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2014-01-12 01:15:54 AM  
it's true.
 
2014-01-12 01:42:40 AM  
My cat does not think of me as non-hostile.

He thinks of me as his ally in his never ending battle to repel neighborhood cats, dogs, raccoons, squirrels, foxes, bobcats, great horned owls, and other assorted vermin from using his dirt baths, gravel baths, and litter boxes.
 
2014-01-12 02:00:03 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: My cat does not think of me as non-hostile.

He thinks of me as his ally in his never ending battle to repel neighborhood cats, dogs, raccoons, squirrels, foxes, bobcats, great horned owls, and other assorted vermin from using his dirt baths, gravel baths, and litter boxes.


i like you. that's why your posts are green.
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2014-01-12 02:11:06 AM  
This is true. I have more cat related books than I'd like to admit.

Most of them my woman bought, but I read them also.

And anyone who says "cats are dumb" has never been owned by a cat. We're on our second batch of rescues, the first lived to 18 and 19.
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2014-01-12 02:12:58 AM  
Oh, and yes, the kittens get table scraps and eat what we do, in addition to their normal food.
 
2014-01-12 02:21:46 AM  

FNG: Oh, and yes, the kittens get table scraps and eat what we do, in addition to their normal food.


mine are fairly particular. the oldest one goes wild for seafood, especially shrimps. the siamese female...really only eats her dry food. but the big fat scottish fold...anything creamy...yougurt, sourcream, butter. he also will try to eat anything that moves. carrot tops, onion ends, and garlic peels. idiot.
 
2014-01-12 02:26:37 AM  

some_beer_drinker: i like you. that's why your posts are green.


Me too, buddy.  Only yours are beer colored.
 
2014-01-12 03:04:41 AM  
And when your feline friend brings you the occasional dead rodent or half-eaten insect, it's not a gift or an attempt to feed you.

Your cat simply wants a safe place to eat his kill. When he bites into his catch, he realizes the food you provide tastes better, so he leaves the remains of the prey behind.


I'm not sure I buy that.

"finally got that mouse! *crunch crunch* wait a minute...that really big cat who keeps trying to put lipstick on my butthole will probably give me friskies later on....meh...this mouse sucks..."
 
2014-01-12 03:43:42 AM  
My remaining cat dropped a live mouse on my forehead while I was sleeping six years ago, and to this day I'm unsure about whether or not he was showing me how to hunt or telling me to fark off.  One thing is for sure, I didn't sleep in the bedroom again until that mouse was caught.  I briefly toyed with idea of not feeding the cat until he learned mice were food, but my wife nixed it.
 
2014-01-12 04:16:51 AM  
My outside orange cat I've never met just likes the food I put out for him/her. I don't know if it belongs to someone or was just dumped by some typical city person. It needs to stop farking with my quail friends.
 
2014-01-12 07:11:11 AM  
My cat thinks of me as a chair that pets it and produces miracle food.
 
2014-01-12 07:21:32 AM  
FNG:
And anyone who says "cats are dumb" has never been owned by a cat. We're on our second batch of rescues, the first lived to 18 and 19.

I've known some pretty dumb cats.  Fortunately, none of them were mine.

The dumbest cat I ever had was still smart enough to figure out how to open screen doors and sliding windows.
 
2014-01-12 07:22:13 AM  
i got that book for christmas

perhaps i should read it
 
2014-01-12 07:22:23 AM  
The provision of food is the only thing that prevents cats murdering us for our antics.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-12 07:24:12 AM  

Mister Peejay: FNG:
And anyone who says "cats are dumb" has never been owned by a cat. We're on our second batch of rescues, the first lived to 18 and 19.

I've known some pretty dumb cats.  Fortunately, none of them were mine.


Stupid cats have the highest entertainment value. One of my friends has one that is convinced her own tail is some sort of evil parasite and constantly tries to kill it.
 
2014-01-12 07:24:45 AM  
Mine considers me to be a bed and a machine to scratch his back.
Occasionally he will gift me with half of a mouse. So should I eat it to keep from offending him?
 
2014-01-12 07:26:03 AM  
If cats were the same size as people, they would consider us prey.
 
2014-01-12 07:28:10 AM  

Catlenfell: If cats were the same size as people, they would consider us prey.


oddstuffmagazine.com

What do you mean by "If"?
 
2014-01-12 07:32:13 AM  
My ex-owner (passed on a few years back)  mostly thought of me as a petting machine, at least those times  she was awake and not ignoring me. A couple times a day she would think of me as the magician. Or should I say The Magician! because of the miracle of can-opening-hands.
 
2014-01-12 07:33:43 AM  

log_jammin: And when your feline friend brings you the occasional dead rodent or half-eaten insect, it's not a gift or an attempt to feed you.

Your cat simply wants a safe place to eat his kill. When he bites into his catch, he realizes the food you provide tastes better, so he leaves the remains of the prey behind.

I'm not sure I buy that.

"finally got that mouse! *crunch crunch* wait a minute...that really big cat who keeps trying to put lipstick on my butthole will probably give me friskies later on....meh...this mouse sucks..."


yeah, i don't buy it either. my kitty loves to kill a feathery bird toy, and i often find it left in or next to my bed, which i assume is a gift/tribute

unless she's just vainly hoping for playtime while i'm asleep

i.imgur.com

/never wanted a pet, but she wouldn't leave me alone when i was at the shelter with a friend and i couldnt resist
 
2014-01-12 07:43:19 AM  
Depends on the cat and the person. My cats see everyone else in the house as other cats. They see me as a magical being. Here's why :

Everyone in the house shares cat care duties except litter box cleaning. For some reason I'm the only person who does it on a regular basis. Cats fully understand providing food, grooming and affection. They do that naturally. However, I make the poopies disappear. Cats instinctively bury their waste, but they know it's still there. Making poop vanish to them is a godlike power. It's something beyond there abilities. That makes me their favorite.
 
2014-01-12 07:45:32 AM  
My cat sees me as a giant squeaky toy.

/Grab the human's toes under while he sleeps and he'll make funny noises.
 
2014-01-12 07:50:18 AM  
"Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods."

--Christopher Hitchens
 
2014-01-12 07:54:50 AM  

log_jammin: And when your feline friend brings you the occasional dead rodent or half-eaten insect, it's not a gift or an attempt to feed you.
Your cat simply wants a safe place to eat his kill. When he bites into his catch, he realizes the food you provide tastes better, so he leaves the remains of the prey behind.

I'm not sure I buy that.

"finally got that mouse! *crunch crunch* wait a minute...that really big cat who keeps trying to put lipstick on my butthole will probably give me friskies later on....meh...this mouse sucks..."


Yeah, I was fine with the article until I got to that part.

I was also fine with your comment until I got to the part about lipstick and buttholes. What the hell?
 
2014-01-12 07:55:19 AM  

big pig peaches: Depends on the cat and the person. My cats see everyone else in the house as other cats. They see me as a magical being. Here's why :

Everyone in the house shares cat care duties except litter box cleaning. For some reason I'm the only person who does it on a regular basis. Cats fully understand providing food, grooming and affection. They do that naturally. However, I make the poopies disappear. Cats instinctively bury their waste, but they know it's still there. Making poop vanish to them is a godlike power. It's something beyond there abilities. That makes me their favorite.


How do they know you're the one who does it?
 
2014-01-12 07:57:54 AM  

Rocket To Russia: log_jammin: And when your feline friend brings you the occasional dead rodent or half-eaten insect, it's not a gift or an attempt to feed you.
Your cat simply wants a safe place to eat his kill. When he bites into his catch, he realizes the food you provide tastes better, so he leaves the remains of the prey behind.

I'm not sure I buy that.

"finally got that mouse! *crunch crunch* wait a minute...that really big cat who keeps trying to put lipstick on my butthole will probably give me friskies later on....meh...this mouse sucks..."

Yeah, I was fine with the article until I got to that part.

I was also fine with your comment until I got to the part about lipstick and buttholes. What the hell?


It was a legendary Fark thread.
 
2014-01-12 08:00:47 AM  
sundriedtomatoe.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-01-12 08:00:50 AM  

Rocket To Russia: I was also fine with your comment until I got to the part about lipstick and buttholes. What the hell?


You don't know about the lipstick on the cat's butthole to see if it will leave butthole prints thread? It's right up there with the ballsack conundrum.
 
2014-01-12 08:00:52 AM  

Nogale: big pig peaches: Depends on the cat and the person. My cats see everyone else in the house as other cats. They see me as a magical being. Here's why :

Everyone in the house shares cat care duties except litter box cleaning. For some reason I'm the only person who does it on a regular basis. Cats fully understand providing food, grooming and affection. They do that naturally. However, I make the poopies disappear. Cats instinctively bury their waste, but they know it's still there. Making poop vanish to them is a godlike power. It's something beyond there abilities. That makes me their favorite.

How do they know you're the one who does it?


My cats swarm me like circling sharks when I'm changing the boxes. So guessing "vision". My dog meanwhile is just hoping to catch a stray poo to snack on. Sick farker.
 
2014-01-12 08:03:16 AM  

Nogale: big pig peaches: Depends on the cat and the person. My cats see everyone else in the house as other cats. They see me as a magical being. Here's why :

Everyone in the house shares cat care duties except litter box cleaning. For some reason I'm the only person who does it on a regular basis. Cats fully understand providing food, grooming and affection. They do that naturally. However, I make the poopies disappear. Cats instinctively bury their waste, but they know it's still there. Making poop vanish to them is a godlike power. It's something beyond there abilities. That makes me their favorite.

How do they know you're the one who does it?


They have eyes and ears. They always come to investigate when they hear scratching around in the litter.
 
2014-01-12 08:07:58 AM  
I've only ever actually seen my cat Smokey hunt and kill mice,her and my sister's mini schnauzer Ziggy got all of them. It was beautiful cause Smokey hates the shiat out of dogs,she attacked a pitbull once,yet they were working together to get those mice.
 
2014-01-12 08:19:26 AM  
i176.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-12 08:20:56 AM  
No they don't. They view you as their captor and are plotting to kill you. Just read their diary.
 
2014-01-12 08:22:09 AM  
I don't own a cat but compared to most of the whargarbl articles related to pets that was a breath of fresh air that made biological sense. I might get this Cat Sense book for a friend.
 
2014-01-12 08:28:10 AM  
My cat knows that I think that he thinks of me as a big cat. And he's OK with it because that was the plan from the start.
 
2014-01-12 08:37:13 AM  
The conclusions reached in this study/article were beyond idiotic. For instance, they use the modern practices of spaying and neutering to dictate the long term genetic development regarding domestication. But those programs have existed on a wide scale only in the modern era. And cats, like dogs, have been bred for purpose, hence the wide variety of breeds. And the whole article reads like that, just this long winded denial of reality.
 
2014-01-12 08:38:40 AM  
Your cat knows that you are not another cat. You don't smell like a cat, look like a cat, act like a cat. But the cat only knows so many ways to behave, so many ways to show ownership or affection. It treats you like another cat because it doesn't have any other way to treat you.

CRtwenty: Catlenfell: If cats were the same size as people, they would consider us prey.

[oddstuffmagazine.com image 600x450]

What do you mean by "If"?


Depends(especially with lions)

Christian the Lion- Reunion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr1pWzoLvT8
 
2014-01-12 08:42:18 AM  
Unlike dogs, which have been bred for specific purposes, cats essentially domesticated themselveshumans.
 
2014-01-12 08:49:37 AM  

Jarhead_h: Your cat knows that you are not another cat. You don't smell like a cat, look like a cat, act like a cat. But the cat only knows so many ways to behave, so many ways to show ownership or affection. It treats you like another cat because it doesn't have any other way to treat you.

CRtwenty: Catlenfell: If cats were the same size as people, they would consider us prey.

[oddstuffmagazine.com image 600x450]

What do you mean by "If"?

Depends(especially with lions)

Christian the Lion- Reunion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr1pWzoLvT8


This is probably correct.

I've worked at a rescue and there are plenty of cats that hate other cats but like people or vice versa. Cats can differentiate species. That a cat treats human they like like cats is probably the most astute thing I have ever heard on the topic. You must be some kind of animal scientician.

Seriously, it's not cats treating us like cats, it cats just acting like cats. (or more like perma-kittens).
 
2014-01-12 08:49:41 AM  

Nogale: I was also fine with your comment until I got to the part about lipstick and buttholes. What the hell?


youmustbenewhere.jpg
 
2014-01-12 08:50:31 AM  
My Orange is an idiot, plain and simple..but the smartest, sweetest, most cunning and brutal idiot a cat could be..

Lost both his brothers when we moved from 'city' to BFE-here (really..  Last census I can find has the whole town a bit over 900 pop and ethnic breakdown includes 1 'african american' and 0.7 of 'asian' descent..  *0.7*..!!!  How the he11 do you get *that* figure..?!?!), over two years ago..and I was *certain* he was the one that rural life would kill inside a week..  Ghost and Silver were both gone within five months..  :/

He sees the two other humans in the house as adversaries..and they are..they actively dislike him, even though they were the two who brought the trio home as kittens..  Maybe they resent him for surviving..?  Dunno..  Mind you, they are not cruel to him and keep up with food, water and doing best can be done to make sure he's back inside on bad weather nites..  I honestly think they don't consciously realize I keep food and water for him up in my room (my bad, I meant "My Evil Operational Central Nexus of Pending Global Domination"), and I am not about to disabuse them of the notion..

The tortoises and fish are transparent to him.  No impact or attention at all.  Now, I understand it with the torts..they're just rocks that move a little faster than other rocks..but the fish..?  No clue..that was a bit of a surprise..

Now, the snake (up in my room)..?  He'll paw at her screen when she's out and active..pads only, no claws..  Really, she's far more aggressive towards him and I keep them apart fer the cat's safety..  ;P

Then come the dogs..two 90+lb Black Labs..father and son..  We got Orange when the dad was around 3 and before the son came on the scene..  He regards them as really big and stupid cats..that he's in charge of..  The elder treats him as an equal and the younger *tries* to treat him as a brother and a toy..  The 'toy' part is just 'bout when Orange sends the pup (Bandit) yipping away to contemplate his transgressions and nurse a sore nose..

Myself..?  That's a hard call..  I range from provider, defender, furniture, food source, skritchies on demand, warm mattress on a cold night, companion, servant, slave, litterbox maintenance technician, scratching post, sanctuary, etc, etc, etc..

Wow.  I've sure been talk'y the last 24..  Anyways, that's *my* cat..  :D
 
2014-01-12 08:51:55 AM  

VendorXeno: The conclusions reached in this study/article were beyond idiotic. For instance, they use the modern practices of spaying and neutering to dictate the long term genetic development regarding domestication. But those programs have existed on a wide scale only in the modern era. And cats, like dogs, have been bred for purpose, hence the wide variety of breeds. And the whole article reads like that, just this long winded denial of reality.


He may still be right, though. Feral cats are still around and available to many house cats for reproduction, and have been for centuries. I suspect it would have been much harder for a dog to find a wolf to mate with (or vice versa).

(Interesting project about the behaviour of house cats in an English village, that even the owners were sometimes unaware of:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22567526)
 
2014-01-12 08:54:49 AM  

big pig peaches: Nogale: big pig peaches: Depends on the cat and the person. My cats see everyone else in the house as other cats. They see me as a magical being. Here's why :

Everyone in the house shares cat care duties except litter box cleaning. For some reason I'm the only person who does it on a regular basis. Cats fully understand providing food, grooming and affection. They do that naturally. However, I make the poopies disappear. Cats instinctively bury their waste, but they know it's still there. Making poop vanish to them is a godlike power. It's something beyond there abilities. That makes me their favorite.

How do they know you're the one who does it?

They have eyes and ears. They always come to investigate when they hear scratching around in the litter.


My cats are too dumb to realize I'm cleaning the box. They probably think I'm using it. Ew.
 
2014-01-12 09:10:51 AM  

Derkins: big pig peaches: Nogale: big pig peaches: Depends on the cat and the person. My cats see everyone else in the house as other cats. They see me as a magical being. Here's why :

Everyone in the house shares cat care duties except litter box cleaning. For some reason I'm the only person who does it on a regular basis. Cats fully understand providing food, grooming and affection. They do that naturally. However, I make the poopies disappear. Cats instinctively bury their waste, but they know it's still there. Making poop vanish to them is a godlike power. It's something beyond there abilities. That makes me their favorite.

How do they know you're the one who does it?

They have eyes and ears. They always come to investigate when they hear scratching around in the litter.

My cats are too dumb to realize I'm cleaning the box. They probably think I'm using it. Ew.


Just use it once to freak the cats out then have someone else clean the box and post the video to youtube
 
2014-01-12 09:15:11 AM  

VendorXeno: The conclusions reached in this study/article were beyond idiotic. For instance, they use the modern practices of spaying and neutering to dictate the long term genetic development regarding domestication. But those programs have existed on a wide scale only in the modern era. And cats, like dogs, have been bred for purpose, hence the wide variety of breeds. And the whole article reads like that, just this long winded denial of reality.


I agree.
Dogs do the same thing (sniffing crotch/butts, submissive/dominant behavior, will howl if you play an instrument etc.). Cats and Dogs can just as easily be behaving this way because that's how they roll, not because they are doing the equivalent of anthropomorphizing you (animalization?).
 
2014-01-12 09:15:30 AM  
I refuse to accept that my 2 cats don't love me on some feline level.
that being said,
on that same feline level I fully expect to be faceless when the EMT's arrive after I die of a heart attack.
 
2014-01-12 09:15:37 AM  
your feline friend likely thinks of you not as a parent, but as "a larger, non-hostile cat."

Needs an explanation for neotenic behaviour like meowing.
 
2014-01-12 09:19:23 AM  
Derkins:

My cats are too dumb to realize I'm cleaning the box. They probably think I'm using it. Ew.

One of my cats would freak out easily if he saw an unfamiliar cat in the yard.  He'd slink down low and his tail would poof out dramatically.

To this day, I still laugh at the thought of how he might react if I took a dump in his litterbox and buried it for him to find later.  "OMG what in this house DID THAT? WTF!!!"
 
2014-01-12 09:19:34 AM  
My cats think of me as a god.
Unfortunately, they're all atheist.
 
2014-01-12 09:31:07 AM  

Mister Peejay: Derkins:

My cats are too dumb to realize I'm cleaning the box. They probably think I'm using it. Ew.

One of my cats would freak out easily if he saw an unfamiliar cat in the yard.  He'd slink down low and his tail would poof out dramatically.

To this day, I still laugh at the thought of how he might react if I took a dump in his litterbox and buried it for him to find later.  "OMG what in this house DID THAT? WTF!!!"


I thought about that once too, except half the time my big orange hair monster leaves turds bigger than my own.
 
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