Atheist Ailurophiles

All things cat, and the nontheist people who love them.

Location: Earth, but space cats welcome.
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We are the largest online group for non-theist ailurophiles.

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Camo cats

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 20. 58 Replies

Cats on Video

Started by Little Name Atheist. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 8, 2017. 116 Replies

post photos of your kittieh

Started by Karl. Last reply by Kit Ann Kaboodle Sep 8, 2017. 195 Replies

Administrivia, AKA Welcome to Cat Freaks R' Us

Started by Little Name Atheist. Last reply by Kit Ann Kaboodle Sep 8, 2017. 6 Replies

Munchkin – My Bestest Buddy

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 16, 2017. 3 Replies

My Wonderful Morris-Kitty

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Feb 16, 2017. 29 Replies

Cat Food Recall

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Robert Lanktree Jan 8, 2017. 1 Reply

The never ending battle

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 4, 2016. 0 Replies

Signs Your Cat Is In Pain

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Mar 1, 2016. 1 Reply

Fancy Feast and slavery

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Aug 31, 2015. 1 Reply

Cat videos are good for you

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jun 25, 2015. 7 Replies

How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 24, 2015. 10 Replies

Sugarless gum kills pets

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Nov 16, 2014. 4 Replies

London Cat

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Apr 22, 2014. 8 Replies

Calli May 16th 2003 - Feb 9th 2011

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 3, 2014. 5 Replies

I Can Has Cheezburger

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 24, 2017 at 4:51pm

Thanks for the cat stories. Do you have a picture of Missy?

I am definitely a mother cat substitute to my two.

Comment by Chris on November 24, 2017 at 3:55pm

I have a ferril cat I named Missy.  One time my girlfriend and I were standing in the side yard. Missy had several litters of kits. Most of Missy's  kits died. Missy brought one of the kits about two or three feet to us and dropped than ran away.  My girlfriend still has that cat.

My intent was to trap Missy to get her fixed then release her.  That plan went awry because I had to keep her inside to heal. I managed to get her to take her to the vet to have her stitches removed. The vet said I needed to watch her to make sure her inscision didn't get infected.   She hid in the house for about four months.  She was quick so I couldn't catch her.   Eventually she and I became friends.

She's neat because she was a ferril. It's interesting to listen to the calls she would make for her kits to teach them to hunt.   Missy is the only cat I've lived with like that.  Of course she is afraid of everyone, but me. She has a great personality.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 24, 2017 at 3:51pm

I feel the same way Plinius.

Comment by Chris on November 24, 2017 at 3:43pm

My understanding is that cats think of you as their mother.  My brother adopted a cat that was so young he almost had to bottle feed it.  His cat, which is entirely white, named Spot is now ~ seven years old.  My brother says Spot wakes him up minutes before his alarm clock rings by sucking on his ear lobe. 

I had a cat, now unfortunately diseased due to intestinal cancer woke me up by brushing her whiskers across my nose.

Comment by Plinius on November 24, 2017 at 4:16am

With a dog you need to be leader of the pack, which I'd hate. A cat is your equal, and I prefer to interact with my equals.

Comment by Chris on November 23, 2017 at 9:37pm

Personality Differences Between Dog and Cat Owners

Dog versus cat owners differ in personality.
Posted Feb 17, 2010
Interesting article.
Virtually any discussion among pet owners is bound to reveal that there clearly are dog people and there are cat people. In some cases the depth of feeling for their chosen species can be quite intense. However, according to an Associated poll, there are a lot more dog people out there, since 74 percent of their test sample like dogs a lot, and only 41 percent like cats a lot.

      The flip side of the coin is that some people seem to be quite exclusive in their preferences, liking either dogs or cats and loathing the other species. Apparently cats appear to be much easier to hate. Fifteen percent of the adults questioned said they disliked cats a lot while the number who said they disliked dogs a lot was only two percent.

      There are sound reasons to suspect that the preference for dogs or cats reflects some underlying human personality differences. Certainly the relationship between cats and humans has always been quite different than the relationship between dogs and people. This reflects the behaviors that both species have kept from their heritage prior to domestication. In the wild, cats are usually solitary hunters and often are active mostly at night. In contrast, wild canines are usually sociable pack animals that work in groups and are active between dawn and dusk. Our domestic dogs retain this need for social interaction to the degree that without a master and a family, a dog seems unhappy--almost lost. Dogs will intrude on a person's ongoing activities if they are feeling lonely and want some company or play. Cats, on the other hand, are often invisible during the day, seeming only to appear in the evening, especially if that is when they are fed. Cats will occasionally engage in social activities or play with people, but their interest is limited. Usually, after only a few minutes, cats will abandon the game and wander away. Dogs on the other hand, will often engage in play, like fetching a thrown ball, for hours at a time, and it is usually the human that quits the game first.

     Recently, Sam Gosling, a psychologist at the University of Texas in Austin and his graduate student Carson Sandy conducted a web-based study in which 4,565 individuals were asked whether they were dog people, cat people, neither or both. The same group was given a 44-item assessment that measured them on the so-called Big Five personality dimensions psychologists often use to study personalities.


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Comment by Grinning Cat on November 21, 2017 at 1:09pm

You're welcome, Spud and Joan! Ruth was the one who led me to that heartwarming story, by sharing the picture of the smiling Mr. Duman and a single contented tabby at the piano together (third pic in my original comment).

And thank you, Joan, for those inspiring, special memories of Istanbul! (What languages did you have in common with some of the people there?)

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 21, 2017 at 11:03am

Thanks for that emotional story, G Cat.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 21, 2017 at 3:09am

Istanbul holds a special place in my heart. The airline lost my luggage and I stayed a few days to see if I could retrieve it. One suitcase held a special book written by and about citizens of Tekoa, WA the small town where I was born. I was taking it to my relatives in Belgium after my Turkey adventure was over. 

I spent a couple of days wandering the streets, taking in the sights,  talking with people, playing marbles with the kids on the door stoop. I wonder if I can find a stock picture to show how the street looked. Oh! Yes! This looks like one of the streets where I met a woman and had Turkish coffee with her in her fourth-floor apartment. We didn't have a common language, and we communicated with hand gestures. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 21, 2017 at 2:58am

Grinning Cat, this story evokes so many feelings, joy, excitement, interest, comfort, amusement, and peace. What a great piece! Thanks. 

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