View Full Version : Cats live too long

Julian Karswell
08-08-2009, 08:41 PM
You gaze fondly at a kitten as it staggers around like an ungainly newborn lamb and are expected to make the all-important decision whether or not to enter into a fifteen year relationship with the pesky blighter, where elsewhere in life you might spend months or years slowly orbiting around another person, pondering whether or not you can bear to live with them for even a few months (with the option of a contract extension should things work out well).

Granted, some animals live longer. Tortoises can live for hundreds of years. But fifteen years for a pet is a long time, especially if the other party is a furniture mauler who proposes to vomit hairballs onto your bedroom floor in between bouts of worms and bird-killing.

I think cats should live for about as long as a rabbit or guinea pig. Fifteen years is too long. The gods have been to generous. In contrast, many dogs and horses deserve every waking day, given how hard they work, and how loyally. Cats on the other hand spend 99% of their time doing their own selfish thing and then think they can get in our good books but dragging the odd mouse or bird carcass into the house.

[Wouldn't it be freaky if cats lived for as long as tortoises? Or if spiders could fly?]

This is my favourite cat website:


And what about the sexualisation of cats? Cat suits are erotic, but why?


[I feel it would be judicious to end this my post now lest I start going off on a tangent about Diana Rigg in a leather cat suit.......]

Steve Dekorte
08-09-2009, 08:28 AM
The Cats of Ulthar (http://ia310802.us.archive.org/0/items/collected_lovecraft_0810_librivox/cats_of_ulthar_lovecraft_jp_64kb.mp3)...

08-09-2009, 06:06 PM
I, for one, love cats -- and wish they lived longer.

Russell Nash
08-09-2009, 07:15 PM
One of the things I heard about cats (since my childhood) was a mysterious connection between cats and ghosts. People in my family usually said that "cats and dogs see ghosts". I just came across dozens of discussion forums that make me think that many other families believed in something similar.

Just two examples (there are many):
Animals and Ghosts (http://paranormal.about.com/cs/trueghoststories/a/aa111703.htm)
Do Cats and Dogs See Ghosts? - Unexplained Mysteries Discussion Forums (http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=67292)

It is often said that cats have 7 lives (it is 7, right?), but I owned three cats in my life, and one was poisoned by some unknown neighbors and died soon after proving to me that it had only one life, the second was shot two times and also died soon after, and the third one never came back, which makes me think that it was maybe poisoned and shot at the same time.

Going back to my subject, it is interesting to see that cats have a more advanced sense of hearing

Cat senses: Hearing - by April C - Helium (http://www.helium.com/items/1383675-cat-sense-of-hearing)

and that humans only hear sounds between 20 Hz and 20 KHz, compared to cats that hear up to 70 KHz. If it is true that cats hear ghosts, then one should wonder why ghosts use this 20 KHz (our upper limit) to 70 KHz bandwidth to communicate among themselves, and what they say, things like: "let's go to scare that fat guy over there who doesn't believe in afterlife", or "my tomb is cold", or the like. Or one may ask, if a person after dying and becoming a ghost (whatever it is) knows more of afterlife that anyone of us. I think that a silly person keeps being silly after he dies.

08-09-2009, 07:24 PM
If ghosts are a survival of the personality, it would seem to follow that the ghost of a silly person would continue being silly.

08-10-2009, 01:42 AM
I do not sense the presence of ghosts about me at all.

08-10-2009, 07:57 AM
For a while (several months, at least) I was haunted by what seemed to be the ghost of a cat.