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2013-06-28 04:56:17 AM  

Chrome Armadillo: steerforth:
My cat is great, but he never buries his turds in his kitty litter, like he does with his piss. This is not pleasant in a one-bedroom flat, but then again I no longer feel guilty when letting off a fart when he's sitting in my lap. He looks at me like I'm a peasant, but then he remembers his turd problem, so it's all sorted.

A covered litterbox with a door was worth every penny of the $27 I paid for it. My wee furry beastie loves to take a big steaming dump just as I'm sitting down to dinner. Problem solved.


I'll look into it. He has a definite routine whem he pees - lots of scraping of clay over it, and then wiping his front paws on the wall, then the carpet, and then the side of the sofa. With turds, he shiates and gets off the pot damn quick.
 
2013-06-28 04:59:29 AM  

steerforth: My cat is great, but he never buries his turds in his kitty litter


Do you use scented litter? In the wild, all but the alpha cat (they live in extended communities but sleep and hunt alone) bury their poop, lest the smell offend the alpha. Some strongly scented litters (and remember, cats can smell a lot that we can't) might overwhelm a kitty and lead him/her to assume there's no risk of poop smells offending the theoretical alpha cat.

Alternatively, I've read that some animal behaviorists theorize that a cat might intentionally leave their poop unburied in order to assert their own dominance, or challenger their owner's position, but I have no idea if there's really anything to that.
 
2013-06-28 05:07:27 AM  

Overman: Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

/obscure


I don't remember the comedian,but I remember that bit. From the 80's.
 
2013-06-28 05:10:02 AM  

Bonanza Jellybean: steerforth: My cat is great, but he never buries his turds in his kitty litter

Do you use scented litter? In the wild, all but the alpha cat (they live in extended communities but sleep and hunt alone) bury their poop, lest the smell offend the alpha. Some strongly scented litters (and remember, cats can smell a lot that we can't) might overwhelm a kitty and lead him/her to assume there's no risk of poop smells offending the theoretical alpha cat.

Alternatively, I've read that some animal behaviorists theorize that a cat might intentionally leave their poop unburied in order to assert their own dominance, or challenger their owner's position, but I have no idea if there's really anything to that.


Definitely no scented litter -neither of us is a fan of perfume. I use clumping clay and he's fastidious about burying his pee. He is so fastidious he has a whole routine he goes through. Sometimes I suspect he won't cover his turds because he might disturb his buried pee, and then I think I should either buy him a bigger litter box or stop talking about my bloody cat's bathroom etiquette.
 
2013-06-28 05:42:20 AM  

basemetal: My cats can communicate with me quite well. The three biggest things they tell me:

/let me out
//feed me
///pet me and tell me I'm pretty


Pretty much this. My boy, Boots has a definite "Mama, please don't scold me" meow when I tell him to get down from somewhere or stop doing something. Buddy meows rarely, so when he does, I know he's really desperate to say something. Baby will make a very biatchy meow if you startle her. Sort of a "WTF was THAT all about?" kinda thing
 
2013-06-28 05:44:57 AM  

Gadflypaper: Overman: Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

/obscure

I don't remember the comedian,but I remember that bit. From the 80's.


25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-06-28 05:48:57 AM  

steerforth: Bonanza Jellybean: steerforth: My cat is great, but he never buries his turds in his kitty litter

Do you use scented litter? In the wild, all but the alpha cat (they live in extended communities but sleep and hunt alone) bury their poop, lest the smell offend the alpha. Some strongly scented litters (and remember, cats can smell a lot that we can't) might overwhelm a kitty and lead him/her to assume there's no risk of poop smells offending the theoretical alpha cat.

Alternatively, I've read that some animal behaviorists theorize that a cat might intentionally leave their poop unburied in order to assert their own dominance, or challenger their owner's position, but I have no idea if there's really anything to that.

Definitely no scented litter -neither of us is a fan of perfume. I use clumping clay and he's fastidious about burying his pee. He is so fastidious he has a whole routine he goes through. Sometimes I suspect he won't cover his turds because he might disturb his buried pee, and then I think I should either buy him a bigger litter box or stop talking about my bloody cat's bathroom etiquette.


 Either that or you need to take a big poo in the litter box to show him who's boss...
 
2013-06-28 05:54:15 AM  

Mr. Shabooboo: steerforth: Bonanza Jellybean: steerforth: My cat is great, but he never buries his turds in his kitty litter

Do you use scented litter? In the wild, all but the alpha cat (they live in extended communities but sleep and hunt alone) bury their poop, lest the smell offend the alpha. Some strongly scented litters (and remember, cats can smell a lot that we can't) might overwhelm a kitty and lead him/her to assume there's no risk of poop smells offending the theoretical alpha cat.

Alternatively, I've read that some animal behaviorists theorize that a cat might intentionally leave their poop unburied in order to assert their own dominance, or challenger their owner's position, but I have no idea if there's really anything to that.

Definitely no scented litter -neither of us is a fan of perfume. I use clumping clay and he's fastidious about burying his pee. He is so fastidious he has a whole routine he goes through. Sometimes I suspect he won't cover his turds because he might disturb his buried pee, and then I think I should either buy him a bigger litter box or stop talking about my bloody cat's bathroom etiquette.

 Either that or you need to take a big poo in the litter box to show him who's boss...


i do this from time to time. the boys give me much respect after that.
 
2013-06-28 06:27:55 AM  

flamingboar: My dog would ignore me too.  Unless there was food involved, then he was always next to me.

/RIP Max, who passed on this morning.


That sucks.  Remember the good times.
 
2013-06-28 06:58:39 AM  

some_beer_drinker: Mr. Shabooboo: steerforth: Bonanza Jellybean: steerforth: My cat is great, but he never buries his turds in his kitty litter

Do you use scented litter? In the wild, all but the alpha cat (they live in extended communities but sleep and hunt alone) bury their poop, lest the smell offend the alpha. Some strongly scented litters (and remember, cats can smell a lot that we can't) might overwhelm a kitty and lead him/her to assume there's no risk of poop smells offending the theoretical alpha cat.

Alternatively, I've read that some animal behaviorists theorize that a cat might intentionally leave their poop unburied in order to assert their own dominance, or challenger their owner's position, but I have no idea if there's really anything to that.

Definitely no scented litter -neither of us is a fan of perfume. I use clumping clay and he's fastidious about burying his pee. He is so fastidious he has a whole routine he goes through. Sometimes I suspect he won't cover his turds because he might disturb his buried pee, and then I think I should either buy him a bigger litter box or stop talking about my bloody cat's bathroom etiquette.

 Either that or you need to take a big poo in the litter box to show him who's boss...

i do this from time to time. the boys give me much respect after that.


Tried the covered litter box thing. Heidi wouldn't go near it. Lilly poked her head in and was confused, assumed her whole body was in and shat on the floor. -.-

\Uncle Sam has me away from them
\\Miss the hell out of those little assholes
 
2013-06-28 07:18:09 AM  
The professor, who has spent the past 30 years analysing the behaviour of animals, added: 'I think we have the technology now to be able to develop the devices that are, say, the size of a cellphone, that would allow us to talk to our dogs and cats.

'So the dog says "bark!" and the device analyses it and says, "I want to eat chicken tonight."

'Or the cat can say "meow," and it can say, "You haven't cleaned my litterbox recently".'



I see your device edits out the cat's curse words and condescending tone.
 
2013-06-28 07:40:02 AM  
The cat is correct. You are stupid.
 
2013-06-28 08:10:15 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: puppetmaster745: fark those little bastards.

Bastard coated bastards with bastard filling?


+1 , would buy from again ////1/1//1///
 
2013-06-28 08:11:52 AM  

ReverendJimBobHammer: theunblinkingeye: ReverendJimBobHammer: demonfaerie: ReverendJimBobHammer: And they'll eat your face off before your body's cold.

So do dogs, my dad's friend was found dead two weeks after he died. His face was half eaten off by his dog. It was probably because the dog was starving.

Sorry, just watching old Bones episodes and thought I'd throw it out there.

The dogs would at least wait for the body to be cold and near starvation to set in, cats on the other hand will only wait for mild discomfort. They're just not as respectful as dogs (plus they're smart enough to see we're not using the body any more, dogs aren't that smart).

Bullshiat.  Dogs will start eating their owners before they're even dead.

LIAR LIAR CATS ARE EVIL AND DOGS ARE GOOD!!!!!!


Ehh I dislike generalizations but...

On average cats seem to have a much lower level of loyalty and that would extend to eating you. There is a ton of variation in cat behavior and even more among dogs. A lab probably wouldn't eat its dead owner but those little shiatty dogs are much more likely.
 
2013-06-28 08:16:35 AM  

Overman: Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

/obscure


languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu
 
2013-06-28 08:43:48 AM  
Further evidence that cats suck.
 
2013-06-28 08:58:33 AM  

rustypouch: I don't know if stupid people buy cats, or owning cats makes you stupid. With the brain parasites and all that fun.


imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-06-28 09:07:40 AM  
My eldest cat: The door to the bathroom is closed, I can't get to the litterbox
Me: It's a nice, non-raining day outside!  You don't need a litterbox!

My 2nd eldest cat: Let me in the front door/window!  I don't want to have to deal with that overly affectionate dog!
Me: Why can't you deal with him like the other cats?
 
2013-06-28 09:08:11 AM  

Bonanza Jellybean: My cat is quite talkative, and definitely has a whole range of different sounds with consistent meanings. She's also coy about strangers, and usually won't "talk" to a friend or relative until she gets used to them (though she never hides from new people; she's very confident and curious). She responds to her name whenever I say it (not that she really gets the concept of a name such as it is, but she definitely recognizes that I'm communicating something), and because I whistle jazz and blues tunes a lot, we've developed a couple of short melodies that will usually bring her running. Part of that is just cats' facility for pattern recognition (and "superstitious thinking," as I've heard animal behaviorists call it; she has little routines that she thinks are integral parts of getting a treat or having a meal), but there's definitely communication happening on some level. I've also read that cats usually don't meow past infancy if they are raised in the wild (they communicate with each other and with other animals largely via scent and body language), so I suspect that they make the sounds they do with people because they are (at least some of the time) getting the responses they are looking for.


I can so relate to this.  We have 4 cats.  They all have different voices, and different mannerisms.  But both my wife and I understand everything they are talking about all the time.
Oddly enough, as well as I understand Cat as a language, I can't speak it worth a shiat.  My wife, on the other hand, is actually quite good at it.  I don't know what friggin nonsense she is babbling out.  But the cat's know when she makes those sounds, something important is about to happen.

We just had this talk the other day.  She asked me to call the cats for a treat, and I had to say, "You know I don't speak Cat, right?  I understand it, but I don't speak it."
I sort of equate this to the entire Star Wars universe where people totally talk to each other using completely different languages.  This is because they could not articulate the alternate langauges themselves.  So they just talk normally and expect others to understand.  Let's use Han and Chewbacca as an example.
 
2013-06-28 09:08:44 AM  

Ed Grubermann: Gadflypaper: Overman: Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

/obscure

I don't remember the comedian,but I remember that bit. From the 80's.

[25.media.tumblr.com image 480x360]


Don't know the comedians name but the character was Rerun i think. And I think the show was "What's Happening?"
 
2013-06-28 09:30:26 AM  

Overman: Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

/obscure


hardly.  :)


Larson rules
 
2013-06-28 10:22:45 AM  

rustypouch: I don't know if stupid people buy cats, or owning cats makes you stupid. With the brain parasites and all that fun.


Yeah, like this obviously retarded cat lover!

graphics8.nytimes.com
 
2013-06-28 10:58:31 AM  

Bonanza Jellybean: steerforth: My cat is great, but he never buries his turds in his kitty litter

Do you use scented litter? In the wild, all but the alpha cat (they live in extended communities but sleep and hunt alone) bury their poop, lest the smell offend the alpha. Some strongly scented litters (and remember, cats can smell a lot that we can't) might overwhelm a kitty and lead him/her to assume there's no risk of poop smells offending the theoretical alpha cat.

Alternatively, I've read that some animal behaviorists theorize that a cat might intentionally leave their poop unburied in order to assert their own dominance, or challenger their owner's position, but I have no idea if there's really anything to that.


Mr. Sir just leaves his poops unburied so he can watch my eyeballs burn, especially if he's been eating turkey.
 
2013-06-28 11:08:59 AM  

Mark Ratner: basemetal: My cats can communicate with me quite well. The three biggest things they tell me:

/let me out
//feed me
///pet me and tell me I'm pretty

WTF? Don't be a liter. I'd buy you 3 months of TF, but I don't like paypal.


It's summer, that means the derp has been turned up to 11.
 
2013-06-28 11:21:58 AM  
Duh.

(garfield.jpg)
 
2013-06-28 12:19:35 PM  

WhoopAssWayne: All I know is that my cat likes Christmas and gets all festive - say Hi! to Stinky:


That would be an awesome Christmas card photo. I'm tired of seeing couples in matching sweaters and their perfect children. Send me some damn cats with Santa hats so I don't feel as weird.

Also, cute kitty :)
 
2013-06-28 12:58:50 PM  

nocturnal001: ReverendJimBobHammer: theunblinkingeye: ReverendJimBobHammer: demonfaerie: ReverendJimBobHammer: And they'll eat your face off before your body's cold.

So do dogs, my dad's friend was found dead two weeks after he died. His face was half eaten off by his dog. It was probably because the dog was starving.

Sorry, just watching old Bones episodes and thought I'd throw it out there.

The dogs would at least wait for the body to be cold and near starvation to set in, cats on the other hand will only wait for mild discomfort. They're just not as respectful as dogs (plus they're smart enough to see we're not using the body any more, dogs aren't that smart).

Bullshiat.  Dogs will start eating their owners before they're even dead.

LIAR LIAR CATS ARE EVIL AND DOGS ARE GOOD!!!!!!

Ehh I dislike generalizations but...

On average cats seem to have a much lower level of loyalty and that would extend to eating you. There is a ton of variation in cat behavior and even more among dogs. A lab probably wouldn't eat its dead owner but those little shiatty dogs are much more likely.



I dislike generaisations but...

The black man <etc>
 
2013-06-28 01:04:03 PM  

Mr. Shabooboo: steerforth: Bonanza Jellybean: steerforth: My cat is great, but he never buries his turds in his kitty litter

Do you use scented litter? In the wild, all but the alpha cat (they live in extended communities but sleep and hunt alone) bury their poop, lest the smell offend the alpha. Some strongly scented litters (and remember, cats can smell a lot that we can't) might overwhelm a kitty and lead him/her to assume there's no risk of poop smells offending the theoretical alpha cat.

Alternatively, I've read that some animal behaviorists theorize that a cat might intentionally leave their poop unburied in order to assert their own dominance, or challenger their owner's position, but I have no idea if there's really anything to that.

Definitely no scented litter -neither of us is a fan of perfume. I use clumping clay and he's fastidious about burying his pee. He is so fastidious he has a whole routine he goes through. Sometimes I suspect he won't cover his turds because he might disturb his buried pee, and then I think I should either buy him a bigger litter box or stop talking about my bloody cat's bathroom etiquette.

 Either that or you need to take a big poo in the litter box to show him who's boss...


My bathroom got renovated about a year ago and the toilet was out of action for about three days. I had to piss in a bucket during that time. When my cat first saw me squatting over a bucket (I'm of the female variety) the look on his face was priceless. If I shat in his litter box, he'd probably need to be medicated.
 
2013-06-28 02:59:36 PM  
<img src=http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo29/poot42/Chunk/P4011109.j pg>

Meet Chunk.

/first time ever posting a picture here
//forgive me if I fail

/why yes, yes I am technologically challenged
//and old, I'll get over it
 
2013-06-28 03:00:52 PM  
*sigh* ok I will go home now

Chunk'll forgive me almost anything.
 
2013-06-28 03:40:00 PM  
i358.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-28 03:58:03 PM  

poot42: [i358.photobucket.com image 850x637]


Chunk's cute. Big paw dramarama. Here's Tommy:

i1126.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-28 05:31:47 PM  

Magic_Button: Why would the cat talk to you or respect you ?

Your a poop thief. You go in go in and steal their nicely buried turds and take them who knows where , probably selling them on the street , that where you go during the day isn't it ? Your so called "job", probably a cat poop exchange where you buy and sell cat poop and speculate on cat poop futures while he the cat who provides all this luxury for you that you steal right from under him and leave the cat  is stuck in this prison . you slave drive cat poop thieving human .


oh god that's the funniest thing I've heard all week, and I needed that, thanks
/cat poop exchange
//cat poop futures
 
2013-06-28 08:56:52 PM  

haolegirl: syzygy whizz: cptjeff: syzygy whizz: *cat stuff*
Crazy, I work at a vet's office and never once have we expressed a cat's butt!!


Lucky you.

They do get blocked anal glands however...apparently it's pretty painful for them.
They don't drag their butts like dogs will, but it can make them very crabby and aggressive.
 
2013-06-28 09:07:41 PM  

Chrome Armadillo: Magic_Button: Why would the cat talk to you or respect you ?

Your a poop thief. You go in go in and steal their nicely buried turds and take them who knows where , probably selling them on the street , that where you go during the day isn't it ? Your so called "job", probably a cat poop exchange where you buy and sell cat poop and speculate on cat poop futures while he the cat who provides all this luxury for you that you steal right from under him and leave the cat  is stuck in this prison . you slave drive cat poop thieving human .

I think you're onto something there. Mine gets angry when I clean out his litterbox. He's really territorial about it. I have to do it when he's asleep, or he'll keep getting between me and the box, meowing and pushing me away from it. As soon as I'm done he jumps in it and pees.


I'm seeing a trend here.

I'll clean out the boxes, and if one of the cats observes this, they will immediately jump into the box. Even if they have to WRING those kidneys to get a couple drops they will...PEE...IN...THE...BOX!

The look I get when I then scoop up that tiny clump is epically dirty.  >:-D
 
2013-06-29 05:48:59 AM  

Magic_Button: Why would the cat talk to you or respect you ?

Your a poop thief. You go in go in and steal their nicely buried turds and take them who knows where , probably selling them on the street , that where you go during the day isn't it ? Your so called "job", probably a cat poop exchange where you buy and sell cat poop and speculate on cat poop futures while he the cat who provides all this luxury for you that you steal right from under him and leave the cat  is stuck in this prison . you slave drive cat poop thieving human .


randomoverload.net
 
2013-06-29 05:54:25 AM  

poot42: *sigh* ok I will go home now

Chunk'll forgive me almost anything.


Chunk is gorgeous! Join us in the caturday threads sometime :)
 
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