January 4, 2014

Regarding the Cats


"Cats should be thrown into the Styx by Charon on his evening trips.... Which of the two causes is most worthy of preservation? While the ladies have been the greatest champions of the birds, and leaders in the movement for protective laws, they sometimes let their feelings get the better of their judgment, and it requires man’s clear-cut power of decision to settle the question which the ladies are still debating. Get rid of the cats!" -- Observant, Englewood, N.J. , July 15, 1914.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 4, 2014 11:21 AM
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Perhaps we should post fewer cute cat pictures, and more cat-with-another-dead bird pictures.

Probably wouldn't help though; some women are just naturally drawn to wife-beaters and serial killers.

Posted by: Mike Anderson at January 4, 2014 4:58 PM

Looks like I have miss-identified this blog as on I'd like to read.

Fixed now.

Posted by: Larry Sheldon at January 4, 2014 9:15 PM

Having just buried a beloved 15-year-old tabby that I had for almost 13 years-- and who stayed strictly indoors and never went anywhere near a bird-- I don't find this post the least bit funny.

Shame on you.

Posted by: PA Cat at January 5, 2014 12:51 AM

And you think humans should have a telepathic awareness of your situation because?

Posted by: vanderleun at January 5, 2014 1:26 AM

I saw this post not as anti-cat, but as another example of the do-gooders' futile efforts to set Mother Nature right. PA Cat needs to get out more.

Posted by: BillH at January 5, 2014 7:46 AM

@BillH: precisely. When the do-gooders get involved in trying to make nature into a kinder, gentler Disney park, unintended consequences abound, to the benefit of neither nature nor man.

My three spoiled felines keep me company indoors and have never killed a bird in their lives (not for lack of desire to do so, however). The Maine Coon will walk outside on a harness, but keeping the fleas off of him was a constant battle, so he stays inside with the others now.

Posted by: waltj at January 5, 2014 11:34 AM

Exactly so, BillH.

Posted by: vanderleun at January 5, 2014 1:18 PM

And you think humans should have a telepathic awareness of your situation because?

Because... Solipsism!

Personally I thought the write up was rather funny, descriptive, and a good indication of how unhinged the original writer was.

Posted by: pdwalker at January 7, 2014 1:29 AM

Exactly so!

Posted by: vanderleun at January 7, 2014 9:49 AM