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2013-08-12 08:19:29 PM
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2013-08-12 08:21:10 PM
Your blog needs more swearing.
 
2013-08-12 08:22:42 PM
imgs.xkcd.com

By taking advantage of this
 
2013-08-12 08:27:56 PM
Cats are barely more domesticated than a well raised raccoon.
 
2013-08-12 08:30:54 PM
Cats might be the most useless pet ever.
 
2013-08-12 08:32:34 PM
I'm going with Egyptians to prevent rats from eating all their grain reserves.

/dnrtfa
 
2013-08-12 08:33:28 PM

sprgrss: Cats might be the most useless pet ever.


I'm going with parakeets on that one.
 
2013-08-12 08:33:44 PM
Dogs will kill and die for you.

Cats are just waiting around for you to slip and fall and break a leg so that they can kill you at their leisure and treat your dying corpse like a buffet.  In the meantime, get with the belly rubbings and kitty treats, biatches.
 
2013-08-12 08:34:05 PM

Smackledorfer: Cats are barely more domesticated than a well raised raccoon.


No kidding.

My neighbors down the street feed the feral cats.

One of them just had kittens, and has attacked three people, and nearly got a 4 year old little girl as well.

It got into my garage last Friday with the last of the uncaptured kittens, and bit my wife.

Animal control came and got it for us, and it is under quarantine for 15 days to see if it has rabies.

The do Trap, Neuter/Spay, Release though, so it might be back in the neighborhood in 3 weeks....

We have zero mice in the neighborhood though.
 
2013-08-12 08:35:53 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: sprgrss: Cats might be the most useless pet ever.

I'm going with parakeets on that one.


Sea monkeys.
 
2013-08-12 08:38:44 PM

Lets Not Make This Hard: AverageAmericanGuy: sprgrss: Cats might be the most useless pet ever.

I'm going with parakeets on that one.

Sea monkeys.


Fish. Hell, any aquatic creature. If you can't pet it it's not a "pet".
 
2013-08-12 08:41:12 PM

meat0918: Smackledorfer: Cats are barely more domesticated than a well raised raccoon.

No kidding.

My neighbors down the street feed the feral cats.

One of them just had kittens, and has attacked three people, and nearly got a 4 year old little girl as well.

It got into my garage last Friday with the last of the uncaptured kittens, and bit my wife.

Animal control came and got it for us, and it is under quarantine for 15 days to see if it has rabies.

The do Trap, Neuter/Spay, Release though, so it might be back in the neighborhood in 3 weeks....

We have zero mice in the neighborhood though.


Yes because it's better to die from tularemia, plague, hantavirus or Omsk hemorrhagic fever than it is to not be a farking dick to a cat.
 
2013-08-12 08:41:21 PM

sprgrss: Cats might be the most useless pet ever.


Any reptile.
 
2013-08-12 08:41:54 PM

fusillade762: Lets Not Make This Hard: AverageAmericanGuy: sprgrss: Cats might be the most useless pet ever.

I'm going with parakeets on that one.

Sea monkeys.

Fish. Hell, any aquatic creature. If you can't pet it it's not a "pet".


Goldfish learn to recognize people who feed them, will come when they're called, and will nibble your finger. Not really a pet, but better than a rock. Most useless pet, modern edition, is a horse. Who actually needs a horse? You can ride around on them, but 99 percent of the time, that's just for entertainment, just like playing with a cat and a laser pointer. And cats are way cheaper.
 
2013-08-12 08:42:02 PM
In the last half hour, the neighbour's calico invited herself in through out patio doors and proceeded to roam through our house as though inspecting a new apartment while I followed her. What the hell, cat? Our cat regularly kicks your ass almost every day.
 
2013-08-12 08:43:31 PM
The author of that tiresome piece seems to think that he's a writer for Cracked.com
 
2013-08-12 08:44:42 PM

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: meat0918: Smackledorfer: Cats are barely more domesticated than a well raised raccoon.

No kidding.

My neighbors down the street feed the feral cats.

One of them just had kittens, and has attacked three people, and nearly got a 4 year old little girl as well.

It got into my garage last Friday with the last of the uncaptured kittens, and bit my wife.

Animal control came and got it for us, and it is under quarantine for 15 days to see if it has rabies.

The do Trap, Neuter/Spay, Release though, so it might be back in the neighborhood in 3 weeks....

We have zero mice in the neighborhood though.

Yes because it's better to die from tularemia, plague, hantavirus or Omsk hemorrhagic fever than it is to not be a farking dick to a cat.


Damned if you do, damned if you don't.  Feral cats can carry human communicable diseases too.

TNR is a hell of a lot cheaper than killing cats over and over and over though.
 
2013-08-12 08:44:43 PM
Has problem with that
 
2013-08-12 08:45:46 PM

nickerj1: I'm going with Egyptians to prevent rats from eating all their grain reserves.

/dnrtfa


I think the Japanese were pretty fond of cats and foxes for the same reason.
 
2013-08-12 08:47:19 PM

sprgrss: Cats might be the most useless pet ever.


Unless you live in an area infested with mice.
 
2013-08-12 08:48:08 PM
I'm reading this thread as Sir Robin is trying to climb up on Mrs. Samurai and nurse.

Sir Cumference is 8 years old and ~32 pounds.
 
2013-08-12 08:48:46 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: sprgrss: Cats might be the most useless pet ever.

I'm going with parakeets on that one.


My old roommate's venomous rattlesnake wins that competition.
 
2013-08-12 08:50:06 PM

nickerj1: I'm going with Egyptians to prevent rats from eating all their grain reserves.

/dnrtfa


THIS

But to be a bit more specific and I think what subby and TFA might be trying to say is that it was a slow process of mutual acceptance rather than a forced capturing and training of animals.  Makes since considering cats and ferrets are the only non-social domesticated animals we've got.  We still don't establish ourselves as "leader of the herd" over cats like we others.
 
2013-08-12 08:50:40 PM
It's because they sound like us.

Babies crying.

Hello.
 
2013-08-12 08:51:30 PM

Ed Grubermann: sprgrss: Cats might be the most useless pet ever.

Unless you live in an area infested with mice.


Where I used to live on the East Coast, the mice would all get into people's houses once the weather turned bitter cold. A lot of people had cats just to keep the rodent hordes out.
 
2013-08-12 08:51:48 PM
D) Toxoplasma Gondii brain parasite makes humans love kitty cat

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-08-12 08:51:51 PM

sprgrss: Cats might be the most useless pet ever.


Our house connects to our neighbors' house, separated only by concrete. Our landlord let's us have pets, our neighbors' does not. We have a cat. Guess which house had some rats?
 
2013-08-12 08:54:26 PM

UNC_Samurai: I'm reading this thread as Sir Robin is trying to climb up on Mrs. Samurai and nurse.

Sir Cumference is 8 years old and ~32 pounds.


I thought my cat was big at 22lbs.

She ballooned after being spayed.
 
2013-08-12 08:57:01 PM
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Women inherit the earth.
 
2013-08-12 08:57:12 PM

StoPPeRmobile: It's because they sound like us.

Babies crying.

Hello.


My baby sounds like a badger growling.
 
2013-08-12 08:57:17 PM
I wasn't sure if this would be worth it since this was a Tumblr link, but I figured it might still be good. Then I saw huge bricks of questions marks in every paragraph and bailed.
 
2013-08-12 08:59:50 PM

sprgrss: Cats might be the most useless pet ever.


I noticed that as our cat aged out of actively hunting, the number of insects and mice in the house increased. That's not a coincidence.
 
2013-08-12 09:00:05 PM
My parents had a cat hanging around their house who looked like she was about to starve to death. They started feeding her and she got really big. Pregnant big. Had 6 kittens in their neighbor's crawl space. Well that summer it was insanely hot, about 95 degrees and my parents were worried it was too hot under there. Neighbors said they were calling animal control anyway. My sister crawls under, grabs this untamed cat, and then crawls back twice more to get all of the kittens. They are all moved inside my parents house.

Long story short, she is the absolutely sweetest most affectionate, people-loving, chilled out cat there is now and her kittens are all sweet little angels. I ended up with two of them and they love everyone who visits me (annoying children and all), they love my dog, they will not bite or scratch when I clip their nails or clean their ears, they come when I call, they pretty much just go limp when I pick them up.

Cats are domesticated. The cat up thread who is attacking people sounds rabid or like a feral cat cornered by people. Same things feral dogs do when you corner them/their puppies.
 
2013-08-12 09:01:25 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: sprgrss: Cats might be the most useless pet ever.

I'm going with parakeets on that one.


fish. fish are the most useless pets.
 
2013-08-12 09:02:41 PM

meat0918: Smackledorfer: Cats are barely more domesticated than a well raised raccoon.

No kidding.

My neighbors down the street feed the feral cats.

One of them just had kittens, and has attacked three people, and nearly got a 4 year old little girl as well.

It got into my garage last Friday with the last of the uncaptured kittens, and bit my wife.

Animal control came and got it for us, and it is under quarantine for 15 days to see if it has rabies.

The do Trap, Neuter/Spay, Release though, so it might be back in the neighborhood in 3 weeks....

We have zero mice in the neighborhood though.


As someone who volunteers with a organization that does this, there is an additional reason besides pest control.  Cat colonies can be very territorial as mentioned in the article.   Get rid of the current cats and more will just replace them.  Fix, vaccinate and return them, they will defend their territory against unfixed and vaccinated ferals.   We go in every year and re-trap trap the colony, fix any new animals we find and vaccinate them all.  It's safer for the residents and actually does a good job of keeping the cat populations under control in residential areas.
 
2013-08-12 09:04:44 PM

FunkOut: Ed Grubermann: sprgrss: Cats might be the most useless pet ever.

Unless you live in an area infested with mice.

Where I used to live on the East Coast, the mice would all get into people's houses once the weather turned bitter cold. A lot of people had cats just to keep the rodent hordes out.

FunkOut: In the last half hour, the neighbour's calico invited herself in through out patio doors and proceeded to roam through our house as though inspecting a new apartment while I followed her. What the hell, cat? Our cat regularly kicks your ass almost every day.


We had a cat do that once. Came in through the dog door, just wandered around. Nobody had ever seen that cat before, and I think we wound up figuring out that it lived about a block away. Our cat was wandering somewhere else in the neighborhood at the time, so we didn't get to see that confrontation. The dog, of course, was fast asleep through the entire thing, vigilant sentinel that she is.
 
2013-08-12 09:07:42 PM
I saw an episode of Nature which claimed the same thing about dogs. We didn't domesticate them, wolves decided that hanging around humans was good for scavenging food.
 
2013-08-12 09:09:30 PM

mbillips: fusillade762: Lets Not Make This Hard: AverageAmericanGuy: sprgrss: Cats might be the most useless pet ever.

I'm going with parakeets on that one.

Sea monkeys.

Fish. Hell, any aquatic creature. If you can't pet it it's not a "pet".

Goldfish learn to recognize people who feed them, will come when they're called, and will nibble your finger. Not really a pet, but better than a rock. Most useless pet, modern edition, is a horse. Who actually needs a horse? You can ride around on them, but 99 percent of the time, that's just for entertainment, just like playing with a cat and a laser pointer. And cats are way cheaper.


I don't have to convince/pay anyone to feed my rock when I'm on vacation.

As for horses, I'm selling my place in horse country.  The buyers were so excited to see people riding horses and plan to get one of their own.  My mom used to ride her horse to school occasionally.

As far as cats go, they're my preference in pets.  Self-cleaning and they don't take crap.  Don't give it what it wants and it'll find a neighbor who will.
 
2013-08-12 09:13:04 PM

icyubnvs: D) Toxoplasma Gondii brain parasite makes humans love kitty cat


Toxiplasmosis also has been found to make women slutty and promiscuous, and men depressed and miserable.

Like beer.

Therefore it's good.
 
2013-08-12 09:22:39 PM

icyubnvs: D) Toxoplasma Gondii brain parasite makes humans love kitty cat

[upload.wikimedia.org image 640x392]


Yes, because early humans loved nothing more than being in close proximity to cat shiat.
 
2013-08-12 09:23:26 PM

nickerj1: I'm going with Egyptians Sumerians letting kittehs hang around to prevent rats from eating all their grain reserves and then the Egyptians going full-on Japanese with the kitty concept.

/dnrtfa


FTFY--and did RTFA, which actually fits VERY well with what I know of kitteh ethology and the latest theories on how cats self-domesticated.  (Incidentially, that in and of itself is pretty special--dogs may be the only other species to have truly self-domesticated in a similar manner.)

I particularly do like how they noted that feral cat colonies in urban areas are starting to trend towards the same sorts of social behaviours that lions have (and that machairodont cats like Smilodon probably had, too)...kittenish traits do tend to help kittehs get along better with each other.

(The one new bit of kitteh ethology in the article was how apparently marking behaviour in a social context IS sexualised behaviour that has become a group-bonding expression--rather odd thinking of feral cat colonies as being the feline equivalents of bonobos, but I can see it, having witnessed it in the local clowder of ferals.)

/y yes, this IS actually kind of relevant to my interests, being a biogeek that loves kittehs
 
2013-08-12 09:26:37 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: icyubnvs: D) Toxoplasma Gondii brain parasite makes humans love kitty cat

[upload.wikimedia.org image 640x392]

Yes, because early humans loved nothing more than being in close proximity to cat shiat.


I'm guessing early humans got their Toxoplasma Gondii from undercooked infected meat and NOT cat shiat. So I have no idea what icyubnvs is talking about.
 
2013-08-12 09:29:26 PM
Heee. I loves it.
 
2013-08-12 09:30:06 PM

picturescrazy: sprgrss: Cats might be the most useless pet ever.

Our house connects to our neighbors' house, separated only by concrete. Our landlord let's us have pets, our neighbors' does not. We have a cat. Guess which house had some rats?


Sounds like you need to move to out of the slums.
 
2013-08-12 09:31:32 PM

FunkOut: In the last half hour, the neighbour's calico invited herself in through out patio doors and proceeded to roam through our house as though inspecting a new apartment while I followed her. What the hell, cat? Our cat regularly kicks your ass almost every day.


Cats are naturally curious about things. Like humans.

It's one of their few appealing traits.
 
2013-08-12 09:33:41 PM
Are we posting pictures of our cats here?
i.imgur.com
 
2013-08-12 09:35:36 PM

sprgrss: Cats might be the most useless pet ever.


Cats make the best pets.
 
2013-08-12 09:37:25 PM
Bearded lizards, snakes, big toads and frogs are the most useless pets ever. They should be left where they belong, in the desert/swamp where they came out of.
 
2013-08-12 09:38:02 PM
If it is not Siamese it is not worth keeping
 
2013-08-12 09:38:42 PM

sprgrss: picturescrazy: sprgrss: Cats might be the most useless pet ever.

Our house connects to our neighbors' house, separated only by concrete. Our landlord let's us have pets, our neighbors' does not. We have a cat. Guess which house had some rats?

Sounds like you need to move to out of the slums.


True, but my point stands.
 
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