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2012-07-10 10:11:53 AM
FTA "The study, published in the U.S. journal Pediatrics, did not say why but suggested . . . "

Well, that's scientific enough for me.
 
2012-07-10 10:12:42 AM
And I woulda gotten away with it too if it wasn't for those meddling cats...
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2012-07-10 10:13:35 AM
I never understood why anyone would choose the obviously inferior cat over a dog...then I began to meet cat owners, and I understood completely.
 
2012-07-10 10:13:58 AM
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How many drops of Frontline do you put on a baby? Wouldn't want the puppy getting ticks.
 
2012-07-10 10:15:21 AM

Silly Jesus: I never understood why anyone would choose the obviously inferior cat over a dog...then I began to meet cat owners, and I understood completely.


As a cat owner, I will explain. I travel a lot, and cats poop in a box.
 
2012-07-10 10:17:37 AM
"Cats, too, seemed to convey some protection to babies, though the effect observed was weaker than with dogs."

That's because cats are way cleaner than slobbery dogs.
Dogs convey far more germs with which to help test and strengthen one's immunity.

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2012-07-10 10:18:21 AM

fireclown: As a cat owner, I will explain. I travel a lot, and cats poop in a box.


If you like both dogs and cats, then you can just give the cats a lot of food, they poop in the box, the dogs eat the poop, and everybody's happy!

/mmmmm, kitty crunchies!
 
2012-07-10 10:21:58 AM
Feed the cats to the dogs. Problem solved.
 
2012-07-10 10:23:44 AM

Silly Jesus: I never understood why anyone would choose the obviously inferior cat over a dog...then I began to meet cat owners, and I understood completely.


I've had dogs my whole life and never owned or liked cats. My wife wanted one, so we got a kitten from the shelter where we'd gotten our dogs. I still prefer my dogs, but that cat is pretty cool. She kills chipmunks, rabbits, birds, and mice by the bucket. She gets into really loud, impressive-sounding cat fights (and presumably wins, because I've never seen her with a more than a scratch). It is basically a wild animal that comes inside every night around 10:30 to eat, be petted for 10 minutes, and sleep.
 
2012-07-10 10:29:33 AM

Jerkwater: Silly Jesus: I never understood why anyone would choose the obviously inferior cat over a dog...then I began to meet cat owners, and I understood completely.

I've had dogs my whole life and never owned or liked cats. My wife wanted one, so we got a kitten from the shelter where we'd gotten our dogs. I still prefer my dogs, but that cat is pretty cool. She kills chipmunks, rabbits, birds, and mice by the bucket. She gets into really loud, impressive-sounding cat fights (and presumably wins, because I've never seen her with a more than a scratch). It is basically a wild animal that comes inside every night around 10:30 to eat, be petted for 10 minutes, and sleep.


I hate cats... though I have one myself sadly and she is the devil. I also own a dog and love him to death. Cats love to just attack me and I have come to realize that they are evil... or they just hate the fact that I am a ginger. Where as my dog loves me 2nd most, only person to beat me out is my best friend but that's because my dog loves the ladies.
 
2012-07-10 10:30:58 AM

Jerkwater: Silly Jesus: I never understood why anyone would choose the obviously inferior cat over a dog...then I began to meet cat owners, and I understood completely.

I've had dogs my whole life and never owned or liked cats. My wife wanted one, so we got a kitten from the shelter where we'd gotten our dogs. I still prefer my dogs, but that cat is pretty cool. She kills chipmunks, rabbits, birds, and mice by the bucket. She gets into really loud, impressive-sounding cat fights (and presumably wins, because I've never seen her with a more than a scratch). It is basically a wild animal that comes inside every night around 10:30 to eat, be petted for 10 minutes, and sleep.


Brilliant! Cats are an ecological disaster and irresponsible cat owners are quite annoying. I once had a neighbor with a couple of free roaming cats that always killed the wild song birds in my yard.
 
2012-07-10 10:32:38 AM

fireclown: Silly Jesus: I never understood why anyone would choose the obviously inferior cat over a dog...then I began to meet cat owners, and I understood completely.

As a cat owner, I will explain. I travel a lot, and cats poop in a box.


You must not have a cat that throws up hair balls like mine does. She just spits them up any where she damn well pleases. and I have been training her to throw up in her box. She just doesn't care. She waits till I am asleep and then throws up all over my place.
 
2012-07-10 10:33:21 AM
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2012-07-10 10:33:42 AM

Silly Jesus: Brilliant! Cats are an ecological disaster and irresponsible cat owners are quite annoying. I once had a neighbor with a couple of free roaming cats that always killed the wild song birds in my yard.


Tell me, O Silly Jesus, why didn't you get rid of the cats when you were here on the terrestrial plane?
 
2012-07-10 10:34:23 AM

Silly Jesus: Brilliant! Cats are an ecological disaster and irresponsible cat owners are quite annoying. I once had a neighbor with a couple of free roaming cats that always killed the wild song birds in my yard.


responsible cat owners, however, make sure that their cats stay indoors where the only ecological disasters they can wreak are on the mice and insects within their own homes. There are truly wonderful and truly horrible cats out there, just as there are dogs.
 
2012-07-10 10:34:34 AM
My cat overlord acts as my back up alarm clock. He starts gnawing at my arm if I don't wake up early enough. If that didn't work, he then sits on my head.
 
2012-07-10 10:37:23 AM

Silly Jesus: Brilliant! Cats are an ecological disaster and irresponsible cat owners are quite annoying. I once had a neighbor with a couple of free roaming cats that always killed the wild song birds in my yard.


The main difference between cats and dogs is that if their owner dies suddenly while at home, a dog will eventually dig through a wall to get to their food (or howl and whine and bark until someone comes around), while a cat will pretty much tuck in as soon as your body starts cooling.

Plus the whole part about cats torturing and eviscerating their "prey"...

/my dog once barfed up a dead but completely unpunctured frog
 
GBB
2012-07-10 10:40:36 AM
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Hey, does this look infected??
 
2012-07-10 10:41:29 AM
Dogs will follow you into the gates of Hell.

Cats will hang back and see what happens to you first.
 
2012-07-10 10:41:33 AM

Silly Jesus: Brilliant! Cats are an ecological disaster and irresponsible cat owners are quite annoying. I once had a neighbor with a couple of free roaming cats that always killed the wild song birds in my yard.


If only birds had some means of locomotion that could take them out of reach of the evil felines, and if only some biological mechanism had instilled in these avians the desire to not get killed/eaten/presented as trophies.

If only.

// birds gotta eat; fish gotta swim
 
2012-07-10 10:42:02 AM
So, subby, how long have you been waiting to use that "Cat's Eye" reference?

It's okay to shoot cats in Germany (if you are a licensed hunter) in the woods....big disease carriers over here.
 
2012-07-10 10:42:46 AM

btraz70: And I woulda gotten away with it too if it wasn't for those meddling cats...
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Came for that.
 
GBB
2012-07-10 10:45:08 AM

fireclown: Silly Jesus: I never understood why anyone would choose the obviously inferior cat over a dog...then I began to meet cat owners, and I understood completely.

As a cat owner, I will explain. I travel a lot, and cats poop in a box.


Yes! Cats bury; dogs leave it for you to admire.
 
2012-07-10 10:47:57 AM

Dr Dreidel: // birds gotta eat; fish gotta swim


Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms.
 
2012-07-10 10:48:47 AM

jakomo002: /my dog once barfed up a dead but completely unpunctured frog


My cat once barfed up the rear third of a mouse.
 
2012-07-10 10:48:56 AM
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2012-07-10 10:50:51 AM
As someone with 2 small dogs and a 6-month old baby, I can tell you that we have yet to go to the pediatrician for any unscheduled appointments.

And it's certainly not from genes....
 
2012-07-10 10:51:40 AM

StubePT: As someone with 2 small dogs and a 6-month old baby, I can tell you that we have yet to go to the pediatrician for any unscheduled appointments.


You just take him to the vet with the dogs?
 
2012-07-10 10:54:22 AM
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2012-07-10 10:54:51 AM

Silly Jesus: Jerkwater: Silly Jesus: I never understood why anyone would choose the obviously inferior cat over a dog...then I began to meet cat owners, and I understood completely.

I've had dogs my whole life and never owned or liked cats. My wife wanted one, so we got a kitten from the shelter where we'd gotten our dogs. I still prefer my dogs, but that cat is pretty cool. She kills chipmunks, rabbits, birds, and mice by the bucket. She gets into really loud, impressive-sounding cat fights (and presumably wins, because I've never seen her with a more than a scratch). It is basically a wild animal that comes inside every night around 10:30 to eat, be petted for 10 minutes, and sleep.

Brilliant! Cats are an ecological disaster and irresponsible cat owners are quite annoying. I once had a neighbor with a couple of free roaming cats that always killed the wild song birds in my yard.


Yes, keep kitty indoors, for the health of the birds, and the health of the cat itself.
fyi, from the Library of Con.:

Domestic Cat predation on Songbirds (new window)
 
2012-07-10 10:56:53 AM

Silly Jesus: Brilliant! Cats are an ecological disaster and irresponsible cat owners are quite annoying. I once had a neighbor with a couple of free roaming cats that always killed the wild song birds in my yard.


Hey, if you keep baiting the trap for them...
 
2012-07-10 10:57:30 AM

theorellior: Silly Jesus: Brilliant! Cats are an ecological disaster and irresponsible cat owners are quite annoying. I once had a neighbor with a couple of free roaming cats that always killed the wild song birds in my yard.

Tell me, O Silly Jesus, why didn't you get rid of the cats when you were here on the terrestrial plane?


I tried, but Noah hid a couple away.
 
2012-07-10 10:58:56 AM
Meh, I own both a cat and a dog. The dog is a lot more fun to play with. He loves playing catch, romping around and rough-housing. However, the cat has yet to destroy a pair of my shoes. On the other hand, she apparently sees me as a glorified pillow any time I lay down.
 
2012-07-10 11:00:27 AM

Dr Dreidel:

// birds gotta eat; fish gotta swim


thanks, i will have this in my head for the rest of the day:

Tiger got to hunt,
Bird got to fly;
Man got to sit and wonder, "Why, why, why?"
Tiger got to sleep,
Bird got to land,
Man got to tell himself he understand.

/loves me some Vonnegut
 
2012-07-10 11:00:36 AM
Is a bowl of anti-freeze still the best way to silently kill a neighbor's free roaming cat? I mean, not for me, for a friend of mine...
 
2012-07-10 11:02:46 AM

Dr Dreidel: Silly Jesus: Brilliant! Cats are an ecological disaster and irresponsible cat owners are quite annoying. I once had a neighbor with a couple of free roaming cats that always killed the wild song birds in my yard.

If only birds had some means of locomotion that could take them out of reach of the evil felines, and if only some biological mechanism had instilled in these avians the desire to not get killed/eaten/presented as trophies.

If only.

// birds gotta eat; fish gotta swim


They are an invasive species, wreaking havoc on the ecological system, like kudzu and gypsy moths.
 
2012-07-10 11:03:20 AM

Silly Jesus: I never understood why anyone would choose the obviously inferior cat over a dog...then I began to meet cat owners, and I understood completely.



Personally, people who only like one or the other don't seem all that different to me, regardless of which one they pick.

I like both. Cats and dogs both have their own charm and pros and cons. I had cats growing up, and when I was a bachelor (great pets for bachelors), and I always wanted a dog... and now that I'm a married dude and live a lifestyle amenable to having a dog I now am the proud master of an adorable pup.
 
2012-07-10 11:03:28 AM
We love our dog, but she eats her own shiat, so the only outcome with her around babies would be shiatty smelling ones.
 
2012-07-10 11:03:36 AM

Silly Jesus: Jerkwater: Silly Jesus: I never understood why anyone would choose the obviously inferior cat over a dog...then I began to meet cat owners, and I understood completely.

I've had dogs my whole life and never owned or liked cats. My wife wanted one, so we got a kitten from the shelter where we'd gotten our dogs. I still prefer my dogs, but that cat is pretty cool. She kills chipmunks, rabbits, birds, and mice by the bucket. She gets into really loud, impressive-sounding cat fights (and presumably wins, because I've never seen her with a more than a scratch). It is basically a wild animal that comes inside every night around 10:30 to eat, be petted for 10 minutes, and sleep.

Brilliant! Cats are an ecological disaster and irresponsible cat owners are quite annoying. I once had a neighbor with a couple of free roaming cats that always killed the wild song birds in my yard.


Wild song birds are a prey species, the cat is just doing what any number of other species like foxes, weasels, lynx, etc used to do before feckless humans wiped them out. Unless your dog is doing his part by taking down the occasional wild deer, it is the dog that is the abberation and the cat is part of the necessary circle of life
 
2012-07-10 11:04:01 AM
Dogs have owners, Cats have staff.
 
2012-07-10 11:05:06 AM
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2012-07-10 11:05:20 AM
Please don't start Dogurday threads . . .
 
2012-07-10 11:06:15 AM

Silly Jesus: Dr Dreidel: Silly Jesus: Brilliant! Cats are an ecological disaster and irresponsible cat owners are quite annoying. I once had a neighbor with a couple of free roaming cats that always killed the wild song birds in my yard.

If only birds had some means of locomotion that could take them out of reach of the evil felines, and if only some biological mechanism had instilled in these avians the desire to not get killed/eaten/presented as trophies.

If only.

// birds gotta eat; fish gotta swim

They are an invasive species, wreaking havoc on the ecological system, like kudzu and gypsy moths.



To be fair, there were (and still are in places) native cats pretty much all over North America. Bobcats and mountain lions ring any bells?
 
2012-07-10 11:08:05 AM
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2012-07-10 11:08:26 AM

mongbiohazard:
I like both. Cats and dogs both have their own charm and pros and cons. I had cats growing up, and when I was a bachelor (great pets for bachelors), and I always wanted a dog... and now that I'm a married dude and live a lifestyle amenable to having a dog I now am the proud master of an adorable pup.


What an adorable pup might look like.

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2012-07-10 11:08:56 AM

Silly Jesus: They are an invasive species, wreaking havoc on the ecological system, like kudzu and gypsy moths.


So are you, but on a much grander scale.

You want more song birds? Don't cut down the forests to build a new subdivision.
 
2012-07-10 11:11:35 AM

Magorn: Silly Jesus: Jerkwater: Silly Jesus: I never understood why anyone would choose the obviously inferior cat over a dog...then I began to meet cat owners, and I understood completely.

I've had dogs my whole life and never owned or liked cats. My wife wanted one, so we got a kitten from the shelter where we'd gotten our dogs. I still prefer my dogs, but that cat is pretty cool. She kills chipmunks, rabbits, birds, and mice by the bucket. She gets into really loud, impressive-sounding cat fights (and presumably wins, because I've never seen her with a more than a scratch). It is basically a wild animal that comes inside every night around 10:30 to eat, be petted for 10 minutes, and sleep.

Brilliant! Cats are an ecological disaster and irresponsible cat owners are quite annoying. I once had a neighbor with a couple of free roaming cats that always killed the wild song birds in my yard.

Wild song birds are a prey species, the cat is just doing what any number of other species like foxes, weasels, lynx, etc used to do before feckless humans wiped them out. Unless your dog is doing his part by taking down the occasional wild deer, it is the dog that is the abberation and the cat is part of the necessary circle of life


So an invasive species is just like a dog that doesn't kill deer...

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2012-07-10 11:12:24 AM

mongbiohazard: Silly Jesus: Dr Dreidel: Silly Jesus: Brilliant! Cats are an ecological disaster and irresponsible cat owners are quite annoying. I once had a neighbor with a couple of free roaming cats that always killed the wild song birds in my yard.

If only birds had some means of locomotion that could take them out of reach of the evil felines, and if only some biological mechanism had instilled in these avians the desire to not get killed/eaten/presented as trophies.

If only.

// birds gotta eat; fish gotta swim

They are an invasive species, wreaking havoc on the ecological system, like kudzu and gypsy moths.


To be fair, there were (and still are in places) native cats pretty much all over North America. Bobcats and mountain lions ring any bells?


Yes, they often stake out bird feeders.
 
2012-07-10 11:22:48 AM
I have a dog AND a cat; since I've had the dog I've either been very lucky or my immunity has been boosted by having that loving beast around the last 7 years. The cat's job is to patrol the house and kill any marauding spiders, which he does quite well, so we have a pretty zen living arrangment.

I am convinced that having animals around and opening your house to fresh air helps you in the long run.
 
2012-07-10 11:24:34 AM
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Baby: ShrieeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEE eeeeeek

Cat:

/gee I just can't decide which would make the best pet
 
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