The Post-Work Idyll To Be Found In Post-Felinity



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  1. Avatar Michelle says:

    The Russian bemoans the fact that all our furballs are fixed. He was particularly upset when I took Diesel in to be clipped because he really wanted Diesel to have a chance to mate. Yeah, it’s not natural that our cats don’t get to reproduce (as it’s something cats are very, very good at) but one trip to the shelter should be enough to cure any romantic views one might hold about letting too many cats do what comes naturally.

    The same could probably be said for people. Modern medicine might make it possible for humans to reproduce at Duggar-like levels given that a good percentage of the kids will survive to adulthood. But is this a good idea? There’s much to be said for effective birth control, even if it’s unnatural.Report

    • Avatar Michael Cain says:

      +1. I see no way to get from where we are today to enough electricity to give 7B people access to anything like a developed country median lifestyle. Let alone 9.5B by 2050, assuming the UN’s latest medium-fertility estimate. Lots of ways to screw up the planet trying, though. But I’m an old cynical pessimist; maybe the optimistic youngsters will figure out something.Report

  2. Avatar zic says:

    Jay, this is highly personal, so feel free to delete it:

    Are you projecting onto your cats?Report

  3. Avatar Patrick says:

    Odds are pretty good that your cat, out in the wild, is living a fairly unnatural existence anyway.

    Cats and dogs are practically symbiotic with people.

    And not being actual normal predators for their region, they do an awful lot of damage to local bird populations and whatnot.

    Pretty sure those bird populations are grateful for neutering of invasive predator species.Report

    • Avatar Lyle says:

      But predators that the humans eliminate did eat birds, for example foxes do. (Let alone the wolves, since dogs will occasionally eat a stupid bird, then one may conclude that wolves will). In addtion the wild cat and lynx will eat birds. So it is not clear that compared to the totally wild environment that birds are in more danger with dogs and cats loose. Where I live I have seen a few foxes wander around, and wish them luck to get rid of the mice and rats.Report

      • Avatar North says:

        Do not underestimate house cats Lyle, they are incredible incredible killing machines when it comes to birds and with no natural predators they can absolutely ravage bird populations in ways that natural predators can’t.Report

    • Avatar Kim says:

      Siamese are symbiotic with people.Report