Of course I'm not criticising your preferences here... only the factoid about cats killing birds. Yes cats kill birds, but they kill way less birds than humanity does, so I do get ticked when anti-cat people point out the bird factoid. And you're not alone in this. I have many many friends who are cat haters and use the bird example constantly. I just wish people would put bird deaths into perspective. Cats generally make a killing when humans are attracting birds to feeders. Humans cause changes in bird populations, sometimes causing an increase (sparrows, field birds and small raptors), but overall a decrease. I'm the organiser of field trips for my local bird club, so I hear this a lot from people... here's to wishing I hear it less in the future.
Russell, that was way too cute and funny. At least this overweight pooch is getting his exercise and having fun at it. You won't see this with a cat.
Bumped into the present!
Our dogs are always in-your-face, happy, sloppy, boisterous, friendly, jumpy. Our cat is aloof, neat, a bit skittish but can hold her own with the dogs. On very rare occasions, when it is cold, she will cuddle up to a warm dog. We had to stop having a litter box insider because they ate her special "contributions".
Then there's the 5 hens. They give us delicious, nutritious eggs every day. They come running when I visit their coop. They eat bugs and slugs. They make lots of chicken manure that becomes lots of rich fertile compost, that becomes tasty organic vegetables and beautiful flowers. Technically, the chickens are better companions than dogs or cats, but they are not house broken so have to stay outside.
Then there's the 60,000 honeybees and who knows how many earthworms, which also contribute much....
But I still love the dogs and cat.
I've loved dogs - that's how I became so allergic to them. But I don't especially see the point of cats.
I'm a dog person. They are loving and devoted,protective of their family and better than any burglar alarm you can get. I owned a cat once. It left me for a place less than half a mile away to live with other cats. I brought it back home a couple of times. The owner of the cathouse, pun intended, said she would be happy to let him stay. So the next time he left I let him stay.
I like cats more than dogs.
They are more independent that dogs from my experience.
They only ask for food but nothing else.
You can say they are boring, but for me their cuteness is overwhelming.
Definitely a doggy dog.
The only time I ever enjoyed cat was in a pie!
That is utterly absurd. I have been an atheist my whole life and love both cats and dogs. I have both. People in general now prefer cats because they are easier to care for. The intelligence of cats and dogs are roughly equal. Dogs are " more accepting, more willing to go along " because they are pack animals. They function as a cohesive unit. They depend upon each other for survival ( wolves, African wild dogs ). A human plays the role of the pack alpha, hence the " going along ". Cats are solitary animals, with the exception of lions. Domestic cats are also not truly domestic. Dogs have been domesticated for over 15,000 years - cats for under 10,000.
I'm ambidextrous-have a cat and dogs. They're completely different levels of companionship; care of dogs is more onerous than cats as they're far more dependent. What this has to do with atheism I haven't the slightest clue.
Yea I'm not sure if the reference to atheism is literal or sarcastic .