I don't think they're lonely either. With the exception of lions, all cats
are solitary critters. They're quite content to be alone. That doesn't mean,
as you said, that they're not glad to see you. Heck, Dewey (book by the same
name) even took to waving "good morning" to the first arriving library
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Aw, that's sweet! Of our 5 cats, 2 are females and 3 are males. Both the
females (the oldest and youngest of the whole bunch) are quite aloof and
can't be bothered with the other 3. One of the three males is older than
the other two. When the latter were introduced to the household as
kittens, the older male took over their "care", and the 3 are inseparable.
It's not uncommon to see 2 of the 3 or all 3 playing or sleeping together.
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Like I need an excuse? Eff up my body chemistry with expen$ive shots,
just for the opportunity to spend even more money providing a home for
an ungrateful animal I may see a few hours a week? I think not. And I
say that is somebody who LIKES cats, and grew up in house with them. The
allergies didn't come along until late teenage years, when I somehow got
sensitized to cats. Scratch tests, which they often insist on before the
shots, sometimes make you allergic to stuff you were not allergic to
before. Not an urban legend- I've know people that it happened to. One
of the things that made me decide avoiding the source was the simplest cure.
Litter boxes are disgusting, and one of the best arguments against
'inside only' cats. Yes, people, they DO stink to high heaven. Your nose
is just numb from overexposure. Basic sanitation keeps the vermin under
control with no problem, thank you. I sublet an apartment once from
someone who had cats. A month later, I realized the place was infested
with fleas. Had to do some nasty chemical warfare to clear that up, not
to mention a lot of tedious cleaning of my stuff before I could move
Companionship and 'needing to be needed' does have therapeutic value,
agreed. But a cat or dog as a surrogate child or spouse is just sad. I
assume you have read the studies that claim house animals suffer from
arrested social development, and are stuck at the dog or cat equivalent
of about a fifth-grader?
Dream on. There is little more expensive than a 'free' kitten or puppy.
Although, as a kid, we sometimes built multi-level kitten mazes out of
the scrap wood pile, and tried to guess what hole they would come out of.
I've seen some of those old, crippled-by-age indoor cats. They sure
don't look like they are having much fun. My sister has one that tries
to crawl into the fireplace every time they build a fire. They think he
just wants to get warm. I think he wants to end it all. Like I said
before, yes, inside-only cats live longer. As to feral cats, infant
mortality skews the numbers low- if they survive to adulthood, they can
easily last a lot longer. I think there is a happy medium, where you let
a cat have some outside time, and make it crap outside, but make it want
to come back inside by treating it nice and feeding it. Basically,
unless you have a large-enough yard, and don't live near heavy traffic,
you really aren't set up to have a cat. People in apartments or on tiny
urban lots really can't provide a proper range for a cat, much less a dog.
As far as I am concerned, declawing should be considered animal cruelty,
and it should be a breach of professional ethics for vets to offer that
as a service. Would you like having your fingers and toes lopped off at
the first joint?
Like I said, I LIKE cats and dogs. I like them too much to impose my
world on them.
If the doc insists on a scratch test, tell him "no" and ask him for a
referral to a doctor that takes into account the patient's desires.
I used to put all manner of strange - and possibly hurtful - concoctions
into my body for the unrequited pleasure of being with my wife; she insisted
I eat what she prepared. Part of the deal was that I spend enormous sums to
provide a home for an ungrateful animal I only saw a few hours a week.
I can appreciate your evaluation of the stupidity of the arrangement.
There are alternatives for the fastidious. One is "LitterRobot." I've got
one and it works swell. Another is to train the kitty to use the commode.
On Wed, 31 Dec 2008 20:13:10 -0500, gfretwell wrote:
I strongly agree. If you want to domesticate a small animal it should be
in a humans care and control. Dog, Cat, Mouse, Rat, Raccoon, Birds what
ever once you domesticate it you are responsible for it's care. Never
again should it become someone else's pest. Love it, or find it another
loving home, or put it down mercifully.
I set a Hav-A-Hart to trap a groundhog. Instead, the next day I found
a possum stuffed completely inside the trap with no room. The possum
was square-shaped with the fur coming out all sides of the trap. I
opened the trap from both sides but the animal was stuck. I pushed
his butt with a toilet plunger, he came out of the trap on the other
side then quietly walked away. Came across to me like a stupid
Jeeze! That must have been one huge opossum, I thought they were about the
same size as a groundhog...
'Course I've only seen one groundhog in the fur. While visiting the Audubon
Society of Western Pennsylvania Sanctuary and Nature trails, I was
introduced to Harriet, their semi-pet groundhog. I told the executive
director that we didn't have groundhogs in my part of Texas, but we did have
"Tell ya what," I offered, "I'll trade you an armadillo for a groundhog!"
"Good God NO!" shuddered the Audubon guy, "Can you imagine what would happen
to the granny-ladies walking our bird-watching trails if an armadillo
waddled out in front of them?"
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