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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:08 PM

Cats Are Evil



You know what animal makes a good pet? No animal.

Dogs will bite you to death and then eat your corpse. Snakes will asphyxiate you, escape, infest the Everglades, and eat all its mammals. Pet parrots perpetuate a trade that upends ecosystems, and hamsters pass you dangerous zoonotic diseases. But perhaps the worst pet of all, environmentally speaking, is a cat.

Domesticated cats started out as parasites on human civilization. Unlike other species, and admittedly to their credit, they domesticated themselves. When humans started growing grain, the crops attracted rodents that attracted cats. Wild cats evolved into housecats, and they were quite useful for thousands of years, killing disease-ridden rats and mice and protecting our food stockpiles. But now that we have industrial farming, reliable food storage, and mostly mouse-proof houses, cats are mere parasites again. Playful and often affectionate parasites, sure, and adorable when young, but a scourge on the landscape.

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Morgan points out that your cat is actually a friendly neighborhood serial killer. He may sound like some wretched, obsessed Jonathan Franzen character, but his Cats To Go project isnt meant as a caricature of environmentalism. Hes asking people to pledge to neuter their cats, keep them indoors, and not get any new ones.

Cats are a globally invasive species. They kill millions of birds each year in Wisconsin alone. Cats feast on endangered North American ground-nesting birds such as the California clapper rail, least tern, and piping plover, any one of which is cuter than a laundry basket full of kittens. A study in the D.C. area a few years ago showed that in some neighborhoods (neighborhoods in which a lot of people who really ought to know better let their beasts roam free), outdoor cats eat basically all juvenile birds as soon as they fledge.

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http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/01/new_zealand_eliminate_cats_they_kill_endangered_bird_species_and_shouldn.html


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Reply Cats Are Evil (Original post)
cali Jan 2013 OP
mike_c Jan 2013 #1
The Philosopher Jan 2013 #2
mike_c Jan 2013 #3
procon Jan 2013 #8
KoKo Jan 2013 #24
cthulu2016 Jan 2013 #4
kestrel91316 Jan 2013 #5
Brigid Jan 2013 #6
Arugula Latte Jan 2013 #7
LiberalLoner Jan 2013 #9
KoKo Jan 2013 #28
pink-o Jan 2013 #10
Brigid Jan 2013 #15
justiceischeap Jan 2013 #11
nessa Jan 2013 #17
behindthe8ballnchain Jan 2013 #12
cali Jan 2013 #22
qazplm Jan 2013 #13
Lady Freedom Returns Jan 2013 #14
Raine Jan 2013 #16
MrSlayer Jan 2013 #18
Jazzgirl Jan 2013 #36
obamanut2012 Jan 2013 #19
OldDem2012 Jan 2013 #20
RobertEarl Jan 2013 #21
KoKo Jan 2013 #26
RobertEarl Jan 2013 #29
KoKo Jan 2013 #32
RobertEarl Jan 2013 #34
KoKo Jan 2013 #39
ErikJ Jan 2013 #23
a la izquierda Jan 2013 #41
bluestater1966fgs Jan 2013 #25
MotherPetrie Jan 2013 #27
DesertFlower Jan 2013 #30
sakabatou Jan 2013 #31
AnnieBW Jan 2013 #33
1620rock Jan 2013 #35
dionysus Jan 2013 #37
pansypoo53219 Jan 2013 #38
DirkGently Jan 2013 #40
lunatica Jan 2013 #42

Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:18 PM

1. I'm a professional, working ecologist...

...and while I agree with all of that as basically true, I also won't give up my kitties until they are pried off my cold, dead corpse. After they've eaten the choice bits.

I get into this argument on a fairly regular basis with a former student of mine who is a DU regular and avid birder. Avian diversity exists solely to keep cats amused and well fed. "Nasty little feathered lizards, precious. We bites they little feet. We sucks they little bones."

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Response to mike_c (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:34 PM

2. If we don't have cats

the dinosaurs will return.

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Response to The Philosopher (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:37 PM

3. cats-- working for eons to finish the job...

...an asteroid failed to complete!

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Response to mike_c (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:10 PM

8. "Nasty little feathered lizards, precious. We bites they little feet. We sucks they little bones."

Thanks... That made me laugh!

I can just imagine my indoor kitties chanting as they play with feathery toys or watch the birds flitting in the trees outside the window. As pampered and well-fed gourmands, they are far too persnickety -- and lazy... shhh! -- to actually stalk anything more challenging than a bowl of Fancy Feast, so it's a win-win for all.

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Response to mike_c (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:19 PM

24. Tell me about it! They would pry my Siamese from me with a Bomb!



Also look at all the Predators of birds that no longer exist because of either urbanization or environmental displacement.

Don't tell me that our cats are responsible for bird destruction. Our Bird Feeders are active in our yard and our cat is an indoors as all ours have been...but, neighborhood cats roam and the birds seem to be pretty successful in dodging them. Sure...a few probably got caught but it's not like we live in New Zealand with armies of Feral Cats here in US.

It's disgusting going after our House Cats and even Barnyard/Feral who also take care of vermin and keep population under control. Trying to shove off Enviromental Distruction of bird sites and blame it on our CAT Population sounds like another Hatched up RW Hate Meme to me. I see it erupt here and there on the Net the last couple of years. And, it's sad to see it, everytime. It needs to be pushed back on.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:38 PM

4. I throw blood at them for wearing fur...

...and they lick it right up!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:39 PM

5. You get one guess how this cat doctor feels about this absurd idea.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:55 PM

6. My two adorable, cuddly kittehs disapprove this message.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:57 PM

7. A life without kitties is empty, meaningless and devoid of joy.

So there's that.

Kitties ...

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:11 PM

9. Cats are the only reason to want to stay alive

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:28 PM

28. Agree...in my darkest days...me kitteh......gives me HOPE! Seriously...

And, I believe this is true for all pet owners... Sadly their more vicious, preditor instincts are tamped down on with the good food, treats, toys and entertainment we provide them so we don't see their "REAL LIVES" if they weren't with us.

but, then again...what would we Humans be if we were back to "Hunter/Gatherers?"

We'd look pretty bizarre to humans today.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:20 PM

10. Sorry, cats aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

The whole Interwebs would fall apart without them!

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Response to pink-o (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:51 PM

15. This is hilarious!

You gotta send this to SCE for the Sunday Lolcats!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:24 PM

11. Emma says, "You can't be serious. I'm serious, you, sir, are not."

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:56 PM

17. Beautiful. (nt)

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:25 PM

12. We get it. YOU don't like cats



Domesticated cats started out as parasites on human civilization

...cats are mere parasites again

... often affectionate parasites...scourge on the landscape.


We get it. YOU don't like cats.

I've seen this piece and this Kiwi jerk takes some very solid and real issues and turns them into cat hate. As a cat lover, currently with two from the shelter that I spent thousands on due to medical issues, screw you Mr. "we're not good enough to be Australia."

But if one doesn't keep their cats indoors in this day and age, and especially in a place such as NZ where endangered wildlife is at risk...We'll then screw you too. Cats aren't evil. Irresponsible cat owners on the other hand.

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Response to behindthe8ballnchain (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:16 PM

22. I guess you don't get it. I love teh kittehs

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:46 PM

13. my cat is terrified of the outside

so no ecological damage from my kitty...other than litter I suppose.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:51 PM

14. Good move to post in GD.

If posted in the Lounge, it would look like a well used scratching post.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:56 PM

16. Not my cats they are strictly indoor cats and never ever go outside. nt

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:00 PM

18. If they weren't evil I'd have no use for them.

 

I have five of them and together we plot to take over the world. Or at least to get the fish.

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Response to MrSlayer (Reply #18)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:49 PM

36. I have one cat and she plotted, and won, taking over my world.

Damn cat heifer! If I do anything wrong she pee's on my pillow! I have figured everything out that she doesn't like though. When she's not peeing on my pillow she is a sweetie. Good thing she bought me a washier and dryer!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:02 PM

19. Kiwis have more cats per capita than any other nation

What a geek.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:03 PM

20. I'll ask my kids to take this post out with the kitty litter. nt.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:04 PM

21. Ever see a cat eat a bunny wabbit?

I have. First the brains. The bunny blood on the cats face is quite disgusting.

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Response to RobertEarl (Reply #21)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:23 PM

26. It's what they do for a liiving if they aren't in doors eating what we give them.

Bunny Rabbits get torn up worse by other predators. Don't blame this on Kittehs.

It ain't their fault when they have so much help.

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Response to KoKo (Reply #26)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:29 PM

29. Right. Blame the humans for being stupid.

I admit to being stupid and letting cats roam. How about you? Anyone else?

Is this mic on?

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Response to RobertEarl (Reply #29)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:02 PM

32. Some let their cats roam and some have ferals they feed who won't come in...and

the rest of us have them as loved pets we give affection many treats and pampering to.

But, cats are programmed to be who they are and to HUNT.

You let yours roam...they are going to do what they do. I don't want mine doing that...so they are pretty much imprisoned in the treats and environment they depend on from me. I don't have a problem with your choice and many feral cat lovers and feeders know that they can't be domesticated but still love them...and those of us with domesticated do what we do..because it pleases us.

Different strokes for different folks who love cats and figure out ways they want to live with them. Whatever works.


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Response to KoKo (Reply #32)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:11 PM

34. I have one feral

He wants to come in, but he can't.

And when he first wandered up and I had no food, that bloody little wabbit and the bloody face from the cat eating the brains, made me go get some food. Save the Wabbits!!

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Response to RobertEarl (Reply #34)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 04:38 PM

39. Agree....who needs that. Better a bag of cat food that "wabbit" presents..

Ugh...

Do you think it's a feral cat or one that was abandoned. Since you said it wanted to come in ..would make me think it was abandoned.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:17 PM

23. My cat killed a baby robin hopping in the yard with parents one fine spring day-

It was one of the saddest things I've seen. The parents flew out of the way during the attack. I severely scolded my cat. I then watched the parents flitting about the yard chirping madly while desperately looking for their beloved baby for the next hour at least. Sad, very sad.

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Response to ErikJ (Reply #23)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 04:48 PM

41. My dog did that to a baby cardinal.

I felt awful, but he was just doing his thing. He's a hunting dog.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:21 PM

25. Funny article

 

But come on, cats are awesome. They're so cute and friendly. Well, except when they scratch.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:24 PM

27. Have always spayed/neutered my cats and kept them indoors.

 

I never wanted to come across any of their mangled corpses lying by the side of the road.

Nor did I want them hunting wildlife, getting into fights with other cats, or being prey for larger animals.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:31 PM

30. better watch what you say. my

cat might kill you and eat your dead body.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:38 PM

31. Nobody can take my calico

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:09 PM

33. Not to mention clogging up the Internet

With all of those captioned pictures.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:35 PM

35. Cats parasites?...humans yes...cats, not so much.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:51 PM

37. not true!


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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:57 PM

38. i believe in hostages. all my cats have had stockholms, so no birds killed.

my current 2 would have been birders. so far just 2 dead mice. YAY!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 04:46 PM

40. My house isn't "mouse-proof."


We have small dogs that are actually pretty good mousers. Regardless, the only problem I see with cats is when they're fed without being spayed / neutered and you get a big feral population.

We have tons of feral cats in the neighborhood. And tons of birds of all types.

I can see where it could be a real issue in an isolated ecosystem like parts of New Zealand, but by and large, cats are cool.

Evil, sure. Everyone knows that. But cool.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 05:10 PM

42. My indoor cat is a great hunter and stalker of flies

Flies are doomed as soon as they come into our house. They will be caught, sometimes in mid air as King Tut, my cat, dashes like a flash of lighting over the furniture to cat-a-pult headlong straight up in the air to catch them. They don't have a chance.

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