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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Urbanek View Post
    Each year, millions of tons of bentonite-based kitty litter takes up space in landfills and doesn’t decompose. The stuff can absorb up to 10 times its weight in water and swell up to 16 times its original size. More environment-friendly alternatives, such as corn-based litter, haven't really caught on.

    Source: Kitty litter helps Wyoming bentonite past drilling slump | U.S. News | US News

    On top of that, cats and dogs eat meat-based diets, and we all know that is the most energy intensive diet there is.

    Source: The surprisingly large carbon paw print of your beloved pet - Salon.com

    Don’t expect pet owners to give any thought to the environment when making a decision to own a “companion animal.” They will continue to cling to their dogs and cats just like some people cling to their guns and Bibles.
    If you want a companion animal, dogs are MUCH better for the environment than cats. Around the world, cats are exterminating many species. Check out the article about this in the most recent issue of The Atlantic....

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    I use pine pellets rather than a traditional litter ... much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    If you want a companion animal, dogs are MUCH better for the environment than cats. Around the world, cats are exterminating many species. Check out the article about this in the most recent issue of The Atlantic....

    An average-sized dog consumes about 360 pounds of meat in a year and about 210 pounds of cereal. Taking into account the amount of land it takes to generate that amount of food and the energy used, that makes your dog quite the carbon hound. A 2009 study by New Zealandís Victoria University of Wellington concluded that pet dogs have carbon paw prints double that of a typical SUV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedminator View Post
    Mauser sez "yeah! Thats why I havent used my indoors poopin box in almost a week."

    Mr. Tedminator,

    So that's the little bastard who was pooping in my freshly tilled flower bed....

    Errr, gimme a rock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    If you want a companion animal, dogs are MUCH better for the environment than cats. Around the world, cats are exterminating many species. Check out the article about this in the most recent issue of The Atlantic....
    That's a stupid argument. Animals eating what nature designed them to eat is bad? I guess I should worry about what birds eat too, and what populations of worms and such they are destroying.

    I wish my cats would eat birds. I mean, I love birds, but it would be better diet for them than cat food. And I was fine with my dog eating possums for the same reasons, I just couldn't watch her do it, so I wouldn't let her at the end of a leash ....

    I'd have been fine with her eating rabbits (not someone's pet) for the same reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kallie Knoetze View Post
    Mr. Tedminator,

    So that's the little bastard who was pooping in my freshly tilled flower bed....

    Errr, gimme a rock!
    I wonder if people here think some little dog owner isn't picking up their poo. My cats never poop outside with me in sight. I can't pick it up. /shrug

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassy View Post
    That's a stupid argument. Animals eating what nature designed them to eat is bad? I guess I should worry about what birds eat too, and what populations of worms and such they are destroying.

    I wish my cats would eat birds. I mean, I love birds, but it would be better diet for them than cat food. And I was fine with my dog eating possums for the same reasons, I just couldn't watch her do it, so I wouldn't let her at the end of a leash ....

    I'd have been fine with her eating rabbits (not someone's pet) for the same reason.

    I have almost never seen a domesticated cat eat what it kills. My husband once found half a mouse, indicating that part might have been eaten. But Joe and Brother did a lot of killing without ever eating. I'd let them out and check for about 30 minutes, and then forget, and then bam ... dead bunny or dead bird.

    Well, not bam. They played with them to death. Carried them around. Broke their little necks from the wear and tear. But didn't eat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    I have almost never seen a domesticated cat eat what it kills. My husband once found half a mouse, indicating that part might have been eaten. But Joe and Brother did a lot of killing without ever eating. I'd let them out and check for about 30 minutes, and then forget, and then bam ... dead bunny or dead bird.

    Well, not bam. They played with them to death. Carried them around. Broke their little necks from the wear and tear. But didn't eat.
    Yes, but domestic cats are not 'exterminating' anything. Ferals are the ones killing more. To eat. so following that logic we shouldn't like any wild animal that eats. People are the ones driving species to extinction, not any other animal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    I have almost never seen a domesticated cat eat what it kills. My husband once found half a mouse, indicating that part might have been eaten. But Joe and Brother did a lot of killing without ever eating. I'd let them out and check for about 30 minutes, and then forget, and then bam ... dead bunny or dead bird.

    Well, not bam. They played with them to death. Carried them around. Broke their little necks from the wear and tear. But didn't eat.
    Mauser used to leave his kills by the front door but eventually he figured out that I wasnt gonna eat them so now he goes hog wild on his kills... he doesnt usually eat the heads tho for some reason so I guess thats my cut.
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    My brother once had a cat named Dreyfus, who have been fixed but apparently could still spray - and occasionally did. He used to bring home live birds as well as dead ones. It was not unusual to have a pigeon of some kind occasionally flying around the house before we could capture it.
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