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Most-emailed article at NY Times: book about cats

A review of a book about cats is the most-emailed article at the NY Times right now.

I have to admit that it’s a pretty interesting topic. And I learned important information about cats such as:

1. Cats bring dead animals into the house because it’s their instinct to kill animals and bring it back to their lair. There’s no deeper reason behind it. It’s not a sign that it likes you and and is bringing you gifts. And it’s not trying to annoy you. It’s just what cats do.

In fact, this makes cats a lot like humans. Humans work pointlessly all day at repetitive tasks (it’s called going to work) even when their financial or living situation is such that they don’t need to have a job in order to live. This is the feline equivalent of that behavior.

2. Cats view their owners as mother-substitutes and as larger non-hostile cats.

3. If a cat rubs its head against you and holds its tail upright, it means it likes you. Although in the way that cats like other cats and not in the way that humans like other humans.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 9, 2014 at 4:32 PM

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  1. “To this day the population of domestic cats is maintained in a semiferal state by the practice of neutering. About the only males available for domestic female cats to breed with are the wildest and least people-friendly tomcats who have escaped into the feral cat population. Some 85 percent of all cat matings, Dr. Bradshaw writes, are arranged by cats themselves, meaning with feral cats.”

    Heartiste went “hmmm”.


    January 9, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    • Sounds like there’s quite a lot of inbreeding then.


      January 11, 2014 at 8:44 PM

  2. Possum Says:
    Cats are like –
    Macavity Manhattanites
    They are quite very aloof
    …And poop mainly indoors


    January 9, 2014 at 5:12 PM

  3. Of course it’s most e-mailed article.

    Sharing internet postings and owning cats are the two principle ways people fill empty lives.


    January 9, 2014 at 5:42 PM

  4. Excuse me, do you know where I can find a book on cats?

    Jokah Macpherson

    January 9, 2014 at 6:27 PM

  5. We had a big cat growing up. Great animal. Killed a few ‘coons too.


    January 9, 2014 at 7:31 PM

  6. This post reminds of the time you got a kitten.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    January 9, 2014 at 8:03 PM

  7. I once had a very sweet gray cat who followed me around like a dog and could even follow basic commands. Unfortunately he got eaten by an opossum. Not all of him, there was still something left to bury.


    January 9, 2014 at 8:39 PM

  8. I wonder if it’s now prole to own domesticated house cats. There’s a growing number of people who are dedicating their lives raising smaller tame wild cats. Is this an ultimate SWPL self actualization prize with animals?

    Caring for these 2 wildcat specimens are darn cool, and make owning a house cat prole and boring.


    January 9, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    • How big does a cat have to be before you should be afraid of it?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 9, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      • The Asian Leopard Cat, a native of East Asia and the Geoffroy’s cat, a species from South America featured in the video, grow to the size of an adult housecat. So these guys are full grown adults and most people could tolerate their size. The challenge of raising them is their wild disposition, and they must be supervised all the time. They generally don’t make good pets, because they will tear up your residence, if left unchecked. Certain states such as NY don’t allow the personal sale and caring of these animals. But in other states, you can own them and get them from a breeder, who usually produce desirable specimens with the best disposition that costs tens of thousands of dollars, granted you get a permit and give these cats your utmost attention. So anyone who loves animals and want to self actualize by owning one of these small exotic cats, must have a lot of money and not work like most normal people. They will need to spend considerable amount of money on food, which is a special raw meat diet that is very expensive. You would also need to put them in large enclosures when you are not supervising them.

        Most people would be afraid of a full grown lion or tiger, even if it’s tame.


        January 9, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      • When you can reliably call it a cougar.

        Seriously, you ca have dogs as small as a pound and as heavy as 120 pounds, but cats over 20 pounds start getting very dangerous. Even a common house cat is pound for pound stronger than a dog.


        January 10, 2014 at 2:12 AM

      • I’d say anything bigger than a Siberian Lynx (80# tops) is unsuitable as a house pet, requiring special keeping. Mid size cats have the power to be “dangerous” but it’s exceedingly unlikely. I’ve never found any records in North America of anyone being killed by anything smaller than a leopard (as opposed to the uncommon, but not heard of, killing of children by “safe” breeds of dogs like Labs).

        Any pet can tear up your house, some of the most popular breeds of dogs can be very destructive (Labs are known for having baseball bat tails and smashing up all kinds of stuff).

        Ocelots were popular as “alternative” pets 40 or so years ago, before the Endangered Species Act made owning them very difficult. There aren’t a lot of stories hanging around of them being unusually dangerous or destructive.

        Some Guy

        January 10, 2014 at 12:00 PM

  9. A better link to wildcat pets here:

    Lovely pussy…


    January 9, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    • The Serval is a slightly bigger wildcat than the 2 species mentioned. They hiss as a way to communicate, which sounds unpleasant.


      January 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      • Uh, JS, not to be rude, but what the fuck do you think this video is about?


        January 11, 2014 at 3:46 PM

  10. “3. If a cat rubs its head against you and holds its tail upright, it means it likes you.”

    Cats have scent glands in their ears, and a persons legs are like a tree. They’re marking their territory with scent. It would be like a dog peeing on your leg.


    January 10, 2014 at 11:07 AM

  11. Cat owners often turn out to be oversensitive, socially inept losers who can’t stop talking about their feelings. See: Suburban white women ages 18-80.

    Tells you something about the NYT, doesn’t it?


    January 10, 2014 at 3:49 PM

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