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2013-06-17 12:14:32 AM  
Interesting. The map tracking my cat would be pretty boring since we don't let her outside. It would be tiny lines from the couch to the kitchen to the garage and then back to the couch.
 
2013-06-17 12:22:01 AM  
I didn't click on the link but I'd imagine it reads somewhat like a Family Circus comic.
 
2013-06-17 12:22:43 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: I didn't click on the link but I'd imagine it reads somewhat like a Family Circus comic.


you would not be far off.
 
2013-06-17 01:02:50 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: I didn't click on the link but I'd imagine it reads somewhat like a Family Circus comic.


Pretty much exactly like that.  BBC has an interactive tracker for each cat with some video.  "Ginger Confronts A Rival" is amusing.
 
2013-06-17 01:52:19 AM  
F*cking cats, how do they work?
 
2013-06-17 02:36:00 AM  

Warchild: F*cking cats, how do they work?


They don't.
 
2013-06-17 03:39:23 AM  
I'm surprised how far they wander from home when given the ability to do what they want. Does this mean cats who are not allowed out of the house go crazy because they are unable to satisfy the instinct to roam and create territory? Or, do they reset their brains so that they are comfortable in their house settings as the full extent of their territory?
 
2013-06-17 03:52:37 AM  

Wolf892: I'm surprised how far they wander from home when given the ability to do what they want. Does this mean cats who are not allowed out of the house go crazy because they are unable to satisfy the instinct to roam and create territory? Or, do they reset their brains so that they are comfortable in their house settings as the full extent of their territory?


Interesting question.

Also, the expanse of a cat's wanderings becomes a little unnerving once you consider they're pretty much murder machines.  Cute, fuzzy little murder machines.
 
2013-06-17 03:53:53 AM  

Wolf892: I'm surprised how far they wander from home when given the ability to do what they want. Does this mean cats who are not allowed out of the house go crazy because they are unable to satisfy the instinct to roam and create territory? Or, do they reset their brains so that they are comfortable in their house settings as the full extent of their territory?


Depends on the cat. My bengal would wander around the neighborhood, but would stay within earshot. He also always came back so he would be waiting for me when I got home from work. My calico would run off into the wild if we let her (she was a stray we adopted after she followed us home).

My ex had a cat who you literally had to push out the door, and then he would just sit there till you let him back in. Lord he was needy.
 
2013-06-17 04:13:29 AM  
I am strangely fascinated by this...
 
2013-06-17 04:43:03 AM  
Sick footage
 
2013-06-17 04:45:18 AM  

Make More Hinjews: Wolf892: I'm surprised how far they wander from home when given the ability to do what they want. Does this mean cats who are not allowed out of the house go crazy because they are unable to satisfy the instinct to roam and create territory? Or, do they reset their brains so that they are comfortable in their house settings as the full extent of their territory?

Interesting question.

Also, the expanse of a cat's wanderings becomes a little unnerving once you consider they're pretty much murder machines.  Cute, fuzzy little murder machines.


Murder? Only for smaller animals. They do kill hundreds of birds a year, but most people don't know that. If you are a cat owner, you should be aware of the dangers your cat poses to the avian population. You also should keep in mind a medium sized dog will happily kill your cat when it decides to venture into the dogs fenced yard.
 
2013-06-17 05:47:37 AM  

UsikFark: Make More Hinjews: Wolf892: I'm surprised how far they wander from home when given the ability to do what they want. Does this mean cats who are not allowed out of the house go crazy because they are unable to satisfy the instinct to roam and create territory? Or, do they reset their brains so that they are comfortable in their house settings as the full extent of their territory?

Interesting question.

Also, the expanse of a cat's wanderings becomes a little unnerving once you consider they're pretty much murder machines.  Cute, fuzzy little murder machines.

Murder? Only for smaller animals. They do kill hundreds of birds a year, but most people don't know that. If you are a cat owner, you should be aware of the dangers your cat poses to the avian population. You also should keep in mind a medium sized dog will happily kill your cat when it decides to venture into the dogs fenced yard.


Did you guys grow up without cartoons or something?
 
2013-06-17 05:50:20 AM  

Altair: I am strangely fascinated by this...


You should watch the BBC piece about the study:  http://youtu.be/ky9MPO2caIk
 
2013-06-17 05:50:47 AM  
This was more interesting than most of the UGA kitty cams.We have three "strays" (someone has done catch-fix-immunize-release on them) in our neighborhood. I was surprised at the range of one of them, because I see her all around here when I go for walks. I now suspect her range is bigger than I thought. She will disappear for days and we begin to worry that a coyote finally got her, and she will show up again.
 
2013-06-17 06:02:08 AM  
Map fails without ending in in a shallow grave with a .22 to the brain, a greasy stain on the pavement, or in the stomach of a coyote or vulture.

Keep your kitties indoors, folks.  For their sake and the sake of all those wildlife their slurping down like so many tic tacs.
 
2013-06-17 06:05:03 AM  
I'd like to see a similar experiment done putting GPS on cigarette lighters.  Those bastards always disappear.
 
2013-06-17 06:32:18 AM  

spcMike: Wolf892: I'm surprised how far they wander from home when given the ability to do what they want. Does this mean cats who are not allowed out of the house go crazy because they are unable to satisfy the instinct to roam and create territory? Or, do they reset their brains so that they are comfortable in their house settings as the full extent of their territory?

Depends on the cat. My bengal would wander around the neighborhood, but would stay within earshot. He also always came back so he would be waiting for me when I got home from work. My calico would run off into the wild if we let her (she was a stray we adopted after she followed us home).

My ex had a cat who you literally had to push out the door, and then he would just sit there till you let him back in. Lord he was needy.


Though he implied they wandered far, it looks like 'earshot' distance to me. Approximately 1 city block or so.

Also, check the pattern of 'Jesus Christ it's a fox' cat.
 
2013-06-17 06:32:58 AM  

UsikFark: Murder? Only for smaller animals. They do kill hundreds of birds a year, but most people don't know that. If you are a cat owner, you should be aware of the dangers your cat poses to the avian population. You also should keep in mind a medium sized dog will happily kill your cat when it decides to venture into the dogs fenced yard.


This.

In addition, if you care about your cats health you'd not be allowing them to roam outside.   They are domestic. Not wild animals. They have no -need- to be out there, furthermore, at least in the U.S. and the U.K., they are an invasive species in the wild.
 
2013-06-17 07:24:39 AM  
Damn, only one cat was noted not to bring kills back home, for what it's worth. No wonder cats tend to treat people indifferently. Maybe they're hoping we shrink down to size so that they can kill us.

And one of the cats is a hermaphrodite? Sashay, sashay!
 
2013-06-17 07:47:28 AM  

juvandy: Map fails without ending in in a shallow grave with a .22 to the brain, a greasy stain on the pavement, or in the stomach of a coyote or vulture.

Keep your kitties indoors, folks.  For their sake and the sake of all those wildlife their slurping down like so many tic tacs.



Shallow grave?  No, those people who shoot stray cats just leave them to die.  My cat had been shot by a BB gun before I rescued her.  She was only about a month old at the time.

Aside from that, cars, birds of prey (not just Romulans), foxes, coyotes and fleas carrying plague are also hazards your roaming kitty could face.

And FFS, take them with you if you're evacuated.  There was a couple on the news last week being interviewed because they lost their house in the Black Forest fire in Colorado and the woman said their cats were in their lost home.

If my house ever catches fire or if I'm ever evacuated, that's the first thing I'm taking.  Everything else is material that can be replaced.
 
2013-06-17 07:57:54 AM  

gfid: juvandy: Map fails without ending in in a shallow grave with a .22 to the brain, a greasy stain on the pavement, or in the stomach of a coyote or vulture.

Keep your kitties indoors, folks.  For their sake and the sake of all those wildlife their slurping down like so many tic tacs.


Shallow grave?  No, those people who shoot stray cats just leave them to die.  My cat had been shot by a BB gun before I rescued her.  She was only about a month old at the time.

Aside from that, cars, birds of prey (not just Romulans), foxes, coyotes and fleas carrying plague are also hazards your roaming kitty could face.

And FFS, take them with you if you're evacuated.  There was a couple on the news last week being interviewed because they lost their house in the Black Forest fire in Colorado and the woman said their cats were in their lost home.

If my house ever catches fire or if I'm ever evacuated, that's the first thing I'm taking.  Everything else is material that can be replaced.


Depends on where you are being evacuated. Shelters don't allow pets. GF was ordered out of her neighborhood last year because of a hurricane (she lives in an area that was MADE by a hurricane...) and she had to leave her dog behind. My landlady hates dogs, otherwise I'd have him brought to my place. It was rough, but fortunately, the hurricane was rather weak. So everything was okay.
 
2013-06-17 08:07:26 AM  
 
2013-06-17 08:07:38 AM  
Am I the only one concerned that Sooty seems to move in nothing but long, perfectly straight lines?
 
2013-06-17 08:08:27 AM  

juvandy: Map fails without ending in in a shallow grave with a .22 to the brain, a greasy stain on the pavement, or in the stomach of a coyote or vulture.

Keep your kitties indoors, folks.  For their sake and the sake of all those wildlife their slurping down like so many tic tacs.


easy there hoss, i think this is a pretty sedate, remote english town. even i would let my kitties out, with proper vaccinations, etc.
 
2013-06-17 08:09:03 AM  

vartian: Altair: I am strangely fascinated by this...

You should watch the BBC piece about the study:  http://youtu.be/ky9MPO2caIk


i have seen 2 parts of it so far.

/have 3 kitties
 
2013-06-17 08:20:24 AM  
Farking loose cats.  Found another eviscerated squirrel in my yard.  They kill my birds, squirrels and rabbits.

My dogs must be fenced or on a leash, why the fark aren't cats kept to the same standards.   Don't get me wrong, I like cats.  I have two, just put the third down after 17 years a few months back.  However, they are indoor cats.

Keep YOUR pets to YOUR yard/house and then I wont have to put out little dishes of antifreeze all over my yard!

/haven't done the antifreeze thing really but every time i find another dead animal in my yard, I really really want to for about an hour.
 
2013-06-17 08:27:26 AM  
GPS tracking our cats?? Is nothing sacred to the NSA?
 
2013-06-17 08:45:44 AM  

juvandy: Map fails without ending in in a shallow grave with a .22 to the brain, a greasy stain on the pavement, or in the stomach of a coyote or vulture.

Keep your kitties indoors, folks.  For their sake and the sake of all those wildlife their slurping down like so many tic tacs.


Oh noes! The facts of the study contradict my deeply held views! Reality must be wrong!

Are you a Republican or Fundy perchance?
 
2013-06-17 08:57:55 AM  

CheatCommando: Oh noes! The facts of the study contradict my deeply held views! Reality must be wrong!

Are you a Republican or Fundy perchance?


I don't even understand your post. Are you referring to my deeply held views (strongly supported by data btw) that cats kill billions of native birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians ever year in the US alone? Or to my other deeply held views (again, strongly supported by data) that cats allowed to roam outside live shorter lifespans than indoor cats due to cars, predators, disease, and humans like me who'd rather have native wildlife than invasive predators in their back 40?
 
2013-06-17 08:59:21 AM  

toetag: Farking loose cats.  Found another eviscerated squirrel in my yard.  They kill my birds, squirrels and rabbits.

My dogs must be fenced or on a leash, why the fark aren't cats kept to the same standards.   Don't get me wrong, I like cats.  I have two, just put the third down after 17 years a few months back.  However, they are indoor cats.

Keep YOUR pets to YOUR yard/house and then I wont have to put out little dishes of antifreeze all over my yard!

/haven't done the antifreeze thing really but every time i find another dead animal in my yard, I really really want to for about an hour.


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2013-06-17 09:04:05 AM  
"Ginger Confronts A Rival"

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2013-06-17 09:11:08 AM  

juvandy: CheatCommando: Oh noes! The facts of the study contradict my deeply held views! Reality must be wrong!

Are you a Republican or Fundy perchance?

I don't even understand your post. Are you referring to my deeply held views (strongly supported by data btw) that cats kill billions of native birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians ever year in the US alone? Or to my other deeply held views (again, strongly supported by data) that cats allowed to roam outside live shorter lifespans than indoor cats due to cars, predators, disease, and humans like me who'd rather have native wildlife than invasive predators in their back 40?


I am referring to the fact that *facts* were presented and you called the article a "fail". They were reporting data from a study that they had completed, and none of the subjects ended as you said they must. Now bringing up that letting your cat outside is colossally irresponsible is one thing (it is), but calling the study a "fail" because it did not replicate what you thought should happen is moronic.

Make an argument, not a pointless whine, which is all your original statement was.
 
2013-06-17 09:12:44 AM  
I don't let my calico kitty outside, she's a cold blooded killer. My in laws bought a new cottage and it had a mouse problem so we let them borrow her. She went from on her back in the middle of the floor in the sun to full on pounce in about half a second. She didn't play around with the mouse either she grabbed it, bit it's head shook it then dropped it and went back to sleeping in about 20 seconds max. It's actually pretty amazing that we have such efficient predators as house pets.  It's also why I can never understand people who keep large cats as pets.  I'm sure they are friendly and all but you are dealing with an animal that can kill you in seconds without even exerting itself.

Strangely she is also the most affectionate cat I've ever seen. She comes running when I get home and isn't satisfied until she gets picked up and licks my nose.  She's a major pain in the ass on weekend mornings as she will whine until somebody gets up and opens the blinds so she can lounge in the sunlight. She isn't satisfied then either, she will continue to whine until somebody sits next to her and enjoys the sunbeam with her.  I've trained her to fetch and she comes when she is called.  She's a pretty great pet and I'm not really much of a cat person. I kind of got forced into having a cat but I've warmed up to her.
 
2013-06-17 09:15:33 AM  
Let your cats outside? Youre asking for parasites.
 
2013-06-17 09:26:29 AM  

CheatCommando: I am referring to the fact that *facts* were presented and you called the article a "fail". They were reporting data from a study that they had completed, and none of the subjects ended as you said they must. Now bringing up that letting your cat outside is colossally irresponsible is one thing (it is), but calling the study a "fail" because it did not replicate what you thought should happen is moronic.

Make an argument, not a pointless whine, which is all your original statement was.


Congrats on failing to get the (albeit meanspirited) joke inherent to my original post.
 
2013-06-17 09:30:14 AM  

CheatCommando: juvandy: CheatCommando: Oh noes! The facts of the study contradict my deeply held views! Reality must be wrong!

Are you a Republican or Fundy perchance?

I don't even understand your post. Are you referring to my deeply held views (strongly supported by data btw) that cats kill billions of native birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians ever year in the US alone? Or to my other deeply held views (again, strongly supported by data) that cats allowed to roam outside live shorter lifespans than indoor cats due to cars, predators, disease, and humans like me who'd rather have native wildlife than invasive predators in their back 40?

I am referring to the fact that *facts* were presented and you called the article a "fail". They were reporting data from a study that they had completed, and none of the subjects ended as you said they must. Now bringing up that letting your cat outside is colossally irresponsible is one thing (it is), but calling the study a "fail" because it did not replicate what you thought should happen is moronic.

Make an argument, not a pointless whine, which is all your original statement was.


For you, it just looks like you wanted to go off topic to make a cheap shot about politics. You were the one who asked him if he was a Republican or a fundie, ignoring the fact that Liberals/Democrats can equally hold tight to their beliefs despite the facts. But enough politics.
 
2013-06-17 09:42:00 AM  

TheOriginalEd: Let your cats outside? Youre asking for parasites.


Only if you let them back in later.
 
2013-06-17 09:50:12 AM  
The most interesting part of that article was down in the comments where some guy (likely trolling) was bragging about intentionally running over cats.
 
2013-06-17 10:17:22 AM  
 
2013-06-17 10:21:56 AM  

fusillade762: Interesting. The map tracking my cat would be pretty boring since we don't let her outside. It would be tiny lines from the couch to the kitchen to the garage and then back to the couch.


Same here. Too many cars, dogs, rednecks, etc...they are far safer indoors. Also, Id imagine that during the FL summer our 69 degree air conditioning setting is much nicer than the 90+ outdoor temp.


Dhusk: Am I the only one concerned that Sooty seems to move in nothing but long, perfectly straight lines?


OCD cat?
 
2013-06-17 10:24:30 AM  

Egoy3k: I don't let my calico kitty outside, she's a cold blooded killer. My in laws bought a new cottage and it had a mouse problem so we let them borrow her. She went from on her back in the middle of the floor in the sun to full on pounce in about half a second. She didn't play around with the mouse either she grabbed it, bit it's head shook it then dropped it and went back to sleeping in about 20 seconds max. It's actually pretty amazing that we have such efficient predators as house pets.  It's also why I can never understand people who keep large cats as pets.  I'm sure they are friendly and all but you are dealing with an animal that can kill you in seconds without even exerting itself.


The New Yorker had a crazy article last month about people who keep "wild" cats as pets. These cats are the size of dogs and if you have domestic cats in the house, they'll kill them.
 
2013-06-17 10:41:20 AM  

FitzShivering: The most interesting part of that article was down in the comments where some guy (likely trolling) was bragging about intentionally running over cats.


I read the comments and am of the opinion that dude needs a lengthy series of cock punches.
 
2013-06-17 11:24:57 AM  

Krymson Tyde: FitzShivering: The most interesting part of that article was down in the comments where some guy (likely trolling) was bragging about intentionally running over cats.

I read the comments and am of the opinion that dude needs a lengthy series of cock punches.


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2013-06-17 11:47:04 AM  

Krymson Tyde: FitzShivering: The most interesting part of that article was down in the comments where some guy (likely trolling) was bragging about intentionally running over cats.

I read the comments and am of the opinion that dude needs a lengthy series of cock punches.


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2013-06-17 11:51:36 AM  

juvandy: Map fails without ending in in a shallow grave with a .22 to the brain, a greasy stain on the pavement, or in the stomach of a coyote or vulture.

Keep your kitties indoors, folks.  For their sake and the sake of all those wildlife their slurping down like so many tic tacs.


As a cat owner myself, I concur. I already have to scare and/or shoot enough opossum/raccoon/coyote/fishers/bobcats than I can handle. And as a flaming lib, lemme tell ya that fisher cat tastes like shiat. Naturally with most cats I feel the desperate urge to "save" them, or rather get rid of them humanely (bringing them to shelters). Strays and near-strays are more annoying to my chickens and other small animals than an ex-wife who finds out you have a great nest-egg. A lot of folks around here get "barn cats" which are essentially imported strays with a reliable food source. They do nothing but damage. Sure they keep the mice down on your property, but once that's done, or even if it isn't, it's my yard and my birds that have to deal with your laziness. Haven't you mice-infested folks heard of nuclear weaponry? It takes care of rodents and morons at the same time.
 
2013-06-17 12:10:42 PM  
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/cats_actually_kill

Didn't see it at a casual glance.
 
2013-06-17 12:17:15 PM  

Wolf892: I'm surprised how far they wander from home when given the ability to do what they want. Does this mean cats who are not allowed out of the house go crazy because they are unable to satisfy the instinct to roam and create territory? Or, do they reset their brains so that they are comfortable in their house settings as the full extent of their territory?


My cat grew up as an outdoor cat, probably ranged about a half mile in radius in the four places I lived with him in Austin. When we moved to Boston, we changed him to an indoor cat, since he was getting older and I didn't know if his reflexes would be up to an urban environment. He's done pretty well with the change. He's pretty happy to chill out in the house, knowing he was a badass in his youth, and has the scars to prove it. Plus, he gets to thunder around the house at 2 in the morning and pounce on the dog when he wants to. It worked out.
 
2013-06-17 12:19:01 PM  

Jack Kerouac: juvandy: Map fails without ending in in a shallow grave with a .22 to the brain, a greasy stain on the pavement, or in the stomach of a coyote or vulture.

Keep your kitties indoors, folks.  For their sake and the sake of all those wildlife their slurping down like so many tic tacs.

As a cat owner myself, I concur. I already have to scare and/or shoot enough opossum/raccoon/coyote/fishers/bobcats than I can handle. And as a flaming lib, lemme tell ya that fisher cat tastes like shiat. Naturally with most cats I feel the desperate urge to "save" them, or rather get rid of them humanely (bringing them to shelters). Strays and near-strays are more annoying to my chickens and other small animals than an ex-wife who finds out you have a great nest-egg. A lot of folks around here get "barn cats" which are essentially imported strays with a reliable food source. They do nothing but damage. Sure they keep the mice down on your property, but once that's done, or even if it isn't, it's my yard and my birds that have to deal with your laziness. Haven't you mice-infested folks heard of nuclear weaponry? It takes care of rodents and morons at the same time.


Barn cats are completely useless in my experience.  I've worked at a few stables and I've been around barns for most of my life.  I can say with complete seriousness than relying on half feral cats for pest control is a sure sign of a poorly run farm/stable.  If you have a lot of grain you need to rely on something more advanced to keep rodents down.  If you have a little it's probably supplemental food for horses.  If you don't store your grain for horses properly you won't have to worry about the pests for long anyway because you'll kill your horses.  The same goes for hay.
 
2013-06-17 12:27:25 PM  

fusillade762: Interesting. The map tracking my cat would be pretty boring since we don't let her outside. It would be tiny lines from the couch to the kitchen to the garage and then back to the couch.


We had an indoor cat that still managed to disappear 4 days to a week at a time and then just show up randomly. We got used to it after a while. This was about the length of time it took for her to establish a territory and then get bored with it and move on to a new area: In the sound system, in one of my mom's dresser drawers, under the couch. It just happened that some of her territories were out of sight to us, in the basement, in a closet, etc. It would have been interesting to track her patterns like that. You could always rely on finding her coming and going from that territory for the whole period, until she decides to move on. That cat was weird as hell.
 
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