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  • Dog

    11 25.58%
  • Cat

    23 53.49%
  • Bird

    3 6.98%
  • Fish

    1 2.33%
  • Hamster/Gerbil

    0 0%
  • Rabbit

    1 2.33%
  • Pig

    0 0%
  • Lizard/Snake

    1 2.33%
  • Pet Rock

    3 6.98%
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    Re: Best Pet

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I suspect the difference here is in the person, not the animal.
    Nope.
    It's in their nature.

    Cats come from a family of predators that hunt solo.
    They would never see you, their owner, as a brother in arms, and would never show the term known as "loyalty" towards you.

    What you most probably describe as loyalty is the cat's "affection", the way they walk near your leg and rub their body with it.
    They only do it for the heat.
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    Re: Best Pet

    Coming to think about it, you should have also had Dolphin in the list.

    Now that's a loyal clever animal.
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    Re: Best Pet

    Quote Originally Posted by Glinda View Post
    I had a pet rutabaga once, but it was an awful pet. Never did anything; just sat there.

    So I ate it.
    I have contacted the rutabaga protection society.

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    Re: Best Pet

    You people are all wrong.

    It is rootabega.

    When Goshin gets here, ya'll be in trouble!

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    Re: Best Pet

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    Nope.
    It's in their nature.

    Cats come from a family of predators that hunt solo.
    They would never see you, their owner, as a brother in arms, and would never show the term known as "loyalty" towards you.

    What you most probably describe as loyalty is the cat's "affection", the way they walk near your leg and rub their body with it.
    They only do it for the heat.
    Eve have a cat leave you a mouse on your pillow? Kinda gross, but certainly a show of loyalty. Despite being solo hunters, cats are a very social species.
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    Re: Best Pet

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    What you most probably describe as loyalty is the cat's "affection", the way they walk near your leg and rub their body with it.
    They only do it for the heat.
    Interesting. I always thought they did it to mark ownership of their people. Regardless, I love cats. They are independent and offish, but in my experience, they definitely form close ties with their humans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Interesting. I always thought they did it to mark ownership of their people. Regardless, I love cats. They are independent and offish, but in my experience, they definitely form close ties with their humans.
    They certainly do. For example, my wife had a cat that would not have kittens anywhere except when my wife's mom was around. If she changed rooms, the cat would too.

    My current cat just adores my daughter and will come running if he hears her voice. He has even tried to defend her from a dog.

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    Re: Best Pet

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    My current cat just adores my daughter and will come running if he hears her voice. He has even tried to defend her from a dog.
    We had a manx cat that I found as a kitten lying on the highway in the rain. I thought he was dead, but my boys looked back and saw he was moving, so I took him home (this is how we end up with all our cats- they are abandoned by other people as a rule). Anyway, he was a ferocious hunter, and remained so after we had him neutered, and he kept all male strays away until he died a couple of years ago at age 18. He had attitude his entire life, and he definitely regarded us as his to defend. I miss him like a brother, and I mourned him when he died.
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    Re: Best Pet

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    They certainly do. For example, my wife had a cat that would not have kittens anywhere except when my wife's mom was around. If she changed rooms, the cat would too.

    My current cat just adores my daughter and will come running if he hears her voice. He has even tried to defend her from a dog.
    My cat is like that, she comes when her name is called and meows at the door when I leave.

    She acts like a dog.
    She's a manx so she's pretty awesome.
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    Re: Best Pet

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Interesting. I always thought they did it to mark ownership of their people. Regardless, I love cats. They are independent and offish, but in my experience, they definitely form close ties with their humans.
    You are mostly correct. Cat's have scent glands in the sides of their face, around the chin, and on the forehead. They rub against you to mark you with that scent.

    The best thing to show cat loyalty is when they roll on their back exposing their belly to you, which is a sign of trust and loyalty.
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