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Hardly Visible

Social climber
Llatikcuf WA
Jan 24, 2013 - 11:06pm PT
Baker & Sophie
Baker & Sophie
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Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Jan 24, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
They would kill us and eat us if they had half the chance.

But because we worship them, they tolerate us.

Freekin' awesome, but half the human race are suckers for them. Here kitty kitty kitty.

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Jan 24, 2013 - 11:23pm PT
I do not have cats. I have pet teddy bears. Or ewoks. Same thing.

Trad climber
La Cochitaville
Jan 24, 2013 - 11:46pm PT
Some kiwis don't seem to like the kitty cats...

Cats Are Evil
Why New Zealand is right to consider banning them in order to save its wildlife.

By Laura Helmuth|Posted Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at 3:48 PM ET

You know what animal makes a good pet? No animal.

Dogs will bite you to death and then eat your corpse. Snakes will asphyxiate you, escape, infest the Everglades, and eat all its mammals. Pet parrots perpetuate a trade that upends ecosystems, and hamsters pass you dangerous zoonotic diseases. But perhaps the worst pet of all, environmentally speaking, is a cat.

Domesticated cats started out as parasites on human civilization. Unlike other species, and admittedly to their credit, they domesticated themselves. When humans started growing grain, the crops attracted rodents that attracted cats. Wild cats evolved into housecats, and they were quite useful for thousands of years, killing disease-ridden rats and mice and protecting our food stockpiles. But now that we have industrial farming, reliable food storage, and mostly mouse-proof houses, cats are mere parasites again. Playful and often affectionate parasites, sure, and adorable when young, but a scourge on the landscape.

An economist in New Zealand named Gareth Morgan has made the logical and quite correct case that his island nation should eliminate its cats in order to protect its endangered birds. He means “elimination” in the most humane way possible: Existing pets should be spayed and neutered and allowed to live out their lives, but no new cats should be allowed to be born or imported. He is not advocating that people poison feral cats, as a former researcher at the Smithsonian National Zoo was convicted of doing a few years ago. Nor does he say people should shoot them, as particularly avid birdwatchers have done. That would be really wrong.

Morgan points out that your cat “is actually a friendly neighborhood serial killer.” He may sound like some wretched, obsessed Jonathan Franzen character, but his Cats To Go project isn’t meant as a caricature of environmentalism. He’s asking people to pledge to neuter their cats, keep them indoors, and not get any new ones.

Cats are a globally invasive species. They kill millions of birds each year in Wisconsin alone. Cats feast on endangered North American ground-nesting birds such as the California clapper rail, least tern, and piping plover, any one of which is cuter than a laundry basket full of kittens. A study in the D.C. area a few years ago showed that in some neighborhoods (neighborhoods in which a lot of people who really ought to know better let their beasts roam free), outdoor cats eat basically all juvenile birds as soon as they fledge.

Cats are particularly damaging in island ecosystems that are home to species found nowhere else on earth. A lot of island birds and mammals evolved in the absence of cat-size predators. They nest on the ground and have no defenses against an invasive species that plays with and then decapitates its victims. Cats have endangered or caused the extinction of bird species in Hawaii, Australia, the Chatham Islands, and New Zealand, among others. Morgan points out that 40 percent of New Zealand’s land birds are extinct, and 37 percent of the survivors are endangered.

Humans are responsible for most modern extinctions, whether through hunting, habitat destruction, introduction of invasive species, or other environmental disruptions. If we give up or at least contain our cats, wild animals will have more of a chance.

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 25, 2013 - 12:04am PT
Warm Pussy is BETTER than cool Cats!


Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Jan 30, 2013 - 10:38pm PT
My two awesome cats just chillin' on the couch with me watching Wicked Tuna :-)

Credit: Roughster

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jan 30, 2013 - 10:45pm PT
A stack of Outdoor Retailer Show catalogs, and Harley combine to expla...
A stack of Outdoor Retailer Show catalogs, and Harley combine to explain his power.
Our little local lizards are as good as dead, this spring.

Harley is: "a natural born killer."
Credit: Fritz

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Feb 5, 2013 - 04:25am PT
Credit: TomCochrane

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Feb 5, 2013 - 08:17am PT
Lovin' that shot of Sylvester up top!

craig mo

Trad climber
L.A. Ca.
Feb 5, 2013 - 10:21am PT
Credit: craig mo

Feb 5, 2013 - 10:35am PT
Credit: kennyt

Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Feb 5, 2013 - 11:44am PT
Giselle is dying.

A month ago the doctors found a tumor in here stomach. It's grown and has gotten hard - taking the place of her stomach. She care barely walk to the potty. She hasn't eaten anything for two days now. She has a warm blanket from which she does not move. She must weight a pound and a half now, if that. She can still purr, she always could. It's a matter of hours.

She's been a member of the family for 13 years. She survived a brain tumor when she was 6 - we figured she's cure herself of this one too, that that's not looking promising. She was found abandoned in Bremerton, WA. We picked her from available adult cats for adoption from the SPCA because she still had all her limbs. Her foster parents loved her so much that they quit the cat foster home program because it hurt for them give her away - even to a good home like ours. She'll be missed. Another cat will probably adopt us, but Giselle will always be the awesome one.

Here she is on her "twilight blanket".
Credit: TwistedCrank

Here she is in better times, when the fish were plentiful and she still peed outside.
Credit: TwistedCrank

Fukking awesome cat, Giselle.
Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Feb 6, 2013 - 07:16am PT
Credit: Delhi Dog

Had Crescendo, a street cat for 11 years now.

Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Feb 6, 2013 - 10:17am PT
Giselle passed away this morning. Last night, as a last surge of energy, she rolled over on her back, showed her matted fur belly and cut loose with a rattling purr and a glazed look in her eye. That was my last view of her. My wife found her not breathing this morning. It was still warm under where she was sleeping.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Feb 6, 2013 - 10:55am PT
Credit: dirt claud

Social climber
Feb 6, 2013 - 11:32am PT
My Lil'B peekin out at me......
My Lil'B peekin out at me......
Credit: Lacey
Love this thread !!!!! I'm
not afraid to admit I'm a cat woman...... :) P.S. TwistedCrank, so sorry about Giselle.... My heart goes out to you.... :(

Feb 9, 2013 - 09:26am PT


Jim Henson's Basement
Feb 9, 2013 - 10:01am PT
RIP Giselle. Sleep warmly in your twilight blanket.

So sorry Twisted. She looked like a lovely cat. Glad she had a good purr at the end there with her humans.

Social climber
Feb 9, 2013 - 11:24am PT
Mister Crank - Very sorry for your loss. We had a very special kitty by name of Basil. Passed away in my husbands arms after nearly 18 years of living with him. Our kitty friends are dear to us.

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Feb 15, 2013 - 02:24am PT
My cats are the best
Credit: drljefe

Credit: drljefe
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