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Tacoma Traveler 1
You could get an actual mountain lion for a pet too. Then, you would have to fear neither rat nor looter nor zombie.
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on November 2, 2012 at 6:33 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 2
Terriers get the job done, too. And they don't jump on the table and lick the butter.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on November 2, 2012 at 6:38 AM · Report this
venomlash 3
@2: Terriers can't shit without supervision, you know that. Cats can be trained to use a litter box.
I'll take the occasional butter mishap over having to babysit a dog several times a day.
Posted by venomlash on November 2, 2012 at 6:43 AM · Report this
NotSean 4
Even the rats know the troubles gonna come

To the edge of the city see the little guys run

Posted by NotSean on November 2, 2012 at 6:49 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 5
My cat was booking a flight to New York with a bunch of her feline friends. I don't know what's going on but there is a bunch of cat sized hunting gear around my house. I am a little concerned about the small semi-automatic rifle and little bullets but what can you do?

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on November 2, 2012 at 6:52 AM · Report this
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 2, 2012 at 7:15 AM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 7
I wonder if anybody has ever thought about that. I mean, imagine if we took all the little kitties that were sitting on animal shelter death row, and unleashed them en masse (spayed and neutered, of course) at a disaster site with a rat problem.

If the cats are successful, we might see a seismic shift in the country's opinion of cats. Dog ownership might be phased out as more and more people realize the utility of their feline friends. Since the very same dog breeds that can stop an intruder are also the same breeds that frequently harm owners and innocent bystanders, more folks might switch to cats as a safer companion that can also solve public health problems.
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on November 2, 2012 at 7:22 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 8
@7: Then they just need to release all the feral dogs to kill the cat infestation, and then all we need are Chinese Needle snakes to kill off all the dogs, then we just need those gorillas that thrive off of snake meat to kill all of the snakes.

The beauty part? When winter rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on November 2, 2012 at 7:29 AM · Report this
NotSean 9
@7 Except it is widely understood, cats suck.

D!O!G! D!O!G! D!O!G!
Posted by NotSean on November 2, 2012 at 7:31 AM · Report this
The Max 11
Terriers are lions to rats. Cats, to rats, are more like leopards or cougars. They're smaller than a big one and vulnerable when big ones swarm.
Posted by The Max on November 2, 2012 at 7:44 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 12
@ 2, say what? I guess they can't get up on the table by themselves, but they would eat all your butter in they could.

@ 11, rat terriers aren't much bigger than cats.

Cats rule. The only people who disagree are control freaks who love the total obedience a dog gives them.
Posted by Matt from Denver on November 2, 2012 at 7:49 AM · Report this
DVNODVNO 13
Aren't cats just cats to rats?
Posted by DVNODVNO on November 2, 2012 at 8:02 AM · Report this
bedipped 14
Now get this. We feed the rats to the cats and the cats to the rats and get the cat skins for nothing.
Posted by bedipped on November 2, 2012 at 8:20 AM · Report this
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What's interesting to me about rats is how very hominid-like they are with their promiscuous sexual habits, their omnivorous diets, their intellect, their complex social systems, their young born so immature and dependent. It all makes them wonderfully useful laboratory animals.

A rat is a pretty formidable foe for a cat, especially because cats are solitary hunters while rats like to stick close to their buddies. I keep lecturing my cat about her need to chase off the rodents that creep into the basement in winter, but she seems to have lost her desire to hunt them. The last time I saw her go after one, it reared up on its hind legs and faced her head on.

I guess I can't blame her for reluctance after that.
Posted by Zuulabelle http://www.mellophant.com on November 2, 2012 at 8:35 AM · Report this
NotSean 16
@12 Cats rule?

Your picture says otherwise.

It says 'woof, F-ing woof'.
Posted by NotSean on November 2, 2012 at 8:54 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 17
@ 15, when my sister lived in Belleview (near Lake Washington) a dozen or so years ago, she had a cat, about average size, who hunted rats. Some cats are just better hunters than others.

@ 16, I do own a dog. An Australian Cattle Dog. Currently my only pet. (Well, if you don't count the hens, which I don't.) Hope that doesn't blow your mind too much. (And if you think that's really me, can I interest you in some magic underpants?)
Posted by Matt from Denver on November 2, 2012 at 9:24 AM · Report this
rob! 18
@16, that's not Matt, it's Ray Conniff. No, I didn't know that (despite having grown up in casino country), but Google Image Search did.
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on November 2, 2012 at 9:27 AM · Report this
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Don't forget bugs. While my cats discourage woodland creatures in and around the house, they also see as their duty to capture and kill all buglife as well. If they don't outright eat them (yuck), they play with them until I find tiny, crumpled, limbless carcasses beneath furniture.
Posted by Bugnroolet on November 2, 2012 at 9:28 AM · Report this
mikethehammer 20
Charles states that the rat population rivals that of people. I've actually heard rats outnumber people at a significant ratio. According to Wikipedia... "some estimate the number as far higher, as many as four rats per person (32 million.)"

Posted by mikethehammer on November 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 21
@8 already won this thread
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 22
@2 No, dogs actually learn the rules and follow them. When I was a kid, our dog was not was not allowed to go from the kitchen into the dining room, and he never did, regardless of whether someone was watching.

Dogs are your friends. Cats are fucking autistic. They have no idea that you are anything other than a source of their gratification.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on November 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM · Report this
treacle 23
All you "cat vs. dog" argument people should just go have a nap. BOR-ING!

7, you are either joking, or you're bonkers. I mean, have you not read about the dangers of toxoplasmosis gondii? "Seismic shift" my ass...

RELEASE THE CHINESE NEEDLE SNAKES!
Posted by treacle on November 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 24
In the middle ages, Christians believed cats were witches because their eyes had slit pupils. So they burned all the cats alive. With all the cats dead, the rat population exploded. With all the rats came all the fleas that caused the great plague.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM · Report this
Dougsf 25
@17 - I'm interested in some magic underpants, but not for the reason everyone thinks.
Posted by Dougsf on November 2, 2012 at 12:23 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 26
@2,

They don't? The dog of a friend of mine gulped down an entire stick of butter when she turned her back for one second. Although I do admit that I can't leave anything containing cream cheese frosting out or my cat manages to get her filthy paws on it.

@7,

Cats are already the most popular pet in the country.

@19,

I once tried to put a spider out of its misery before my cat could torture it and eat it alive. She gobbled up the carcass anyway.
Posted by keshmeshi on November 2, 2012 at 12:50 PM · Report this
Skye Blu 27
It depends on the cat. I had one that was a one-kitty killing machine- every kind of bug, mice, rats, a squirrel, half a baby bunny, and an inordinate number of snakes... and another who couldn't catch fleas.
Posted by Skye Blu on November 2, 2012 at 6:18 PM · Report this
Skye Blu 28
The dog never caught anything except the already-dead victims the cat was tired of playing with.
Posted by Skye Blu on November 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM · Report this
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My pet perentie is a great ratter. And catter. And dogger. I don't get a lot of houseguests...
Posted by PCM on November 3, 2012 at 1:28 AM · Report this
sissoucat 30
@22 So... your definition of a "friend" is an awestruck, mouth-gaping subservient being, that will learn and follow rules, just like your old dog ?

I'll gladly pass on being one of your "friends", then - #12 did see through you.

Oh - and there's more to dogs than blind allegiance, you know. Dogs have personalities too - that they readily express, unless they've been "trained" (bullied and broken) till they're robots. Which is not what a good training is about.
Posted by sissoucat on November 5, 2012 at 8:35 AM · Report this

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