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Are you are cat person?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by cbzdel, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. cbzdel

    cbzdel Tacoma, WA Member

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    If you answered yes, why?

    Personally I hate cats, IMO they are stupid good for nothing creatures. I used to have a hamster and a parakeet when I was a little kid and I liked them more than I could like a cat haha...

    Nothing against people that like them, they are just not for me.

    Only reason I bring it up is the wife keeps telling me she wants to get one, this the one and only thing I will stand my ground on and in no way ever let happen..
     
  2. MarkSBG

    MarkSBG Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have never been a cat person, but we do have a cat. As a pet goes, they are pretty easy. They don't require your attention or approval. Mine doesn't tear up my house or garage. It doesn't eat garbage (or poop) or howl at all hours of the night. All in all, a pretty low maintainance animal.

    I don't have a dog because they require more time than I am willing to devote to any animal. I have a wife, kids, and a job that require my attention.
     
  3. timbernet

    timbernet Boring, Oregon Member

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    "It's the cat's house, we just pay the mortgage"
    "Dogs have owners, cats have staff"


    I LOVE my cat... she is the best...

    Cats are pretty low maintenance, they keep themselves clean, don't make too much noise, are fun to play with (cat + laser pointer = WIN.... feathers on a stick are great too), they aren't always following you around, when it is cold out they want to snuggle... after a bad day, nothing soothes the soul faster than some quiet music and a nap with a purring cat.

    I like my cat way more than most people I know... :)
     
  4. wakeadrian

    wakeadrian Beaverton Member

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    I love our cat! She is super easy to take care of. We fill up her auto feeder every few days or so. Buy a scratching pad so there's no damage to furniture. If it'll be an indoor cat, they pretty much box train themselves. Outdoor, no cleanup at all. Cheaper vet bills and less frequent, too. She doesn't demand a lot of attention, but when I have the time, I can call her over and she'll lay with me. Buy a laser pen and have unlimited hours of playtime for her. Cheap adoption fees, but really you can find them free everywhere!
    I've always had cats, dogs, and several different small pets since I can remember. Cats are surely the easiest!

    If your wife wants the cat, then there's not a lot of reason the cat has to bug you too much. She'll love and play with it, and probably completely take care of it.
     
  5. wakeadrian

    wakeadrian Beaverton Member

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    Quoted for truth! :p
     
  6. xstayfrostyx

    xstayfrostyx PDX Member

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    Me too! :D

    I try not to make that declaration very often in public though, as people tend to give you a look like: "what's this guy's deal?"
     
  7. gnarkill

    gnarkill Richland, WA Member

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    Basically all the above is true. Cats take care of themselves, you can leave some food out and be gone for days without worry. They dont poop on the floor (usually), they dont smell, or smell up the house. They dont eat a whole lot of food either.

    Dogs are pretty much miserable to me. They are the closest thing to having a kid. They need constant attention, they smell, they tear stuff up, get in the garbage, and require a babysitter when your away. My wife came with a dog and it has been pretty much the only problem with our marriage from day one.
     
  8. CharlesAFerg

    CharlesAFerg Beaverton Active Member

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    Spraying, tearing things up...? Cats do it too. I find cats to be quite uninteresting. My dog doesn't require too much attention, but he's a wonderful companion. He doesn't need a leash, but I keep him on one anyway. Cats DO need a leash, you just don't take them out the same way.

    These three photos pretty much sum up my dog...

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    Oh, well, except for when he's too blurry to take a photo, in which he pretty much looks like...

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    Also, I must disagree about the "fine" statement earlier. Your cat would be captured by animal control if it was fighting with stray cats all the time. I don't want feral cats running around, and I'm not even remotely sorry for saying that. Stray cats are a huge problem in other parts of the country, as well as other countries in general.

    Control your pets. They're domesticated, not wild animals.
     
  9. Starship

    Starship NE Portland Active Member

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    Dogs have masters
    Cats have staff.... :)
     
  10. CounterOfBeans

    CounterOfBeans northwest Active Member

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    I like them both, but they are totally different personality types.
    Dogs are much better for home defense (alarms, if not attackers), although I did just see a bunch of youtube videos of cats standing down/chasing away black bears. So if you're in bear country, a cat might arguably be a home defense animal:). See below:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L71iky0iVo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Npi8Q0sZtZo&NR=1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi7tN2rjQcc&feature=related

    Dog's are charming because they do everything they can to make you happy all the time and cat's are charming because they will make you happy when they are damn well good and ready to, but dependably when they can tell your bummed. It's a personality adjustment thing I guess.
     
  11. bugeye

    bugeye Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I did the same thing once, and came home to find my wife had two kittens that were given away at a pet store. I reluctantly gave in and found that there is a latent cat lover in every dog person. In retrospect I should have put up more of a fight about the cats because a few months latter I came home to find two rhinos in the backyard that she claimed her mother had sent her.
     
  12. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    I have cats on the property, but wouldn't classify myself as a "cat person". I don't seek them out to give attention and only feed them a couple times a week. Want 'em hungry to take care of mice, rats and other vermin that infest my barn and chicken coop.

    I haven't had a dog in five or six years. I like 'em alright, but they are awful needy and I tend to be gone three (whenever I don't have my son) consecutive days a week.
     
  13. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Nope.
    Not a cat person. I'm allergic otherwise I wouldn't mind having a feline around the house. Then again right now at the apartment, pets are a no-go.
     
  14. .45's and .38's

    .45's and .38's Happy Valley OR Well-Known Member

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    I hate dogs. I have 3 cats. I have been scared of dogs since I remember. Cats are way easier to take care of. & no drool. I have leather furniture so I have to get their claws trimmed often.:thumbup:
     
  15. RAWII

    RAWII Salem, Or. Member

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    Only if they're BBQ'ed. LOL
     
  16. Ballistic

    Ballistic Salem, Oregon Active Member

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    I don't mind dogs, but it's too much work; raising, exercising, walking, et cetera. I find them needy and in the way.

    So i have cats. Their personality is more subtle than dogs, but they do have one. Usually a bit on the psycho side, which i like.

    I keep mine indoors, because cats are an environmental menace to natural wildlife. They are the second biggest killer of songbirds after habitat destruction. Cat are highly efficient hunter/killers and they do not belong outside unsupervised.

    They are a lot of fun in a quiet silly way. I love them.
     
  17. Trick

    Trick St Helens Active Member

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    I wish every person on this planet thought like you do. I like cats and will pet them when I see them, but what they inflict on our natural environment is sad. I wish there was an effective way to control all these feral colonies.
     
  18. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    There is... I think we all know of it. Though there's a need to do it in a 'humane' way.
     
  19. wakeadrian

    wakeadrian Beaverton Member

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    More Coyotes? We have a large field area behind our complex, basically off our balcony. They are everywhere out there! We only have an outdoor/stray cat for about the first 2-3 weeks after it moves in, depending on how sneaky it is. But, so goes the circle of life. :p
     
  20. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    Outdoor cats don't last long in my neighborhood. Too many Coyotes and dogs. That being said, if I ever see free ones I'll take them. The right cat can do wonders for mice and moles.