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tane

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to see clearer with the "free-running-cats-are-killing-all-birds" thing I had a talk with the resident MSc in behavioural biology & this is the gist of what he said:
1. for thousands of years domesticated cats have been bred for a keen hunting instinct, as their purpose was to hunt crop vermin like rats & mice. No wild cat would keep killing after having had it's fill, they kill, feed, sleep it off. Not so the domestic cat: it keeps killing, playing with prey animals. With rats & mice, extremely plentyful in former times: purpose fulfilled.
2. "population density": wild cats have a territory size of up to 12km², with somewhat overlapping tomcat territories. This large area combined with the lack of "killer instincts" of the domestic cats leads to a sustainable predation on the prey-species of the cats, no overpredation takes place.
A 12km² residential area has a cat population of many hundreds & can support this cat population only because everybody feeds their cats. Many cats share the same territoty & avoid conflicts by "time-sharing": the same area is roamed by many cats, but at different times of the day. This extremely high population density combined with the in-bred "killer instinct" of the domestic cats leads to a severe over-predation on the prey species: not only ground-breeding birds, even more so all sorts of reptiles (the birds can at least fly away) & amphibians etc. get predated on in an unsustainable way.
3. cat-shit: the concentration of toxoplamosis "oozysts" in cat faeces is often very high. Spores of the parasite can "survive" a very long time in the ground, can be airborne if dried, during gardening humans can be infected, with sometimes dire results in human foeti if the mother is infected during pregnancy.
Personality changes in infected humans are (for obvious reasons...) not well supported by studies, but correlations seem to exist:
men become more dominant & women more promiscuous. As stated: these are correlations; causalities are not (well) established.

Decide yourself, if the self-indulgence of letting your "kitty" run free is responsible.
 

Virgulino Ferreira

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the concentration of toxoplamosis "oozysts" in cat faeces is often very high. Spores of the parasite can "survive" a very long time in the ground, can be airborne if dried, during gardening humans can be infected, with sometimes dire results in human foeti if the mother is infected during pregnancy.
Personality changes in infected humans are (for obvious reasons...) not well supported by studies, but correlations seem to exist:
men become more dominant & women more promiscuous. As stated: these are correlations; causalities are not (well) established.

BULLSHIT!...was my first thought. Then I searched. I wish I hadn't.

Risky business: linking Toxoplasma gondii infection and entrepreneurship behaviours across individuals and countries

Are Toxoplasma-infected subjects more attractive, symmetrical, or healthier than non-infected ones? Evidence from subjective and objective measurements

Neurological and Neurobehavioral Disorders Associated with Toxoplasma gondii Infection in Humans
The intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii is estimated to infect up to 30% of the world population, leading to lifelong chronic infection of the brain and muscle tissue. ... several studies have examined the link between T. gondii infection and diseases such as schizophrenia, epilepsy, depression, bipolar disorder, dysphoria, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and obsessive-compulsive disorder ... To date, there is varying evidence of the relationship of T. gondii to these human neurological or neurobehavioral disorders.... We found that schizophrenia was most frequently linked to T. gondii infection .... However, infection as a cause of human neurobehavioral disease has yet to be firmly established.

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billy backstay

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I have no problem drowning mice that are still alive in my glue traps. They can carry the Hantavirus, which is just as nasty if not worse than the germs in cat poop!!

EDIT - Does this mean Missus BB should be wearing a mask when she removes cat poop from the litter box????
 

tane

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there are "practices" in society with a (long) history, which, if unknown but suddenly invented by someone would immediately be prohibited, socially shunned or at least laughed out of business.
examples:
cats & dogs as pets:
dogs: 5.900 people in Austria (~8Mio inhabitants)/year bitten & requiring hospital treatment, once in a while an infant killed
cats: see above
grilled food:
containing so many cancerogenic substances it would immediately be relegated to the private sector & could not be sold
motorcycles: 200kg, 130hp, 15.000€ pricetag, capable of we-know-what performances with the rider being his/her own crumple zone
 

Virgulino Ferreira

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grilled food:
containing so many cancerogenic substances it would immediately be relegated to the private sector & could not be sold
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:)
 

justsomeguy!

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tane said:
"Decide yourself, if the self-indulgence of letting your "kitty" run free is responsible."
so you maliciously tore my quote out of context & shortened it to invert it's meaning!
Hmm, don't think I did. I was agreeing with what seemed your take on the subject. Of course, you did write a lot of words that my eyes may have glazed over upon.
Meh.
 

Go Left

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I have no problem drowning mice that are still alive in my glue traps. They can carry the Hantavirus, which is just as nasty if not worse than the germs in cat poop!!

EDIT - Does this mean Missus BB should be wearing a mask when she removes cat poop from the litter box????
My wife has had toxoplasmosis infection since she was a kid. Probably from a litter box, but who knows. It manifests in eye infections every 20 years. At the same time, she is definitely one of the most risk adverse people I've ever met. We still keep a cat for rodent control. No litter boxes, thank you.
 

Ed Lada

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Like all of our animals here, Connie has to endure some terrible hardships. She lounges in the bidet as well.
Connie ruminating.jpg
You would never believe the selection of comfortable beds, poles of blankets, plush chairs, a cat tree, a dog bed, and many other places to sleep. Fucking martyr!
 
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