Are You A Dog Or Cat Person?

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  1. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    I have never tried clicker training with our dogs. I have used dog treats in the past to encourage our dog Bailey to do a cute doggy dance around in a circle or to give me his left or right paws. Eventually we could get him to do the doggy dance or give us his left or right paws without treats. Eventually our dog Bailey started to go into the kitchen, bark for attention, and do his doggy dance for us whenever he wanted a dog treat!
     
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  3. akoreamerican Registered Senior Member

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    I like cats, dogs, jumping spiders, crows, squirrels, I tried to like a rat but it got away from me, his loss.
     
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  5. spidergoat Venued Serial Membership Valued Senior Member

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    Cats.

    Dogs are fine, but they are too much like people and annoy me. They need a job, and I don't have one for them.
     
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  7. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    I love jumping spiders. The good thing about them is I do not believe their venom is dangerous to humans, should you get bitten, considering if their fangs are even long enough to bite through your skin and penetrate a blood vessel. I like to catch and handle them if I see them outside on a leaf or on a fence when I am outside. Other spiders I am a bit afraid of.
     
  8. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    In my opinion most cats are low maintenance when compared to most dogs. I like that dogs are usually always happy and jovial and ready to give you love and affection. I have never had a cat and I am not sure if cats can be like that too, or if they are more independent, wild, and reserved than dogs.
     
  9. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    It depends on the cat and the person. When I met my last ex's family, her cat came over to me immediately and got in my lap to be petted. They were flat-out amazed, and the cat never left my side after that, even following me through foot-deep snow to walk with me to the store and through the woods when the streets were icy. We never went shopping together, but she was always waiting for my walk back.

    I really miss that cat.
     
  10. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    That is a nice story. When I was a teen I was walking to the local arcade and I came across a cat. He came up to be and let me pet him and he also let me pick him up and hold him shortly afterwards. I took him to the arcade with me as I pet him and I met up with some of my friends and hung out with them with this cool cat I came across in my arms while I was at the arcade talking. After I hung out with my friends for about a hour or so I returned to the spot that I found and met the cat at and I released him back to be free and go back to his family. It was hard to let him go but I knew he was not mine and I could not take him home with me. This event is probably why I love cats so much. Some cats get a bad rap for being mean and crazy but many cats are actually good companions.
     
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  11. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    Oh, I've known a few who deserved that bad rap.

    My grandmother's Siamese, Hoopy, was a seriously mean and vicious SOB. He liked to wait on high bookshelves and leap on the heads of people passing beneath. Just for fun, you know?

    He sent me to the hospital once when Grandma was out of town. I was asked to feed him, but when I got there I couldn't find him. He was behind the couch, and when I put my hand on the back to look over, the bastard leaped up and took a bone-deep bite with all four canines, rocked his jaw back and forth hissing and yowling through a mouthful of blood until I could beat him away.

    He didn't get dinner, but I got a Tetanus shot and a week's worth of Penicillin.
     
  12. Janus58 Valued Senior Member

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    Siamese can be like that. We had one for many years. Never gave anyone in the household a bit of trouble. HOWEVER, if you weren't, you'd better watch out*. She was known to bloody up a few visitors. We had one Aunt who's first question when she walked in the door was a wary "Where's the cat?". She was small for a Siamese, but that didn't seem to matter. All the barn cats soon learned that they stayed on the barn side of the driveway, and she once chased a German police dog out of our yard with its tail between its legs.

    * Unless you were a child. Kids could get away with anything and she wouldn't raise a claw. There was one time when my Mom baby-sat a couple of boys for a friend. Their youngest son would come into the room carrying the cat upside down, and while she would take off the minute he put her down, she never once tried to scratch him. Yet, she would draw blood from an adult that just reached down to pet her.
     
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  13. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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  14. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    Wow! That stinks! I am not sure why some cats get that mean. Maybe they are a bit more wild inside.
     
  15. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    She sounds like a tough cat. At least she was nice to close family and children.
     
  16. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Siamese are well-known for being the loonies of the cat world; it's not on a per-cat basis.

    The suspicion is in-breeding. Same thing happens with many dogs who are over-bred for certain features.
     
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    I don't know... I think I've had more success with dogs between 8 months and 2 years old
    I prefer them to be a year (if I adopt), and consistency is more important than anything else, IMHO
    well, most cats I've ever had were fairly aloof and independent, but every single one of them tended to be needy for attention in certain circumstances
    I've always had both dogs and cats too. they're absolutely necesarry when you live remote, IMHO, especially if there are rodents (of any kind) in the area

    I had a solid black Japanese Bobtail I picked up in Sigamihara ( link in name ) that was mischevious, but fun as all hell to watch
    He loved mousing and catching rodents, but was afraid of birds and usually hid (I don't know why - he was adopted at about a year old)
    he would sound just like a baby crying and loved messing with my dog


    love the name! I lol'ed
    mouser?
     
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  19. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    I'm really glad my dog has had the rattlesnake "vaccine" for Eastern Diamondbacks. It doesn't prevent the venom from working, but it give the emergency vet time to save the animal.

    We were walking today, the Peanut ranging around and me with my staff (and pistol, for what it's worth).

    He saw the snake first and alerted me. I had to back him off with my staff, then crush the damned thing's back before he could strike my friend. Too small to skin and eat, and I kinda ruined the skin anyhow when I killed him.

    Oh, well. No hatband from that'un.
     
  20. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    Me too. Cat's for their independence, dogs for their dependence.
     
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  21. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    Dogs for their fierce loyalty, even in the face of death.

    Hoo-rah.
     
  22. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    Did the rattlesnake rattle its tail as you two approached it? I believe rattlesnakes give you a warning rattle before they strike. I would not like to come across a rattlesnake while walking around.
     
  23. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    No, he didn't. They don't always warn. This one was only five years old, so maybe he didn't know...

    If you're walking in snake country, you have to watch for the quiet ones anyhow.
     

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