This cat traveled 200 miles to find his home.
Read the rest here.Nobody knows how it happened: an indoor housecat who got lost on a family excursion managing, after two months and about 200 miles, to return to her hometown.
Even scientists are baffled by how Holly, a 4-year-old tortoiseshell who in early November became separated from Jacob and Bonnie Richter at an R.V. rally in Daytona Beach, Fla., appeared on New Year’s Eve — staggering, weak and emaciated — in a backyard about a mile from the Richters’ house in West Palm Beach.
“Are you sure it’s the same cat?” wondered John Bradshaw, director of the University of Bristol’s Anthrozoology Institute. In other cases, he has suspected, “the cats are just strays, and the people have got kind of a mental justification for expecting it to be the same cat.”
But Holly not only had distinctive black-and-brown harlequin patterns on her fur, but also an implanted microchip to identify her.
Dogs are trained to hunt for & with people, which is true. But this again goes back to dogs being better at picking up commands from people, because they were domesticated to perform services they didn't usually perform. This includes herding sheep, helping disabled people, sniffing out drugs, etc.
Try going on a hunt with a feral dog, it wont work. But it will still chase around squirrels. They know how to hunt. They have to. But the feral dog will not understand anything we expect pet dogs to understand, such as commands to sit, stay, etc. It needs to be taught these.
The household cat's ancestor, the african wild cat, also is an accomplished hunter. But this has nothing to do with intelligence. It's instinct driven. If the ancestors of domesticated dogs and cats didn't know how to hunt, the wild population would have died out long ago.
Cats and dogs each keep food costs down in Asian restaurants.
Australian cattle dogs actually do have a natural instinct to go at the heels. I owned one... well it was a mix but it still had that instinct. I never taught it to do that.Dogs are trained to hunt for & with people, which is true. But this again goes back to dogs being better at picking up commands from people, because they were domesticated to perform services they didn't usually perform. This includes herding sheep, helping disabled people, sniffing out drugs, etc.
^It's bred for the trait, selective breeding with desirable traits. It's the same way you get all the different breeds of dogs, looks & size wise. Genetically they are the same species. The expressions of genes (phenotype) differs.
My point still stands, however, about the intelligence aspect.
To sum it up:
Absolutely nothing -_-What's so great about cats?
That we are capable only of being what we are, remains our unforgivable sin.
- Gene Wolfe
Whether one is more intelligent or not both Cats and Dogs have great traits about them that make them great pets/companions.
Also I don't know what it is but I love animal noses.
I'm seriously considering a pet mini pig... I hear they combine all of the best traits of both... and that they are cleaner than both. It would be a very different pet.
http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/mini%20pig - All these pictures just make me go.... "awww so cute!"
They do look really adorable.
My current cat is one of the coolest cats I've ever had, and one of the smartest.
They are evolving...
You show courage the brave dream of
Gallop on my old warhorse
Never cease to find it strange
How at midnight things seem hopeless
But by dawn they've changed
Because it employs dancers, and dancers are sooooo hot, and when it came to town, I got to have crazy hot sex with one of them. He must have been the most muscular guy I've ever bedded. I've never watched the show, but I'll always be grateful to T.S. Eliot and Andrew Lloyd Weber
I don't know much about cats. I've been allergic to them since childhood, so I won't judge them or the people that like them.
I will say that those who think dog-people are controlling or dominating are incorrect.
Dogs and people have fun together. Sometimes, that involves persuasion. I avoid negative reinforcement myself, but it's a human habit when working with animals.
I think it's far more correct to characterize our relationship with dogs as a partnership. We work together. Dogs are not merely our tools.
Nature is nobody's ally. H.M.
My ex is terrified of my Mum's cat but doesn't dare admit it. He cringes every time I take it near him.
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The only Cat I will ever Kiss is Pussy but this pic is Awe-worthy..
Nothing! Cats suck.
Cats attack also.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...eral-cats.htmlWarning to tourists in France after attack by feral cats
About six cats pounced on the unnamed dog owner as she walked her poodle in the city of Belfort, in the popular Franche-Comte region, on the Swiss border, dragging her to the ground and mauling her.
The next SyFy movie?
(My cat does a Hannibal Lecter about once a month.)
^To steal a line from (Scott Adams') Dogbert's Newsletter, thanks for the "bitter little ray of sunshine."
There are TWO kinds of people in the world -- the kind who believe there are two kinds of people, and the kind who don't.
Thanks for the thread revival - it reminds me that a lot of pet owners think their shit doesn't stink.
"When Joan was burnt,
He knew malevolence at the heart of all..."
Ahhh, some people are cat people, and some are dog people. I used to consider myself neither, expect that I've ended up with both (one dog, two cats), and I like them all, but for different reasons. I quite admire the individuality of cats, just as I like the sheer loving of the dog. If you don't like cats, or dogs, or ferrets, or Republicans, don't own one!
"Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? how did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea." (Sydney Smith)
The Irony of the OP's statement is particularly delicious given the 'I Hate My Dog' thread of the last few days.....
I think the only advantage of having a cat over a dog is that they're less of a commitment.