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2013-05-24 02:16:24 PM
Cats

When it comes down to it, cats have amazing attention to their surroundings, moreso than a lot of animals. You can never sneak up on a cat. Simple as that.
 
2013-05-24 02:24:17 PM
Cats, by far.
 
2013-05-24 03:17:29 PM
My dog drinks like a fish.
 
2013-05-24 03:32:45 PM
Now I've the image in my head of cats, dogs and pigeons all snapping their "fingers" in unison in some sort of West Side Story happening.
 
2013-05-24 03:34:51 PM
Dogs!

Rarely see cats drink, but when I do, they don't do it with the same gusto that dogs use.
Ain't got nothing to say about rats with wings!
 
2013-05-24 03:36:22 PM
Dogs are simply better than cats in every way, measurable and immeasurable.

Therefore, dogs.
 
2013-05-24 03:39:39 PM
Cats.

1-They will avoid drinking water near the location of their food due to evolutionary training.
2-The quick twist on their tongue to get the liquid in their mouth is sublime.

/This does not indicate the better pet.  Just what drinks the coolest.
 
2013-05-24 03:41:42 PM
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I would say birds drink better than cats by two falls to a submission!

/Dog was disqualified for eating the referee's whistle
 
2013-05-24 03:45:19 PM

cman: You can never sneak up on a cat.


It's not easy, but it is possible.
 
2013-05-24 03:45:22 PM
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2013-05-24 03:46:36 PM
My dog get a drink and washes her face at the same time. Multitasker...
 
2013-05-24 03:47:55 PM
i can't be certain dogs actually drink water.  it seems more like their goal is to take the water out of the bowl and put it onto the floor.
 
2013-05-24 03:48:14 PM
my cat drinks with her paws
 
2013-05-24 03:49:15 PM
Now, if the question was which one of these animals drinks beer better...
 
2013-05-24 03:50:00 PM
Cats make terrible drinkers. They can't hold their beer and they smoke like fiends.

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2013-05-24 03:50:40 PM

apotheosis27: my cat drinks with her paws


My cat's breath smells like cat food.
 
2013-05-24 03:51:29 PM
Dogs.
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2013-05-24 03:54:42 PM
I have to give credit to my Rottweiler, he can chug a bowl of water and not spill any.
 
2013-05-24 03:54:51 PM

thy crotch: i can't be certain dogs actually drink water.  it seems more like their goal is to take the water out of the bowl and put it onto the floor.

 
2013-05-24 03:56:15 PM
WRONG WRONG WRONG... Elephants
 
2013-05-24 03:57:53 PM

cman: Cats

When it comes down to it, cats have amazing attention to their surroundings, moreso than a lot of animals. You can never sneak up on a cat. Simple as that.


You haven't met my cats - in a game of cat and mouse, they would lose
 
2013-05-24 03:58:13 PM
Click the link, guys.  Really.  Crazy cool slo-mo video.
 
2013-05-24 03:59:00 PM
I'm just going to leave this here.
My cat, Chunk, hugs the bowl as he drinks his water.
/kinda like me with my bourbon after a rough day ...
 
2013-05-24 04:02:18 PM

monoski: I have to give credit to my Rottweiler, he can chug a bowl of water and not spill any.


Rotties drink like no other dog, it is measured in gallons per hour.  My Corgi tries to match that pace but she just ends up choking.
 
2013-05-24 04:13:41 PM
Those pigeons impressed the fark out of me.
 
2013-05-24 04:14:14 PM

Enemabag Jones: Cats.

1-They will avoid drinking water near the location of their food due to evolutionary training.
2-The quick twist on their tongue to get the liquid in their mouth is sublime.

/This does not indicate the better pet.  Just what drinks the coolest.


Wait so that's why my cats refuse to drink water out of their food bowls? The picky little bastards will only drink from the faucet or from a cup and the water must be fresh. So I'm filling up this stupid cup like 5 times a day cause I don't want them to get dehydrated. My dog Cookie on the other hand will drink it just fine,she's also been caught trying to eat push pins and nails so no she isn't picky about anything.

Also an unrelated question but does anyone have any tips as to how I can get Cookie to stop acting so aggressive to people she doesn't know? I mean I have to put her in my mom's room when some people visit my apt. cause I'm afraid she might bite them,yes she's had her rabies vacc but I still don't want her to bite anyone. She's never went to bite anyone but she barks,growls and the hair down her back goes up. It makes her a good watch dog but not a dog I want to get out in public one a walk unless I get a muzzle. If it's people she's interacted with before she doesn't have a problem and wants them to love or play with her. I just don't want her behavior to escalate and her to get put down due to biting someone. It would kill my mom,Cookie is her dog and she loves her so much.
 
2013-05-24 04:14:22 PM
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"Who wants to drink like a common schnook from a puddle?"
 
2013-05-24 04:16:18 PM
**tweet** Time out.  The survival and longevity of every life form on Earth depends on the use of water in balance with their needs, and environment.  Otherwise, they're just dust in the wind, man.  Except us.  We invented beer.

**tweet** Resume Play
 
2013-05-24 04:24:46 PM

ginandbacon: Those pigeons impressed the fark out of me.


Well, not just that, put them in a van and take them hundreds of miles away and let them go in some anonymous field and 30 seconds later they will be flying 60+ mph in a direct line back home by using the variations in the Earth's magnetic field as a guide.
 
2013-05-24 04:27:37 PM
pigeons

seagulls

world hunger solved.
 
2013-05-24 04:29:47 PM

apotheosis27: my cat drinks with her paws


She's what I call a "diepenlieker" -- pseudo-Dutch for "dip-and-licker." They dip a paw into the water dish or a glass and lap off the liquid.
 
2013-05-24 04:31:04 PM

nucular bum: They dip a paw into the water dish or a glass and lap off the liquid.


One of my cats does that, too - but not 100% of the time.
 
2013-05-24 04:35:06 PM

nucular bum: apotheosis27: my cat drinks with her paws

She's what I call a "diepenlieker" -- pseudo-Dutch for "dip-and-licker." They dip a paw into the water dish or a glass and lap off the liquid.


Thanks, now I want one of these...

www.awesomehq.com
 
2013-05-24 04:37:44 PM

xria: ginandbacon: Those pigeons impressed the fark out of me.

Well, not just that, put them in a van and take them hundreds of miles away and let them go in some anonymous field and 30 seconds later they will be flying 60+ mph in a direct line back home by using the variations in the Earth's magnetic field as a guide.


They amaze me. I have some crows and ravens that have been fascinating me here at the house. They serve as the alert when our hawk couple comes around for a potential snack and the smaller birds all recognize their calls and hide. I have a pair of robins that have been learning to trust me and come to the back door for food. 

"Bird brain" my ass.
 
2013-05-24 04:39:27 PM

A Terrible Human: Enemabag Jones: Cats.

1-They will avoid drinking water near the location of their food due to evolutionary training.
2-The quick twist on their tongue to get the liquid in their mouth is sublime.

/This does not indicate the better pet.  Just what drinks the coolest.

Wait so that's why my cats refuse to drink water out of their food bowls? The picky little bastards will only drink from the faucet or from a cup and the water must be fresh. So I'm filling up this stupid cup like 5 times a day cause I don't want them to get dehydrated. My dog Cookie on the other hand will drink it just fine,she's also been caught trying to eat push pins and nails so no she isn't picky about anything.

Also an unrelated question but does anyone have any tips as to how I can get Cookie to stop acting so aggressive to people she doesn't know? I mean I have to put her in my mom's room when some people visit my apt. cause I'm afraid she might bite them,yes she's had her rabies vacc but I still don't want her to bite anyone. She's never went to bite anyone but she barks,growls and the hair down her back goes up. It makes her a good watch dog but not a dog I want to get out in public one a walk unless I get a muzzle. If it's people she's interacted with before she doesn't have a problem and wants them to love or play with her. I just don't want her behavior to escalate and her to get put down due to biting someone. It would kill my mom,Cookie is her dog and she loves her so much.


Gah - I feel your pain - my guys lose their shiat to water from a bottle and I have to water filter-thingy for their bowl...it's like the Shangri-La of water dishes for cats and they would still rather have YOURS.
 
2013-05-24 04:40:02 PM

A Terrible Human: Also an unrelated question but does anyone have any tips as to how I can get Cookie to stop acting so aggressive to people she doesn't know?


Can I ask what breed she is? And what size?
 
2013-05-24 04:45:43 PM

ginandbacon: A Terrible Human: Also an unrelated question but does anyone have any tips as to how I can get Cookie to stop acting so aggressive to people she doesn't know?

Can I ask what breed she is? And what size?


She's 25 pounds and she's a corgi/border collie mix.
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Walt_Jizzney: I have to water filter-thingy for their bowl.


I have bowls for the cats that you can put a bottle of water in AND THEY STILL WON'T DRINK IT. Damned picky cats.
 
2013-05-24 04:54:17 PM
mine can't hold his licker...

/terrible drunk
 
2013-05-24 04:55:22 PM

A Terrible Human: Wait so that's why my cats refuse to drink water out of their food bowls? The picky little bastards will only drink from the faucet or from a cup and the water must be fresh. So I'm filling up this stupid cup like 5 times a day cause I don't want them to get dehydrated. My dog Cookie on the other hand will drink it just fine,she's also been caught trying to eat push pins and nails so no she isn't picky about anything.

Also an unrelated question but does anyone have any tips as to how I can get Cookie to stop acting so aggressive to people she doesn't know? I mean I have to put her in my mom's room when some people visit my apt. cause I'm afraid she might bite them,yes she's had her rabies vacc but I still don't want her to bite anyone. She's never went to bite anyone but she barks,growls and the hair down her back goes up. It makes her a good watch dog but not a dog I want to get out in public one a walk unless I get a muzzle. If it's people she's interacted with before she doesn't have a problem and wants them to love or play with her. I just don't want her behavior to escalate and her to get put down due to biting someone. It would kill my mom,Cookie is her dog and she loves her so much.



You should consider buying a fountain for the cats, especially one with a filter in it. For the longest time our oldest cat would mostly lick condensation off our drinks and occasionally drink out of the dog's dish, but would never drink any standing water we gave her, no matter how fresh. I still don't know how she was never dehydrated.

Fountains are great, though. With three cats and a relatively small fountain I just dump more water in once or twice a day and they're never thirsty. Just wash it once a week, change the filter every other time you wash it, and you're good to go.
 
2013-05-24 04:57:30 PM

A Terrible Human: Enemabag Jones: Cats.

1-They will avoid drinking water near the location of their food due to evolutionary training.
2-The quick twist on their tongue to get the liquid in their mouth is sublime.

/This does not indicate the better pet.  Just what drinks the coolest.

Wait so that's why my cats refuse to drink water out of their food bowls? The picky little bastards will only drink from the faucet or from a cup and the water must be fresh. So I'm filling up this stupid cup like 5 times a day cause I don't want them to get dehydrated. My dog Cookie on the other hand will drink it just fine,she's also been caught trying to eat push pins and nails so no she isn't picky about anything.

Also an unrelated question but does anyone have any tips as to how I can get Cookie to stop acting so aggressive to people she doesn't know? I mean I have to put her in my mom's room when some people visit my apt. cause I'm afraid she might bite them,yes she's had her rabies vacc but I still don't want her to bite anyone. She's never went to bite anyone but she barks,growls and the hair down her back goes up. It makes her a good watch dog but not a dog I want to get out in public one a walk unless I get a muzzle. If it's people she's interacted with before she doesn't have a problem and wants them to love or play with her. I just don't want her behavior to escalate and her to get put down due to biting someone. It would kill my mom,Cookie is her dog and she loves her so much.


Stop encouraging the behaviour. It's you, not the dog.
 
2013-05-24 05:03:53 PM

A Terrible Human: ginandbacon: A Terrible Human: Also an unrelated question but does anyone have any tips as to how I can get Cookie to stop acting so aggressive to people she doesn't know?

Can I ask what breed she is? And what size?

She's 25 pounds and she's a corgi/border collie mix.
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Oh what a cute girl!!!! So she comes from dogs that were bred to patrol and protect. It's part of her nature.

Have you tried giving her a really good treat when people come over? Something very high value to her. Also, do you pick her up? That sends her a stressful message that she is the responsible adult (in her mind) in the household which she knows is wrong. It can make them more aggressive. Have you noticed that she reacts less to certain people? Like women or children? Or is she always on high alert?

Has she ever actually bitten someone or is she just displaying? Do you think you could train her to go to a safe place like jump on the couch or get to play with a toy she only has access to when company shows up maybe in a corner?

Dogs can't multitask so if you can find something that overrides that instinct to protect the family and the property, she will abandon that task for whatever you come up with. Have you tried working with a trainer at all?
 
2013-05-24 05:06:56 PM

SumoJeb: Stop encouraging the behaviour. It's you, not the dog.


Do you consider that a helpful response?
 
2013-05-24 05:08:56 PM

ginandbacon: xria: ginandbacon: Those pigeons impressed the fark out of me.

Well, not just that, put them in a van and take them hundreds of miles away and let them go in some anonymous field and 30 seconds later they will be flying 60+ mph in a direct line back home by using the variations in the Earth's magnetic field as a guide.

They amaze me. I have some crows and ravens that have been fascinating me here at the house. They serve as the alert when our hawk couple comes around for a potential snack and the smaller birds all recognize their calls and hide. I have a pair of robins that have been learning to trust me and come to the back door for food. 

"Bird brain" my ass.


Yeah, Crows particularly are being seriously studied for intelligence as they show a very advanced level of tool use and reasoning, especially compared to the size of their brains.
 
2013-05-24 05:09:48 PM

A Terrible Human: Also an unrelated question but does anyone have any tips as to how I can get Cookie to stop acting so aggressive to people she doesn't know?


Taser.
 
2013-05-24 05:13:48 PM

ginandbacon: It can make them more aggressive. Have you noticed that she reacts less to certain people? Like women or children? Or is she always on high alert?


She's not great with kids,I don't have very many friends with children, and has the same behavior towards men and women she hasn't interacted with before

ginandbacon: Have you tried giving her a really good treat when people come over? Something very high value to her. Also, do you pick her up? That sends her a stressful message that she is the responsible adult (in her mind) in the household which she knows is wrong. It can make them more aggressive.


No actually but that is a fantastic idea. She picks up really quickly on stuff I teach her when treats are involved. Also yes I do pick her when she's aggressive cause I really rather her not get worked up enough to bite anyone,I pick her up long enough to take her to another room.

ginandbacon: Has she ever actually bitten someone or is she just displaying? Do you think you could train her to go to a safe place like jump on the couch or get to play with a toy she only has access to when company shows up maybe in a corner?


No,she's never bitten any of my guests. I will try what you are suggesting though.

ginandbacon: Have you tried working with a trainer at all?


No but I'm very seriously thinking about it.

Also is there anything to what I've read about border collies having the breed trait of nipping. I notice she tries to herd me and she does the same thing to dogs she plays with,she isn't aggressive with them at all. She just wants to play.
 
2013-05-24 05:14:16 PM

xria: ginandbacon: xria: ginandbacon: Those pigeons impressed the fark out of me.

Well, not just that, put them in a van and take them hundreds of miles away and let them go in some anonymous field and 30 seconds later they will be flying 60+ mph in a direct line back home by using the variations in the Earth's magnetic field as a guide.

They amaze me. I have some crows and ravens that have been fascinating me here at the house. They serve as the alert when our hawk couple comes around for a potential snack and the smaller birds all recognize their calls and hide. I have a pair of robins that have been learning to trust me and come to the back door for food. 

"Bird brain" my ass.

Yeah, Crows particularly are being seriously studied for intelligence as they show a very advanced level of tool use and reasoning, especially compared to the size of their brains.


They are AMAZING! I could watch them for hours.
 
2013-05-24 05:19:52 PM
Cats and dogs are both hilarious drinkers in their own ways.  Dogs are very doggy about it, just full on slobber fest then they come over and slobber on you.  Cats do that pawing at the water thing like it's one more battle to wage in their constant war on everything.
 
2013-05-24 05:23:54 PM

Abox: Cats do that pawing at the water thing like it's one more battle to wage in their constant war on everything.


You, my friend, just won the internet for the day.
 
2013-05-24 05:30:07 PM

A Terrible Human: ginandbacon: It can make them more aggressive. Have you noticed that she reacts less to certain people? Like women or children? Or is she always on high alert?

She's not great with kids,I don't have very many friends with children, and has the same behavior towards men and women she hasn't interacted with before


So you need to be very careful and aware of her behavior around kids. Kids can trigger all kinds of serious prey drives in dogs. The fact that she treats men and women the same is a good sign. She doesn't have a phobia or a negative association with either and she just needs to learn that visitors are a good thing.

ginandbacon: Have you tried giving her a really good treat when people come over? Something very high value to her. Also, do you pick her up? That sends her a stressful message that she is the responsible adult (in her mind) in the household which she knows is wrong. It can make them more aggressive.

No actually but that is a fantastic idea. She picks up really quickly on stuff I teach her when treats are involved. Also yes I do pick her when she's aggressive cause I really rather her not get worked up enough to bite anyone,I pick her up long enough to take her to another room.


Okay, so stop picking her up toot sweet! And try the treats. She will get the message that company=rewards!

ginandbacon: Has she ever actually bitten someone or is she just displaying? Do you think you could train her to go to a safe place like jump on the couch or get to play with a toy she only has access to when company shows up maybe in a corner?

No,she's never bitten any of my guests. I will try what you are suggesting though.


So that's good! There's actually a big difference between displaying and biting.

ginandbacon: Have you tried working with a trainer at all?

No but I'm very seriously thinking about it.


I highly recommend it. Most of them will come to your house to work with you and her where the problem behavior is taking place. It's so worth the expense. Look for a trainer who embraces positive reinforcement or the "Nothing is for free" approach. It's fast, effective, and fun for both of you.

Also is there anything to what I've read about border collies having the breed trait of nipping. I notice she tries to herd me and she does the same thing to dogs she plays with,she isn't aggressive with them at all. She just wants to play.

As an aside, she was bred to herd. So she thinks that's fun. Also, she distinguishes between people and animals and will most likely behave differently around each as well as distinguishing between places she is supposed to be protecting and those she's off-duty in.

They can nip at heels. It's residual to how they were bred to round up sheep without really hurting them. It's why a lot of sheepherders train their dogs to walk in front of them.
 
2013-05-24 05:33:54 PM

ginandbacon: They can nip at heels. It's residual to how they were bred to round up sheep without really hurting them. It's why a lot of sheepherders train their dogs to walk in front of them.


So that's why she goes for feet! And thank you very much for the advice. :)
 
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