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    Re: Cornell University: Cats are dangerous

    We don't have any cats on our farm because they often carry toxoplasmosis which they get from rats. My partner has an auto-immune disease and goes through flare periods with low immunity. Apparently having toxoplasmosis around is dangerous for immune compromised people because it can harm the brain. So... yeah, we don't do the cat thing, since rats live in the wild in this part of the country.

    I personally love cats as much as I love dogs. Cats are autonomous and skilful.

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    We rescue cats, but won't even feed feral cats. They have terrible short lives, extremely high reproduction rates and are environmentally devastating to birds and anything else small that moves because they're starving.

    There are people who believe they can tame a feral cat. It can be done sometimes with huge amount of effort, which few people will do.

    Some domestic animals will revert to being wild if put into nature long enough. Cats and horses are two examples.
    Most stray cats in suburban or urban areas also carry FIV, the feline equivalent of HIV. Unlike human HIV, FIV is also transmitted through saliva. So when the cats clean their claws, it gets in the claws, and when they attack other cats with their claws or bite them, the FIV gets transmitted. In the city, one of our indoor cats escaped and got mauled by an alley cat. He ended up getting FIV from the attack and he died a few years later when his immune system crashed. That's how I learned about this. Most wild cats have short lives for this reason, or they die of cold winters, or cars.

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    Re: Cornell University: Cats are dangerous

    From my own experiences observing cat owners, I'm pretty sure that being systematically abused by a cat is one of the chief "joys" of owning one.

    Eavesdrop on any cat lovers' conversation, and it goes something like:

    "My baby sleeps on my face. And if I try to get him off, he gives me little love scratches."
    "Aww. LOL. My Mittens sprays urine over the house and breaks vases when I'm away because he misses me."
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    Stockholm syndrome.

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    Re: Cornell University: Cats are dangerous

    I grew up with a lot of partly feral farm cats, all of them adopted. Cats have very different personalities. I had one who killed anything that moved within a mile radius, but wouldn't touch birds because he got yelled at, and would bring baby rabbits alive to the porch. That cat was completely gentle with people, never really scratched anyone and we had him for over a decade. But he was a terror in the wild; you could grab him by the scruff of the neck, crouch down, turn his head towards a rabbit, point, and let go and he would run and take it down like a trained ****ing hawk. Then there was one who was straight-up crazy, would climb trees to the top and freak out, liked to play rough. Killed mostly bugs, was too spastic to catch anything else. He constantly tried to go after birds and got sprayed for it; thankfully he only succeeded one or two times. Another was a stray that I brought home. She was gorgeous, with really deep green eyes and long hair, but was absolutely terrified of anyone except for people in my family, and would vanish around strangers. She killed mostly rodents. She was incredibly gentle if she trusted you, but never liked to be picked up and held.

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    Re: Cornell University: Cats are dangerous

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    Not those that are prepared... they are cat preppers...
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    Re: Cornell University: Cats are dangerous

    Quote Originally Posted by Bum View Post
    We need serious cat vetting.....and for gods sake, lets close that pet show loophole

    No one needs these slayers......they only exist to kill.


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    Re: Cornell University: Cats are dangerous

    I must be lucky. I've owned cats all my life, and had 0% who were aggressive. Overall, probably owned 20 in my lifetime. The only time they every showed aggression is when I would fight (play fight, mostly scratch their belly until they got mad) with them on purpose.
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    Re: Cornell University: Cats are dangerous

    Quote Originally Posted by SkyFox76 View Post
    It only takes one.

    Admittedly I don’t find cats to be particularly trustworthy. I got raked on the arm by one that I was petting and we were seemingly getting along. I hope the lady was ok, for real.
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    Re: Cornell University: Cats are dangerous

    Quote Originally Posted by Utility Man View Post
    The article fails to mention the percentage of cats relinquished to shelters for behavioral reasons.

    You said "....with 27% of cats being given to shelters for aggressive and hostile actions....."

    How can you know the percentage of cats being given to shelters for aggressive and hostile actions if you don't the percentage of cats given to shelters for behavioral reasons ?
    That is why you are supposed to read the professional study source...

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    Re: Cornell University: Cats are dangerous

    Quote Originally Posted by GreatNews2night View Post
    LOL, the picture of the little guy on the top right corner does seem to contradict the article... That adorable cat looks pretty harmless...
    That is the danger... cats are unpredictable and conniving.

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    Re: Cornell University: Cats are dangerous

    Quote Originally Posted by yankintx View Post
    My cats have always been indoor and out door, free range felines. I have been lucky to live in most places were traffic is not an issue. My point, the majority of cats with behavioural issues are stuck indoors which creates boredom. Obviously many kitties can not be free range for a host of issues. Its unnatural for a cat to stay indoors 24/7.
    So instead of your cat being a danger to you... you let it out to go and slaughter innocent little animals like baby birds?

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