Posts Tagged ‘cats’

9th of September is the day of No Cats on the Internet. Urlesque is leading the call.

What i hope will lead people to look at how they view internet felines, and their control over our brains and behaviour. Let’s see just what effect it will have on society. Are you brave enough to go a day with no kitties on the web?

Cats rule the internet. Think about all the funny cat photos and videos that infest your IM conversations, Facebook walls and e-mail forwards from mom — our feline overlords have sneakily solidified themselves as a staple of the interweb humor we love so dearly. … Urlesque is organizing a web-wide ban on cat-related coverage on 9.9.09A Day Without Cats on the Internet. Why only one day? Well let’s be honest, that’s probably only as long as we’ll last before a hilarious video comes crashing into our inbox. But for one day, we will abstain… for you… for the cats.

Video Link http://video.aol.com/aolvideo/Urlesque/no-cats/36566401001

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found via neatorama


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operation nice

Be kind to people. Be aware of cats, and approach them consciously. Practice random acts of kindness.
Be nice to your cat, but observe your behaviour  Рwhy do you do the things you do?
Operation nice –

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The short: parasite in cat, cat poops, rats get infected, parasite enters rats brain, rats start to like cats, cats eat stupid rats, cat poops…

The long:

Berdoy M, Webster J, Macdonald D (2000). Fatal Attraction in Rats Infected with Toxoplasma gondii. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B267:1591-1594. PMID 11007336


We tested the hypothesis that the parasite Toxoplasma gondii manipulates the behaviour of its intermediate rat host in order to increase its chance of being predated by cats, its feline definitive host, thereby ensuring the completion of its life cycle. Here we report that, although rats have evolved anti-predator avoidance of areas with signs of cat presence, T. gondii’s manipulation appears to alter the rat’s perception of cat predation risk, in some cases turning their innate aversion into an imprudent attraction. The selectivity of such behavioural changes suggests that this ubiquitous parasite subtly alters the brain of its intermediate host to enhance predation rate whilst leaving other behavioural categories and general health intact

Some points to consider. Other animals are the prey of cats such as Lions. Tigers, Leopards. Humans have been known to be eaten by cats. If our ancestors became less afraid of these vicious cats, then they were more likely to be eaten.

Could the domestication of cats have resulted because of the parasite?

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Now think of all those you know who love cats, who have them. They are being manipulated! It may be amusing, but ultimately it is very tragic.

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