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#1 of 66 Lew Crippen

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Posted January 22 2003 - 06:32 AM

Looking at all of the cat threads recently has made me wonder why it is that members of this forum seem to be cat lovers (as opposed to dog owners).

I’ve had both over the years, although right now it’s two cats in our home.

My only theory so far, is that our cats enjoy lying on the couch for two hours while I watch a movie (though they do object to the volume being too loud).

Any other ideas?
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#2 of 66 Dave Poehlman

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Posted January 22 2003 - 06:52 AM

Well, I did read somewhere that cats are overtaking dogs as the more popular pet in the U.S.

I think they appeal to HT owners because, they are generally quiet, require very little attention, and are good for keeping your lap warm in that cold basement HT. Posted Image

#3 of 66 Micheal

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Posted January 22 2003 - 07:07 AM

My shepherd/lab (of 90 lbs) loves to lay on my lap anytime that I'm on the couch. At least the upper part of his body anyway. (Which is enough) He also loves to sleep in the middle of the bed between my wife and I at night. We usually give him about half an hour before kicking him off. (Off the bed that is..) He can stay on the couch with us as long as he likes but he takes up too much room on the bed. Posted Image
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#4 of 66 Thomas Reagan

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Posted January 22 2003 - 07:23 AM

I have two cats and a Labrador Retriever. Both have their pluses and minuses. The dog is much higher maintenance than the cats, but I have yet to be able to teach either of the cats how to fetch the morning newspaper from the end of the driveway. Posted Image

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#5 of 66 Jay H

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Posted January 22 2003 - 07:59 AM

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Why cats?

Because the authorities tend to frown upon people keeping lions and tigers.

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#6 of 66 Dennis Nicholls

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Posted January 22 2003 - 08:02 AM

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I have yet to be able to teach either of the cats how to fetch the morning newspaper


Yes but both Katiekat and Fluffy Pumpkin "help" me to read it once it's in the house and on the breakfast table.....

I had friends once that had an African Lion cub. Very cute but sadly they grow up all too fast. There's a big-cat rescue society up by Sacramento that has to deal with the outcome of "what a cute cub" syndrome.....
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#7 of 66 Ron-P

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Posted January 22 2003 - 08:04 AM

I'll never own a cat, why, because they make me sneeze. I am a dog owner, have been and always will be. Currently I have a dalmatian, great family dog. She is getting old though, almost 10. Getting about time to bring in a new puppy.


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#8 of 66 Jefferson

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Posted January 22 2003 - 09:09 AM

I have noticed that too.
I think it has already been said above, they are sometimes (I said sometimes)easier to care for and (again, only sometimes)cheaper to feed and care for as well, I guess.

#9 of 66 Charles J P

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Posted January 22 2003 - 10:19 AM

I too have cat allergies, but my dog does watch movies with me, and football. She is great. See my website (in my sig) for a few pictures of her.

#10 of 66 Max Leung

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Posted January 22 2003 - 10:33 AM

Dog owners are too busy playing with their dogs and cleaning up afterwards to post. Posted Image
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#11 of 66 Paul McElligott

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Posted January 22 2003 - 10:46 AM

Chicks dig cats. Posted Image

I know this because every woman I've dated since I've turned 30 has owned at least one cat.
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#12 of 66 Steve Christou

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Posted January 22 2003 - 10:58 AM

Well I have dogophobia, and catophilia, fascinating animals cats, they just lie there not giving a crap what movie you have on, no complaints, no need for walkies, a perfect pet for lazies like um me.

Sometimes my cat lies perfectly still on the rug and in a run-over-by-a-car position, with its eyes wide open, I swear it was stone dead, brrr creepy, and its been in that position three days now... kidding just kidding.Posted Image

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#13 of 66 Cam S

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Posted January 22 2003 - 12:05 PM

I'm a huge cat lover. They are much more cuddly than dogs, and are often MUCH smaller. Cats seem to have more of a personality, and are very independent. They are so darn cute too!
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#14 of 66 Jeff Pryor

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Posted January 22 2003 - 12:24 PM

Because when a cat hurls up a furball it's easier to clean up from the carpet than a dog's vomit.Posted Image

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#15 of 66 Deborah*T

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Posted January 22 2003 - 02:04 PM

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I like dogs too but I don't feel I have time to care for one properly, exercise wise and attention wise. Would ideally like a couple of cats and a couple of dogs but Smudgey is enough for now.

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#16 of 66 Michael*K

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Posted January 22 2003 - 03:40 PM

I'm a dog lover (two Labrador Retrievers) and always will be. And don't give me any of those dust-mop sized tiny breeds...too cat-like. Posted Image

#17 of 66 Max Leung

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Posted January 22 2003 - 03:46 PM

Cats: For people with ADD. Posted Image

Dogs: For people who need an excuse to exercise (bend over, scoop, bend over, scoop). Posted Image
Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him...a super-callused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

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#18 of 66 Jack Briggs

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Posted January 22 2003 - 03:49 PM

Because life is unimaginable without them.

#19 of 66 Keith Mickunas

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Posted January 22 2003 - 04:24 PM

I wonder if cats are becoming more popular than dogs because people tend to be busier and have less time for tending to their pets. That could be a possibility. Also, its probably easier to find free cats than free dogs.

Personally, I'm a dog person, always have been, always will be. I like dogs for their loyalty and personality. I've met a few cats I like, but even more I hated. I hate how you can be petting a cat and all is nice, then it wants to play, so it rolls over and plants all four sets of claws in your arms. It takes forever for those cuts to heal. If I was to have a cat it'd have to be declawed. I know that's sacrilege on this forum, but I don't want an animal that's going to cut me up just for fun. Also, one scratch on my SVS, speakers, RPTV, leather couch or pool table would be too much.

Charles, Greta is a cutie. I've thought about getting a Basset but have been told not too because stairs are bad for their backs. Do you have any issues/concerns with stairs?

#20 of 66 Brian W. Ralston

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Posted January 22 2003 - 05:59 PM

Every "tech" minded person I know seems to be a cat lover. It is a gross generalization, but perhaps there is some correlation to the love of technology and the love of the mind and personality of a cat.
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