10 Reasons Cats Love Us More Than Dogs

To Begin:

As promised, if somewhat belatedly, the time has come for a little hub about cats. It seems that hubpages teems with dog lovers, and, while there have been a smattering of cat comments along the way, it became clear that cats are simply not well represented here. In the name of fairness, I thought a cat hub should be done.

Many people assume that, because dogs are so warm and affectionate and display intelligence of a man-like variety, they must love their owners more thoroughly and genuinely than cats do. Many suggest that cats are aloof and that they only marginally bond with their owners, if at all. It is often asserted that any affection displayed by a cat is instinctual pride-like behavior and that such "affection" is rooted to food drives and nothing more. Well, I for one, being dispassionate about the subject, can approach this issue with my typical analytical distance and scientific objectivity, which I did already, before sitting down to write this, so here is what I found:

Cat's love their owners much more than dogs are even remotely capable of doing, and they show it all the time. The simple truth is, cat's love is so enormous people don't even realize just how vast it is. It's like trying to look at a huge mural on a wall while standing with your nose pressed against the paint. You have to stand back to see. I, however, with my extreme pedantry and universe encompassing didacticism, have discovered what many have not: the ten reasons why a cat's love is better than a dog's.

Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Adult Dogs!
Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Adult Dogs!

You'll notice you need one of these for a dog, but no such thing for a cat.

 
I couldn't help using this picture of my cat, Slayer, again.  It's classic.
I couldn't help using this picture of my cat, Slayer, again. It's classic.

1. Display of Affection

No animal is more affectionate than a cat. Many dog lovers don't appreciate the kind of affection that cats give because, well, they are dog owners and therefore require that their pets slather them in buckets of frothy goo as a display of love.

Cat's on the other hand show their affection in so many other ways. The first and most obvious is the willingness to use the catbox, which I have discussed before in another hub, so I won't belabor it here. Simply put, the outright readiness to make their owner's life more bearable by making their... deposits... in a box is evidence of their love.

"NOOOOooooooooooooooo!!!!"

Illustration by Lauren
Illustration by Lauren

On the other hand, dog owners have to force their dogs stop doing their business everywhere with all kinds of troublesome training tricks. House training a dog is an endless, horrifying chore that can take months and even years to finally figure out, involving newspaper and expensive pet crates and sometimes even electric collars to shock poor poochy when he poops. But not cats. They love us and will go make doo-doo in the sand.

- - The moment you walk inside... WHAM! --

"Here kitty, kitty. Come on. Come on, kitty, come to mommy snookie wooky..."

More delightful work from Lauren
More delightful work from Lauren

2. Cat’s Give Us Our Space

Unlike a dog, who will run at you and ram his muzzle into your crotch like you're wearing Alpo underwear the moment you walk through the door, a cat loves you enough to let you have your space.

Cats understand how important your personal time is. And while many think cats are fickle and cold because they ignore you and won't come to you no matter how much you call or coo at them in that cute baby voice while waggling their favorite toy and trying to get their attention so you can play with them finally after your long hard day... they are not actually ignoring you at all. What's really happening is that your cat is so smart it actually understands when you need some personal time, even when you don't think you do. Especially then. You only THINK you want to play with your kitty right now, but the truth is that you don't. Kitty is blowing you off out of love. Cats have this special chemical scent gland thing that enables them to detect your too-much-companionship-already threshold and so they ignore you no matter how much you wish they would come snuggle in your lap. Be thankful and recognize what kitty does for you.

3. Cats Are Fun to Bathe

Bathing a cat is very simple. A few licks and it's done. Granted, if you have an outdoor cat the cockleburs and the ticks are a problem, but, beyond a few tongue abrasions and the occasional lyme disease, giving a cat a bath is easy and a great way to bond with your pet. Bathing dogs is nowhere near as easy. First off, dog fur tastes really bad (this will be discussed more thoroughly in item number six), so you have to put them in a tub or use a hose, which they enjoy. It is this enjoyment that is the problem.

Dogs are entirely too spastic to be allowed that much water in proximity to human beings, and the inevitable outcome is that the bather is completely soaked by the bathee by the time the project is complete. This romping deluge is very annoying and proves that a cat's love is definitely greater than a dog's simply out of thoughtfulness and respect. Cats will never get you wet. In fact, they love you so much they won't let you get them anywhere near a tub or a garden hose. Try it sometime and you will see how hard your cat fights to protect its love for your staying dry. Cats let you keep it simple, no water required, and you can even bathe them while watching TV. Who needs popcorn when you've got kitty sitting there?

I realize this is disgusting, but, well, it's the truth, so, it's my responsibility to report the facts as they are.  Sorry.
I realize this is disgusting, but, well, it's the truth, so, it's my responsibility to report the facts as they are. Sorry.

4. Cats Love You Enough to Eat Mice

Admit it, even you don't love yourself enough to do that. In fact, you don't love anyone that much, do you? I know I don't.

Now, it could be argued that dogs would eat mice for you if they could, but the truth is, they don't. They're either too busy eating the newspaper or your shoe to bother with mice, or else they're just too impatient to stalk mice successfully. Maybe they're just too slow, who knows. But a cat will eat mice for you to show you the nature of its love. Not only will it eat mice for you, it will eviscerate them horribly and spread some of their twisting little mouse guts all over the house in a display of love that anyone can appreciate. God knows how much I love finding a token of my cat's adoration when I'm walking around barefoot in the night. That is just love right there.

5. Cats Love You Enough to Prevent Injury

Speaking of barefoot in the night, that's another way to know how much your cat really loves you. See, a dog might love you enough to bark if there's a robber in your house, but that's about all a dog will do. Sure, it's very nice that Rover cares about your life and property, but he doesn't care about the little things. True love is in the details.

See, people think that cats throw up all the time because they have disgusting hairballs that choke them up and make them hork. But that's not why at all. They puke all over the carpet because they love you and are concerned about your health. Why, when you wake up in the middle of the night and make your way in the darkness towards the bathroom, you could easily trip and hurt yourself in the delirium of being parted from your dreams. But you don't because dear kitty has left a nice wad of vomit to snap you entirely awake.

-- Thoughtfulness in action --

(Again, image courtesy of Lauren)
(Again, image courtesy of Lauren)

Some cats prefer to leave you a nice fresh one, all warm and steamy oozing between your toes. Other cats go for the time-released cold goo and choose to puke long before you wake up - think how much planning that requires. Either way, the feel of that thoughtful little gob mooshing against your feet is just another way to be sure that your cat loves you very much and wants to prevent you from bumping into something in the night. Love of that magnitude cannot be easily dismissed.

6. Cats Love You and Want You to Be Fashionable

Everyone knows that cats are very cool. They are. You've heard the expressions "Cool Cat" and "Catlike Grace" a zillion times. But nobody ever says, "Cool Dog" or "Doglike Dignity." I mean, if someone tells you that you have doglike dignity, well, it's not a compliment, that's all I'm saying. Maybe take the lampshade off your head. But cats are cool. And they don't want the people they love to be uncool so they try to help us out. Particularly in the area of fashion.

Unfortunately cats can't speak human languages so they have no way to tell us that our clothing choices look like crap. But they can communicate in their way, which is why they shed all over the furniture. All that fur stuck to your butt and all down the backs of your nice black pants is really a feline way of saying, "Darling, please, that outfit is awful. Go upstairs and try again."

Who is doing the giving and who is doing the receiving here?
Who is doing the giving and who is doing the receiving here?

Now I know what you're thinking, you're thinking, "Hey, my dog sheds too. Maybe he loves me after all."

Nope, you're wrong. I mean, he might love you, but he ain't showing you by shedding all that nasty hair. Dogs shed because they like to roll in disgusting stuff like dead animals and garbage heaps. Dogs shed because they get tired of how revolting their coat smells after a while and figure if they dump it on the couch eventually you'll vacuum all that stuff up. And they're right, you do, so, who's doling out the love now? So, while you can see how easy it might be to believe your dog is trying to help you out, he isn't. It's true that both animals shed, but only a cat is doing it out of love.

This is not a naughty kitty at play no matter how much it looks like one.  This is a cat improving your home through "tough love."
This is not a naughty kitty at play no matter how much it looks like one. This is a cat improving your home through "tough love."

7. Cats Help You Keep Your Home Décor Looking Fresh

This is another area where people easily confuse dog actions with those of cats. You see, cats destroy your furniture for much the same reason they shed the fur that gets on your clothes. The reason old Pussycat pops out his claws and frappes your upholstery is not because he is a horribly un-trainable monster in need of a swift kick. No. It's because he, being a suave and dignified animal of grace, has realized well before you have that some particular piece of furniture has gone fashionably out of date. Even if it is brand new - in fact, particularly if it is brand new - cats will share their aesthetic expertise with you and show you their opinion with their sharply critical claws. Your cat knows that you will hold onto that sofa for several years to come, no matter how much contemporary style has changed, and so he makes the sacrifice of incurring your wrath by ripping that terrible thing up until it becomes too embarrassing for you to keep. Think about how much this cat loves you if he is willing to risk being tossed outside or squirted with your little water bottle just to keep you from looking foolish to your guests. How much more devotion do you deserve?

8. Your Cat Loves You Enough to Endure Your Monster Children

That's right, as if the last seven items were not enough, he does. Your kids are so mean to that poor bastard. He gets his tail pulled, his face mashed, his fur twisted, and he gets kicked and stepped on all the time. They tie noisy plastic bags to his tail and they put scotch tape on his paws. His ears get poked, his coat gets rubbed against the grain, and how hard do your kids laugh when they catch him drinking out of the toilet all the time? How humiliating for him. Poor kitty is thirsty and doesn't want that two day old water that you left him lukewarm in the kitchen in his bowl, and what does he get for taking a little initiative and getting some that's fresh? Mockery. That's what he gets. He is laughed at for making accommodations for someone else's laziness.

This is not funny; this is an act of love.
This is not funny; this is an act of love.

Now, again, it may be that some dog people out there are saying, "Well, my dog drinks out of the toilet too, and my kids laugh at him all the time." And, yes, again technically you are right. But you see, dogs drink out of the toilet for the same reason they roll in the dead animals they find. Because dogs are gross. They drink out of the toilet for the same reason your kids always laugh. Because it's funny. And it IS funny, but it is not a display of canine love. That's my point.

9. Your Cat Loves you Enough to Purr

That's right, they do. What's more pleasant than a nice soft kitty purring in your lap, its little belly rising and falling with the sweet subtle sound of contented love? I'll tell you, there's not much. I mean, there's stuff that's nicer to have in your lap, particularly for us men, but, this is not the hub to go into that, so we'll leave it at purring being very nice. But what does your dog do? Pant and loll his tongue over your leg like a limp slice of warm wet ham? Yeah, that's nice. And could Fido get a tic-tac over here? What the hell did he just eat?

10 Your Cat Loves You Enough to Show You The Way Philosophically

That's right, you heard it, they do. I took a metaphysics class once and in it we discussed the nature of free will. It's complicated so I won't go into it here, but as part of it the issue of cats and dogs came up. The point was mainly one of intelligence, and it was determined (by the more numerous and vocal dog people) that dogs have intelligence while cats have only instinct to guide their ways. The dog people concluded, therefore, that dogs have free will and cats do not. However, in a stroke of genius, the professor (a cat person) quoted some philosopher who said on that regard, "While dogs may have free will, cats actually use it." So, whether or not they "have" it, cats live it. How's that for philosophy?

Raphael originally painted the "School of CAThens" but dog owners were a powerful lobby and so they made him repaint this work.

Slayer's long lost great, great Grandfather pictured with his intellectual peers.
Slayer's long lost great, great Grandfather pictured with his intellectual peers.

So, cats win. And it is in this way that cats once again prove their love by choosing through their free will to continue living with us despite our not appreciating how clever and profound their love really is; they know we are standing too close to the painting to see. But they don't judge us. They teach us through their actions and through application of philosophy. The facts are obvious and glaring for anyone willing to look at them and see. Again, I hope that dog people will understand I mean no slight to their happy, boisterous pets. It's just that justice needed to be done for all those kitties out there who get a bad rap. Their massive intelligence is simply too profound and under-the-radar for most pet owners to realize.

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Squimpleton profile image

Squimpleton 8 years ago from New York

Cats forever!!!!

Though my cat doesn't eat mice...He just catches them and plays with them until they're dead and leaves them in my room. He knows we don't want any in the house. He also knows I despise bugs and other little critters so when he sees one he goes to kill it. <3 Nothing like a mosquito/spider-killing cat to fill you with love.

Also when I'm on the computer he'll on and stroke my hand, as if to say "hey I love you more than this machine"

Did I mention he also loves to chase squirrels away from my mom's flower garden?

And you're SO right about how cats scratch furniture to keep them fresh. My cat only scratches our ugly furniture, never the expensive/pretty ones. Obviously he can tell the bad furniture is ugly and is trying to convince us to get rid of it for our own good.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Our last cat used to point out spiders as if she were a hunting dog. I'm not a fan of surprise spider attacks so that was a very nice cat skill for her to have. As for the good vs. bad furniture, well, our cats are still kittens. I think they need to go to fashion design school before they really commit to criticsm. /sigh


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Squimpleton 8 years ago from New York

But at least they care enough to try and help. You can't expect kittens to just have innate knowings of good design :).


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

True. It is a process.


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

*looks around to see if hell froze over*

I can't believe it...a subject where we are in agreement. Zuma, Jack, Foxy, Frankie and Khan have planted a catnip bush in your honor and are arguing whether or not you'd prefer October 10th or the 11th as Shadesbreath Day.

Nacho seems to have washed her paws of you already. Just another piece of evidence that a cat's love is eternal...while a dog's lasts about 10 seconds (coincidentally the same amount of time it takes to unwrap a rawhide bone and hand it over).


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Jeniferr 8 years ago from United States

Wow, I've never read cat propaganda until now. I actually like both cats and dogs, it is possible you know. ;)


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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Them's fightin' words!!!

If someone breaks into your home, and tries to harm you or yours, (or even if you're not there) will your cat lay down its life to protect hearth and home, or will it be hiding in the farthest, safest corner?

And try this, stop feeding your cat and see how long it hangs around.  It's there for the food!

How good is your cat at playing catch... fetch... frisbee... going for a walk... playing in the park... anything?!? 

Spryte, clearly you've never had a dog, and seen the pure love in its eyes when he/she looks at you.


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

My cat is the boss of me.  She loves me and cuddles and is always in  the mood for talking.  and when she caught mice when she was younger, she brought them to me for approval.  And one time when I was 22 and really in a bad relationship...another cat I had at the time for 16 years, (she lived to be 27) pooped in his suitcase right on his favorite suit.   and then very wisely ran for her life and hid out so he couldn't find her.

I divorced the creep not long after due to her sterling advice.

=))))))))))  she saved my life.

Stunning work, shadesbreath. You know cats.


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Alice Grey 8 years ago from Pasadena, California

Delightful!! Just delightful!....Thank you.


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Squimpleton 8 years ago from New York

@ Constant Walker

I don't know about shadebreath's cats, but my cat loves to fetch and go for a walk. He also is a great security cat because when strangers come in the house he inspects them and if he thinks they're harmful he hisses and gets into battle position. Of course we assure him the person's a friend and then he lets go.

All the perks of a dog, but with the love of a cat <3.


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The Rat RaceRebel 8 years ago from Up-North, MI

Entertaining and oh so true!

My cat loves me so much she is always trying to help stock the larder.

She hunts mice... many, many mice. Upon catching said mice, she deposits them on the deck and howls to announce her success. The howling is continued until a family member (ok, ok... me) inspects the mouse, tells her what a good huntress she is and makes it clear we have enough mouse meat in the freezer so she's OK to eat this one.

She is so sincere in her efforts I haven't yet had the heart to tell her none of us actually like mouse stew.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

@ Spryte: Tell your herd of kitties I want Oct 11 as Shadesbreath day. Ceremonies should include kegs of quality ale and plenty of gogo dancers. Nacho will be easily brought round if we include a doggy hour somewhere in there too.

@Jenifer: I was contracted by the Kitty Cat Department of Communication and Influence. Now you know.

CW: I could throw my cats at a burglar and be in great shape, or even, taking each of them by the tail, I could dual-wield them like scimitars or ... or I could tie their tails together and use them as cat-chucks. So, yeah, nice try with the protection angle. I would also submit that a dog wont stick around long if it isn't fed. As for playing catch... cats are small, especially kittens, so you don't need to play frisbee with them, they ARE the frisbee. Ever hear of hammer toss.

Marisue: that's awesome. Too bad we can't train our cats to go poop wherever we want on command. Wow that would be an awesome selling point for cats. Thanks for the "stunning work" compliment too. U r too kind.

Alice: TY , I appreciate that. :)


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

En Garde, CW...

*whips her little plastic cocktail sword sans olives in the air...the mark of "S" clearly seen*

1. My cat Foxy is a killer...known to friends and family affectionately as "the spawn of satan."  While my dog beats itself to death with her own tail and drools happily to meet somebody new...Foxy is in no way fooled and stands between me and the stranger, ready to draw blood.  So yes...I believe a cat would lay down its life for me. 

2.  I wouldn't expect my cat to stay someplace that didn't provide nourishment.  I sure as hell wouldn't!  Feed me or lose me...that's my motto.  Of course, as a dog lover...you'd think it was nobler to starve to death.

3.  My cat Bear loved to play fetch.  He was very good at it and didn't drool all over the ball the way a dog does.  Oh, and I could put him on a harness and leash and take him anywhere with me.  So much for that theory...

4.  Of course I have a dog...currently and in the past.  Ever since I was a child, I've had a dog.  We think of her as our "special needs" child. 

/flee

oh...and lol at the "cat-chucks" Shade


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Well, Squimpleton, truthfully, my cats are too young for actual fetch, so, the jury is still out. But they are fun as hell to play with. I love watching kittens flip through the air like ninja's and stuff when they chase the yarn toys and stuff. Man, if I was that athletic I'd become a super hero or something.

@ Racerebel,

They do tend to not know when to turn off the mouse slaying sometimes, don't they. Our neighbor has a cat that kills like a gopher and 2 birds every day, not to mention the odd snake, lizard and giant insect. They, unlike us, let their cats be outdoor/indoor kittys which puts them in the lyme disease / tongue laceration category, and they always find horrible live prey still flitting about in their house. (blech).

@ Sprtye

My dad had a cat that drooled constantly, like, bascially it's mouth just didn't seal or something. She was so friendly too, so, yeah, almost like having a dog at that point when she jumped in your lap. (You know cat-chucks would be brutal lol)


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

Shade:

I have a cat that drools...but only when taken for a car ride. Great big ropy drools. I think I read somewhere it's usually a sign of nerves or senility. :)


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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

I've had cats, too... many. Still no comparison. Sure, a cat can warn of approaching danger, but actually do little about it. I trust my dog to handle anyone or thing that comes along. A creep with ill intentions will not approach anyone with a dog. A cat, however, wouldn't be much deterrent

But, to be honest, the greatest show on earth is watching a cat and a dog wrestle.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Hmm, this cat probably had bad nerves and senility. But yeah, big ropey drools, like someone left a faucet on very low all the time. Pretty funny. You could track it around the house by the trail lol.

CW, we had a cat that got cornered by a rotweiler and a german shepard (our company decided to come over WITH their dogs, wtf?) and when we opened the door the two moose dogs ran in and chased our cat into the back bedroom. The emerged yelping later, one with a nice bloody scratch on its nose. (I swear I told that story already on here somewhere. I must be getting senile myself, starting to repeat stories already). Anyway, yeah, cat vs. dog is almost as much fun as 2 kittens.


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Nicole Winter 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

I had one of the most incredible cats to ever grace the planet. She was an outdoor kitty who came home regardless of if I fed her, watered her, or even noticed she was there. She hated men and whenever a man would come into the house I would have to warn them to tuck their pants into their socks lest she claw her way up their legs. She barely tolerated my boyfriend, (now ex-husband,) and whenever he was mean to me she would pee all over his things. God, I loved her & miss her. She looked a great deal like the first kitty pictured here only she was very tiny, the runt of the litter. She never grew to be full-sized and loved me with all her heart.


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Rhym O'Reison 8 years ago from Crowley, Tx

All I can say is Bravo! There isn't much I can add that hasn't already been said in cat defense. Cats rule and Dogs drool!


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Eric Graudins 8 years ago from Australia

Shadesbreath,

I have a message to you from my dog.

You're an idiot.

And the smell of your crotch is nothing I'd even cross the road for.

Signed, Eric's Dog.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

@ Nicole

"She barely tolerated my boyfriend, (now ex-husband,) and whenever he was mean to me she would pee all over his things. God, I loved her..." All I can say is that's freaking hilarious. Well, not the ill-fated romance thing, but the rest of it I mean. lol

@ Rhym

Ty, I agree (although, there's considerable evidence in the comments of cats drooling too, but, they drool out love, not grossness.)

@ Eric's dog

The feelings are entirely mutual.


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

Eric: LOL!

And Shade...I gave you a plug on my most recent hub because that damn "cat-chucks" thing got into my head...and then gave me an idea... :)


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

My relationship with cats began when I was about six or seven. My Maternal Gran hd 32lb Tortoiseshell. She (the cat) was as mean as hell. Everytime I walked into theie (my gran's) house. the cat (no name) hissed and attacked me. but as you say Shades she was protecting my lil ole Gran and my maiden Aunt. This relationship went on for some 20 odd years. don't cats ever die?

The next realtionship was my "my" cat caled Duke Ichthorn. If we called him Duke he ignored us and insisted on being addressed by his full title. Not really supercilious you see. I happen to be allergic to cats but they also try to make it better by sitting on my lap. Even cats I don't know that belong to friends and relatives greet me by sitting on my lap or rubbing against my legs nd purring. Duke was a magnificent animal , black with a pristine white cravat and a white beauty spot on his upper lip  giving him forever a supercilious sneer. He was about 30 lbs when I last saw him (my ex still has him some 30 years later). As I said don't cats ever die?

You points are each and everyone a sense of deja vu. BTW your daughter is a talented artist I love her stuff.

Great hub


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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Eric, Shy (my dog) loves you.

This is a fun hub!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Sweet, Spryte, appreciate that linkage. :) Imma go find it.

Sixty, you are right... I didn't even think of that... that's like item 11 and 12: cat's love us enough not to die ever 12 years AND cats love us enough to try to cure our allergies by climbing on us. It's like they understand deep science and immunology and are trying to expose you to the dosage until you are immune. Hah, good stuff, wish I'd thought of it. lol (My tortie, first picture and potty drinkier is walking on my keybaord as I type lol).

and CW, yeah, it's turning out that way. Thanks.


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dineane 8 years ago from North Carolina

Another great hub, Shades! My kitty does tricks - sits, rolls over, walks on the treadmill :-) I have to admit I think that's because she loves treats. She loves me, too, just not enough to act like a dog without a higher payoff.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Our last cat needed more treadmill time lol. And your cat is just excercising free will. Thanks for the read and nice comments :)


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mistyhorizon2003 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Brilliant and hilarious. I had a cat once that brought home a large, 6 inch long, live, goldfish. Not unusual you might say, but for the fact I lived in Bromley in outer London/Kent at the time, and was surrounded by roads and high rise blocks of flats, so goodness knows where she caught it from. Another occasion she brought me in a large dead grey squirrel that was about half the size she was.

My Mum's former cat used to go out on my Step Dad's boat with both of them and sail across the English Channel between Guernsey and the other Channel islands. My Step Dad used to call him "Black Dog" as he behaved in such an uncatlike fashion, and years after the cat passed away he featured him in a novel he wrote in his retirment called "Rough Sea Justice", as a cat that travelled with the main character on his yacht whilst running from the law.

Great creatures, of which I have three now. Also had a number of dogs over the years who were adorable too, so no judgements from me on which are best.


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talented_ink 8 years ago from USA

You never cease to amaze Shadesbreath and I know how my cat feels about me since I'm the only one in my family that doesn't get scratched, bitten, or attacked.


pgrundy 8 years ago

My cat, Franz, is a genius. When he was a kitten I would come home from work to find all the faucets turned on and the freezer opened and all the contents on the kitchen floor. I later caught him both opening the freezer and turning the faucet with his paw, and this when he was only a young kitten. For awhile I referred to him as Cat Bastard, until I realized that he had greatness in him that was trying to get out. One day I was standing over the bathroom sink, worrying about standing water and a clog and how I was going to get it fixed, when suddenly Franz lept up onto the sink, plunged his front paw all the way down the drain (through the water) up to the shoulder joint, yanked out a large slimey clot of hair, then ran off with it in his mouth.

Seriously, have you ever seen a Rottweiler do such a thing? No, and you won't, either, because dogs are just not capable of this kind of mastery.

Brilliant article, sir. Franz really liked it too.


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Squimpleton 8 years ago from New York

wow a cat plumber. Too bad you can't force Franz to recreate that. Then you could videotape it and put it on youtube, so we can have visual proof of cats' intelligence.


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Katherine Baldwin 8 years ago from South Carolina

Shadesbreath, your insight into the feline mind is uncanny and, oh so accurate! They are the most helpful creatures. We have four cats and they all have their individual talents. Gracie turns the Roomba vacuum cleaner on for us (usually when we don't want her to). She also cleans out my bathroom drawers and turns the water on. Bogie will growl like a dog at any stranger approaching the house. Sam tries to kill ANYTHING that dares enter the yard and Scooter, well he helps us get our exercise by playing with him. They all have their place in our universe. I especially like your reasoning about the furballs. Having hardwood floors, that has saved my life on many occasions, lol.

DOGS HAVE MASTERS, CATS HAVE STAFF!

Katherine


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

@ Misty

That Black Dog cat sounds like an awesome idea for a novel; it's funny where inspiration come from sometimes. You just never know. And, well, I don't really judge between cats and dogs either, the truth be told, I'm actually a dog person but living a life these last 20 years that just wouldn't be fair to impose upon a dog. Sometimes I wonder if I'm only trying to convince myself. Thanks for the comments.

@ Talented,

Cat's are pretty smart... are you sure they aren't just saving you for when anarchy comes. You might only think they like you and you are really just the one they think they can take when time comes. I'm just saying, you never know is all.

@ Pgrundy,

That is so funny. I had a friend who had a humongous fat cat and they started calling Cat Bastard (spoken with a Scottish accent) after the Austin Powers movie came out, heh. I'm fairly certain this cat would have been to buoyant to submerge itself that deeply under water, even in a sink though. lol. (Oh, consider some liquid plumber or something... I mean, gross. Sound's like you DID have a Rotweiler in the sink already.)

@ Squimpleton

There's so many awesome cat videos on there. My favorite is the one is the cat on the bed and... oh wait, duh, I can link it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNN_y6fq1a0

oh, and this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WicIK1IHF4&fea...

Oh, fine, and this one too ROFL (3 best cat vids of all time)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5Ilq3kFxek&fea...

Ok, now I'm laughing 'cause I just watched all of those again lol. See what you did?

@ Katherine

That's an awesome slogan... so totally true. I defy you to try to order one of my cats around like a master. If cat's could make that spitting-out-a-mouthful-of-water sound, they would the second you gave your order. I know I stopped trying. I just get them food if they look at me cute enough. I'm a pawn, I understand. What can you do?


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Squimpleton 8 years ago from New York

Those are horrible videos :( Poor kitties.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

They're funny tho.


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

They are VERY funny. Cats are so resilient. They always bounce back.


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

Hmm...#2 wouldn't play for me, but #3 had me laughing. However...this is my favorite all time cat video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQL9gpjU5T4


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Yeah, that one hitting the wall is so funny, and he does just bounce right back. I've seen cats fall off the rooftops of barns and stuff and be fine. They're incredibly tough and I can easily see how the 9 lives idea came about.

Spryte, ok, that last cat was just freaky.


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

LOL! Yeah..he is isn't he?

My husband was freaked out by my cat, Bear...who recently passed away at the venerable age of 19 years. He had an impressive vocabulary and would often come looking for me in the house and calling my name. It sounded kinda creepy. He had trouble with the letter L...so it always came out as "Ori! Ori!"

Once, as I left for work...I said my usual "bye"...before shutting the door. I missed what Bear said, but my husband didn't. He heard Bear say back, "mye Ori...uv ooo!"

I miss that cat


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

Well I guess when reading all the comments we can see how the Garfield idea got its genesis. Take all the cat stories and a good cartoonist (Shades you already have one) and you have an inexhuastible supply of cartoon strips. Taking Sprytes hub as a basis and some of the above comments you even could have a name:

Cat Bastard, agent 00X, the cat agent from F.U.R.B.A.L.L. licensed to kill thrill and drop anything for you.


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terenceyap07 8 years ago from Singapore

You have a rare gift for writing, my friend. LOL! A very rare gift, indeed. I usually browse through your hubs whenever I feel the need for a little cheering-up and, always end up leaving with so much more than I had bargained for.

Cheers to you, my friend. May you continue write such splendid hubs!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Jeebus, SPryte, where the hell do you live, the fricken Twighlight Zone?  (Speaking of cats, too, ugh, one of ours just used the ... had a visit to the beach as it were and my god, my eyes are watering. I may need a medic.)

Damn Sixty, there you go again generating ideas.  You should charge for this stuff (not me, because I'm giving you the idea to charge, but other people; that's what I mean).  Your mind just, like, automatically makes connections.  No wonder you worked in info-tech for so long.  You just hook stuff up.

Terence:  That's just a flat nice thing to say.  Wow.  Thanks man.  I'm totally thrilled to think you read my stuff for a pick-me-up.  That's awesome.  Thanks for saying that, and I'm glad you enjoy the fun.

Bonnie:  Dogs only SEEM totally more loyal.  But you have to ask yourself why your cat is like that?  I believe it may be that your cat is only using you... err, only stopping by for food because it loves you enough to not want you to become too emotionally attached.  Perhaps, given the trauma of having to find a surrogate parent that he suffered before you came into his life, he is sparing you the feelings of abandonment (or semi-abandonment) he endured at your neighbors by maintaning his distance from you now.  He probably goes down to the local catnip bar after you feed him and, after a few games of darts and a dance with some of flea-bag scamp kitty, sits at the bar staring into a glass of Catbernet Savignon crying, wishing he could be snuggled in your lap watching TV, but unwilling to go, unwilling to risk leaving you feeling alone some day should fate deal you the blow of loneliness it did him.  That's probably what's happening and it has nothing to do with him just coming in for some free grub when he's in the mood.


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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I'm so glad you took the time and effort to prove what we cat owners have known all along.  I wish you didn't have to do it, because it should have been evident to anyone that cats love humans more than dogs do.  Cat owners have taken that truth on faith, let's see, for at least 6,000 years now.  And now you've proved it!

Look at how the ancient Egyptians idolized their kitties.  The cats protected their humans from cobras, for crying out loud.  Would a dog do that?  Not to mention that prisoners were referred to as the King's dogs.  How humiliating.

My female cat actually protected me from her brother a while back.  He slipped out the door and disappeared overnight, and when he came home, she wouldn't let him back in the door until she had hissed at him and swatted him in the nose.  Now, I'd say that's loving me enough to protect my feelings.  She knew how much angst he had caused me by his running off, and she gave him the what-for. 

My dog wouldn't have done that.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Exactly Sally. Most people just don't know what they are looking for when they suggest cat love isn't deep and powerful. They try to judge love as they would expect it to come from a human or some other creature whose methods are simplistic and unrefined. It's nice to see you have the perspicacity required to spot such subtle yet profound indications of your kitty's love.


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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Yes, of course, perspicacity is the key. Do dog owners have perspicacity? That opens up another can of worms, doesn't it? Dogs are blatant, cats aren't. ROTFLMAO while looking for a bottle of Catbernet.


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

I love cats, you know. They are excellent with gravy, and some aromatic vegetables.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

And yet hotdogs are the more common fair.


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Passionatepurpose 8 years ago from T.X.

Somehow, I find it quite appropriate that you would prefer an animal that many take the step of having claws removed in order to find appropriate companionship.


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

Oooh Sally...what an interesting idea...never mind the dogs vs cats...let's talk about the so called owners or in catspeak "minions."

*smacks BT and sends him to his room* None of that...

As for my current address...lemme see...sight, sound, mind...imagination, yep...there's that darn signpost up ahead...vast as space, timeless as infinity...

*nods*

It's either the Twilight Zone or possibly...Albuquerque...no wait...Des Moines?


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Shadesbreath! Well done hub to demonstrate the monumental love of cats. May I add an extra to point number one? Many people have collections such as stamps, salt & pepper shakers etc. The kitties at our house loved my children so much they disguising their 'boxed deposits' as valuable nuggets collections just so the afore mentioned children who had promised to pooper-scooper daily would not get into trouble... Loving little creature, no doubt about it.

regards Zsuzsy and Roxxy, Rorque, Shamus, Molly, Danny, Raisin, Annie and Mountain (just to mention some of the loving kitties who walked through our door)


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Passionate:  The claws are half the fun!  They need them to truly express their love.  Cruel to be kind and all that stuff.   :)

Spryte: I knew it.  What can I say?

Zsuzsy: See, that's what I mean. Cat's go to no end to do stuff like that.  I mean a dog would just drop one on the lawn and your kids would get yelled at if that was their chore, but not your cats.  No.  Your cat's make little English Toffee treat camoflauge in an attempt to hold the merciless shouting of those dear children's task-master parents at bay.  Well done Roxxy, Rorque, Shamus, Molly, Danny, Raisin (risked a cat box joke there, but refrained), Annie and Mountain (again, tough to let the opportunity go, but I did).


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that one girl 8 years ago from Washington state

I have a dog. I'd much rather have a cat. Sigh . . . would anyone like to trade?


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Honestly, I bet you could arrange that if you poked around a little in your home town. Ask your vet or even the manager at Petsmart in your town or something if there's a pet exchange. Bet money there is. Maybe somone here might know.


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level1diet 8 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

Cats know when to tell you 'no' and when to keep their little mouth shut. Cats know where to go pee pee. Cats know when to walk you back to the bedroom or they'll scratch the couch. Cats know how to get you to buy another type of food. Cats know how to whip any dog's ass.

Cats know.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Dude, seriously, growing up on a cattle ranch where the animals were truly left to nature outside with no favoritism... I'm not kidding, cats freaking DESTROY dogs in a fight because BOTH animals are civil.  Our dogs could take possums and skunks and even run off coyotes, but... the cats owned the dogs (Despite coyotes owning them).  A weird and really cool balance of nature. (It might be a testimony to the nobility of our dogs, but... I think it might equally be a testimony to the pyschological wherewithall of cats.)


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Karen N 8 years ago from United States

Great hub, my oldest cat has really surprised us all with how intelligent she really nice. We're not so sure about the kitten yet, but she has cuteness on her side:)


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mistyhorizon2003 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Scares the hell out of me that people would take on a cat and then gets it declawed. If they don't like the claws, don't get a cat and then mutilate it!!! I am pretty sure declawing is still illegal here in the UK unless there is an ethical medical reason why a certain claw should be removed, e.g. if it was growing outwards and therefore likely to get caught on things that would then risk causing the cat pain or injury.

I adore all three of my cats as they all have very individual personalities and are all very loving, and yep, I would definitely back a cat against a dog in a scrap every time, unless some nasty human has removed the poor kitties claws of course, which would naturally leave the cat short of a major means of self defence.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Karen; cuteness is the power of all kittens (although, to be fair, it is also a puppy power too).

Misty: In general, I agree with you on the claw thing, it's pretty hard core what they do. There are circumstances where it's warranted, but not many.


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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Shadesbreath, very smart of you to get a cat vs. dog debate going.  Talk about millions of comments!  Congrats!

PS:  My dog - the cutest and smartest animal EVER - says (and she talks, too! but not to cat-people), "Ignore them... what do they know?  They're, ugh, cat-people..."


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

LOL yes, the cat dog debate has been waged for thousands of years I reckon. Next to politics and religion, probably doesn't get more polemic.


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

Well...now...what an interesting idea Shade...

*slurps coke and thinks on it a moment*


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Shadesbreath! I had a discussion with my 3 dogs and asked them the all important question "Can it be true ~sob here~ do they not love me as much as those wretched cats do and did?" ~oops did I say that out loud?~ (Well! I really made a fuss, but I had to get to the bottom of things). However after long contemplation I now am convinced that my doggies really love me... more so then those cats ever could... sorry but that's the way the doggie bisquets crumbled ~oops did I say that out loud too?~ zs


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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI

I once had a cat that loved me so much, she would jump into my bed after I went to sleep, and stretch out across my face. I'm pretty sure she was concerned about the dust I was breathing. She had also heard about the large number of bugs accidentally ingested by sleeping people.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Zsuzsy: You may have a rare trio of adoring pooches, but I would say that, given the factual nature of this article, you are in a minority (if not blinded by hope).  Count yourself lucky if what your dogs SAID is true. 

You'll notice that RMR has actual PROOF of cat love from the actions the cat is taking to ensure RMR's respiratory health and bug-free diet.  Your dogs merely TOLD you they love you, but where were they when you swallowed that spider last night in your sleep?  Hmmm?  Yes, I remain skeptical.


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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI

You might also point out that dogs, on the whole, are pathological liars. You can't even believe them when they say good morning! Sorry Zuzsy, but it's true. I once had a dog that walked around the house saying "I'm a cat! Really, I am!" I wouldn't believe him if his tongue came notorized.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Hah! Yes, dogs can be somewhat dim. I bet it never even occurred to that dog that you might, you know, look at him to verify his claims. Silly mutt.


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

I remember rmr's dog. He only made those claims on Tuesdays. On thursdays, he was an ocelot, and the rest of the week he claimed to be a marmoset. Personally, I suspected multiple personalities. He also ran away, once. He returned a week later, saying he had spent the week with Jimmy Hoffa.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Mr. Hoffa has just confirmed that report via my daughter's bird.


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

Shades, I simply cannot believe you fell for that. Birds are notorious liars! More-so than dogs! They'll say anything to get out of the cage. We alll know that Hoffa is flying around in a UFO, with Elvis. They invited me up for a ride once, But I was too busy looking for that damned dog!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Yeah, normally I wouldn't believe a bird, but this bird had just flown down from that UFO. Everyone knows Hoffa and Elvis are homeboys, and Amelia Earhart keeps them beggin' in a hawt bikini she wears just to torment them. You should have gone.


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

Since I moved to New Mexico, I see them a couple times a week. I'm sure I'll have another chance, soon enough. If I listen closely, I can usually hear them coming. They have a pretty rad sound system, and always blast Hunk-a Hunk-a Burnin' Love when they do a flyover.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Well, go for it.   You'll be shocked to see what Amelia has done with her hair. 


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topstuff 8 years ago

The hub is so beautiful,i am going to agree with you.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

It's hard to argue with science and logic as sound as this, isn't it? lol


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shibashake 8 years ago

My dog farts in your general direction. Now my keyboard is all smelly. Hope you and your feline conspirators are happy!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

We are. In fact, my cats are both laughing so hard they farted too, but, not on my keyboard so we still win.


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Marina Rosa 8 years ago from Southern California

As the the owner(?) of six (6!) little love bundles I appreciate your brilliant interpretation of the ways in which kitty-cats express their love. And to think, the little dears are so frequently misunderstood . . .


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Yes, Marina, you are correct.  I personally believe people CHOOSE not to see what is so obvious to you and I. An act of will, IMO.


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

From cats to dogs to UFO's, Jimmy Hoffa ( I need concrete evidence on this one!), Elvis et al This hub has some mileage. Hold on while I remove this surgical steel ball from nose after my alien abduction by a horde of grey men with large black eyes who turned into Dogs before my eyes! I blinked and they were cats. Then I realised i was wrong Jackalopes they were one and all. Ouch now that device is gone! I can see clearly now. What was that again?


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Sixty, all I can say is that if the cats wanted you to know what they did, you would. The rest is speculative.


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Marina Rosa 8 years ago from Southern California

LOL!


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esocial 8 years ago from California

My doggies are barking at this!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

My cats are rolling their eyes at your dogs. lol


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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

No, no, no. This is all wrong. It's like I've entered some inside-out, topsy-turvy world! I am a dog lover who now finds himself with no dogs and one cat. The cat is trying to kill me. He keeps trying to shut my bedroom door when I'm in there alone. He figures if he ever gets the door to latch, I won't be able to get out, and since no one could possibly miss me, they'll discover me in a few months, nothing but a skeleten holding the remote control in my bony hand. Great hub anyway!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

LOL, dude, maybe your cat is possessed or something. Or maybe it knows you wish it was a dog and so is punishing you. Sounds like the makings of a great short story or horror novel though.

Thanks for the comment and, well, good luck with that cat.


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

Point to ponder maybe Marisue can give us some ideas. where do all the claws from declawed kitties go? Paws for thought?


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Awww, I'm not sure I want to know, Sixty.


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anime_nanet 8 years ago from Portugal

My cat doesnt destroys the furniture... he just have a strange fixation for kitchen scrubs - the green and yellow ones, the things we use to wash the dishes. He keeps destroying them, but it's better than the couch, so I'm quite happy!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

It may be your cat doesn't approve of your color choices for these brushes. Cat's are very artistic and if you keep picking brushes that class with the décor, well, kitty is just trying to help you out.


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anime_nanet 8 years ago from Portugal

eheh nice one!

I'm just glad he likes my couch and curtains choice then :D


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Yes, a remarkably cost effective little piece of fate that is for you.


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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

Hi Shadesbreath. Wanted to let you know I refer to this hub and link to it in my hub Diaries Reveal Difference Between Cats and Dogs. If you don't approve, let me know and I'll fix it. Thanks!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Not at all, in fact I look forward to reading your hub too. :)


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

A Cat who loves scrubs. Does he watch the TV show too?


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market solution 8 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

I know. I hear this all the time and I'll admit - there is something about a cat (I have had some), but there's something MORE about a dog. I guess I am just a dog lover.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Aww, I have no beef with dogs. They're fun as hell. They just require too much effort to keep.


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Research Analyst 8 years ago

When it comes to cats, I like the way they are so graceful and many have nice shiny fur which is soft to touch, I have always loved cats but my allergies keep me from owning one. thanks for the great hub, nice photos too!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

It never ceases to amaze me how many people are allergic to cats. I think growing up I'd never heard of such a thing, but I swear in the last ten years or so, amost half the people that come visit are alergic. Pretty common I guess. Our poor cats get stuffed in the laundry room though. We're not those pet owners with that imperial, "It's their house too," attitude that subjects company to misery.

I heard cat alergies are really alergies to cat spit on the fur from cleaning themselves.

Anyway, thanks for the comment and, on the photos... heh, yeah, they're cute cats. :)


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countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

We need both cats and dogs as pets. We used to have a dog when I was a kid but ever since it died I never considered another pet. I never had a cat as a pet to compare to a dog but heard they are more attached to the house then the person who feeds(like a dog). We need both cats and dogs as pets. My analogy is I will be a cat (taking care of the house, feeding my dream man and be graceful) and my dream man would be a dog (totally devoted/loving to me and maybe a little messy whom I can keep reprimanding)..LOL. Hence and cats and dogs do make an ideal couple..hehe


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Heh, plus, you have the advantage of not having to commit to being loving and devoted all the time being a cat. LOL. I like the way you think.


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countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

Now you seem to be getting naughty... hehe. I didn't say that I will not be devoted....LOL. Now what do I know I am just a cool cat....meowww


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

>^;^<


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quicksand 8 years ago

Dogs bark. Cats don't. That gives cats a slight edge over dogs. Slight? ... er, more than slight. At any time it is really pleseant to hear a "NGYAEOW" than the barking of a dog. Just my opinion!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

I'm with you. Dogs (unless they are your own dog, which is an exception apparently) are horrific neighbors most of the time. I wrote a hub on it:

http://hubpages.com/entertainment/5-Tips-for-Dog-O...

Hopefully all dog owners will read and comply.


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DonnaCSmith 8 years ago from Central North Carolina

The cat who decided to come live here put a wicked spell on my dog. I tell you, it just ain't right! He is a Jack Russell Terrier and he LOVES that cat. She is very cunning in how she has won him over. She goes on walks with us, poops when he poops, scratches at the door for him to come out and play, and just the other day she caught a squirrel and gave it to him.

I really think this cat is a manipulating con artist. She manipulated me into feeding her with her pitiful little "I am starving, skinny, and injured" act, and then she puts a spell on the JRT so she can stay. Now she is fat and happy, but I don't believve for a minute she loves me, or the dog. Its all an act to get free food.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

I don't know your kitty personally, but I have to tell you, she is displaying all the signs of perfect catness. Everything you describe, and the underlying purpose, is exactly in line with the findings of all my deep catalogical studies. The only consolation that I can give you is that, as long as you are under the spell, you don't know you are being manipulated, so, if it feels like love, just run with it. It's only in this moments away, moments spent sitting at your computer contemplating the insanity of your behavior, cogitating on how impossible your dog is acting counter to his nature, that you realize that you might be in some sort of pall.


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

Foxy has informed me that this kitty is an exceptional field agent and that Donna should consider herself most fortunate. Not everyone in the F.E.L.I.N.E. program has been so lucky.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Yeah, I have the shredded remnants of a really nice leather sofa with double recliners that will testify to that one.


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soni2006 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

nice pics and a funny hub shadesbreath. Keep on going. Best of luck.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Thanks, Soni. Appreciate you stopping by. :)


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Ms Chievous 8 years ago from Wv

I miss having a cat! They are very affectionate when they want to be, like when you have to get out of bed or when you are dressed nice for work and they want rub up against you... Cute hub!


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RGraf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

I am for sure a cat person, but I do love my dog. Though she demands so much attention. The cat loves me but on their timing and in their way.

Good hub.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

That's so funny, Ms. Chievous... and so true. As you noticed, one of my cats is white. And guess which one is the MOST affectionate, and always in the mornings. He's so cute it's hard to say no, but sometimes it's like... "Dammit, Slayer, I'm wearing a dark suit you snowy bastard!" Oh well, painter's tape works wonders in a pinch.

RGraf, dogs and cats fill different parts of our hearts anyway, so it's ok to love them both. The whole "cat person - dog person" thing is a false conflict. (Don't tell anyone I said that.) They're both great. Generally, the main "conflict" is whether you have the time or space for a dog or not, not really which is better.


Jamster2759 8 years ago

Cats are affectionate and dogs are loyal and obedient. Choose which is something you like the best. I just wish all cats were as loving and friendly as my last cat Nozy. Sadly many are scared and timid.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Yeah, too bad there's not a way to teach cats to be less timid.


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KT pdx 8 years ago from Vancouver, WA, USA

Rori loves us so much she hops up and cuddles when she feels like it, and also runs the house, making sure everyone else knows they're loved when they need it too. Skylar loves us so much he makes sure we never forget a mealtime (for them and for us). Carbon loves us so much he warms the bed by snuggling in it before we go to sleep, and by purring and his antics (the evil genius of the bunch...see my litter box hub). Sara loves us so much she doesn't ever want us to go out the door, and protests our leaving by digging in with claws if she's being held. Tabby loves us so much she screams at us to make sure we know we are being paid attention to.

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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

It's so kind of SKylar to think of you enough to remind you that it's time to feed him so that you are burdened having to remember for yourself. That's awesome. And, clearly Tabby is giving of herself as well, especially if her screams are at night time and are those full body moorhound howls that can wake the dead... that's a sign of love right there, to be willing to wake you even if you were dead.


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KT pdx 8 years ago from Vancouver, WA, USA

Especially when said long howls are in your face in the middle of the night, to see if you're still alive and well. :) lol

Oh, and Tabby and Carbon cured my allergies, too. I was one of those "allergic to cats, can't be around them" people before those two came into our lives.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Really cured, or is "allergic to cats" in quotes up there because you hadn't been sold on the whole cat thing yet? (Seems obvious you meant the latter, but I do know someone who is actually alergic, her face gets all red and puffy when she pets our cats, which she does, every time because she thinks they're cute.) lol


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Lgali 8 years ago

very funny


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KT pdx 8 years ago from Vancouver, WA, USA

Nah, I was really allergic, puffy and sneezing, rashes, the whole bit. Until we found Tabby and Carbon, that is. Then, somehow, it all went away! :)


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jlinsat 8 years ago

Ever heard of a cat going down the motor way?...............MEEEEEOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWW

great post !


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ejb 7 years ago from Kent

i love this! Very good


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

Your responses are appreciated, ty.


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izettl 7 years ago from The Great Northwest

My biggest pet peeve is outdoor cats. If you have an outdoor cat and nearby neighbors, you're on my !*!# (bad) list. Cats don't potty in their own yard, they potty in neighbors, especially if you've just dug in your garden or laid down bark or pulled weeds. And why have a cat if you're just going to let it roam around the neighborhood? It's not really yours because the neighbors are the ones dealing with it's messes.

Based on training and work involved, yes dogs are more- initially, but I find that people (dog people) who own happy healthy dogs are more responsible in other areas of their life. Responsibility begets responsibility.

Yes, I've had two cats. Don't mind my opinion, I'm bias, having been bit by my neighbor's cat a month ago while trying to help it. FYI- cat bites are a lot more dangerous and disease ridden than dog bites, as stated by my physician after giving me my tetnus shot and a load of antibiotics.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

And don't forget Cat Scratch Fever! Terrifying to say the least.

I wish I could find the article that I read where the author was projecting that if humans all died for some reason outdoor cats would become like this major animal super power. Dunno if that 's true, but your comment made me think of it and I'm in just a random enough mood to put that down.

Thanks for the comment. :)


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izettl 7 years ago from The Great Northwest

exactly why I'm not a cat person. I believe they're plotting against us this very moment! They always seem to walk around superior to us and like they have a secret. You laugh now, but just wait. Maybe you will be spared, but us dog people will be th e first on their list of destruction- one worthless human at a time.lol


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

Dogs have owners, cats have staff....


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

Yes, that's very true. Not even well paid staff most of the time. /sigh


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Extremely funny hub!  You have just gotten another fan.......me!  We love both cats and dogs.  One of our cats regularly seems to think that her grooming of my hair will improve my looks.  She is especially kind to be doing this in the middle of the night when I WAS sound asleep! She obviously does not want to disturb me during the day when she thinks that I might be busy with other projects.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

I'm glad to have you as a fan! And, um, does your cat have that gross spit smell when they lick you (or themselves?) Have you noticed that? WTH is that? lol /bleh


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

My three cats wiggle their way under my blanket and sleep cuddled close to me at night.  I love the feel of their soft furry bodies keeping me warm while I sleep. :)  They're also my alarm clock in the morning when they start playing under the covers next to me. :P

My cats don't lick my hair, but they like to nibble my fingers and toes for some reason. One also likes to "kiss" me while I'm lying down. She leans in so close I can feel the wetness of her nose lightly touching my face. :D


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

Awww, they sound adorable. Well, except depending on when the "alarm clock" goes off. LOL. My cats are remarkably less cute when they wake me up early. :-D


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Shoot. Is this still a discussion? Dogs vs. Cats. If you die alone in your house, your dog will guard your body. Your cat will eat you. Nuff said.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

I'm glad to see you are a cat person too, Christoph.  I, just like you, would not want to be left to rot and serve as a depository for fly eggs, my carcass melting into the rug, a teeming island of soupy maggot bath when, instead, my cats could eat me, take me outside and poop me into the garden where roses could grow from me, spreading me as pollen upon the legs of bees across the vast and glorious world.  Thanks for pointing that out, Christoph.  As one obvious cat lover to another, /cheers!

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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shadesbreath 15 - love


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

LOL.  Well, if I can't find the damn typo/grammar issue in my Washboard Vlad thing, this match is gonna be 15-all really fast dammit.  I did find a "laying" "lying" error while I was poking around in there, but I can't find whatever you're talking about with the teachers clue.


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nms 7 years ago from Cochin

dogs love more than cat do :)


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

Well, there we have it! And here we thought there was a question. lol


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Honorebel 7 years ago from Southern California

I love my cat by I also love my dog equally. They are both such unique animals I feel they cant be compared. I did like your article though and agree with just about everything except for the dog bashing parts LOL


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

Well, I'll let you in on a little secret if you promise not to tell, Honorebel... The dog bashing is just in fun.  Check out my "Ode to Gruffy and Hosehead" hub if you want to know the truth about dogs and me.

http://hubpages.com/animals/Why-Im-Not-a-Dog-Perso...


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

While dogs have free will, cat's actually use it. Okay, yes, absolutely, and my favorite thing about them. They know what's up. Hysterical and educational at the same time. By the way, cat's allow you to use your free will and normally are fine with you doing what you want, like going on vacation and leaving them behind. They can take care of themselves and are happy to do so for you.


MarilynDuPont 7 years ago

Loved this! You know, some people just aren't bright enough to appreciate cats! While I love dogs too, for entirely different reasons, my life would be incomplete without my cats!


wordscribe41 7 years ago

How hilarious, I loved it. I'm a dog and cat person, but I do appreciate the "cool and aloof" nature of cats. My cats certainly deserve a medal for living with my 3 children. Thanks for the laugh.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

Yep, Frieda, the fact that cats require no care is truly the over-the-top pet ability of all time. There's lots of arguments to be made for various pets regarding companionship value, and to each his/her own... but yeah, self-maintenance is a huge plus. Period.

Marilyln, I hear you. While they sometimes infuriate me, I couldn't honestly say that my life has not been impacted heavily by the continuous presence of the various cats along the way. They mattered, little and large each in their own way.

Wordscribe, yes, any cat that must endure children seriously deserves recognition. I'm a parent, much larger and stronger than my children, and I barely survived kids. Imagine being a 12 pound cat? Sheesh!


chaeli 7 years ago

my cat was stupid and commited suicied (idk how 2 spell it) he jumped in our backyard pool


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

That's not impossible to believe. Our family cat of sixteen years jumped off the second story of our house to its death when I was about thirteen-years old .  This happened only a month after my parents divorce and my mom had moved to another town.  The cat stayed at the old house.  My mom is certain that the cat commited suicide in this way.


sbeakr 7 years ago

this is the damn funniest hub i have ever read.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

Sometimes the truth is just funny. :P


zaraxx 7 years ago

zara always waggs her tail does that mean she is always upset or in a mood


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

Not necessarily. Cats refuse to be pinned down to one meaning per gesture, wag, sigh, meow or facial expression.


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David Fallon 7 years ago from Pomona, CA

awesome hub!


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

LOL, from your avatar, I must admit I'm not surprised you like this one. :D

Thanks for saying so. :)


Lisa Bossman 7 years ago

To CW from the beganing of this hub's Comments:

As for a cat not protecting You..I disagree!

I have the best watch cat you will ever meet. I actully have a sign that says Attack cat on our front window. Harley will tear anyone she doesn't know a new one.. She is a 30lb cat who doesn't take $h*t from anyone. she will have any intruder limping for a door or window running for their lives..with a trail of blood behind them. No Joke this cat is a killer if she doesn't know you..The ears go back and the claws come out..Her bearing her teeth is just as scary as any dog. Many a Maintenance man and new acquaintance have been scared and run out of my home terified by her.

As for playing games and walks..Kiley my other kitty walks on a leash and enjoys the outdoors as much as any dog. She would be out there in a Cat house if I would let her.

Opal my other cat fetches and plays games just as a dog would but with the acrobatics a dog never could and with out the mess of slobber all over the walls and toys.

As for food: Cat or Dog will bug the crap out of you till fed or find some other source or person to feed them eventually if they don't get what they want from you!

I think that the pure love in a dogs eyes you are seeing is a blank stare..Nothing there probally staring hoping for a snack if they bug you long enough..Ohh But a Cat..a cat on the other hand will present it's butt to you and allow you to rub it if it loves you..now thats affection. How comfortable with someone must you be to back that up and give you shot of petting it..lol!! Dogs Drool Cat's Rule!! This Hub is too Cool!!


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

Lisa,

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but, well, ... Harley is not a cat. That's called a tiger, dear, and, well, you should come to terms with the fact you have a pygmy tiger living with you. Granted, technically it's still a cat, but, let's be honest, not exactly the same creature this hub is talking about. :P (Sounds awesome lol).

And yes, willingly backing your backside up to someone else is definitely a sign of affection... or, if you're in prison, a sign of subordination. Given the ferocious nature of Harley, I have to wonder if your cats are affectionate or terrified and practicing prison survivor behavior.

:)

(I'm just messing) Sounds like you have cool cats. But I would argue that dogs do love their people, having had dogs in the past. They really do. They are just a pain in the ass, so, cat's are better pets. Thanks for the great comment, that was fun to read.


Shania 7 years ago

dogs in my opinon are better then cats are selfesh they only come to you for food dogs play with you and give you heaps of love for it from 11 year old shania


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

Thanks for the comment Shania. And you are right, dogs are like that, although, I would say that some cats are too. It's just not as common. Our white cat, Slayer, comes and sits on your lap all the time just to be with you. The tortoise shell one (pictured at the top of the hub with the hearts in her eyes), not so much, like, pretty much almost never.


hi 7 years ago

i like cats i perfer them


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pennyhowington 7 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Great article!


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

They have their appeal, Hi. Thanks for casting your vote.

Penny, thanks for saying so. :)


youghlove 6 years ago

cat lover right here. way to support them.


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PrettyPanther 6 years ago from Oregon

OMG, I haven't laughed this hard in quite awhile. The hub is awesome, the comments are awesome. All of it is AWESOME!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Ok, here's irony for you... as you sat reading this, I was reading a hub of yours, and, while you typed that kind comment, the cat appearing in the opening picture of this thread was, at the very moment your fingers were pressing into your keyboard, pressing her claws into my thigh for some unknown reason completely randomly. lol. Sometimes this cat is just strange.


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PrettyPanther 6 years ago from Oregon

You are a very cool fellow. I am in awe. I am truly a fan. Now, I'd better stop before you think I'm some weirdo stalker chick.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

OK...so...I have two dogs and one cat..I love them all equally and I think they all love me equally (although I think sometimes my male dog secretly thinks about devouring me in my sleep..lol) but I will say that the love of my prissy Persian makes me feel the most appreciated. Dogs love everyone but cat CHOOSE who they love. My cat likes no one except me so it makes me feel quite special that he cuddles up for alone time when no one else is around and the dogs are out to play and he sleeps on my pillow every night like he's watching over me...perhaps protecting me from the dog. haha. Great Hub!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

PrettyPanther, I am usually not so rude as to ignore a nice comment like that. Somehow that one got by me. Thank you, you are too kind... two months late, but still I appreciate that. :)

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theherbivorehippi: how scared would you be if you found out that your cat really IS protecting you? lol. Dog coming in there, saliva dripping, nose drawing the prospective flavor or your foot meat from the air as it sticks out from beneath the covers taunting his appetite... but there's kitty, those cool cat eyes gleaming in the wan light coming through the window, glowing a warning at him that says, "Back off Rover or I'll cut you." :)


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The Tam 6 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow, FLORIDA!

I AM STILL LAUGHING! You are right about dogs! I miss my kitty's! Cannot have a cat with the buns. :(


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Yeah, I would think that might be a bad combo. Although, our cats were fine with my daughter's bird, so, maybe you never know. Especially if the rabbit is big. I've seen some HUGE rabbits at the State Fair. Some of them could kick the crap out of our cats.


Well. 6 years ago

LOL!!!There's so many awesome cat videos on there. My favorite is the one is the cat on the bed and... oh wait, duh, I can link it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNN_y6fq1a0

oh, and this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WicIK1IHF4&fea

Oh, fine, and this one too ROFL (3 best cat vids of all time)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5Ilq3kFxek&fea

Those videos are just HILARIOUS!

Yes, the cats do get hurt(Kinds...)but it is still pretty funny, I say that cats are better then dogs any day. They are very loyal, and there is almost no time where my cat isn't cuddling with me.

When im on the computer, he sits at the computer room door. Waiting for me! And he's also my lil' bug catcher, about a year ago, he literally jumped 7 feet into the air just to kill a mosquito in my room. (Keep in mind, hes a 22 pound pixie-bob. Half linx half bobcat. :D) So, thats pretty awesome. And well, if i forget to feed him, he doesn't run away. Just whenever hes cuddling with me, he sneaks in a couple of nips on my fingers.... Not that fun. Anyways, ima make a hubpages accopunt, this guest posting is getting boring.


Well. 6 years ago

There we go. :p


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Welcome to the fold, Well. Or, shall I say, Well.come. :) And yeah, I've seen all three of those video clips before, those are the best all time cat videos. Always cracks me up to hear people get pissed off about those. They're just funny, and the cat does it to itself. Been awhile since I saw them, appreciate the repoint.


jordan 6 years ago

cat hate u ther lazy gready slobs cat do any thing for food dogs kill mice i that alot dogs are smarter thancats for many resons and dogs are better pets cats eats and sleep all day they dont love u those are instincs that make cats stink u can train dog to do any thins u will never see polic cats or gard cats drug sniffing cat yall are histerical if yall dont lice me than fuck u


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

LOL. Hi Jordan. For the most part, I agree with you. And I lice you, so you can leave your clothes on. :)


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sweetKitten 6 years ago from England

Oh, yes cats do love us more than dogs! I have this silly tiny dog that lives next door to me. he yaps yap yaps, and YAPS. I find it really annoying. cats are great though! they show much more sign of affection than dogs do.

I hate that dog...


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Have your cat go over there and kick its ass. I guarantee it can.


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RachaelLefler 6 years ago from Illinois

I like both cats and dogs, all animals really. But there is something special about cats that makes all other species seem completely inferior. I like watching them sun bathe and meditate. Also, cats bring you good luck! Ever see those little cat statue thingys from China/Japan? You think a statue of a dog would be a believable source of luck/wealth?


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

LOL, no, dogs are too stupid to be associated with luck/wealth. Although, ironically, I see far more dead cats alongside the road than I do dogs, so the intelligence is more perceived than actual, IMO. I think dogs are just smart enough for us to recognize they actually HAVE intelligence, and yet possessed of so little that we can only love them and contemplate whether or not we should put them in a helmet.


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rebu 6 years ago from Coorg,India

hey ur hubs are really nice...keep ur good work goin...


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

Our cat loved us so much that it killed six baby shrews in the basement laundry room to protect us from shrew dominion. As if that wasn't enough, it carried the carcasses upstairs and carefully presented them to us in our bedroom. Not at the same time, of course.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks, Rebu. I will do that. :)

Nicomp, if that's not love, what is? You know, mankind used to sacrifice valuable things (like bulls, goats and virgins) to the divine. Your cat is doing the same on a cat scale. Be glad you are worshiped.


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sweetKitten 6 years ago from England

I don't have a cat yet, but once I get one, I'll teach it to kick that yappy dog's butt! lol!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Good. Damn ankle biters! :D


u/hurt/kitty/you/die 6 years ago

Finally someone understands.Cats are beast.ONe thing though, you never saw a "Beware of the Cat" sign did you?Well exactly.


u/hurt/kitty/you/die 6 years ago

cats can climb, but kitty poo smells weird


dooda 6 years ago

il like you shades breath do you have a pet


dooda 6 years ago

well dogs rule dgndgngdhnfgnfgnfg


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

lol, thanks for your comments you guys. :D


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seanorjohn 6 years ago

Shades I just love this. Can't believe I missed this hub. I couldn't believe how quickly I fell in love with our cats. Ialways viewed myself as a dog lover until my children introduced cats to the house. When my first cat Oscar was run over it deeply affected me and to this day I find it hard to rid myself of the sight.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Wow, you had to see that? Ugh. Yeah, I imagine that one is going to stay with. Sorry to hear it. I suppose I would try to cheer you up with some anecdote about my cats, but, well, one of ours (the one with the hearts in the eyes up top) hid under the bed last night and so was locked in the bedroom until she had to crap or something and started whining and scratching the door, which made me have to wake up out of my nice dream and get up out of my nice warm bed to let her dumb ass out. (sigh). If she wasn't so cute I'd be pissed.


dogs > cats 6 years ago

dogs are more amusing than cats in my opinion


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Well, given the nature of humor and the variety of cats between cats and dogs between dogs, and the singularity of the individual experience, I can't find any reason to argue with your assessment. :)


mii 6 years ago

dogs rock.......i dont like cats.....cats are too lazy


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

That is a fact, they are lazy. I imagine that's probably why I like them. To dislike them would make me hypocrite.


Cheryl 6 years ago

I roflmao at this article. Thanks for the bright start to my day. You're a very talented writer.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Thank you Cheryl. I'm happy to have given you a morning's mirth. This article was fun to write, and both my cats approve of your approving it.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States

Very amusing!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks, Angela_Michella. My cats appreciate you appreciating them. Or, they will if they read this. I'll be honest, they probably won't, but, if they do, they totally will.


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Its tnt 6 years ago from God's own Country

Oh well cats will be cats and dog will be dogs, many have the feeling of love towards dogs and cats from their own tastes. I do love cats but being more with the dogs, I have always adored dogs more than cats. Cats are very cute and well they know very well, how to get their wishes done by the master. But dogs in this case are behind the cats. The acting part, I would say!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

I think with cats it comes down to luck. You get a good one, they're great. You get a moody one, you have to convince yourself it's cute in the moments it's not acting like an animal. Dogs you can count on for affection, period. Thanks for the comment, btw. Very kind of you to take the time.


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Glimmer515 6 years ago from Never Never Land

Every christmas my cat always somehow knew, and on xmas morning she would leave a bird or mouse outside the door by our xmas tree, kinda gross to see, but i thought it was really sweet at the same time, its like she was trying to give us a present on christmas! Great Hub!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Yes, the old pile of guts for Christmas gift. It's a feline staple right up there with humans and their pine trees and roasting chestnuts. (And I bet, in all seriousness, she was doing precisely that.)


Celyn  6 years ago

My Cat is so loving... every morning he is waiting at the end of

my bed waiting for me to get up...I make him breckfast but he doesn't eat it until I get mine...he walks me to the bus stop so I can go to school ... he always shows his love for me because he knows how to kiss me...(How cute is that)somedays we watch movies toghether ....the first movie he ever saw was chicken little ... he enjoyed that...he was even purring afterwards...One day at the bus stop the bus came and because Smot is half deaf he couldn't hear the bus coming and he was in the middle of the road...the bus was so close it could hit him until I jumped in and saved his life... he wouldn't stop kissing me and purring that day...smot also has a brother but he is the whole opposite of smot...his name is swt...Swt will eat anything...he eats chocolate,bacon,chicken,noodles and even A whole cake to himself!! he is unlovable at times but he has his moments...he is 3 times the size as smot ...smot always comes outside while swt is always I inside sleeping... they were both rescued...their other owners had left them all alone as they had moved away and didn't take the cats ...the RSPCA found them and took them to an animal center were we bought them as kittens they are only 3 years old now and loving life they love us and really care for us and do all of these things!! I'm only 13 years old and I really enjoy company from my cats... By Celyn x


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epigramman 6 years ago

by the time I scrolled down to the bottom of this screen my cat is now working on her 8th life!!!!

10 reasons cats love us more than dogs: they point us in the direction of your life affirming hubs which are witty, well-constructed, thoughtful and enlightening!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Celyn: It sounds like you have a really awesome cat in Smot, and even Swt sounds like he ads an interesting character to your house. (You wrote that very nicely, by the way, that was fun to read, so thank you for a well written cat story to start my day.) I'm glad you rescued those two kitties, they are lucky to have you.

Epigramman: Thanks for reading this, and yeah, I got to tell you, this hub was written for fun one day and it has just been one of this things you can never predict, you know? Delightfully so.


Adri 6 years ago

I am a dog person. My dog loves me and would get between me and danger at any time.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Well, I can tell you as a cat owner, my cat gets in between my feet and puts me in danger all the time. So, yeah, we kind of have that in common. Sort of.


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I Do. 6 years ago from N.Y, N.Y

This is an old link I came across a few months ago.

I hope you enjoy it! =] (I am a cat person.)

http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com/humor/otherhumor/do...


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Hahha!!! I Do, I have seen that before, but a long time ago. I sooo forgot about it. That is truly hilarious.

ANYONE READING COMMENTS... IT'S TOTALLY WORTH IT TO CLICK THE LINK IN THE COMMENT ABOVE.

That's classic and so true. Great link.


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wingedcentaur 6 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

Good Day Shadesbreath

Very nice! Who knew that the cat's psyhcopathic behavior is really an expression of love? Though I'm a dog person myself, I always appreciate a well stated argument on the other side.

But seriously, as I told Calpol25, this could be a mini comedic sketch on stage. The performance piece should be called, "Why Cats Love You More Than Dogs Do."

You would need at least three people, maybe more. One would be the on-stage narrator, pet trainer, or something like that. One should be dressed in a dog suit, another in a cat suit, and they would go through all the motions you outline in this article (shedding, pooping, and the like).

You would need at least one more person off-stage to do the voice overs, representing the innner thoughts of both the cat and the dog; and this off-stage narration would be designed to show us the "true" motivation of each animal.

But seriously. You know, I have heard it said - and I think this is true - that dogs have families and cats have staffs. Isn't the cultivation of cats rooted in a class dynamic? I know that cats were popular during the period of ancient Egypt with the ruling class.

Cats, I think, are an animal of luxury historically. Cats can't do anything, which is fine, because the value of a being - to my way of thinking - is not rooted in his utility; but they can't do anything. Of course, a huge reason why dogs can "do stuff" is because we have trained the beasts over hundreds of years to assist us in a variety of ways.

But then, dogs had the innate physical potential to be put to various uses, which cats do not.

What' my point? Oh, I'm sorry. Was I supposed to have one?

Good Job. Take care.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Hey there, Wingedcentar, nice to see a fellow philosophy fan here. You know, I never thought about this that way, but I think you are spot on with that stage production. This would totally translate to that. And, as visual comedy, there is a lot of potential for sure. Lots' for the actors to DO. That's a great idea. I keep hoping for some literary agent, publisher or magazine editor to find my vampire hubs, and now I must hope for a playwright or producer to find this too!

AS for your "dogs have families and cats have staffs"... I LOL @ that, and offer one in exchange, that you, as a philosopher, will appreciate it: Dogs HAVE free will, but cats USE it.


TT 6 years ago

my cat licks the tap and then spits it in me


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Well, that's certainly subject to some interpretation, so I'll just say that's either really cute or disturbing depending on how the "in" plays out. Thanks for commenting. :)


MarianG 6 years ago

Aren't torties great?


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Hi Marian. Ours is a real pistol, I can tell you. She's a cute little thing, but very feisty!


TruckinDr 6 years ago

Perhaps the best read I've had the pleasure of on hubpages,keep up the great work.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

That's very, very cool of you to say, TruckinDr. Thanks. This little old cat hub has done pretty well. Just shows how many cat people are out there looking to enjoy a cat story... and how many dog people are out there looking for a cat story that proves they are right.


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Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

shadesbreath... Can't pick sides since I love both cats and dogs...lol I was laughing out loud all by myself...funny stuff, especially the hacked hairballs in the night...I have experienced a few of those "love" incidents. I'll have to keep this Hub in mind next time my cat decides to show his love in some unusual way!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Scribenet, you better hope your cat can't read. If he finds out you don't prefer him infinitely more than your dog he will do things to you while you sleep. Your dog won't care if you like him as much as the cat, but your cat will be furious. Be careful.


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Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Lol...thanks for warning! He already tries to stick his whiskers up my nose while I sleep and hacked a hairball on the bed...GROSS... so he has been banned from the bedroom...now he tries ramming the door open by running at it full tilt...I agree with your assessment! I have the computer screen covered as I write...even though he looks like he is sleeping...one has to be careful....shh!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Don't worry, I won't say nothing. Like I need another cat to contend with. These two are plenty. Good luck!


Melbourne Boarding Kennels 6 years ago

very very funny, i had never thought about my partners cat in this way, so in essence everything he does is for me and his love for me, i will be definity looking at patches differently when he is sleeping on the bed just so that I can be warner when I go to bed...

Cheers


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Yep, everything Patches does is out of love no matter how angry it makes you, who gets hurt, or how much it costs to repair. All of it is love.


araceli 6 years ago

if dogs and cats could talk, they'd tell you how egotistical and insane you all are. Animals don't love humans, they merely depend on them. Animals are instinctual, territorial, and social animals. We as humans just need to think we are loved by at least someone, why not a cat/dog to feel like we're special. It's a purely egotistical need on our part, but eh, it's human nature.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Um, Araceli, my cats can talk. In fact, my cat Slayer just read what you wrote and told me that, while you clearly mean well, you are mistaken. He says, and I quote, "Shades, you rock dude. I know I'm really your wife's cat, but, all in all, for a human, you are solid." Then he made a ball out of his little white paw and gave me a fist bump. So I'm feeling pretty good about that.


Pamellion 6 years ago

F*** you, outdoor-cat-hating neighbors -- and the barking, slobbering dogs you usually ride in on! ;)


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

I never ride in on slobbering dogs. Barking dogs I'm willing to consider if I need to ride in badly enough, but slobbering dogs, no way. At high speeds, the wind whips tendrils of mucous back at me when riding in on a slobbering dog. The slimy strands stream backwards like silvery strings tied to the dog's frothy lips, waggling and flicking gobs of disgusting goo in my face that make riding in most unsavory. So, I never do it.


nick 6 years ago

All you cat people who envision all dogs as slobbering, crotch sniffing, incessant barkers have never met a Golden Retriever, those dogs (the ones I've met) should be honorary humans. Mine never barks and is very clean. Of course, there are dumb, yappy dogs but dogs are an extremely varied species.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Yes, there are good ones and bad ones to be sure, Nick. But it doesn't take many bad ones to sort of spoil it for us non-dog types who prefer to like them at a distance. An example, a neighbor of ours and his girlfriend came up with their two dogs (Australian shepherd and St. Bernard) as my wife and I were sitting out front having a drink in the driveway (yes, we are somewhat redneck), and that great brute of a St. Bernard in his exuberance loped up to my wife and slathered her with disgusting mucous, gobbing at least a 1/4 cup of goo into her wine glass and leaving a band of shimmering slop striping the thigh of her freshly washed pants. This is the SECOND time that's happened in a pair of months. Meanwhile, the hyper-active, completely undisciplined smaller dog was clawing up into my lap and hers with it's pointy toe nails, probing wet nose and the cold-mushyness of a thick coat that is completely soaked in the St. Bernard's frothy spit.

You'll have to forgive me if my exposure to nightly barking dogs, growling kid-scaring dogs, attacking each other dogs, crapping on my lawn and the sidewalk dogs and even "nice but aggressively friendly dogs" in the neighborhood does not make me a dog lover. I realize it's not the dogs' fault that the owners have not the discipline to discipline their animals, but that changes nothing for me, only proves that people should probably not keep dogs in public without passing some sort of rigorous responsibility training classes and paying HUGE fees yearly, not to mention massive fines for anything the neighbors call in. The definition of liberty is supposed to be that everyone has the right to pursue happiness and do what they want so long as they don't, in the enjoyment of their rights, impinge upon the rights of others to be happy as well. The dogs in the city thing seems to cross that line with tremendous regularity.


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prairieprincess 6 years ago from Canada

Bravo! A well-deserved tribute to these incredible animals! :)


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Hi Prairieprincess. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. They are pretty cool critters, aren't they. :) (I have pictures of my white one drinking with his paw. It's his new habit. Dips a paw in, and licks the water off his foot pads. lol. Goofy thing.)


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Betty Reid 5 years ago from Texas

Great hub - from insightful to gross to funny. The mouse guts are a nice touch. I suppose intruders are more dangerous than mice, but at least the intruders don't stick around to poop in my kitchen.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Yes, well, that pretty much cover's cats... gross to funny. LOL.


CatsSuck 5 years ago

Cats are puke machines. And any "affection" they offer is clearly because they have some serious physiological need to have their bodies massaged. If your not around, they'll gladly rub themselves on the nearest end table. And then vomit all over it.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

I have no defense to your assertions here. You are correct on all counts. And yet, somehow, they still amuse me.


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Although I own 4 dogs, I LOVE CATS TOO.... I had many cats as a child. I love the way they can be cuddling with you one minute and within a moment be ignoring you completely.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Yeah, they are like that. I think that's why women tend to like them more than men, they have that in common. :D


violet 5 years ago

i disagree. cats pale in comparison to dogs, in pretty much every way. cats are socially-challenged little creeps. they smell disgusting - FAR worse than dogs. you can tell immediately if someone owns a cat by the unmistakable stench that clings to everything they own; furthermore, everyone knows at least one person who is allergic to their filthy dander. you have to go to great lengths to earn any affection from them - and most of the time, even THAT isn't enough for them to stop hiding from you and sulking around like an AS*HOLE - despite the fact that you feed them, give them shelter, take them to the doctor when need be and give them things to play with, while they give you jack SH*T in return. they're moody and they look at everyone and everything with a SH*T-eating scowl on their face. they're sadistic and unpredictable - one minute, they're creepily rubbing their bodies around your ankles (instead of just letting you pet them - because this way, they can get their filthy fur all over your clothes without letting you touch them) or they're self-entitledly sitting on your lap like you're their throne, being not exactly affectionate towards you but instead arrogantly tolerant of your existence - which they make perfectly clear to you is worthless compared to their own - and the next minute they're scratching the SH*T out of you and making some awful screeching, yowling sound like you're trying to barbecue them or something. and the fact that they're known for skinning cute little mice alive is just a further testament to their cold, soulless temperament. they puke and cough sticky, spitty balls of fur up all over the place and SH*T in a box that you actually keep in your living quarters - which you can also teach dogs to do, if you're gross and like to keep SH*T inside of your house. oh, and if you piss off a cat, they will spray their urine all over the walls of your house.

dogs are fabulous. and way cuter. especially the big ones.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Violet. I love your post and can't argue with a single thing in it. In fact, it may be the best response yet, although it's been awhile since I read through all of these, so I won't commit to that lest I risk offending someone who made an equally excellent case for or against dogs or cats as you have here. You made your points well, your level of emotion was palpable yet not over the top, and just as a general reading experience goes, the whole thing was a delight. Thank you so much for coming and commenting, and for making me smile. Great response.


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applejuic3 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

Love this post! Cats are so great :) I currently have two- one male and one female. When I see my dog-owning friends, I feel even more appreciate because my cats allow us to do whatever we want without worrying about needing to let the dog out, etc.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

You ain't lying about that! We have friends with dogs, and I swear, the dogs are ANCHORS! They're worse than kids. At least with kids, you can bring them along. And while some dog owners will make the same argument, I don't buy it. You can't take your dog to nice restaurants, and go on helicopter tours, and deep sea outings and all that stuff. Dogs are totally cool, but you have to commit to having a dog and be willing to make the sacrifices, (and force your neighbors to make the sacrifices they have to make too, whether they wanted that in their life or not).


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swedal 5 years ago from Colorado

#4 Ewww and #8 Ewwww Ewwww....

My wife has a cat, which I do actually like some of the time. I would rather have a dog but it is forbidden because the cat would be upset.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

LOL @ "it is forbidden because the cat would be upset." If that doesn't say everything right there, nothing does. :D


Sam 5 years ago

I am by no means biased *against* dogs, though you could say I am biased *for* cats. All animals are wonderful, due simply to the fact that they can't but follow their respective natures. Humans, on the other hand, are often neurotic, self-defeating, and seek validation from others, rather than from within. Animals just are. Which is why I find this article interesting, as it takes into account nature and instincts, as well as how behavior is learned:

http://www.animal-behaviour.org.za/articles/genera...

Cat say: "my nature says to be solitary and to look out for myself, but due to your track record, I deem you good enough to trust, and even to rub my belly, i.e., the most vulnerable part of me." Again, showing us the way, philosophically, through example and action rather than theory.

Another point to make: cats are willing to hurt themselves to show their affection. We all know cats love to rub against things, but watch a cat walk underneath a low table and listen at how loudly he/she bumps up against it. There have been times it was loud like a knock on a door, so asked my girl, "didn't that hurt?" Her explanation: "the affection I wanted to express was so strong, it hurt my head." If poetry is attempting to express the inexpressible, then cats are altruistic, maybe masochistic, poets.

Finally, a perfect demonstration of your analogy of a mural painting, which to me is precisely why they are aloof (by keeping a physical distance, they're trying to hip us to the metaphorical distance): right now, kitty could be in my lap, or nestled up against me. However, she is on the other side of the room, all paws underneath her, a big gray, poofy lump with ears, literally showing me how awesome she is. Except we've known that for ages, so she's probably just showing off.

Also, she recently leapt into the air to try to catch some bug. Fun to watch a cat stalk and hunt. (The focus and purpose with which they move is humbling. I could learn a thing or two about that...) Sorry doggies, but you got nothing on that butt waggle :)


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Sam. Thanks for this really great comment. I particularly enjoyed the idea that cats bump their heads to express the inexpressible. I think that is true, more or less. I think we humans tend to see the world as we see ourselves, which you get at for the most part I think in what you are saying here, so we interpret pet behavior dog or cat as we select it to be (which is the point of my article).

I read the article you linked. It's very interesting in its analysis of evolved behaviors, particularly the comparisons between the loose community of ranging cats versus the tight pack. I never thought about the community of cats in the wild before. So, that was interesting, although I'm not sure if its really true. It sounds true, but I don't know if we should trust that writer too much given how clearly she prefers cats. I mean, its fine as a light read, but for hard facts, the judgmental parts of the article make it less than credible, even if it might be true. By saving all the good/favorable descriptive words for cat behaviors and using a great deal of pejorative language when describing the dog behaviors, the writer brings her credibility into question when it comes to the facts. If it were an opinion piece article, that would be okay, but since article is presented as if it is an academic or at least expert piece on a seemingly all animals kind of website, that sort of slanted writing is, well, not as scientific as one would expect on a .org website like that--it's kinda like reading an anthropologist writing about some new, far off culture and castigating their rituals and beliefs based on values brought with them from home. Without clinical distance and relativistic approach it becomes judgmental. How can one successfully evolved strategy be deemed better than another if both worked for the respective animals involved, you know?

Just my two cents on that article. I just came downstairs from scratching my cat's soft white belly after he flopped over upon my approach like a big, goofy bag of fluff. He was waiting for me to get up so he could get some tummy rubbin', so, nobody has to convince me cats are loving. :D


rebecca 5 years ago

well im allergic to cats they make me sneeze and itch. but dogs dont. i love my dogs :)


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ekenzy 5 years ago

Ahhhh... I hate cats


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Rebecca, you know, that whole alergy thing does constitute a pretty major strike against cats. I've never heard of anyone allergic to dogs. Not saying there isn't anyone, just never heard of it. I know about eight people who are allergic to cats. Funny thing is, three of them LOVE our cats and pet them, even exclaiming as they do, "I'm going to regret this but he's just so cute!" ("he" because Slayer--the white one--is the one people just drool over for cuteness. The other one--in the first picture--is cute but evil lol).

Ekenzy, Yeah, I hear you. I have my moments too, to be honest. I'm pretty tired of getting the crap scared out of me in the middle of the night and being certain there is a murderer in my house ready to stab me with a chainsaw every time one of my idiot cats gets up on the counter and knocks dishes or crap off the bar into the sink. Not a fan of that wake up sensation. (sigh).


fred 5 years ago

The many asinine, inaccurate comments here only serve to remind me how much lower on the intelligence scale most humans are. Only ignorant idiots make broad generalizations about a beautiful animal they know absolutely nothing about, based on isolated observations. The most negative aspect of the internet is that too many assholes without a brain or any ability whatsoever for logical thought speak on it.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

LOL Hi Fred. Great post, thanks for sharing. I have to tell you, the only thing I love more than cats and rage on the Internet is irony. :)


fredironic 5 years ago

"LOL Hi Shadesbreath." Impressive comment from you. I have to tell you, the only thing I love more than that profoundly meaningful article you wrote is your great posts. Thanks a million for sharing. It's wonderful to know that there are people like you with such keen perceptions that they perceive irony in the use of hyperbole meant to make a valid point. Have fun with your next response. If you're really lucky, maybe someone will be around to read it and they can contribute to your piggy bank. After all, HubPages has such a stellar reputation.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Awww, now, I was just having some fun. I'm with you on the "profoundly meaningful" view of this article, which is why I said what I said. They're just cats (or dogs), which on one hand are awesome creatures that can bring a great deal of joy into our lives, but, on the other hand, they're just animals in the greater scheme of things and people can take them too seriously, like, as if there really is some sort of cat vs. dog battle out there somewhere that matters. (There's not.). So, before you go off thinking bad things about slightly sarcastic but perfectly nice me, here's an olive branch. :)


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Sunny Barb 5 years ago from Central Florida

This was written two years ago and still people are commenting on this marvelous hub. As I scrolled down reading each comment, I had to remind myself this was a discussion about cats vs dogs, not a political debate. You evoked passion in your readers, positive and negative towards the fabulous felines. When you write something that ignites controversy you know you have reached your readers. As I am typing this my Abby keeps flicking her tail in my face. I am one of those rare kinds who truly love both cats and dogs.

I enjoyed this hub filled with subtle humor. Love your style.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Sunny, and thanks for the kind words. This is sort of the Little Hub that Could. It just keeps on chugging. I think it's just that it hits one of those soft spots that people love to argue about, kind of like other more controversial political/religious topics, but not quite so volatile (although we've had a few emotive responses lol). I'm with you, I like cats and dogs, so it's easy for me to have some fun and just enjoy the ride.


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Sunny Barb 5 years ago from Central Florida

Shades,

I just had to read through the varied comments and have giggled. It probably doesn't help it's the wee hours of the morning and I'm a bit slap-happy. "And I lice you so you can keep your clothes on." Your responses to these comments are pricelss.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Thanks, Sunny, and yeah, the comments are a lot of fun on this. And yeah, sometimes people just set it up so nice, it makes it easy, you know? lol. I got a comment from someone named Kahn I think on an SEO spoof hub I wrote about how to NOT make money online that is still the funniest response I ever got in my mind (Given the context). I feel back mocking sincerity, but, well, sheesh, I'm only human.


Kyle 5 years ago

I'm not necessarily a "dog person", but yo are obviously a cat person. I have had a cat and a dog and i can say that dogs are far more loving, and cats are more independent and easy. You do not have any analytical skills because your points do not discuss love, rather they are more about trainability. Dogs are just as (probably far more) loving and affectionate than cats because dogs, like humans, are social animals, while cats are not. Thus cats do not have the same emotional connection to their owners that dogs do. Don't come up with these inane conclusions just cuz you favor one type of animal over another.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Kyle, I'm going to let you in on a secret. What you are calling "inane conclusions" is what I call "sarcasm." Perhaps that will make it all seem more reasonable. :)


bre 5 years ago

i am pretty sure that this whole thing is just sarcasm... do you not like cats?


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

LOL, bre. Hey, at least you got it. Not sure if you took some time to scan the comments, but the real joy of this thing for me (besides making fun of cats) is watching how many people get outraged by it. lol

My wife has cats. I actually kind of like the white one. It's nice, friendly, lets people pet it. He's funny, goofy, etc. But he's a cat. You can't call him. Can't train him without making it a full time job, etc. As cat's go, he's awesome. Would a dog be ten times more affectionate and trainable, yes. Would it have less dignity? Yes. Maybe. Would it require wayyyy more time on my/our part? Totally.

Do I have to pay the vet bills either way? Yep. Will I be heartbroken when it dies in 10 years or so? Yep. Will it be worth it? Hard to say. Probably.

That's the truth of it.


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quotations 5 years ago from Canada

I recently and somewhat reluctantly became the owner of a cat, after I rescued a stray that had taken up residence in my backyard. I found your observations spot on and very amusing, particularly your comments about the cat's desire to get me to redecorate by clawing my out of date furniture. I will now appreciate the interior designer hiding inside my cat and learn to control my desire to teach him some manners with my foot.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Yes, I'm glad I was able to help you understand what is really going on rather than just going with your first instinct, which is to think it's a dumb animal with destructive instincts that, while once meant to, for example, keep claws sharp for hunting, have become, in a modern world, simply irritating and expensive. Yes. I'm very glad I was able to steer your clear of that kind of reasoning. :)


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Carol Petretti 5 years ago from California

This was wonderful. I have such a better understanding of what my kitties are up too. They must like my furnuture. They never claw it.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Well, you must have rare taste in furniture, Carol. Lucky for you. I, on the other hand, have horrendous taste, and the more beautiful and stylish I think my furniture is, the more it must suck. :D


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ShaneMorris 5 years ago from Springfield, MO

This is the first time I've read one of your hubs Shadesbreath, I like your style. This article was interesting and I will definitely be following more of your writing.


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

Constant Walker 3 years ago

Them's fightin' words!!!

If someone breaks into your home, and tries to harm you or yours, (or even if you're not there) will your cat lay down its life to protect hearth and home, or will it be hiding in the farthest, safest corner?

And try this, stop feeding your cat and see how long it hangs around. It's there for the food!

How good is your cat at playing catch... fetch... frisbee... going for a walk... playing in the park... anything?!?

Spryte, clearly you've never had a dog, and seen the pure love in its eyes when he/she looks at you.

constant walker...i rescue cats and sometimes even dogs. i used to be a dog person but am now a cat person. have you ever read Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper, it is about a blind cat, a true story. at one point one night she was awakened by the sound of Homer growling that kind of scream growl cats give when they are about to attack. it scared her to death. she reached over and turned her lamp on...to find a man standing at the foot of her bed. Homer was facing the man in attack mode. the man had frozen at the sound of Homer, unable to see the black cat in the night. Gwen reached over for the phone to call the cops and the man spoke, saying dont do that lady...that was all Homer needed to know where to launch his attack at and he did, launching straight at the mans face. the man jerked to the side and bolted out of the apartment...with Homer hot on his heels. so yes a cat will fight to protect an owner. cats have saved their owners lives many times. my own cats have done many things dogs have done, from playing fetch, to going on hikes, to riding in cars and even going fishing in a row boat when ever i did. cats are awesome companions who bond deeply with their owners, and they are incredibly intelligent, giving every indication of understanding human speech as well as human emotions and moods.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

That's very nice to hear, Shane. I hope I can continue to amuse. :)

Tlmcgaa, that's a pretty awesome story (the blind cat attack one). Great stuff, scary, but great. Thanks for sharing that, and thanks for reading. And I think I can speak for SPryte and CW when I say that their comments on this hub are meant in the spirit of good fun. :)


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Hey Shadesbreath, I read this earlier, but didn't leave a comment, because I wasn't exactly sure what to say. LOL! I did find it quite funny, as per usual with reading your work. I have a preference for dogs, but am living with 2 cats, which are not mine. And, your observations about cats are pretty spot on, which includes your educational background, which makes it absolutely beyond a shadow of doubt, funny. Your unique views and ability to maintain a comic angle is always great to read. LOL! Definitely voted up! :)


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Hiya Cags. Glad you saw the humor in this one. It's funny to get comments on it sometimes and people think I'm being serious, or I'm being mean to cats or something. Or even mean to dogs. It's the risk you take with sarcasm, but, hey, it's fun. (I woulda picked you for a cat person based on your avatar if nothing else lol... BIG cat person.)


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

Shadesbreath...here is another sign that cats love us more than dogs do...they see how bad computers (and tv's and books and work) are for us and do whatever they can to get us away from them where as a dog could care less if we become zombies and start hurting while frozen to the computer... >^..^


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Hey Shadesbreath, I can see how you would think that I am a cat(BIG) person because of the avatar, but when I was a kid, I had a beautiful German Shepard police dog, named Prince. He was awesome, fully trained and very large in size compared to me. I used to be able to ride him around the backyard of the house my parents owned. The two cats I live with are my mother's cats. She bought them from the local MSPCA shelter and have had them for about 5-6 years now. I have already vowed to my mother when she passes that I will keep the cats. I'm not allowed to have pets where I live, because the new owners want tenants to not have pets of that sort. But, we are grandfathered under the law, which allows us to keep them. The previous owner of the building, allowed cats, but would not allow dogs. He said cats don't do as much damage as cats do. I don't know if there are any statistics to back that up, but it was his rules for tenants. :)


september girl 5 years ago

Yay!! I love cats and have had them all my life. Here where I live, most people seem to prefer dogs, so it is nice to see this hub and appreciate it! : ) Thank you for sharing it. Voted it up and awesome, as well as useful and interesting. I love all animals, but cats are my fav's. : )


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada

How does the saying go?? Cats rule, and dogs drool? Something like that.... oh yes, another reason why cats love us more than dogs: they respect us enough not to wash our face with wet floppy stinky thing (I believe you referred to it as a slice of warm, wet ham) but rather rub their adoring face all over your leg.

I love cats.... but I love dogs too!!! o.O oh well, meow, woof and purrrrrrrrrrr!!!

As always, you have me smiling! xo

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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

tlmcgaa, you may be right. Perhaps it only shows that dogs, while seemingly more emotionally attached to us, are really only being nice to us for food. If we become zombies, that's fine, so long as we keep opening up the Alpo. (Do they even still sell Alpo? I'm totally out of touch with the dog world.)

Yeah, Cags, I'm not too sure your landlord is right about cats doing less damage. Their urine is the most enduring chemical smell in the universe--it's like an olfactory diamond or something--and they can pretty much shred anything with those claws of theirs. (We nick-named the cat at the top of this hub "buzzsaw," I'm sure you can guess why lol). (I had big dogs growing up too, but my dad would yell at me for riding them... Mastiffs; he said it would make them get hip dysplasia (or get it more quickly, depending on the dog) Ah well. Dogs are cool as long as I don't have to own them or listen to them barking all night.

Hi September Girl. I like animals too... although mainly at a distance lol. We drive our pest control guy nuts because we only want him to kill the spiders, but not any of the "real animals" like mice or snakes and stuff. LOL. He thinks we're batty. (We don't want him to kill bats either). (And yes, I'm a hypocrite, but I don't care. Spiders suck and I'm fine with being a hypocrite about it.

Beth, you got that right. I don't know how dogs don't all just dehydrate instantly and keel over with all that endless leaking they do. Sheesh. Still, they are cute, especially as puppies, and like I already said, if they don't keep me up at night... well, I'm happy that people get so much joy from them. (I hate people who don't take care of them though, that pisses me off... and its usually why I end up having to listen to the barking bastard all night too).


Chasuk 5 years ago

Funny hub, even if I do prefer dogs to cats. I've owned many of both -- I own 1 cat and 0 dogs now -- and only one of my dogs was a drooler.

The only cats I really like are those that act like dogs. :-)


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blairtracy 5 years ago from Canada

I am honestly a dog person. But I truly enjoyed reading your hub. And I do currently own cat named Maow.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Chasuk, I hear ya. But it's funny if you think about it: if you only like cats that act like dogs (which is the same as me), then what you are really saying is that you like cats that are friendly, affectionate and occasionally show glimmers of something that look like intellect. Which means, cats and dogs sort of equal out in the end (or they can, given the right cat).

Hi blairtracy, I promise not to tell Maow what you said.


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laine harrison 5 years ago

ive got myself a cat and a dog, and guess what, they sleep together, eat together and play together! no cat and dog fights for me. :)


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Yes, Laine Harrison, the cats hate dogs thing is pretty overblown in my opinion. Growing up we had giant mastiffs, and our cats used to sleep ON them. Pretty funny.


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Smart is Good 5 years ago from Lima, Perú

I just got anew kitten and he's soo sweet and likes to cuddle on my neck on my legs, everywhere. But my dogs are also really lovely. I do agree that cats are cleaner though.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Smart is good. Glad you found a good kitten, and as long as you enjoy your critters, it doesn't really matter what anyone else thinks.


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JasonPLittleton 5 years ago

I love for your truthfulness, honesty, and respect shown here. Great hub!


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Thanks, Jason. I try to be frank in these wort of articles. :D


Alex 5 years ago

This article is an example of exaggeration and an exercise in ignorance ESPECIALLY THE PART WHEN THE IGNORANT BEING SAYS THAT A CAT AVOIDS WATER BECAUSE HE DOESNT WANT TO GET YOU WET. I mean how blind do you have to be to see that cats dont like water. Have you ever seen a lion or any other feline species enjoy water...NO. sure theres an abnormal cat who like water. Also you have to be crazy to lick your cat clean. Specially when its been outside doing who knows what. Here's some advice.. keep it simple because thats a what a cats love is simple. Not some giant mural of love or however you made a cats love out to be.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia

Shady, this is an awesome hub! I laughed all the way through. Love your sense of satire. Sorry everyone didn't get it, cause you were laying it on pretty thick! Voted your hub up!!


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Habee. I gotta say, the people who don't get it are half the fun. This last comment from Alex was priceless. I can actually recall the best of them, this tops the list, finally nudging out a comment from a guy named Khan on my How Not to Make Money Online hub; I actually felt bad, because his comment was obviously well intended and he must have read my hub and thought I was just really, really, really dumb. :D


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia

Okay, now I gotta go read that hub!


Guest 5 years ago

Wow,

I cannot believe how ignorant the author of this article is about dogs.


Guest 5 years ago

I cannot believe how ignorant the author of this article is about dogs in general. I like both dogs and cats and think they both have great qualities and shortfalls, just like all living beings.

Someone who claims cats will eat mice because they love you and dogs would if they could is the silliest thing I ever heard. Clearly, you don't realize that it is in a cat's nature to hunt, and you definitely don't realize that most german shephards (and other breeds) will naturally fight and kill mice and large rats that are in their territory, without bothering to eat them. I could go on but you're so ignorant I see no point. Next time you write something please do your research and make sure your logic makes sense.

That said, I think both are great animals.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Guest. Thanks for coming, and, well, what else can I say. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment, but, unfortunately, I'm afraid you've missed the fun being had here as this little article is entirely tongue-in-cheek. The point is to make fun of cat owners (of which I am one), and if you read carefully enough, you'll see that dogs are actually the creatures that come out on top.


Guest 5 years ago

Ah. My bad. This is what happens when you skim through things.

Also, why are you making cats out to look bad? :p


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Well, lol, mostly because it's fun and makes me feel better about the unfathomable volume of white hair on all my dark clothes and dark hair on all my light furniture and the general chaos that takes place at our house around these sweet little monsters. :D


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Loved this and still laughing! Thanks for clarifying why our cats keep throwing up! I will appreciate it much more knowing that it is out of kindness on their part and appreciation for our health. Hahaha!


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Thanks, Peggy W. :) Isn't perspective fun?


prerna 5 years ago

DOGS ARE THE BEST


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Well, there it is in all caps. It must be true.



Ellen G Paiva 5 years ago

My cat Oswald (RIP) and I used to have the longest discussions and disagreements about the litter box. It took me a long time to figure out that he only used unscented clay litter. Not that scoop away sand box stuff or deodorant brands. He'd pee outside the box until I got the message. Then if I didn’t have it clean enough he'd poop on the bed. I made sure regardless of the time of night that his box was clean with unscented and clay. Two paws up he would say. My dog Violet is a real lady. She is a small/medium dog with medium/small poop. We live in a condo which you'd have to be a mouse looking for cheese to find your way home. It was pouring rain out one evening, so we cut through the complex to get home to our unit. She smelled a corner wall and went to squat, then caught herself at the same time I did: the look on her face and mine, "what was she thinking? That was a close call". Violet only pooped once in the condo and that was when I first adopted her from my mother-in-law. We should have heed her warning that morning. Hey, now we know. Of all the hard work of cleaning up poop and throw up and shedding fur; it's all worth it. My condo would be clean without them thar animals but it would be emotionally sterile.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Ellen. I read your tribute to Oswald at that link. Very beautiful, and he sounds like a cool cat and a great companion. Losing him must have been a terrible blow, but, you seem to have the right approach in appreciating his memory. :)

As for your dog, and the poop factor in general, I have to say, that is the element of pets that really gets me. They need to genetically engineer poop-free dogs and cats. That would be sweet!


EGP 5 years ago

Poop is the easy part of pet "ownership", it's deciding when to say goodbye and end their suffering. I dont like making the decision to end their life. My vet said there is very seldom a romantic time of death. it goes on for days and with lots of pain. Animals are masters of hiding their pain which is placed in my hands. It's ok its part of being a true friend. Regards, Ellen.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Yeah, that's a real brutal part of pet ownership. I grew up on a ranch (which I think you know now--thanks for reading so much of my stuff, it really means a lot), and that's a decision that has to be made a lot. So many dogs, cats, horses, even cattle that you raise from a calf when their mother's die birthing. You don't really ever "get used to it" per se, but you do learn how to make the call more easily. Doesn't mean you make the "right" calls, just means you get used to making them.


Gwen 5 years ago

I LOVE MY CATS THEY ARE SO FUNNY!!! CATS FOREVER


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

THERE'S A REASON WATCHING CAT VIDEOS IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR THINGS TO DO ON THE INTERNET. THANKS FOR COMMENTING. :)


Wolfgirl 5 years ago

This is sarcastic, right??? If I am wrong, u r insane. I love cats and dog the same. I hate cat haters and I hate dog haters. Why hate an ANIMAL? All they really want is love and food anyways, what's to hate about it :)


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Wolfgirl: Yep. Completely sarcastic. You have to have a sense of humor to be a cat lover. Or be a really, really old lady.


soupdragon 5 years ago

"think with cats it comes down to luck. You get a good one, they're great. You get a moody one, you have to convince yourself it's cute in the moments it's not acting like an animal. Dogs you can count on for affection, period."

I'm not sure I'd agree with that, my parents once brought home a dog from a shelter that had issues, it was incredibly jealous of whoever it was with, if I was alone in the house with it it wouldn't let them back in, it wouldn't let my mother in their bedroom and you knew about it, it would growl, on one occasion it went for her and bit her quite badly. We had to return it to the shelter in the end as being too dangerous. I think theres good and bad on both sides. The last dog my mother owned was a lovely lovely dog, but my last cat was the greatest cat in the world, he was simply wonderful and I cried buckets when he passed.


soupdragon 5 years ago

Hmm the comments about cats hunting mice make me smile... I used to work a place where they had fields out back and the family dog would regularly go hunting rabbits in it, it would grab them by the scruff of the neck, fling it up and down to break it's neck, and then happily bring it back to the house and dump it on the grass in front of the house as a present. Another place had lurchers and once one took off without being able to stop it and brought down a deer, ripped its neck out. I've got to say, venison meat is tough, the deer must have been an old... food for thought.


soupdragon 5 years ago

One last point, cat hair... my mother was upset when the dog died but so relieved she didn't to vacuum clean the carpet everyday anymore. Once I reluctantly took him in the back of my car and the white hairs were plastered to the rear seats, it took weeks to clean it all off. Sorry but cats win on this one too. Yes they moult, they have hair, but it's only a fraction of the output of a dog.

In this world you're either a cat person or a dog person. There are cat people who live with dogs and put up with them and there are dog people who reluctantly live with cats. You're one of the latter my friend.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Soupdragon. Thanks for your great comments. It's very gratifying for a writer to have someone engage so nicely and interestingly.

That said, as to that mean dog you had, I've seen that too in dogs. We had a foreman once who had a dog that had what I call "the stink eye." You could see the way it looked at you. There could be three dogs sitting on the porch, and as I approached, they'd all look at me, two with that dopey, exuberant, "Oh, oh, oh, he's gonna pet us, I just know it. Here he comes... gonna pet, gonna pet us." The third, Hap was its name, would sit up and narrow it's eyes and watch me, its face pushing forward like a knife about to be thrown. No sappy, wiggly dog enthusiasm at all.

I'm not sure what a lurcher is, but if that's a house cat, I'm scared, regardless of how old the deer is.

And as far as assessing the secret hidden in this article, you are spot on. If you read my "A Tribute to Gruffy and Hosehead" article, you'll see how it all fits together and how I ended up this way.


doglover4lyfe 5 years ago

Are you kidding me?????? I'm not saying dogs are dominate over cats but seriously??? I respected your opinions on cats for the first 2 maybe but when you started to say That cats ignore you cuz they are practically smarter then you and happen to know how your feeling better then you do ad saying how they destroy your things cuz theyre so smart is pathetic. I love cats but I think I'm more of a dog person but this was just pathetic. Cuz I highly doubt that cats ignore you cuz they love u and pee in letterboxes cuz they love you and destroy your things cuz they love you. And I've gotten attacked by several cats....wow..they must love me so much they wanted to bite my hand off? Right? And I've tried to play with a cat before and it just flat out ignored me...ALL the time...it loves me enough to give me complete personal space ALL the time? No. Don't think so. Thanks for lying. EVERY ANIMAL HAS TO BE ADJUSTED TO IT'S OWNER NO MATTER WHAT ANIMAL IT IS. cat, dog, bird, turtle, guinea pig, hamster, etc. It doesn't matter.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi doglover4lyfe. Thanks for reading and taking the time to respond. I hope you won't be mad at me, but I'm going to answer your opening question first: Yes, I am kidding you.

I'm not sure if you are familiar with sarcasm, every so often I get a reader comes along who is not regularly immersed in it as I am and many others, so, if you're not, or if this particular variety slipped under your radar, well, now you know. :) This article is actually something of a rant, as my wife brought these two cats into our home, and, well, it wouldn't be as funny to just complain about all the damage and grossness of them plain out. I do like these cats very well, but, that does not mean they don't irritate the crap out of me sometimes too. So, having a bit of fun. I confess, it is sort of fun when people read it seriously the first time through, too, but if you go back and look for the irony, you might get a chuckle out of it all. Or not. But, humor, like ice cream, has flavors, and this one might not be one for you. I hope not though; I'd like to think you will share in the fun. :)


Amy 5 years ago

I have three cats and a dog. Also two birds and two rats. I used to be a hardcore dog lover, but now cats are by far my favorite animals. My cat Misty is the sweetest animal you could ever meet, much sweeter than any dog could ever be. But the truth is, cats love their owners FAR more than any dog ever could, and here are MY reasons for thinking so. First of all,humans were the ones to first come to dogs. They used them for hunting purposes. Basically, it was enslavement. Cats, however, came to us first. I mean, think about it! Humans had no use for cats except for hunting mice and insects, which cats did of their own free will. Dogs had to be trained to assist humans. I think the reason so many people think dogs are more affectionate and loving is because they are far more dependant of humans than cats are. Dogs need humans to survive. Think about it; there are a lot of street-smart stray cats living (even thriving) out there, but most stray dogs end up dead if they are not taken in. They simply have learned to live among humans and cannot do without. Their "affectionate" nature stems from the fact that if they do not learn to put up with and please humans (by learning humiliating tricks, wearing ridiculous clothes, etc.) then they will go hungry. I honestly believe that a dog does not care for his human, only food and a place to live. My dog is a very good example of this.

One night I was feeling very lonely and depressed; so I went outside on the porch with my dog, hoping that he would shower me with love and cheer me up like every dog lover claims dogs do. But as soon as I got out there, all he did was try and tackle me with roughplay. I told him to sit and he did, and then he started barking and stratching at the door. I thought maybe he wanted to come inside, so I let him in. (My cats were shut safely in my bedroom.) He immediately started gobbling down the cat food, even though he had already eaten all his food. As soon as he was done, he lied down in the corner and went to sleep. I started to try and pet him, but he got up and moved to another corner. And this isn't just a one-time thing. This dog NEVER let's me pet him, sit near him, or anything. He doesn't even lick me! All he does is jump on me and scratch up my legs. I have had three other dogs in the past, all behaving in a similar manor. I mean, talk about cats being selfish! My cats are so sweet. Their friendship is much more genuine than a dog's because it is not based solely on food. Often times my cats will lick my face when I'm feeling sad. Dog owners argue that dogs lick, too. True, but it is for a far different reason. Dogs enjoy tasting the salt content of human skin, so they lick it. Many dog lover mistakenely believe that this is a sign of affection. It isn't. When a cat licks, it is a genuine sign of affection and the highest honor a cat can bestow upon a human in the simple fact that a cat will only lick its owner when it is completely relaxed, comfortable, and surrounded by love. A cat cannot taste the salt content of human skin, and this gesture is meant as a grooming method that the cat will only bestow upon it's closest circle of friends.

Also, dogs are not loyal. Dogs are FORCED to be with people. If you have a dog outdoors with no fence, it will run away and probably never come back. An outdoor cat, however, needs no fence to keep it coming back home to its family. A fenced dog is like a prisoner; there by force, not loyalty.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Amy, that is the most compelling, well-thought-out, clearly articulated argument for cat love I've come across. Brilliant job, and I might actually believe you, albeit reluctantly.

Seriously. You've actually got me thinking. I may have to do some research to verify some of your facts, but as arguments go, awesome one. Although, I am going to say, you have not had totally typical experiences with your dogs. And, I will point out that we had dogs when I was growing up, my dad still does, and they have literally thousands and thousands of acres to roam upon. They have every opportunity to run away, as far as they want, right over the Sierra's and clear to Canada. But they never do. Granted, to your point, it may be that they are not able to provide for themselves, having no pack to run with (but I have seen packs of abandoned dogs--people leave them out there all the time when they get tired of caring for them--and the wild, ex-pets form packs and do just fine, albeit they are very hard on livestock.. and no, that doesn't make much of a case for them as loving pets, I just tossed that in 'cause it seemed appropriate).

Anyway, a great comment that added a lot to this article and the conversation that ensued in comments. Thank you for reading, sharing and leaving such a great response.


KO 5 years ago

I hate the fact that people are only supposed to love dogs or cats. I love animals. I have had dogs all my life but I now have my first cat. I love my cat for being a cat and my dog for being a dog. They love me in different ways. It's just ridiculous that everyone has to take a side.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi KO. You are quite correct. It's actually kind of a point buried in this, perhaps. :) Derrida would have called what you have illuminated a false binary, and I would agree with both you and him.


george 5 years ago

stupidest set of arguments i have ever read


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That's okay, George. Sarcasm is not for everyone. :)


Ashley 5 years ago

my cat must love me because she was in a bad accident because she got loose and she hopped home and after she got home from the vt office shes been right by me dont matter where i go dispite being mutilated


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

That's sweet. Sounds like you have a good cat, Ashley. And a lucky one. :)


Teri White 5 years ago

I lurrrvvve cats. My sweet kitty is asleep on the printer next to the computer as I type. He loves sleeping there as long as I'm with him. If I got up and went into another room, he would follow, but he doesn't like all that touchy feely stuff.

I also now have a dog. And she is just like any dog. All love, cuddles and drool. Lovely girl. I like both cats and dogs, for different reasons. The cat was so upset when the dog came that he went off his food. We didn't understand it was a sign of nerves and 'jealousy' until we showed puss some extra love and attention instead of concentrating on our new (adorable) pup. Puss now eats well again and follows us around the house. It's magic having both and loving them both for very different reasons. Cats are not as smart as dogs in the sense we humans measure it. They train us as a by-product of their enviable independence and self-sufficiency. They don't take crap, so when a kitty snuggles close and licks you awake in the morning, it's a very special feeling. Because you've earned their love.

Your post is really cool and funny, by the way.


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Teri. Thanks for reading, and, more importantly, getting the joke. Both creatures are awesome in their own, unique way. And it sounds like you have a pair of great ones. I think you are right that if a cat likes you, you've somehow earned their trust. That is something special in a way (assuming you like cats lol). Same with belly rubbing, like our fat, silly white cat Slayer does these days.


Terro 4 years ago

Cats are far more loving then dogs. My cat has sensed my fear of snakes and kills them out of love for me at her own peril. Twice she has come of second best to highly venomas Australia king brown snakes. And she never complained just walk in the house and collapsed at my feet resulting in speedy trips to the vet for antivenin ( $800 each time this never pleases me) The vet told me a dog would not have survived this as they selfishly run home pumping the venom threw there body were cat slow there heart rate and calmly walk home so understanding self-preservation as well. I had a great dog as a kid that died from a snake bite leaving me devastated. My cat loves me far to much to do that. Cats love more and are smarter. My cat even understands sarcasm better than some humans she found your article very amusing.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

LOL, Terro, you are right about cats and sarcasm. Dogs are far too trusting to understand satire, but cats, cynical things that they are, expect sarcasm first and only decide to believe after they've watched awhile.

The snake thing is pretty interesting. I grew up in the country too, and we had rattlensakes about. I never knew when critters got killed by them though. Big place. Sometimes animals went off on adventures and just never came back. Sad, but the upside is there were no vet bills on those occasions. Not that great an upside though, at least for the ones I liked. We had a lot of what we called "barn kitties," and, well, they weren't really pets. Most of them were friendly enough, but not in the "hey, I'm going to jump in your lap and go to sleep" kind of way.


help 4 years ago

i have a cat ...... but all it does is eat in the house ... amd when its done it goes outside


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Yeah, that sounds like cat behavior, Help. Some cats are just not really pet kinds of pets. Cats sort of run the gamut of affection from "I love you and want to snuggle" to just "Feed me and then go F- yourself." People are sort of rolling the dice on that every time they get one, as you have learned. Consider bathing in fish oil and strapping on a pair of bacon-strip earrings, maybe you can save that one.


me 4 years ago

Did anyone else notice that half of this article was against cats like #2, 4, 5, and 7 I'm sure there was some more but i stopped reading because it was so dumb.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Hi, Me. I'm not a big fan of citing Wikipedia, but for basics, it's often useful anyway. Maybe this will clear things up:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satire


Bob 4 years ago

Works both ways... I'm a man, and whilst coming to the end of a horrendous marriage my beloved cat crapped right on the marital bed (her side).

All the comment necessary: we left her.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Bob. Gotta admit, I kind of want to laugh at the crapping on the bed thing, it's pretty funny, but, well, the underlying circumstances are sad, so I'm not. Well, at least not so loud you can hear. Sorry your marriage didn't work out, but I'm glad you escaped, and, well, the cat seems to have been a good judge of character, eh?


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Loved this article! I am a cat and dog lover and very much enjoyed your humor throughout this piece. Voted UP!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hilarious! I was just saying somewhere that my cat would never let a rodent in the house..my dogs would invite them in and share their food! lol The cat - she is the goddess of the house..she is out catting in the hood at night and taps on the kitchen window in the morning. Then she sleeps in my bed all day:) lol


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Uninvited Writer 4 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Love it :) I know my cat loves me...the scars on my arms tell me so...


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

So now I know why both our cats have scratched our new sofa since the day it arrived (presumably they don’t like cream!)

And I also now know why one of our cats leaves piles of puke everywhere, but what about the other one who has peed on: the kitchen surfaces, in a corner over some electric sockets, BESIDE the litter box (but rarely in it) and - best of all - over Christmas presents under the tree! Is that proof she loves us very, very much or proof she’s psychotic?

Thank you for this very funny hub.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Sharyn's Slant. Glad you enjoyed this, that makes a writer feel good to hear. And, I'm with you on dogs and cats. It's just fun to pick on cats. They are just so confident in themselves, it makes doing so fun. :)

RealHousewife,at least you admit it. It's people who don't see who the goddesses are that crack me up. IT's like, "Yeah, I know, you are the human, in charge, etc. So, uh, who is serving whom dinner, paid for by what activity done all day, in the absence of which which of the two of you sleeps all day?" lol. Great and funny comment, thanks!

U.W., how goes it?! And yeah, scars are clear evidence of love. Tough love. I'm sure your cat is trying to teach you the correct way to do some behavior you haven't mastered yet. Be grateful.

Melovy, yes. Exactly. Clearly you brought something hideous home and only your cats have the artistic acuity to recognize it. And the puke, yes, you get it. The urine, well, there are stories in dirty magazines too indiscreet to mention about how that sort of behavior can be interpreted as a sign of affection. I choose not to go there or think too much on it though, as it is rather fringe for my sensibilities (or at least for the ones I pretend to have here). :D


james 4 years ago

They left one out.

Cats care about us because they hunt fly's while dogs attract them. Cats don't want us to be annoyed of the constant buzzing and whizzing of a pesty pest. And on the other hand dogs just want to see us fidget until we get so annoyed that we have to leave our comfy recliner and walk all the way to where ever we leave the fly swatter and make search for it so that we can kill that annoying black buzzing bug of death. And when we finally find it the damn fly has tired it's self out so we cannot find the fly until later, until when the dog lets a poof of gas from their rear end that smells like the stench of a rotting egg from the 1600's, just to arouse the fly of doom to annoy us further.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

James, you are a poet and a philosopher. You clearly get both the nature of nature and life, and, I can tell you have had both dogs and cats. I salute your truth and vision. Oh, and LOL.

Thanks for a fantastic and funny comment. Stuff like that makes having written this so much fun.


koupilias 4 years ago

The thing i love about cats is that u really need to try to create a bond. With dogs u just feed him and e is on love. Cats are nore intelligent. While the yunderstand that u feed them that is not enough. They seem to me more like a real person. Things they don't like oh you will find out ! Dogs ... Dogs have no pride whatsoever... They relish in being that good doggy. Well not all of them of course. I love dogs too don't get me wrong but i don't like their charachter. My aunt has a cool dog. Yes there actually IS a cool dog. But this fellow is way above all standards... So i vote for cats too because ALL cats seem cool to me !


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

I tend to agree with you, Kouplias. Our cats have always been selective. And it's nothing but humbling that I always, without fail, and the lap of last resort. And that's only for the ONE cat (the white one, Slayer, above) who for some reason likes me. The rest have never liked me much. They adore my wife though. I think it's because they know a beautiful soul when they see one, so they just like her. ... hey, what's that say about my soul? My soul is just fine. Or something. :D I go back to the old saw: Dogs have free will. Cat's use it.


nicole 4 years ago

I'm neither a cat or dog person. I can appreciate the differences between the two since I have both. Both communicate and display things differently. I think of them as learning different languages: though said differently, the meaning is the same.

Plus it's all in how you treat them too. I've had instances of my cats go to great lengths to show how they care just like dogs would.

My eldest cat, nala (she's 11 now), was depressed for 2 weeks when my mom died in '06. She wouldn't eat. She would just stay by my mom's bedroom door and would only move unless I moved her myself. Plus she would take my mom's picture and leave it the hallway even after I would put it back on the dresser.

My newest one, ginger, is intelligent enough to know how to hug and kiss when you say so without reward and still plays fetch and she's 3 years old. ( my local cat organization can testify to this).

And god forbid if I get in the tub. Nala will have a fit and try to lick me dry if I did. My dog, yuki, would just look in confusion. ( not that that's a problem.)

In the case of protection, I don't expect my cats to take down an intruder. They are not lions. However, if they sense something about you they don't like, my cats will hiss and growl at you until you leave. That's protection enough.

So, it all depends on the individual animal. I don't throw cats or dogs into specifics, because both have displayed characteristics and capabilities of the same nature, but just differently and can appreciate both.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Nicole, sounds like you have some really awesome cats. That's really touching about the photograph. We had a cat that would get into the shower with me in the mornings, so the bathtub thing is funny to me too. I think you have the right attitude about both animals, they are different, but in a way that makes neither less loveable. I just like making fun of cat owners, because, well it's so easy to do, and, well, I am one, so, I can get away with it. :D


kendra 4 years ago

i have cats, and dogs... you are a dog hater, everything you just said was stupid, where are your facts? like cates have a thing that can tell that you really dont want to hold them?? really, wow. how do you know... i try to love my moms cat every single day,,, because i reallllly do want to hold him,,, and he does not let me,,, they are prissy... he doesnt know what i want to do more than i do. so funny, lol. thats like saying, im really hungry, so i sit down to eat a meal, and my cat spits a hairball into my food. not because he doesnt like me, nooooo its because he really actually knows im not hungry i just think i am.... you hate dogs... dogs, and cats love all the same. you are ignorant to think, or waiste your time making a blog otherwise.... wow. if your squimish dont reAD BELOW............................... A dog is going to poop on your porch. yeah i said it,, and your gonna half to pick it up... i know its nasty, BUT ITS a probably a fact.. and thats why im here, to tell you. this page is stupid! and who are you trying to tell that crap to??? a domb blinde, person new to planet earth???? Get over your cat, ya cat lady! :P


nicole 4 years ago

@kendra:

"Looks like somebody's got a case of the mondays"


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Kendra, I love your enthusiasm here. I will point out that this piece is a bit of humor, though. Sarcasm, if you will. Tongue in cheek and all that rot, but, who knows, perhaps I am a dog hater and just don't know it. Keep up the good fight, and thanks for reading. :)

Nicole, you may be on to something there. Although sarcasm is tough enough to pick up in print for anyone, and it's really hard to catch for kids because they aren't looking for it. It's something writers have to remember. John Gardner talks about responsibility in his book Making Moral Fiction (and it was the subject of an old Mathew Broderick movie, Biloxi Blues). But, I digress here on a cat hub. lol.


nicole 4 years ago

@kendra:

"Looks like somebody's got a case of the mondays"


Geoff 4 years ago

When I first read this, I thought you were serious. But after a thorough analysis, and reading the comments, I realized it was sarcasm. Sarcasm or not, it was whimsical and made me chuckle. I love both dogs and cats, but there's something about cats that makes me like them more. I just think that they're fascinating and they have diverse personalities. I love dogs too, but i just loathe the licking and slobbering with a passion. In the end, they are both unique in their own way. If I had to compare the two, cats would the rich and upper class while dogs are the commoners and peasants. Not making fun of dogs. That's just the way I see it.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Geoff, I'm kind of with you on that slobber thing. I love the warmth and enthusiasm of dogs, but I'm not a real touchy-feely kind of person, and dogs are very touchy feely. lol.


Otto 4 years ago

That was so funny! Now when my cat scratches my couch, I won't be so mad at him because I'll be thinking about this. Cats are awesome. They exceed dogs in every possible way. I have a maine coon. He ways about 30 pounds. He's huge. Visitors are scared of him because whenever someone comes over, he is growling at them and sticking his claws out. I think he does to protect me because when it's my parents or siblings, he is chill. I'll never forget one night when I woke up to the sound of someone trying to break into the house. I got out of bed and got my baseball bat. When I reached the living room, the crook was already there. I got my bat ready, but turns out I didn't need it. My cat was growling as loud as he could and jumped at the guy. He knocked the guy over and started clawing at his face. He even bit the guy's forehead and blood started gushing out. When the guy finally got a chance, he pushed my cat aside and ran for his life, face gushing blood. My coon saved me that day. I am forever in his debt. Cats rule and dogs drool!


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Holy crap, 30 lbs? Good Lord! That cat doesn't "scratch" your furniture, it "yanks it over and pulps it."

Pretty awesome home invasion defense, too. We always joke that we'll use our little tortie for home defense. She can't weigh more than 6 lbs or so, but she's cranky, so we figure we'll just throw her at a bad guy if we ever run into one. Like a ninja's star but with attitude. :)

Thanks for reading and leaving such a great comment.


Jill 4 years ago

My cats actually play fetch... Scooby, who was an outdoor cat for a while, also used to go for walks with my little sister up and down the block as she played or learned how to ride a bike. It was pretty amusing. And Cats would certainly be able to alert you to the presence of a boogy man in your house. My Cole would chase his shoelaces until he tripped and Scooby would likely claw him as soon as he entered the stairwell. lol


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

LOL, that's awesome anti-boogy man defense right there. My daughter can get our cats to play fetch every once in a while, but it's not the kind of thing I would be able to say counts as "our cat plays fetch" like it's something you can rely on for amusement.

Thanks for reading and commenting. :)


Alysha633 4 years ago

COnstant walker is right first things first a dog greets you as you come through the door because they miss you! Cats couldn't care none the less cats claw up your furniture oh and btw its in a cats instinct to make a hole in the ground and bury there "leavings" or toilets hence why they will go in sand box...... Because it is in there nature not because they love you I mean are you kidding me your clearly uneducated on animal behaviour. cats spew up fur balls because there fur balls..... And frankly it's gross dogs would never do that. Dogs put there lives on the line for people saving lives every day detecting drug protecting there handlers in the police force... What's more loving a cat ignoring you when you walk through the door or a dog putting its life on the line to protect it's handler from a criminal. Dogs help people on need... There trainer to help them do everything a cat could never learn such a thing a cats brain is not as intricate as a dogs to store or learn such information and infact your cat does not understand you want space are you having a laugh? Honestly I have never heard such pathetic talk in all my life. An animal no matter what animal does not have a brain as superior to humans and could never comprehend that it's owner needs space. Who ever wrote this article I laugh at how uneducated you actually are. I have had all forms of animals from birds to reptiles to fish to rabbits ect ect I have had loads I understand animal behaviour and all I have to say is shame On you. You own an animal but yet do not understand that animals instincts? Or even understand how there mind works the day a cat puts its life On the line for a human the way dogs do then tell me which animal loves there owner more


Alysha633 4 years ago

Oh and also I think you need to educate yourself here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/pets/8151924/Dog...

This link explains that cats are infact less intelligent than dogs because there solitary animals where as dogs are pack animals so yea I think you need a read up before writing such a blog sure I like cats I am an animal lover but you should get your facts right before writing such pathetic propreganda


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Alysha, I love you. Thank you. That is all I have to say.


Katie 4 years ago

I have a dof and cat with and unexplainable bond. And cats have more flexibility with jumping so it gives them a higher advantage of knowledge. My dog learned to open doors and my cat jumps on my bed and wakes me up to get my dog to lay with us; my husband gets annoyed but he does the same. No need to judge dogs against cats;)


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

I grew up on a ranch, and our cats and dogs got along very well (well, okay, there were a few really pissy cats, and a dog here and there that was mean too), but most of them were friendly as heck. The cats used to sleep ON the dogs (we had Mastiffs, so, it was like a carpeted living room for them to lay on). And yeah, less judgment here than one might think, though I suspect you already picked up on that, Katie. :)


que k 4 years ago

cats are ausome like me Que k people reading get a life.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Que K, I suspect English may not be your first language. So, for whatever it's worth, this is satire. We're all cat lovers here. We laugh at ourselves in this, because, well, that's how much we actually love these damn critters, despite how insane it might seem from the outside of the cat-love bubble.


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TENKAY 4 years ago from Philippines

I might not agree with everything you've written here but it was fun reading it. Am more of a dog person but I got a cat who tolerates my presence. I love my cat Sabrina as much as I can love a cat.


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Jynzly 4 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA

Ma'am Veron,

I know, you have a very beautiful cat, Sabrina. But why is your hub about Sabrina not published? I wanted to read it but it's not there.


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TENKAY 4 years ago from Philippines

It will be out tomorrow, after 24 hours it says here.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Tenkay, I'll be the first one to tell you, I don't agree with everything I've written here. The best part of satire is that it allows you flexibility in expressing human experience, with a particular accommodation for the mood dominating the moment. :) And I will say that I love my cat Slayer as much as I can love a cat with a relative certainty that I know exactly what you mean when you say it.


Daniel 4 years ago

I totally agree, Shades!! I used to be a dog person and became a cat guy just a few years ago. Mostly due to the times.

When I was a boy, a dog had a doghouse outside, ate mostly leftovers and entertained itself with a bone or with the neighbor's dog.

I didn't envision that 20-30 years later pet hotels, pet stores, pet clothes, etc... would pop up all over the landscape turning dogs into another commodity, like a Louis Vuitton bag. Now dogs have become "perennial infants" for women and males(notice I don't say MEN). The cuddly/cutesy obsession has spiralled out of control. Can you imagine if a woman's hubby or boyfriend took a dump anywhere and expected her to pick it up? Can you imagine if that same man followed her everywhere, panting and slobbering, just to name a few atrocities?

She'd probably divorce him or put a restraining order out on him. But if it's a dog or puppy...it's perfectly OK. Yep, cats rule and give you respect. Too bad it took me so long to realize that. Btw, purring is so cool.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Yes, my wife tells me to stop acting like that all the time. She says it's embarrassing. I haven't seen her talking to any lawyers though, so I'm probably okay. :D


tsahpina 4 years ago

he is mocking us and our cats,iknow. what i dont is whether he nevertheless loves cats. all he said is true,and i still adore them. and i love dogs too but nothing to compare with how i adore cats. and i am not sure why.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

I think it's hard to resist their charisma. They have a certain dignity that dog's don't. The open affection of a dog perhaps makes them more "loveable" in a way, via a vulnerability or humility, but cats have that "hard to get" thing going which, as everyone knows, works well too.


LOL 4 years ago

ok appearently the one who wrote the topic is a cat lover or a dog hater - it's common fact that dogs are actually way more sentimental than cats. They also shows way more affection than cats. a cat - sure, it will go between your legs, purr, and muzzle you and stuff - but a dog does pretty much the same thing - ok - it won't purr like a cat, but it can't bark - someone that actually knows his own dog will know what what emotion is the dog trying to show. it's not that hard.

+a dog will hear you miles away and start barking and will welcome you home cause he's happy, while a cat won't even botter trying. the cat will go home when she'll feel like that.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Well, LOL, while I agree with almost everything you said there, I have to point out, I really do like dogs. If you read this carefully enough, you'll see it's actually sarcastic, and its making fun of cat people (of which, I confess to being one). Think of it more as an article written by the people who got the short end of the stick and are trying to find a way to make short sticks sound better than long ones. Then you can share in the joke. :)


Celltrex 4 years ago

Hachiko was a dog, not a cat.


Johnny Cakes 4 years ago

What a load of biased horse manure. They're both great pets.

Yet: (1) Dogs are easier to feed. Flat out correct! Whereas, many cats can develop an aversion or allergic reaction to particular foods, whether dry, canned or BARF diet. Even if you've been feeding this particular food for months, all of a sudden, your cat may refuse to touch it.

Cats are obligate carnivores; the best diet being BARF or quality canned food. Not premium per se, but quality. This can be costly. If you go the dry route, you're rolling the dice and very likely will have your cat suffer from a whole host of problems. Sorry, Friskies, 9-Lives, Whiskas etc. don't make the grade.

Whereas, dogs can withstand a certain amount of grains and by-products with less potential for health related issues down the road. It's there, but much less than feeding kibble to a cat.

(2) Let's take a golden retriever as an example. Whether male or female, it doesn't matter. They love their owner and all family members, heck even strangers. Now, let's look at your average tabby cat (mixed breed), many cats will just not want to socialize at all and would sooner sneer at you, than give you a purr or meow. Same applies to purebred as well: Persian, Ragdoll, Birman. It doesn't matter: luck of the draw when it comes to that cat enjoying the company of everyone in the family.

(3) Many, if not most cats are nocturnal. If you're lucky enough to have your cat on your sleep schedule, congrats. Otherwise, keep that bedroom door closed, lest you experience middle of the night toe biting or leaping on you. Sure, you can plop a cat video in, or get another cat to keep him/her company, but they can keep you up from their mischief. That's just the way it is.

(4) Dog versus Cat poop: inside or outside the house. It's a draw here. Do you like scooping poop/pee every day from the litter box? Or were you smart and trained your cat to use the toilet? Versus, dog poop mine field and burnt grass. Yes, not pretty but once again, at least the smell is outside.

(5) Exercise: do you lack it? If so, get a dog and go walking or jogging. Great way to get some fresh air and meet up with neighbors. If you hate exercise, ok...get an indoor-only cat, or fish!

Or, get the best of both worlds and get both a cat & dog. Yet, be prepared to cat-proof your house; nothing worse than that damn scratching. Regardless of there being a scratching post or two. As we know, it's cruel as can be, and can lead to health issue for cats, if you have them de-clawed. So that's not a great option. Besides, they'll bite your arse since all they have is teeth left for defense.


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa

wow, you really got the comments rolling in with this one. i want to add something to my earlier comment. the day before my birthday, on jan 10th, i lost my dog of ten years. she was the most loving, loyal dog i ever had, and pretty smart to. it was decided we needed a puppy to take our minds off of her. we ended up with 2, a brother and sister, and as much as i care for them, it is making me love cats more than ever. with cats you dont have to get up two or three times in the night to take them potty. you dont have to put up with yapping or constant whining or hyperness. you dont have to put them through obedience training. i have been rescuing cats for 12 yrs now...not one cat (and i have 17 atm) has put me through the trouble these two pups have. ten of the cats live in our old trailer, but if they were allowed to live in this trailer with me, i would be tripping over them as they would be my shadows, and i would be buried in cats for their sleeping with me, probably would not need a blanket. cats are very intelligent. from kittenhood cats are smart. pups must be trained. i recently brought home two pups around the same age as mine (3 months). someone had thrown them away at the local dump as if they were trash. one cried in great fear any time i picked her up. i cant stand animal abusers or neglectors. sadly we have to many of both where i live. i love all animals, but i love cats more than any. convict is the cat that is closest to me. when i am in bed his favorite place is snuggled up tight under my chin. he gets very distressed when i leave the house, even though other family members are still there. when i return he talks to me constantly to re assure himself i am indeed home. when he plays with his toys he calls out to me and when i answer he comes running and jumps into my lap for snuggles. i have had good dogs in my life but convict puts every relationship with any dog to shame. i love all my cats but he is my special, precious treasure.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Johnny Cakes, you are spot on with the "horse manure" comment. This is indeed horse manure, at least as I feel that folks of a Western inclination would that term for a "tall tale" or, perhaps, sarcasm. :)

And you're right, both pets are good and bad, depending on which aspect of either you choose to focus on. Frankly, it works the same for people too. You choose to focus on the good qualities, most people are great. If you only focus on their negatives--which they all have (except me of course)--then, well, you don't like them.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Great comments.

Tlmcgaa70: Isn't it fun! So many people have such passion for their pets. I love it. My article was just meant to be fun, and sort of in reaction to all the barf and hair and ripped up furniture that had me sort of laughing at myself one day... and look what it turned into.

As for your animals, clearly you are a loving soul. It sounds like you have your hands full with all those furry critters running around, but, even with the two pups (who will get it together in time), it sounds like you have lots of love and companionship in your home. (I can't believe someone THREW THE DOGS AWAY. WTF?). Anyway, keep up the good work, and just enjoy your fuzzy family. Just watch where you step! lol.


Guy 4 years ago

Cats are nice.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Depends on the cat, in my experience, but in general I agree with you, Guy.


the name is none of ur bussness 4 years ago

i have 5 dogs and 3 cats i love dogs cats BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

TNINOUB, I'm kind of with you in a way. Cats really do only provide so much in the way of entertainment. If someone wants and "interactive" pet, a cat is probably not really the way to go. I mean, you might get a good one, but, with a dog, you are pretty much guaranteed to have a pet that will interface with you on an active level.


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa

i dont get it...all the time i hear how cats are aloof or boring...in the 12 yrs i have been rescuing cats i have not had one single boring or aloof cat. sometimes cats like space and privacy (hey, who doesnt) but for the most part they are very social animals...and cats are awesome entertainers, keeping me laughing all the time.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Tlmcgaa70, I think it's a matter of what certain people define as "entertaining." Cat's are totally entertaining if you are the kind of person who can derive pleasure from observation and interpretation. Yes, cat's will play with you in ways too, but a huge part of what makes cats so fun is how fun it is to watch them.

Dogs are also fun to watch. But, if you are in the mood to go out in the back yard and throw a stick, a dog will go. If you are in the mood to go on a walk and you don't want to go by yourself, you can take your dog. It will fall all over itself to go. It's that thing, that active energy to participate with you that makes for an argument (not saying it's "proof" just an argument) for why dogs count for so many people as being more entertaining. It really comes down to what the humans call "entertaining."

I think that truly-thinking ANIMAL lovers can see the difference and not get stuck in a false binary that traps us into believing its an "either or" scenario. Both are awesome pets. What really matters is, what do you expect from your pet, and what does your life, lifestyle, and life-stage afford you as far as being able to provide an environment for an animal that is AS rewarding for it as it is for you.


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa

you know Shadesbreathe, that actually makes sense. when i was younger, healthier and more active, i was a dog person. now i am disabled, and not so active, cats fill my needs more perfectly. thank you for clarifying that for me.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Tlmcgaa, happy to oblige. I don't have the energy or time to give to a dog, frankly, I think a dog would irritate me on that regard. Cats on the other hand, are great reading companions, and they crack me up with how spastic they are (except the couch shredding thing, but what are you going to do, right? lol).


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Dubuquedogtrainer 4 years ago from Dubuque, Iowa

Interesting and engaging writing! I just think that cats are very smart and very affectionate. I have owned several and until I owned a cat I had no idea what I was missing. I really love cats now, even though I am a professional dog trainer and have preferred dogs int he past.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Yeah, cats grow on you if you get one with even half a personality. And they are easier to care for than dogs, which is always nice.


bast 4 years ago

cats are the greatest animal EVER!!!!!!


Cathy 4 years ago

Cats are digusting creatures that carry disease. Cats only care about when there going to get there next meal and the only reason they use the litter pan is because its instinct to cover there messes. For those of you that hoard cats and let them breed out of control please stop its not healthy for you, your family or community. Sorry i had to be the bad guy.


Dandy 4 years ago

Yes i agree that some people try to feed all the neighborhood cats thinking that there providing a some sort of safehaven when in reality there only making the problem worse. Think about it especially if you have young children. They might be outside trying to play with these cats in there curious young age. Taxoplasmosis is real and can destroy an immune system very quickly. Its a scary thing, but you guys need to know this. Peace, Love, and Empathy.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Bast, I appreciate your enthusiasm. "Ever" is long though. Some of the dinosaurs were pretty cool, and you have to admit, even in modern times, horses are pretty awesome too.

Cathy, I'm kind of with you on the cat herders. lol. I've seen some stuff on TV that's just so gross. (You do know you have "cat" in your name though, right? You should at least smile while typing this sort of thing. Let the kitties know it's nothing purrrsonal.) :D

Dandy, I think for the most part, feral cats won't let kids get close enough, so probably not too big a danger except in the freakish rare case that, well, is probably so freakish it draws attention to itself, thus making there appear to be a significant problem where there is not any real statistically significant cause for concern. I think I'd be more worried about flea infestations, stench, and the noise of endless cat fights and yowling in the neighborhood.


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa

cathy...cats carry no worse diseases than any other animal, like dogs and chickens and rabbits, every animal has their species specific diseases and diseases that can cross species boundaries. animals catch colds from humans, and humans have some pretty serious diseases themselves. cats happen to be cleaner than dogs. i would rather have cats running around than dogs, you must constantly clean up after dogs and they are very destructive. at least if you have cats running around outside you dont need to worry about stepping in their messes. as for cat hoarders, i could be considered one even tho i never let myself take in more than 20 as that is the number i can care for best. all my cats are fixed and vaccinated and well cared for and loved, and they love me. i am constantly showered with their affection. they cant get enough of me. i have seven kittens that will be fixed in july, and until then are kept separated males from females. six are from a batch i took in with their mother when they were 4 weeks old. the seventh i recently rescued from the local landfill (people like to dump their animals like trash out here) and she may already be pregnant, we are waiting to see. cats dont ask to be neglected and abandoned. they dont ask to be abused. no animal does. i thank those people who have big enough hearts to take in these animals. dont blame the animals for their condition, blame irrespnsible people for it. it is very easy to become addicted to cats because they are so filled with love and intelligence and beauty.


anonymous 4 years ago

I dont think this should turn into a competition. People should just realize they might need to self educate themselves and not just take the first bit of advice or sec, third, fourth etc. Before coming to any conclusions. Compile everything and go over pros and cons. Do realize though that you dont want to justify everything to death the cons.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Tlmcgaa, thanks for stopping by. It's always a pleasure to have your input in this conversation. You have a rare and enormous heart, and your kitties are lucky to have you.

Anonymous, you're right. This whole thing is all in good fun. People miss the sarcasm that masks how much I like my cats. Both types of animals are just that, animals. The rest is all about the people who bring them into their lives. (But don't tell anyone I said that, because I have to act like I hate cats to really carry off the joke here... just let me push my cat off my desk and get him some treats, and I will totally bag on him.)


alway sumwut hppy 4 years ago

"Bring out your dead ting" "bring out your dead mreooow!!!"


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

LOL, alway sumwut hppy: go to your Google search window, click images and then search Free Cat.


alway sumwut hppy 4 years ago

Hahahahaha thank you yo have brightened up my day. I will have to spread the joy of this picture.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Glad you enjoyed it, A.S.H.


Anoumonous 4 years ago

I agree with the article... My 5 Dogs (My mom likes dogs)

barked soo loudly when the pizza man came one time... I droppped the pizza. If we had all cats, it would have been a lot quieter. ??•?•?? ? ??? (-- Those represent my feelings at the time.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

That's cool, Anoumonous. I don't hold anyone to their opinions on the Internet anyway. Half the time, people are just trying ideas on for size. The other half stopped thinking years ago and have it all figured out, so there's no need to pay attention to their opinions at all.


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Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

Dear shadesbreath

Well my three Siamese certainly love me for the food and treats. But for a good old loving cat get a moggy.

Kind regards Peter


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

A Moggy, eh? Not sure what that is, but it sounds fun. Or painful.


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Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

Dear Shadesbreath

Sorry it's a British expression - Moggy = Mongrel i.e. a cat of many origins.

It's what introduced me to Siamese; I once had a cat that I took from the vet hours before she was due to be put down. Somewhere in her linage one of the parents must have had a dalliance with a Siamese as Clara had all the great attributes but was as strong and fearless as a lion. She lived and loved with us for over 18 years and even now is sadly missed. All of our previous cats have been cremated and their ashes added to the soil of a special rose garden and their remains mingle with the flowers so I can chat with them again from time to time.

That's a moggy !

Kind regards Peter


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

I love Britishisms. But then, I'm one of those guys that still romanticizes Britain and imagine you guys are still at the height of the Empire except more medieval too, which is cooler, because all your chicks walk around in corsets and say, "'Ello Guv'nah" in that hot accent.

As for the cats in the garden, that is a really, really sweet and sad story. You know, I bet there is a beautiful short story in that.

Moggy would actually be a really cool name for a cat.


Piper 4 years ago

Are you serious? I have both cats and dogs and that cats love more is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. You can't say a cat loves more because it tears at your furniture, that's just you struggling to come up with 10 reasons. I love my cats and I think they like me, but nothing compares to the bond between man and dog. A dog would rather live on the streets with you than not be by your side. A cat will never have the same love as a dog


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Piper, I'm going to pull back the curtain on this article a little for you. This is, well, it's kind of a spoof. Satire. A bit of comedy. In fact, you might find it amusing if you go back through and read it with an eye for sarcasm.


Piper 4 years ago

Haha, My eye is almost exclusively for sarcasm, but I felt dogs were not getting the support they needed from the people that were commenting, I'm sure your cats love you. Just like I'm sure when my dog threw up in the car the other day she was just trying to share her tasty meal she enjoyed so much earlier with me.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Well, Piper, you're more of an optimist than I am. lol. I think I might go as far as to say my cats (my wife's really) trust me... or at least one of them trusts me, the other is just not terrified of me to the point where she has to run. And LOL@ dog puking in the car. I swear, we humans are crazy. I bet the aliens orbiting the planet look down and watch us cleaning cat boxes and riding around with barfing dogs... or just playing golf for that matter, and think, "Wow, so not worth invading that planet."


Kelly 4 years ago

I can add:

-My cats let me read and can sit with me without slobbering all over my book.

-Dogs are a lot louder and in your face than cats...I get enough of that from people. My cats are a great way to have companionship AND quiet.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Kelly, I'm with you on the noise. A barking dog next door, or even just in the neighborhood, that won't shut up is like torture. I have lain awake at night with the most hateful thoughts swelling inside of me as hours tick off because of some selfish a-hole's barking dog. Three different times we've had neighbors with dogs like that and as night after night after night go by, I find myself filling with such fury it's hard to fathom. Every time I see another news story about somebody shooting a neighbor's dog or poisoning it or whatever, I can totally and completely appreciate where the desire to do it came from. I can't condone it, but I can sure see how it happens. Especially if the dog owner doesn't care and there are no local agencies willing to step in. But, as usual, it's the fault of the human, not the dog, which is why it's always so sad.


SuZanne 4 years ago

I've had Dogs and I've had Cats...I prefer my feline friends over the Dog For starters...,They no better than to eat there own shit as a dog doesn't.,..hell our German Shepard got into our cats litter box and went to town on some cat poo,.no way,gross!!!!!Cats are way better than dogs anyday of the week in my opinion,..no training,no chewing your shoes,no god awful DOG smell...whoever commented that cats smell are just plain stupid,..they themselves do not smell,if you do not care for them well maybe yes,...but I can bet your Dog will smell of DOG,my cats spend all day grooming themselves and are clean freaks....I love all animals but I have developed a personal preference to Cats...I have 5 cats and 1 dog....Cats rule around here and the only nuisance or thorn in my side when it comes to them all...always comes from the DOGs end...hes always fing up shit around here,crapping on the front porch,chewing up my plants,..making huge messes,GAH!!!!!...Cats Rule,Dogs Drool!


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Hah, SuZanned, I think you've summed up some key differences perfectly, and I agree, that's pretty much how it goes as far as smell and cat-astrophy. Although, our cats do break stuff too sometimes. Especially the fat one who is slowly losing his "cat-like" agility the fatter he gets and therefore has some epic fails when he tries to jump on stuff, etc. lol.


AreYouSerious 4 years ago

reading this just gave me cancer...dogs love their owners more than cats do...you're thinking way too hard. Thanks for the cancer, I shall be sending you my hospital bill.


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa

areyouserious...are YOU serious? in all reality i think cats and dogs are both capable of loving humans equally. it all depends on whether the human is worth loving. dogs have the capacity to love people who are unlovable. cats are smart and make you earn their affection. but then...look how many cats are tossed out and abandoned...maybe they arent so smart after all. guess they let themselves love unlovable people to. such a heartbreaker to see an add telling of someone who says they want to get rid of a cat they had for ten years so they can get a kitten they have their eye on. maybe the question here shouldnt be which is more lovable cats or dogs...but why they love us in the first place. and shadesbreath...u made me laugh on that fat cat thing, lol, my wolfieboy is quite fat, but he doesnt seem to realize it, and he insists on laying on my computer desk, and ends up pushing everything off if i cant catch it on time.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

You are welcome, AreYouSerious, it was my pleasure, and I'm sure you bill will make a nice liner for the litter box.

And Tlmcgaa70, you aren't kidding about people. I'm not sure what's wrong with some of them, but a more judicious use of lightning on the part of Fate or God or whoever is in charge of this planet would be nice for the rest of us.


guest 3 years ago

Thank you for writing this.Cats are indeed better then dogs in every aspect!


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Shadesbreath 3 years ago from California Author

No problem. Thanks for reading so carefully and taking the time to reply.


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Kari 2 years ago

Yeah, I don't belive what you say. Cats claw, poop in sand, hunt birds and insects by theire instinct just like the dogs. I say it. I am a dog person and I know a lot of things about them. Cats are smart to. They don't come at me because they know I don't like them. If you don't know dogs personality and behavior don't comment bad things about them. They are very smart. One day, my puppy played with to other bigger dogs and they bite him a little harder. My doggie cryed. I stopped the dogs from playing and my puppy camed at me for thanking me that I saved him. The bigger dogs that I have mentionaded, are very lovely to. Dogs never growled at me! I just say my opinion.


Kari 2 years ago

Dear izettl, I just love your comment, but I think cats have a reason for hating me, especially when I run after them, just saying:-)


Vicki 22 months ago

This is one of the best articles on cats I have ever read. I laughed out loud at several points, and want to congratulate you.

I have a cat who has been missing for 5 days now - the only way I can keep my sanity is to read about success stories of cats coming home after being AWOL.

I've had kitties all my life, and dogs for most of it. I love them both - they both have a tremendous amount to offer. In very different ways.

Just wanted to let you know you made me laugh for the first time in a while. I won't give up hope - cats are far more resourceful than dogs (another sign they love us - they are not utterly dependent on us, and give us 'vacations' when they sense we need it...THEIR vacation of the premises, that is).

Kudos for an excellent bit of wordsmithing and positivity.

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