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  • EcstasiaT commented on rsmaudsley's instructable How to teach a cat to swim.2 years ago
    How to teach a cat to swim.

    As a population genetic I can tell you that no matter how much you "breed" a cat: domestication happened not more then 3000 years from now (in ancient Egypt) and for most breeds wayyyy later. In 3000 years no animal looses its basic instincts. That's why my well-bred pure blood Birman cat with strict indoor parents catches more mice (and even fat rats) then my neighbors lazy common European shorthair cat. AND...my birman cat and I totally disagree with you (and I'm pretty sure once your cats would know there is an outside world they would agree with me too...)Even when my birma follows me out of the house, she never even walks on the sidewalk but rather alongside the neighbors front gardens and even increases the distance to the street when a car is approaching.You just have t...

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    As a population genetic I can tell you that no matter how much you "breed" a cat: domestication happened not more then 3000 years from now (in ancient Egypt) and for most breeds wayyyy later. In 3000 years no animal looses its basic instincts. That's why my well-bred pure blood Birman cat with strict indoor parents catches more mice (and even fat rats) then my neighbors lazy common European shorthair cat. AND...my birman cat and I totally disagree with you (and I'm pretty sure once your cats would know there is an outside world they would agree with me too...)Even when my birma follows me out of the house, she never even walks on the sidewalk but rather alongside the neighbors front gardens and even increases the distance to the street when a car is approaching.You just have to make sure they have respect of streets and cars when they are kittens and then they can safely move in the environment of a city. As mentioned before: none of 7 cats has ever been in trouble. And don't think I live at the countryside. I live in a city in Germany with a lot of narrow streets and many, many cars.

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  • EcstasiaT commented on rsmaudsley's instructable How to teach a cat to swim.2 years ago
    How to teach a cat to swim.

    With every cat we had / have we made sure she is afraid of the streets by:1. taking them on the arm, going in front of a loud car and starting it.2. walking with them on the arm to the street 'till the first car comes byIn both cases they run as fast as possible back to the house and are afraid of cars & streets for the next few years.Repeat occasionally and you have a save cat.Me / my husband had in total 7 cats since our childhood and we live near a big street.None of the 7 cats goes near that street or has ever been injured by a car!So don't teach your cat how to swim, teach her how to fear cars!

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  • EcstasiaT commented on rsmaudsley's instructable How to teach a cat to swim.2 years ago
    How to teach a cat to swim.

    I hope you don't have kids...Or are they bound to the house as well because they could get hurt in the big scary world out there?Life is life-threatening... and sorry but an indoor cat has no life!!

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