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I love a good cat article.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/04/cat-owners-...



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Your house cat might be a tiny, bloodthirsty lion, just waiting to feast on your meaty organs, researchers say. Cat owners say that’s fine.

A study by the University of Edinburgh compares domestic and wild cats, using the “Big Five” personality traits commonly used to describe humans. The house cats exhibited strong tendencies toward “dominance, impulsiveness, and neuroticism,” characteristics they share with African lions, the study revealed.

But cat owners tend to view their pets’ wild streak as a lovable quirk, rather than a legitimate threat that their cats would eat them if given half a chance.

“Cats are just mini lions because that’s who they descend from,” Kate McIndoe, owner of two cats told the Daily Beast. “It in no way lessens my love for them.”

If anything, cats’ impulsive, standoffish nature has been celebrated in popular culture. Consider Grumpy Cat, the perpetually frowning feline who became the Internet’s favorite pessimistic meme. A webcomic detailing “How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You” was so popular it was published as a full-length book in 2012, shooting to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. YouTube runneth over with videos of cats knocking valuables off shelves and tables, making eye-contact with the camera like destructive sociopaths.

But unlike a lion, or even a large dog, cats’ size keeps their destruction and their appetite cute.

“I think it’s neat to watch a domesticated animal retain their less-than-domesticated instincts,” cat-owner Zoe Schlager said. “She’s not actually going to manage to eat me, I don’t think, so it’s more intriguing than anything. Certainly more interesting than having an obedient dog.”

Other cat owners argued that the study was unfair to felines.

“I don’t think that it makes sense to use personality tests developed for humans to determine cats’ personalities,” recent kitten adopter Peter Sterne said. “The idea that cats are ‘neurotic’ is absurd. Cats are not ‘neurotic’ because ‘neurotic’ is a human characteristic.”

The University of Edinburgh study, as Sterne notes, describes cats using the “Big Five” personality traits of "openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism”. These soft-science characteristics are usually ascribed to humans, not to other animals. To apply them to cats, some argue, is to draw a false equivalency, ignoring cats’ vastly different lifestyle and evolutionary history.

“It’s like, would Hunter kill me if he were the size of a lion?” Sterne said of his cat. “I guess if he were hungry he might. But that’s not because he’s ‘neurotic’; it’s because he’s a semi-domesticated animal that likes to hunt. Maybe he’d decide that he likes getting cans of wet food and so he would keep me alive.”
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I love it when my cats see a bird or squirrel outside and their killer instincts kick in and they do that weird chirping "I want to kill you so much!" sound. I like to taunt them, "You want to kill that crow, don't you? Well too bad, you don't get to!"
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There's a black cat with a collar that hangs out around the office. I call it Blimpy because it's obviously well fed. Yesterday I watched it stalk something in the shrubbery. It suddenly pounced and emerged with a wriggling chipmunk in its jaws and, head held high, trotted to the back of the lot.

A well fed domesticated cat still honing its predatory skills.
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My male cat, after cuddling in my lap for an hour, will follow me into the kitchen for my snack, and I know he would kill me in an instant for a single potato chip if he were capable.
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Dave wrote:
My male cat, after cuddling in my lap for an hour, will follow me into the kitchen for my snack, and I know he would kill me in an instant for a single potato chip if he were capable.
Whew... now that I've murdered Dave... what's on TV?
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oriecat wrote:
I love it when my cats see a bird or squirrel outside and their killer instincts kick in and they do that weird chirping "I want to kill you so much!" sound. I like to taunt them, "You want to kill that crow, don't you? Well too bad, you don't get to!"
I tell mine "Oooo, look at all the birdies mocking you!"

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I disagree with the above, cats are not domesticated. They merely cohabit homes regardless.
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I work in emergency management and a few years ago I attended a professional conference for emergency planners and first responders. One of the speakers was from Noah's Wish, an volunteer organization which rescues domestic animals during disasters. He was speaking about his experiences during Katrina, during which they rescued hundreds, if not thousands of lost, stranded or abandoned pets. Part of their work was to perform house-to-house searches by boat, looking for pets that had been abandoned or "orphaned". Of course this was days or weeks after the storm, so many of these animals were in starving. He said, they were horrified, but not surprised to find that, yes, your loving pets WILL eat you, if they are hungry enough. But there is a difference between cats and dogs. Dogs have the decency to wait until your dead; cats just wait until you are unconscious.
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darthain wrote:
I disagree with the above, cats are not domesticated. They merely cohabit homes regardless.
They're not pets. They're roommates.
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I wonder if there would be some business opportunity there to have people ship their bodies to you to turn into pet food to be fed back to their former furry housemates.
 
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