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Rrhain
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Message 27 of 275 (110317)
05-25-2004 3:26 AM


The idea that cats are vicious, snarling creatures while dogs are wonderful, adoring pets simply haven't found the right cats and haven't been playing with most dogs.

My cat, Qatt (pronounced "cat"), was the most adorable cat in the world. The Lenny of the cat world...weighed about 20 pounds. Not fat...huge. He could easily stand up on his hind legs, put his forepaws on the table, and take a look around.

But the sweetest cat in the world. He loved you, he loved me, he loved linoleum. Every visitor would have him flop down on their feet, belly up, begging to be petted.

My parents first Boston Terrier, on the other hand, was extremely anti-social. Of course, she also realized that as a Boston Terrier, she wasn't that big (my cat was bigger than her) and thus she was going to defend the house from over here. The house had a circular track and the dog on more than one occasion, having barked at the visitor from the living room, would then go around through the dining room, dinette, family, back to the hall so she could approach from behind, sniff his heel, and bark anew.

This was quite different from their second Boston Terrier who, like my cat, loved everyone. Loved others so much that if she got out of the yard, calling her wouldn't bring her back if there was anybody else around. Better to play with the stranger.

Too, my parents' cat was fairly aloof. Whereas my cat loved playing, she was much more content to sit and snooze. Of course, she also took pleasure in torturing the dogs...at one point being very careful to sneak up behind one while she was eating, take a good swipe at her rump on one side, only to disappear the other way so that the dog had no idea what happened.

I'd love to have a dog, but my life doesn't really allow me to. I live in a condo with no yard and am often gone for 12 hours at a time. A cat, even a needy, clingy cat like mine, can handle that. Leave out food and water and they're smart enough not to eat it all in one sitting. A dog, however, is going to need more attention lest it act out its loneliness by chewing and digging everything.


Rrhain
WWJD? JWRTFM!
    
Rrhain
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Message 73 of 275 (423190)
09-20-2007 4:38 AM


My parents had four dogs over the years. Two pugs: Sotchie and her daughter, Fidget. We then got a purebred cat: a blue-cream Himalayan named Wakyweed's Lady Tamsyn of Thailand (yes, she had papers) and then came the two Boston Terriers: Nugget and Sassy.

When I was in the middle grades, I had a couple gerbils, Fred and George (and I should point out that this was decades before Ms. Rowling came along...think I could claim "prior art"?) and a black mouse, Kevin.

When I started living on my own, I had a cat, rescued from the pound for ten bucks. There were only a few cats up for adoption at the time, and there was a cold going around the cattery. A couple were sacked out from exhaustion. One had a vendetta against the world, growling and hissing when you approached the cage, and to see him, you could see why: A chunk had been taken out of his nose and ear. But the last one, even though he had the cold, summoned the strength to come up to the bars, shove his head against them, and meow plaintively: "Take me home! I don't like it here!" Good enough for me.

By the time I realized that his named was "Ivan" (from Peter and the Wolf as Ivan the Cat wasn't that smart and neither was mine), we had been calling him "Cat" for so long that it stuck and I ended up respelling it "Qatt."

He was the Lenny of the cat world: Big, dumb, innocent. He was gigantic...20 pounds and not because he was fat but because he was huge. He could easily stand on his hind paws, put his front paws on the dining room table, and easily look to see what was there. Whenever I had to kennel him, I had to prove that he was, indeed, a regular cat and not a wild animal.

And he loved everything. He loved you, he loved me, he loved linoleum. Stranger to the house? No problem: Flop down at your feet: I love you! Pet me! For those who say they hate cats because they're aloof, they never met Qatt. I couldn't go anywhere in the house without him following me. You'd think he was a dog. He came when he was called, he chased his tail, he played fetch. Now, he eventually realized he was a cat and give you the look of, "OK...I keep running down the hall to give this back to you...if you don't want it, I'm not going to keep getting it," but for a while, he was into it. But, it was easy to get him his exercise. I'd sit at one end of the place and a friend would sit at the other. "C'mere Qatt! C'mere!" and he'd come dashing along, expecting the scritching. "C'mere Qatt! C'mere!"...dashing to the other end of the place to get his attention over there.

I'd love to have a dog...a great big dog as opposed to a little one, but I don't have a life that would allow it. A dog needs a yard I don't have and more attention than I have to give after work and rehearsal.


Rrhain

Thank you for your submission to Science. Your paper was reviewed by a jury of seventh graders so that they could look for balance and to allow them to make up their own minds. We are sorry to say that they found your paper "bogus," specifically describing the section on the laboratory work "boring." We regret that we will be unable to publish your work at this time.
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Rrhain
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Message 77 of 275 (423292)
09-21-2007 2:42 AM
Reply to: Message 74 by Taz
09-20-2007 1:05 PM


Tazmanius Devilus asks:

quote:
why the hell did they breed the certain breeds like the pugs and bull terriers?

Cuz people have issues.

I should point out that the current standard for purebreds is very different than what it was when my parents had their dogs. Take a look at the current Siamese, for example. Their faces are practically darts. They're nothing but long bones and pointy parts. But look back to the 50s, and they didn't look like that.

The pugs we had lived long lives.


Rrhain

Thank you for your submission to Science. Your paper was reviewed by a jury of seventh graders so that they could look for balance and to allow them to make up their own minds. We are sorry to say that they found your paper "bogus," specifically describing the section on the laboratory work "boring." We regret that we will be unable to publish your work at this time.
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Rrhain
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From: San Diego, CA, USA
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Message 105 of 275 (475317)
07-15-2008 4:10 AM
Reply to: Message 96 by Thugpreacha
02-03-2008 2:01 AM


Phat writes:

quote:
Toes? What the heck do toes have to do with cats? I thought they had claws!

[I know, it's months later]

As mentioned, a common mutation in cats is polydactyly. When I was an undergrad, a cat decided to use a friend's house to have her kittens and they kept one who had six toes.

We named her "Dactylic Hexameter."

Yeah, we're geeks.

I had a cat who thought he was a dog. He chased his tail, he came when he was called, he played fetch. It's been seven years, and I still haven't quite been able to bring myself to adopt another pet since I don't know if I can go through the pain of losing another one like him.


Rrhain

Thank you for your submission to Science. Your paper was reviewed by a jury of seventh graders so that they could look for balance and to allow them to make up their own minds. We are sorry to say that they found your paper "bogus," specifically describing the section on the laboratory work "boring." We regret that we will be unable to publish your work at this time.
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