The 1 Purr-cent: Internet fat cats

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25 Responses to “The 1 Purr-cent: Internet fat cats”

  1. edgore says:

    Your cats have the best names.

  2. chuckmacddo1 says:

    Spent twenty minutes trying to find you cat on Facebook..
    Interwebz, eff yeahhhhh.

  3. cjporkchop says:

    I once house/cat-sat for an Oscar-winner. The statuette was kept on a desk in the study, and one of the cats would spend most of its time sprawled across that desk, head resting on the hard base of the Oscar.

    I still kick myself for not taking a picture.

  4. keize sucks says:

    mhmmm we believe you.

  5. timquinn says:

    Oh my, they can’t allow cats to have pages. FaceBook is serious!

  6. buddy66 says:

    I want a cat. I grew up with cats. I like cats. But I live in a part of the country where domestic cats quickly become dinner for larger wild things. And I won’t have a house-bound cat because I believe we should let cats be cats and it is a cat’s nature to roam, skulk and hunt. So, vicariously, I visit a lot of cat sites…

    Keep ‘em coming. 

    • nmfo says:

      That’s how I used to feel, but after a while of owning different cats, I’ve found that most are perfectly happy with the stimulation they get in a large enough house. If you go to any shelter, it’s easy to find another Yorda the lap kitty who would prefer a warm and safe home to the streets or the woods. And the way I see it, by making sure they are spayed/neutered, you are not propagating these soft cats that have lost their place in the wild – you’re just accommodating one of the ones that already exist.

    • MertvayaRuka says:

      Domestic cats are not wild predators. They’re domestic cats. Outdoors they’re either going to kill off large numbers of wild birds or get torn up or killed by native wildlife ranging from raccoons to coyotes. Cats don’t really know any better, their humans should.

      • YourMessageHere says:

        Domestic cats are domestic predators; it’s a spectrum, not a binary. It’s perfectly possible to have a cat that goes in and out at will but only occasionally slays something (I’m in the UK so things predating cats is not a concern).  I know this, I’ve had 20+ cats and over 100 kittens in my life (not all at once, of course).  It’s as much a character thing as the propensity for violence in humans; some are born mouse-coursers or bird-worriers, but some cats just want to lie in the sun and/or patrol the garden and sniff stuff.

  7. Bethany Karn says:

    oh, thank you thank you thank you for this.  I am not crazy, am I? my cat blog is not crazy, is it? we’re just trending, right?!  neurotic, sure.  but not crazy.  thank you thank you thank you…

  8. Terry Fuller says:

    Is it sad? My first thought was “rich cats of instagram”.

  9. onereader says:

    That’s it. Western civilization is doomed.

  10. TotalForge says:

    Cats pictured with firearms are affectionately called ‘tacticats’. >^.^<

  11. SuzanneGoldman says:

    Cats rule the world. Most humans just don’t get this.  (My cat has her own Facebook Page, it’s limited to only a few select friends.  She’s intent on running for President one day.  Once she’s old enough.  She might win)

  12. CloudchaserSakonige says:

    The internet is for cats

  13. YourMessageHere says:

    “the animals’ total lack of interest in reciprocating affection”

    I think that’s a misreading of the Wired article. It’s not a lack of interest in reciprocity, it’s a lack of compromise as to how and when the reciprocity occurs.

    Cats are social animals in a limited way, and they are predators.  They are quite capable of being totally solitary, or living among dozens of other cats.  Like all predators, they also live or die – in the wild – and breed or not based on their selfishness; this is nothing but a positive for a cat in the natural state.  That’s not like humans at all, so their disinclination to compromise is very obvious.  Cat-to-cat relationships are pure power heirarchy, which gets more obvious the more cats you have.  Of course if you come over as desperate to a cat, it’s going to have no time for you.  What’s in it for the cat?

    I say: if your cat does not reciprocate affection, either you don’t commune with the cat *on its terms* enough, or the cat is messed up psychologically – in which case you need to commune with the cat on its own terms more, to help it get over whatever messed it up.

  14. BillStewart2012 says:

    One of my cats used to have a Hotmail account.  She’d used her real age when she signed up, so when Hotmail came out with their “You must be 13 and have your parent provide a credit card to approve it” policy, she lost the account.  (Well I certainly wasn’t going to let her use the credit card – she’d go sign up with Amazon and start ordering tuna online.) 
    She’s over 13 now, so I suppose she could sign up again.

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