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post #376 of 577
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
First suggestion is, get two cats. One cat alone that much can get a little bored and/or neurotic. Second, I'd say adopt a couple of pound kitties, just plain old tabbies. Maybe a couple of sisters that have been fixed. I mention "sisters" as you want female cats. They are much less prone to destruction, both of your things and themselves.

Our dying little tabby has all her predatory instincts. Even now, they are there 100%. Our purebred Ragdoll, no matter how physically imposing he is, has about 50% or less of cat instincts. For instance, he'll chase a toy you toss and then just looks at it. The tabby would toss a toy up in the air (to break its neck), then grab it, roll on her back and try to disembowel it.

Oh, and clumping litter. Just fish out the lumps daily and add more litter as needed. There is absolutely zero cat smell here, even in the room with their litter boxes.

My gf has never had a cat, and the first time she saw mine grab his toy mouse and turn over on his side to go at it with his back feet, she was like "oh that's so cute why's he doing that with his back feet"?

"It is cute, he's trying to disembowel it."
post #377 of 577
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Originally Posted by Mark from Plano View Post
I've always been a dog person. Love dogs. I can't really see getting a dog right now because it would be alone in the house about 12 hours a day. Dogs being pack animals don't like being alone that much. It drives them insane.

Been thinking about getting a cat instead. They are more independent and can cope in that environment better.

What kind of cat should I get. I don't want a foofy cat. I'd like a predatory animal. I had a Siamese growing up. That was pretty cool. He tried to attack and devour my little sister on a couple of occasions. It was fun to watch.

Any suggestions?

A Bengal. Or 2 Bengals actually, since you'll be away for 12 hours a day. They are very active and not foofy at all.
post #378 of 577
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Originally Posted by L.R. View Post
Does anyone actually bother to name their cats? I've had 4 in my life time, and each one started out with a name, but ended up being referred to as "kitty". I don't see a point in naming something that won't respond anyway.
I named my cat. Her name is Frigg. Seriously. When old people come to visit they always ask what the cats name is and I always tell them and they give me this funny look and call her kitty for the rest of the day.
post #379 of 577
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
His tufties make the the lulz on our tiled floor areas. Even when he just walks, at the apex of his stride, the back paw under weight will slide a little. When he tries to run and turn a sharp corner the whole Looney Tunes slippery feet happens.

Yeah, my cats will do the "Scooby Doo run" when they start off - running in place for a half second before they get started.
post #380 of 577
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Originally Posted by Mark from Plano View Post
I've always been a dog person. Love dogs. I can't really see getting a dog right now because it would be alone in the house about 12 hours a day. Dogs being pack animals don't like being alone that much. It drives them insane.

Been thinking about getting a cat instead. They are more independent and can cope in that environment better.

What kind of cat should I get. I don't want a foofy cat. I'd like a predatory animal. I had a Siamese growing up. That was pretty cool. He tried to attack and devour my little sister on a couple of occasions. It was fun to watch.

Any suggestions?

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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
First suggestion is, get two cats. One cat alone that much can get a little bored and/or neurotic. Second, I'd say adopt a couple of pound kitties, just plain old tabbies. Maybe a couple of sisters that have been fixed. I mention "sisters" as you want female cats. They are much less prone to destruction, both of your things and themselves.

Our dying little tabby has all her predatory instincts. Even now, they are there 100%. Our purebred Ragdoll, no matter how physically imposing he is, has about 50% or less of cat instincts. For instance, he'll chase a toy you toss and then just looks at it. The tabby would toss a toy up in the air (to break its neck), then grab it, roll on her back and try to disembowel it.

Oh, and clumping litter. Just fish out the lumps daily and add more litter as needed. There is absolutely zero cat smell here, even in the room with their litter boxes.

There are pluses and minuses of female vs male cats. The females will not spray in your house, whereas a male has the potential to. My old Mainecoon didn't spray until he was old and there was another cat sneaking into our house. I really didn't hold that against him.

Female cats, though, can be more aloof and less likely to hop into your lap. Boys tend to be more goofy and affectionate. Both sexes can be great hunters, but I'd give the edge to females. This is obviously NOT gospel.

Mark, if you want short hair cats, follow Pio's advice and just go to a rescue agency or shelter and get a couple of bonded pairs - whether they be siblings or just two youngsters who get along well with each other. If you like soft cats with medium hair (this is the kind I LOVE), then I'd look around for Mainecoons or Norwegian Forest Cats. The males are larger than the females, and the tabby ones are fucking magnificent - think of a tame bobcat with a long tail.

Norwegian Forest Cat:


post #381 of 577
^Mainecoon cats are assholes.
post #382 of 577
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
^Mainecoon cats are assholes.

My other cat is part Mainecoon and he is definitely part asshole.
post #383 of 577
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
^Mainecoon cats are assholes.

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Originally Posted by nerdykarim View Post
My other cat is part Mainecoon and he is definitely part asshole.

Seriously? Mainecoons are some of the most friendly and sociable cats available. From WikiKittia:

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The Maine Coon is noted for its large bone structure, rectangular body shape, and long, flowing coat. The breed can be seen in a variety of colors and is known for its intelligence[3] and gentle personality.[2]

Plus, they're not girly at all:


post #384 of 577
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Originally Posted by L.R. View Post
Does anyone actually bother to name their cats? I've had 4 in my life time, and each one started out with a name, but ended up being referred to as "kitty". I don't see a point in naming something that won't respond anyway.

You know...the cat that I have now is the first one that really responds to me (vs the ones I had growing up). Sure, some of it may be that it is just me and her in a 1br apartment but I can actually get her to come to me on the couch/bed most of the time by saying something like "come here pepper"
post #385 of 577
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Originally Posted by otc View Post
...I can actually get her to come to me on the couch/bed most of the time by saying something like "come here pepper"

Which would be really, really cool if the cat's name was Pepper!

I kid.
post #386 of 577
Never. We just don't get along.
post #387 of 577
No.
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Papelucho at least looks at me when i call his name.
post #389 of 577
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Originally Posted by Mark from Plano View Post
What kind of cat should I get.
The breed that my wife talked me into. AKA "the dog of the cat world." Abyssinian: lefty
post #390 of 577
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Originally Posted by lefty View Post
The breed that my wife talked me into. AKA "the dog of the cat world."

Abyssinian:



lefty

That's a BEAUTIFUL cat!

But I must say that Abyssinians are arguably the "dogs of the cat world". Maine Coons are also well known for their companionship and affection. Our old cat, Igor, used to play fetch with us; and now our newest cat, Jack, plays fetch at the age of 6 months.

We've trained one of our girl cats to lay down and high-five with treats of roasted chicken.
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