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  • I'm LIBERAL and I prefer CATS

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Thread: Do politics and pets go together?

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    Re: Do politics and pets go together?

    Quote Originally Posted by MistressNomad View Post
    They aren't if you respect them. My cat cuddles me when I'm upset, and has actually tried to attack an intruder into my home. She's tiny (7 pounds full-grown) so obviously she didn't get very far, but it's the thought that counts.

    Maybe you just don't understand cats.
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    Re: Do politics and pets go together?

    Quote Originally Posted by MistressNomad View Post
    They aren't if you respect them. My cat cuddles me when I'm upset, and has actually tried to attack an intruder into my home. She's tiny (7 pounds full-grown) so obviously she didn't get very far, but it's the thought that counts.

    Maybe you just don't understand cats.
    I never had a cat alone, that is, without a dog also in the house. I wonder if the more extroverted nature of dogs makes the cats less sociable.

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    Re: Do politics and pets go together?

    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyDan View Post
    I never had a cat alone, that is, without a dog also in the house. I wonder if the more extroverted nature of dogs makes the cats less sociable.
    Probably depends on the cat. She's spent most of her life a lone-pet, but she has lived with a dog before. He was a huge Belgian Shepard. Beautiful, sweet dog. They were great friends, and she used to try to play-fight him. It was rather funny, watching this tiny perpetual kitten try to take on a 70-pound dog. He would just gently roll her across the floor.

    She's always been a very social cat, though. She really likes interacting with anything and everything... when it suits her, of course. But she's probably a little more extroverted than most cats.

    Or at least, she used to be. Now she's a crotchety old lady. Reminds me of my grandma. "I'm old, deal with it!!"

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    Re: Do politics and pets go together?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    No, I've had experiences with several cats. They are all the same. No social skills, annoying, not connectable. And I'm not hearing anything different from those who like cats. Independent is just "catspeak" for no social skills.
    When I had surgery on my neck, my cat spent the next week constantly in reach, usually curled up next to me in bed, purring. She knew I was hurting and did her part to try and make me feel better. This is normal behavior for a cat. Independent means if you have to go away for the day, the cat tolerates it and does not spaz out like a dog does.
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    Re: Do politics and pets go together?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    No, I understand cats. And with that understanding, I don't like them.
    Based on what you have said here, no you do not understand cats.
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    Re: Do politics and pets go together?

    I think a lot of this disconnect has to do with the fact that cats communicate differently than dogs or humans (which I grant may be closer on the spectrum of HOW they communicate).

    For example, you know that thing cats do where they stand on your chest and knead into you, sometimes with their claws catching you a bit? They're not trying to be annoying. They're not trying to "tenderize" you. They're trying to stimulate your heart.

    Cats will do this sometimes when you're upset or in pain and they're not sure why - they'll try to stimulate your heart. They do this to their kittens when they're scared, to normalize their heart rhythm and help them calm down.

    Head-butting is also a sign of great affection for a cat. They try to crawl into you, with their heads. It can be a bit weird and frustrating until you figure out why they're doing it.

    It's a greater gap to bridge with cats, but they are every bit as loving as a dog if you know how to read them. And they're way less dependent, which makes it a more equal relationship. I think of cats as being like a friendship, and dogs as being like parent-child.
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    Re: Do politics and pets go together?

    Mostly conservative. I like both. Personally I prefer cats, though I acknowlege that dogs are actually more useful.

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    Re: Do politics and pets go together?

    I lean liberal and I'm more of a dog person than a cat person. I don't hate cats though.
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    Re: Do politics and pets go together?

    One of the cats here is a big head butter. He can spend hours butting his head against me and rubbing against my chin. He is also one of those cats that bites at you gently, which is the kitty equivalent of kissing.
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    Re: Do politics and pets go together?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Mostly conservative. I like both. Personally I prefer cats, though I acknowlege that dogs are actually more useful.
    I don't know. I once rented a house that drew a wiley rodent. When all else failed, I brought in a cat.

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