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My human just ran into this snippet about this article.

Jordana Serebrenik may be New York City’s only for-hire pet-cat catcher. Her service, Catch Your Cat, Etc., does what it suggests: Ms. Serebrenik will come to your home and corral your cat in situations when you cannot do so or prefer not to.

Her clients range from the old or physically impaired to those distraught at the idea of having to force their cat to go somewhere they do not want to go: the vet, for example.

I remember a time when my human had to work on a Saturday and had asked her husband to bring me to my annual vet visit. My human’s husband couldn’t get me in, I sure showed him I wouldn’t enter the carrier. Of course, at the time, I viewed my human’s husband as kind of a competitor for time spent with my human. All this to say that Ms. Serebrenik might have been helpful!

Read the article, watch the video, visit this lady’s Facebook page, and think about it, dear human friends, when you need to put us in a carrier. She is a professional. You may not be, if you know what I mean. No offense meant ;-)

To quote the lady:

If you know cats, what you know is you know nothing about cats.

Well said.

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Time for a well-deserved nap

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Cat quote of the day – I

I’m starting a series of quotes linked to cats. If you have some you would like to share with us, feel free to email them to me at texas.cat.in.ny-at-gmail.com.

I’ll start with a quote related to my previous post:

“If animals could speak the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.”
— Mark Twain

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The Vet Blog posted an interesting and, I dare to say, smart article about research on Dog Vs. Cat intelligence and who’s smarter.

But if you are going to claim decisively that one species is smarter than the other, you had better use a definitition of intelligence that is universally accepted. In my opinion, the debate over the intelligence of cats and dogs is far from resolved.

While most cats will tell you that cats are smarter – by far – than dogs, they will also agree that smart dogs and stupid cats are everywhere, unfortunately.

Just because some humans like their furiends to do whatever they want them to do does not make the furiends that submit smarter. That cats are less social than dogs doesn’t make them more stupid either. My human is independent and so am I. Yet we usually spend quality time together. She might even think that refusing to be cuddled by her when I don’t want to makes me a more sincere furiend.

Again, quoting Dr. Eric Barchas:

Finally, let us not confound pleasing humans with intelligence. If I hold up a baby carrot and tell Buster to sit, he will do it. If I hold up that same carrot and tell a cat and a Nobel laureate in physics to sit, they probably will not. Does this make Buster the smartest creature in the room?

Thank you, Dr. Barchas, for this post. I too think that the issue is far more complicated than social = smart, and independent = not that smart. My human will agree ;-)

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