I will find dead. It’s like a Clive Barker book out there.

23 palmerskiss  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 3:37:16pm

re: #22 Official Lab Rat In Gay Radical Experiment

OMG, This is so true! I have always had just indoor cats, but mostly because I knew it was easy for this to get diseases outdoors.

When we moved into our new house, with a doggy door, we realized the people who lived here before had a cat and decided to leave it behind. She is obviously an outdoor cat and all attempts to make her “proper” have failed over the years.

I shit you not, every time I go outside, I am worried about what I will find dead. It’s like a Clive Barker book out there.

my very first pet was a calico named judy - she was a hybrid outdoors/indoor cat - and she used to leave “presents” usually a rat head or a shrew.

clive barker has nothing on waking up in the godfather.

24 Official Lab Rat In Gay Radical Experiment  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 4:04:22pm

re: #23 palmerskiss

My cat is also semi indoors.

The other night, my husband woke up to go pee. On his way to the bathroom he stepped in something wet and sticky, he thought it was poop (which is bad enough) nope, it was a freshly killed rats head.

25 palmerskiss  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 4:06:46pm

re: #24 Official Lab Rat In Gay Radical Experiment

My cat is also semi indoors.

The other night, my husband woke up to go pee. On his way to the bathroom he stepped in something wet and sticky, he thought it was poop (which is bad enough) nope, it was a freshly killed rats head.

shivers. I am squeamish enough.

26 wrenchwench  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 4:45:01pm
27 Dr Lizardo  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 5:14:41pm

It would seem that the Feline Overlords have moved to their biological weapons phase of world domination, à la The Stand.

Cats have passed TB to humans for the first time in an outbreak feared to have been caused by badgers.

Two people from the same household are being treated for bovine tuberculosis after they caught the disease from their kitten.

Two other cat owners have been infected with a dormant form of TB.

Nine cats were infected in the Home Counties in a matter of weeks.

dailymail.co.uk

Imma fuck you up!

28 Charles Johnson  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 5:56:02pm

I had to try to set the record straight…

29 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 7:00:48pm

re: #17 Aqua Obama

Cats are Nature’s little Steven Seagals

Not really fair, since cats don’t have a inexplicable love of Vladimir Putin. Not since those pictures of Putin riding a tiger came out anyways. ;)

30 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 7:08:09pm

re: #24 Official Lab Rat In Gay Radical Experiment

My cat is also semi indoors.

The other night, my husband woke up to go pee. On his way to the bathroom he stepped in something wet and sticky, he thought it was poop (which is bad enough) nope, it was a freshly killed rats head.

My own father nearly stepped on a dead rat many years ago when my family lived in Lincoln Park. Both of the cats we had then were indoor cats, but a half-grown rat found a way into our house and headed for the kitchen. It was the last mistake said rat ever made, for one of our cats caught and killed it before the rat ever reached the kitchen.

31 jonhendry  Thu, Mar 27, 2014 7:26:24pm

I tried to make my cat an indoor cat when I moved to Hartford, but he was clearly miserable. He’s 9 or 10, so set in his ways, I guess. So I took him back to my parents’ house where he had been living. (He was an outdoor/stray cat that moved in a few years ago, which is how he came to be with my family.)

He hasn’t killed any birds that I know of, but killed several chipmunks and a vole-type thing. He’s been seen not bothering nearby squirrels or possums.


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