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They weren't still playing with the cat. It was off in the corner doing its own thing. As the owner entered the room the cat looked at her and then the stranger swung the toy and the cat decided that it was more interested in the toy than the owner.

I don't see this as a revelation. Cats are much more independent creatures than dogs. Wild dogs tend to roam in packs while wild cats do not (with the exception of lions). Humans also tend to naturally congregate into groups.
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Seriously? We're doing studies on this? Glad we don't have things like infectious disease, environmental depletion, natural disaster, Grognad's typing or Hivegod to worry about. Nope, none of those things are bad enough to warrant study, so we should study whether or not cats love us.
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1) Studying this does not prevent other things from being studied.

2) Sometimes trivial or weird looking things can produce surprising scientific breakthroughs.

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Also this knowledge may be used to understand how people become attached to others, which could have applications in psychology.

The same reasoning used to criticise this research could be applied to your job. Are you that useful to society?
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I think it just confirms what we know and people have joked about for ages.

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Seriously? We're doing studies on this? Glad we don't have things like infectious disease, environmental depletion, natural disaster, Grognad's typing or Hivegod to worry about. Nope, none of those things are bad enough to warrant study, so we should study whether or not cats love us.


Honestly I think Grognad's typing is a more pressing matter for study than natural disasters.
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solidhavok wrote:
Seriously? We're doing studies on this? Glad we don't have things like infectious disease, environmental depletion, natural disaster, Grognad's typing or Hivegod to worry about.

New Study Shows: Given the chance, HiveGod would kill you and stuff your body with live cats
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I think he'd only kill you first if he liked you.
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(please don't tell my cat that I posted this)

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Let's face it. Living with either a cat or a dog is like having small fury mental patients living in your house.
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A few years ago I attended a talk by local gentleman who worked on pet rescue in New Orleams following Katrina. He said it was there that he learned the difference between cats and dogs: if driven to extremes, either will "canniblize" their owner; dogs just have the decency to wait until you are dead, first.
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I'm no expert on the subject, but you could argue that dogs and humans are social pack animals whereas cats are not. It's no surprise that dogs would exhibit an emotional (i.e., behavioral related to brain chemistry) response to the absence of a perceived pack member. There are all sorts of good evolution-type reasons for this.

What's more interesting to me is the fact that cats form friendly relationships at all, despite being solitary in the wild.
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I am confident my cat will use dead mice, not birds (and i am not sure if she is capable of killing them.)

This seems like the perfect place to tell what happened this morning.

About 10 minutes after getting dressed, I was doing some dishes. I felt some strange movement in the groin area (not caused by myself) and thought maybe there was some thread in my pants pulling some other part that caused this. (because it wouldn't make sense for there to be anything moving around there otherwise would it whistle )

A minute later the movement went down, and even though there is nothing that could be moving around in my pants, i decided to drop my pants and check them out. I did not see anything strange with my pants, so put them on again.

Shortly after that, I felt some movement again, but decided to ignore it this time. Untill I definitely felt something drop inside my pants. I quickly dropped my pants again and this time A mouse jumped out of my pants surprisegulpyuk

I am absolutely convinced that the mouse was brought into the house by my cat last night and that she left it to rest in my pants when she got tired of playing with it.devil

I did not manage to catch the mouse after this, so I can only hope that when the cat cathches the mouse again, she will at least have the decency to kill it before dropping it in my pants again
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Was this the story you told your wife when she caught you with your pants round your ankles and a mouse paused ready to go Richard Gere style?
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I'm no expert on the subject, but you could argue that dogs and humans are social pack animals whereas cats are not. It's no surprise that dogs would exhibit an emotional (i.e., behavioral related to brain chemistry) response to the absence of a perceived pack member. There are all sorts of good evolution-type reasons for this.

What's more interesting to me is the fact that cats form friendly relationships at all, despite being solitary in the wild.
I don't know. Feral cats seem to live in little cat clans. At least the ones living in storm drain near my parents house do.
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Was this the story you told your wife when she caught you with your pants round your ankles and a mouse paused ready to go Richard Gere style?
I don't have a wife, but i know I'll remember the excuse for when I have a girlfriend again
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They weren't still playing with the cat. It was off in the corner doing its own thing. As the owner entered the room the cat looked at her and then the stranger swung the toy and the cat decided that it was more interested in the toy than the owner.

I don't see this as a revelation. Cats are much more independent creatures than dogs. Wild dogs tend to roam in packs while wild cats do not (with the exception of lions). Humans also tend to naturally congregate into groups.


Yes, but with the dog, the woman was sitting in the chair, with her hands in her lap. She made no attempt to play with the dog when the owner entered the room, as she did with cat. The study is flawed. Flawed!

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In that one clip. There were 20 cats they studied. I agree it looks odd, but I don't believe they got their results from one video being made to illustrate a point.

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1) Studying this does not prevent other things from being studied.

2) Sometimes trivial or weird looking things can produce surprising scientific breakthroughs.

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Can I get a $1.25 Million grant to use myself and study how humans consume beer and burritos? It could help in the development of more efficient urinals and toilets. Further in the future, it could lead to advances in liposuction, heart surgery, and even the development of science!
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I'd love to use this study as an excuse to hate cats, but let's face it: given the chance, I'd kill you and stuff your body with dead birds, too.
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When I was in this experiment, as soon as I realized that God had left me alone with the killbot things got... weird.
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I think he'd only kill you first if he liked you you were a hobo and he had his claw hammer handy.


There. Fixed.
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