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Atheist Cats

A place for atheists with cats to exchange pictures and anecdotes and even ask for advice regarding our feline friends.

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Comment by Unseen on March 23, 2013 at 11:18pm

So, Charlie is YOUR cat, Simon? I can't quite tell. Is he a longhair gray tabby or is he gray and white?

Comment by Simon Paynton on March 23, 2013 at 5:27pm

Felix (neighbour's cat who lives on the corner of the alley & has lots of friends) 

Comment by Simon Paynton on March 23, 2013 at 5:25pm

Charlie

Comment by Unseen on March 23, 2013 at 5:19pm

Also, a cat without any claws is at a severe disadvantage in terms of (a) defending itself or (b) catching prey, should the cat have to fend for itself for whatever reason.

Comment by Unseen on March 23, 2013 at 5:17pm

@Jorita Declawing at least the front claws of cats is very common in the U.S. I don't know about elsewhere. It involves taking not just the claw but the first knuckle of their paw off. This is the part of the foot cats normally walk on. When I look at that lovely little being who depends upon me for everything, who curls up on my lap when I sit down and sleeps on my bed at night, I can't imagine how anyone could do that to a cat. I certainly couldn't do it to her, and especially not to protect a couch or chair from being used as a scratching post.

Comment by Arcus on March 23, 2013 at 3:24pm

This is my beast, which has been catnapped by my sister:

He's not an outside cat... by choice. He's thrown out from time to time, but hurries back in, especially if it's cold or wet outside, which in Norway means 97% of all days.

Comment by Jorita on March 23, 2013 at 2:57pm

You talk about your cats having claws? Do people realy remove their cats claws as I have never had a cat that did not have claws, 

Comment by Jorita on March 23, 2013 at 2:53pm

I love my cat Diago she is a female found her in a farm shed, snow white with blue eyes. My son gave the name.

Comment by Unseen on March 23, 2013 at 12:26pm

One hears many cat lovers saying it's wrong to let cats out because the outdoor cat lives a shorter life generally, dying under the wheels of a car or being killed by a dog or other predator, or picking up a disease from one of their prey items.

On the other hand, cats weren't born to live in a house or apartment. They get bored. I will only let Squeaky out supervised, so I do spend a fair amount of time giving her attention or playing with her. 

They other argument I hear is the adverse impact of cats on natives species (house cats are basically a North African desert cat), so they are an introduced species everywhere else. There is a lot of debate over how adverse cats are on native species, especially birds: 

http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/01/23/new-zealand-economist-abolish-p...

But I've seen other studies that claim to show that (as one might expect, because they can fly) birds are only a small part of an outdoor cat's take. Mostly they kill rabbits and small rodents as well as snakes, lizards, and amphibians.

Comment by Teri G on March 23, 2013 at 12:06pm
Here in South Africa it's generally seen as quite cruel to keep cats inside. I've always let my cats come and go as they please and when we lived next to a green belt they would go hunting and occasionally bring home a giant rat, mouse or mole. We have recently moved into a smaller complex and the cats we chose to bring with us have adjusted fairly well. We did have a cat that used to wonder a lot, he was Tei's twin brother, and he would only come home about once a week. Then he stopped coming home at all.

I have heard of cats that are allergic to grass or outdoor life being kept inside for their own sake. It's difficult to keep a cat indoors, especially when they're not used to it.
 

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