The Detroit Post
Monday, 29 November, 2021

Why Are Cats Dangerous

Carole Stephens
• Monday, 12 October, 2020
• 38 min read

If you listen to old stories, you may be shocked to hear these friendly little creatures are supposedly responsible for crimes like “stealing a baby’s breath.” (See more about common cat myths.) But Drew Wagner, DVD, a board-certified feline specialist and hospital director of The Cat Doctor clinic in greater Atlanta takes issue with the old wives’ tales.

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However, pregnant women and individuals who have compromised immune systems should be cautious; for them, a toxoplasma infection could cause serious health problems. Humans are unlikely to get toxoplasmosis by petting or holding a cat, according to the CDC.

A pet cat with a “history of violence” attacked a baby before trapping a family and dog in a room. Lux, a 10 kg (22lbs) black-and-white Himalayan, scratched a seven-month-old baby in the face, according to police in Portland, Oregon, USA.

When the child's father Lee Palmer struck the four-year-old animal on the rear in retaliation, it began charging at the family, forcing them to take refuge in their bedroom. “He's very, very, very, very hostile,” Palmer told an operator in a panicked 911 call, during which Lux could be heard screeching in the background.

Instead, Bradshaw suggests paying attention to a cat's body language is usually the best way to avoid ending up on the wrong side of its claws. Infections caused by cat bites can cause complications such as nerve involvement, abscesses, and a loss of joint mobility, according to a new study that reviewed the records of people who went to Mayo Clinic Hospital for cat bites.

The three-year retrospective published in the February issue of The Journal of Hand Surgery reviewed the records of 193 such people, 36 of whom were immediately admitted, with an average hospital stay of three days. The most common cause of infection was Pasteurella multicity, an aggressive bacterium found in the mouths of many animals and up to 90 percent of healthy cats.

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Dr. Brian T. Carlson, senior author of the study and a hand surgeon at the Mayo Clinic, explained that redness, swelling, increasing pain, difficulty moving the hand, and drainage from the wound are all signs that there may be an infection and that treatment should be sought. “The tendon sheaths and joints are superficial in the hand, and cat bites penetrate easily, seeding those spaces with the germ,” he said.

Researchers think that exposure to pet dander and the microbes that pets bring from the outdoors into the house could prime babies’ still-developing immune systems and train them early to ward off onslaughts from common allergens and even other bacteria and viruses. Also fueling concerns about cat parasites and their impact on human health is the discovery by University of British Columbia scientists of an infectious form of the cat parasite Toxoplasma Gandhi, which causes toxoplasmosis, in beluga whales.

These findings have prompted a warning for the Inuit people who eat whale meat. According to work presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Haas) conference, the parasite has been discovered in over 10 percent of beluga whales living near the Canadian coast, in the Beaufort Sea.

“The only way to kill is to freeze them, desiccate them, or boil them,” according to lead researcher Michael Gregg. It is believed that the whales may have developed the parasite from cat feces getting washed into the water, or that climate change is to blame.

“It’s interesting to see that more and more single people are discovering the comfort and satisfaction that owning a pet can offer. Pets are powerful, positive influences on our lives, offering unique emotional, psychological, and physical health benefits to their owners,” said Dr. Douglas As pros, immediate past president of Alma, in a statement.

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Melissa holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and is a plant and animal enthusiast with multiple pets. Cats are one of the most popular pets in the world and are savagely beloved by millions, although the dangers present from their razor sharp claws and teeth, such as serious infection, are largely not taken seriously.

Can cats cause human fatalities or severe injury? Domesticated cats are also the subjects of various folklore, including the old wives' tale that they can suck the breath from an infant, which might lead some people to believe that they are dangerous with small children.

However, cats typically have little incentive to attack a helpless child. The recipients of reported cat attacks have largely been adults, although aggression toward infants has occurred.

You won't find statistics about cat bite incidences like you will dog and exotic pets, because people don't really care. It is important for anyone who wants to understand animals and their behavior to place things from the proper perspective.

Cats are domesticated, but this term is useless when discussing propensity of aggression, whether a pet is capable of attacking, and basically anything else meaningful. The fact that cats are domesticated and widely kept as pets often mislead people into thinking they do not have the instincts associated with so-called wild animals.

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Most domesticated cats (and dogs), when socialized, will never severely bite or attack humans as long as they aren’t “provoked.” However, this comforting fact does not determine whether your pet might end up unexpectedly acting aggressively one day as animals, not being robots, are subject to the same shifts in mood that result from various factors that may be hormonal, stress-related, or a response to an environmental change.

It is often the case that people view animals like tigers and jaguars as dangerous because they are “wild.” If domesticated cats had the same size and musculature as lions and tigers, they would be extremely dangerous pets.

Dogs and cats do emit behavioral signs of impending aggression that are often missed or not taken seriously by their caretakers. Redirected Aggression : Lashes out at owner after sensing something it can't access.

May seem like it occurs for no reason because the source of agitation isn't present. Petting-induced Aggression : When petting causes over stimulation or discomfort, cats may bite their owners (signs of agitation include tail swatting, skin twitching, meowing, or changing body position).

Maternal Aggression : The insecurity of a female cat with kittens. Pain-induced : Retaliation if an owner touches the cat in a painful area.

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*Rabies, a lethal disease in cats, can result in irrational behavior. Such animals suspected of showing symptoms should be euthanized immediately.

Cat attacks are no laughing matter, and aside from the frequently reported agony that they cause to the victims, cat bites are heavily prone to infection, even more so than dog bites. The reason this is so is due to the sharpness of cat teeth creating deep puncture wounds into areas that are sufficient for bacterial activity and hard to clean.

A study determined that 1/3 of patients who sought treatment for cat bites in a three-year period had to be hospitalized, and 2/3 of these patients ended up needing surgery to flush out the bacteria via debridement. If a cat bite occurs over a joint or tendon along with swelling, redness, and pain, this increases the chances that a hospital visit might be needed.

Bites by unfamiliar cats with access to the outdoors is a substantial rabies risk. While cases of humans contracting rabies are rare, cats are the pet most frequently found with the virus in the United States.

In the wild, animals try to avoid physical encounters because wounds can often be fatal (there are no veterinarians in nature). Cats will often stare down their opponent and assess them for hesitancy in attacking.

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This could trigger a cat to attack if it becomes aware that the opponent isn't confident (watch how these powerful lions are scared away by intimidating tribesman). Because cats are domesticated (not selected by nature) and many live with or close to humans, many individuals may be less afraid to approach and show offensive aggression to humans and dogs.

Now that we understand what provokes cat attacks and what body postures indicate aggression, let's look at a few recorded incidences of felines fighting. At the right is one such example, possibly a territorial dispute with a pet dog results in a street cat attacking.

Here is another example of a cat attacking a dog, and just like the previous video, the animal is ignoring the humans, even when they retaliate against it. The cat leaping into the air resembles the cat-human attack in the snow that will be shown below.

While many were surprised a cat could be brave enough to confront a large dog, the other videos in this article reveal that it is not an unheard of occurrence. These cats appear to be feral, possibly being fed by humans, which I'm guessing by the presence of numerous animals around a group of people.

The humans fail to notice the somewhat obvious offensive aggressive posture. The woman, identifying herself as Max, was attempting to shoo away the animal that she had been caring for in an attempt to defend her mother's dog when the animal leaped up and latched on her face.

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*Despite the fact that Max saved the cat, and despite the fact that the cat was known to be aggressive and had attacked 2 other people before, the video brought out the profound irrationality of many cat lovers who found snow kicking to be cruel and that Max “deserved” to be brutally harmed by the animal (her face also became infected). This reveals the mentality of many cat owners, which I will be discussing in a future article.

I cannot find any credible information verifying the events of this video, so watch with the understanding that the editing and text in it can be misleading (assuming the footage is real). A cat appears to attack a babysitter, presumably after hearing glass shatter (as the video editing seems to suggest).

Although there's no footage of the actual incident, this is another case that shows that pet cat aggression should be taken seriously. A 1-year-old cat clawed its family of 3 (again, leaping toward the face, showing cats instinctively know where to aim to harm their opponents), causing deep gashes and a call to the fire department.

Something prompted a 22-pound Himalayan cat to attack its family's 7-month-old child, and after a kick from the child's father, the large feline proceeded to charge the family (including a dog), leaving them stranded in a bedroom. Here's another very similar situation and another one (Puppy the cat) in Florida in the same year.

Regardless, cats are very lucky to be considered domesticated, or there would be a Federal ban on them immediately enacted. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional.

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Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. Answer: Possibly, only in rare cases where behavioral therapy fails.

Question: Is there a reason why a dying cat would attack and bite their owner? Answer: He may start to associate the cage with negative experiences.

It's a good idea to let the cat have a space to calm down in and reinforce that with food reward. I rescued a male feral kitten at 5 weeks, and took care of him until 9 months old.

And sometimes there are psychological reasons for the behavior on the part of the felines and the humans. My little kitty does not attack me but a couple of times she has challenged me to be the Alpha female in our home.

I raised my voice, and she backed off for about 10 seconds and repeated her actions with the same result. She was definitely angry with me perhaps for being gone so long or for returning home and interfering with her ability to “rule the roost” having the full run of the apartment without any human supervision.

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The wounds developed into UL ERS which developed into septic rheumatoid arthritis in my collar bone which spread into my bloodstream, ears, collarbone, shoulder, right ear, mouth, gums, teeth, spine and.2 out of 4 ventricles in my heart. It took 5 surgeries to wash & deride the infection, & I had to have 9 teeth pulled.

Any predatory animal that we keep as pet is “lucky”** to be considered domesticated before the law. Again, I don't see the point of that last paragraph. Obviously we need to be aware that they are still animals, not robots, and that they have predatory instincts.

We wouldn't breed or keep them as pets if they weren't, stray cats and dogs roaming the streets in despicable conditions would not be a thing. I have had a gray striped American short hair, a fixed male about two years old, who I often pet with no problem and feed him a treat twice a day.

Today, for some reason, he took a strong swipe at me with his right paw, and 2 minutes later, when I tried to pet him he bit me in the hand. I roared at him in displeasure, and he quickly disappeared under my son's bed.

I have a cat she’s 1 year she recently had her babies like 2 months ago. I gave one of her kitty’s away she was acting normal till my friend came over, and she attacked her.

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My cat was outside for 2 days she was crying, so I decided to bring her inside again, but she’s been acting normal I really don’t know what to do I’m scared she’ll attack again if I give all her kitty’s away. Park Vishnu Duh, cats are too small to cause fatalities.

It's natural for cats to hunt and attack, so if they have a playmate to do this to, it won't be you. I've had my cat since she was 8 weeks old she is now 7. Tonight she looked out the window trying to around started making hisses noises and attacked me.

I finally threw a blanket over her head and ran out of the room. My cat became upset when the parrot bit me and caused me for scream.

I've seen people chuckle at the idea of a house cat attacking or being dangerous. The rescue I adopted my dog from seems to think that cats shouldn't live singly from kitten-hood or it can cause aggression.

She was always anti-social and would nip my kids if they stroked her, but I made sure everyone treated her on her own terms. I thought the kids had done something to provoke her and I calmed the cat by talking to her.

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I forbade the children to go to her room or touch the kittens in her presence. When I came running from the kitchen upon hearing the screams I tried rescuing my 11-year-old only to have the cat latch on my legs snarling and slashing through my clothes.

I had to shake her off to loosen her grip before she sank in her teeth only to have her pounce upon my other leg. We stayed locked for half an hour and had to call animal control.

It hurts me but my husband told me that the cat couldn't stay any longer as our kids weren't safe with her and I agreed. The vet said it was an incurable hormonal imbalance, and we decided to euthanize her.

The vet said the cat couldn't be rehomed being dangerous as it was attacking its own owners. Even if there were cats fighting in the street below she would look at us accusingly as if responsible.

I believe your article makes a lot of sense only to those who have experienced irrational attacks from their pets. This happened to me and I nearly called 911 we had to evacuate he saw another cat in the window and viscous attacked me.

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I'm having problems at the moment with my very reactive adopted cat who doesn't like my fiancé at all. But they inflict a LOT of damage for their size and in my experience, probably because cats aren't such social animals as dogs, they don't have nearly as much calming body language to suggest that they are uncomfortable before they lash out.

Dogs often exhibit long series of 'calming signals' to indicate their discomfort before they escalate to violence which cats rarely seem to (though admittedly, I've formally studied canine behavior but not feline). A cat can go from purring and rubbing against you to sinking teeth in a split second.

Not bad pets at all, but should be treated with respect like any animal and not underestimated just because they're small and soft. And I hate the notion that we should put animals down because they show aggression, whether provoked or not, but I do think it's highly unfair that a dog can be put down for a single bite if it looks too much like a pit bull (at least here in the UK that's the case) but that this almost never happens to cat no matter how aggressive.

It seems that she doesn't know what she's doing or why herself, if there isn't a reason I am convinced its seizure or something in her brain! Cats with unprovoked aggression should be euthanized unless someone wants to keep them the same way one keeps a dangerous wild animal.

You know, dogs have the same thing, only we call it exactly what it is, rage seizures (once quite common in cocker spaniels). “Galaxy consults veterinarian Amelie Hatfield, of the Cat Hospital of Portland.

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And he visits the Oregon Humane Society, where marketing and communications director Barbara Magnon pairs Lux up with Mollie and Jim, who take him in on a test basis as foster cat guardians, to see if Lux will stay calm in a stress-free home. When Lux unexpectedly attacks Mollie's leg, Hatfield suggests he has a form of feline paresthesia syndrome, which can cause aggressive behavior.

Even after medication, the cat attacked YET AGAIN, with ZERO provocation, and those people gave him up. “In the reality show that aired last weekend, Galaxy persuades another Portland couple to take Lux while the cat is treated with antidepressants and anti-seizure medication.

So are you suggesting that Jackson Galaxy put this cat in a family where he was abused and kicked? It does piss me off that people make light of cat attacks and even go as far as to laugh at injured humans who are victims, or even suggest they deserve it because they gave the animal a funny look.

I was recently bitten by my own (6-year-old) pet cat, but it was an entirely embarrassing situation; she has a habit of nibbling on the side of my laptop (which I never gave much thought) and in this instance my hand was on the side, slid right up into her path, and she bit down onto my finger. It was inflamed and swollen almost immediately, and while I was lucky enough to avoid serious infection, it hurt for days thereafter.

I've never believed cats were harmless or safe -- I've enough playful-mishap scars on my hands and wrists to prove it -- but it was eye-opening to see just how bad a bite can hurt (and one that didn't intend any kind of harm, at that). Very disturbing to see people laughing in some of these videos, particularly when dogs are involved.

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Perhaps it should be pointed out to you that not only do you contradict your own statements and then when challenged, you keep changing your story, but you also fail to read another person's post and continually inject your own, again, contradictory statements. You have no argument, no value, no specific facts to base your twisted opinions about cats to back up your accusations.

The most dangerous animals on the planet are, wait for it... Humans, and particularly those of your ilk. Ok, so for educational purposes I won't block your comments at this time.

Any animal in the company of a small child is at some form of risk. That does NOT mean the cat is inherently dangerous, aggressive, mean and deserves criticism by dolts like you.

WHAT evidence, the word of the man who kicked the cat and called 911 and told only his story? Neither you nor the man ever understood the nature of cats, being they don't appreciate being provoked, harmed or KICKED.

Humans abuse animals every day, every single DAY on this planet, but in your narrow-minded blathering, it's always the animal's fault because domestic pets shouldn't be trusted. My goodness, you are a fool if you think that self-defense consists of relentlessly attacking until your 'aggressor' is locked in the bathroom, calling 911 because they fear for their safety.

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You are shockingly right about something, we can't know 'for sure' what happened because there is no video documentation. What we do know is that the man called 911, and unless they were having a laugh and felt the need to humiliate themselves and/or waste the emergency respondent's time, the cat was behaving aggressively and dangerously.

Wild animals RETREAT; some dogs and cats treat humans like they are one of their own species. You said “half of the “terror” incidents” I linked are due to provocation.

Maybe you missed the plentiful videos I posted that show no provocation other than a human or dog looking at or walking closely to the animal. So I believe the man when he said the cat attacked his child, and he kicked it as a result of that.

I am referring to this: “Something prompted a 22 pound Himalayan cat to attack its family's 7-month-old child, and after a kick from the child's father, the large feline proceeded to charge the family (including a dog), leaving them stranded in a bedroom.” As often occurs, the truth is never revealed in common news headlines (media doesn't care, we no longer have the investigative journalism we once cherished for the facts).

Attacks, Parasites, Diseases In general, stray cats are shy and not dangerous if they are left alone. But if you attempt to catch or handle them, or if you come into contact with contaminated areas, there are risks.

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There is also a chance that a stray cat may be afraid of humans because of an experience that it may have had after getting lost or in some cases before being abandoned. Stray, or feral cats are usually classified as a pest species due to their habits of occupying public places in high numbers, fighting and spraying.

For these reasons, many people wish to have stray, or feral, cats trapped and removed. You will be able to tell a cat that may be infected by rabies by foaming of the mouth and/or aggressive behavior.

Handle with Care Though the dangers of a stray cat to humans are extremely low, you would have good reason to not want them on your property. Stray cats can also make a mess if you have to leave your garbage outside overnight.

If a cat sees an easy meal in your garbage can, then it will gladly go for it. A stray cat may also defecate in your garden which can spread germs.

Another hidden benefit of stray cats is that they may teach your kids compassion. Many people will see the negatives of stray cats and see them as pests instead of pets but keep in mind that some of these cats had homes and were a companion to humans at one point.

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Can their temperament be trusted with children, elders, and other pets? To answer the question, Savannah cats aren’t dangerous, but they can be destructive if they feel boredom.

Now, you must be thinking which generation of Savannah cat should you bring home? African serial’s coat, active nature, and physical characteristics are much in demand and desired.

Their wild nature and unpredictable temperament are cut down by mixing them with domestic cat’s genes. As a rule of thumb, male Savannah cats are generally bigger than females of the same generation.

F1 to F5 Savannah males are generally sterile and females were mostly chosen to be bred. The older the generation, the wilder instinct they will retain.

People might be attracted towards their exotic appeal, but their hyperactive persona is a part of the package. Savannah cats are hyperactive, but it doesn’t mean they cannot be trained.

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F1 and F2 generation of cats tilt more towards the wild side. If you do not have experience, time, or patience to tame them or work around their behavior, then do not go for them.

Every cat has the potential to be destructive, especially if they don’t find enough physical and mental stimulation. Give them suitable scratch posts (horizontal and vertical) to keep them clawing off your furniture.

Since they like to play rough with their toys, get them something that would last bites and claws. Their curious nature will find a way out of unsecured areas.

Positive reinforcement works well with Savannah cats. If you want to make their playtime more enjoyable, you can teach them how to play fetch with you.

The more they exert their physical energy, the less likely they engage in destructive behavior You can also leash train them and take them out for walks if it is safe. They would like some fresh air and the outdoors can be mentally stimulating.

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But be very careful and use a good quality leash that doesn’t hurt them or breaks apart. Make sure you look out for physical signs of distress if they are being destructive beyond these measures.

Neutering also calms down and positively affects in reducing their destructive behavior. Even though F1 to F5 male Savannah cats are sterile, they still need to be neutered, as their hormones are still active.

It depends on which country you reside in and what are the laws for adopting an exotic cat. In some cases, you are supposed to have a license to adopt a Savannah cat.

They bond well with another Savannah, Siamese, and Abyssinian cats. Savannah cats like to be petted and would love to play for hours.

But with positive reinforcement, you can make them tolerate your hugs. Because they're such picky eaters, we sometimes think cats know what’s best for them when it's time to eat.

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But the fact that they'll walk away from a piece of bad meat doesn't mean they'll bypass an open can of tuna. In fact, you may be surprised to learn some common foods your cats should never eat.

Your cat will see an open can of tuna next to the sink as a dinner invitation. Onion in all forms -- powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated -- can break down a cat's red blood cells, leading to anemia.

That's true even for the onion powder that's found in some baby foods. In addition to onions, garlic, which is 5 times as potent as onions, and chives can each cause major health and potentially life threatening problems.

What could be wrong with offering your cat a saucer of milk or a piece of cheese? Beer, liquor, wine, foods containing alcohol -- none of it is good for your cat.

That's because alcohol has the same effect on a cat's liver and brain that it has on humans. Although it isn't clear why, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in cats.

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Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, and muscle tremors. In addition to tea and coffee -- including beans and grounds -- caffeine can be found in cocoa, chocolate, colas, and stimulant drinks such as Red Bull.

Eating chocolate can cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and death. Table scraps often contain fat trimmed off of meat and bones.

Fat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause intestinal upset, with vomiting and diarrhea. Bones can also splinter and cause an obstruction or cut the inside of your cat's digestive system.

There are two problems with giving your cat raw eggs. The first is the possibility of food poisoning from bacteria like salmonella or E. coli.

The second is rare problem in which a protein in raw egg whites, called avid in, could interfere with the absorption of the B vitamin biotin. In addition, an enzyme in raw fish destroys thiamine, which is an essential B vitamin for your cat.

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A lack of thiamine can cause serious neurological problems and lead to convulsions and coma. An occasional bite of dog food won't hurt your cat.

A steady diet of dog food can cause your cat to be severely malnourished. As it swells inside, the dough can stretch the abdomen and cause severe pain.

Ingesting a drug prescribed for humans is one of the most common causes of poisoning in cats. Just as you would do for your children, put all medicines where your cat can't get to them.

And never give your cat any over-the-counter medicine unless advised to do so by your vet. Ingredients such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen are common in pain relievers and cold medicine.

Many other items commonly found on kitchen shelves can harm your cat. Keeping food items where your cat can't get to them and keeping pantry and cupboard doors closed will help protect your cat from serious food-related illness.

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No matter how cautious you are, it's possible your cat can find and swallow what it shouldn't. It's a smart idea to always keep the numbers of your local vet, the closest emergency clinic, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center -- (888) 426-4435 -- where you know you can find them in an emergency.

And if you think your cat has consumed something that's toxic, call for emergency help at once. An occasional taste of cooked boneless beef or brown rice can be an OK treat.

In practice, I have seen quite many cats develop urinary tract infections and blockages if they eat much fish–even boneless fish like canned tuna. * Predatory fish at the top of the food chain, such as tuna and salmon, may contain very elevated levels of heavy metals (including mercury) as well as PCs, pesticides, and other toxins.

Tile fish (listed on pet food labels as “ocean whitefish”) are among the worst contaminated, along with king mackerel, shark, and swordfish. These fish are so toxic that the FDA advises women of child-bearing age and children to avoid them entirely; and they recommend only 1 serving of albacore tuna per week due to its high mercury levels.

* A substance called comic acid, a very stable, heat-resistant toxin produced by certain species of algae that are becoming more common in coastal regions due to climate change. However, new research indicates that comic acid causes damage to the kidneys at concentrations 100 times less than the amount that causes brain toxicity.

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* Fish and other seafood in the Pacific Ocean have been exposed to leaking radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power facility in Japan for nearly three years. While the authorities continue to assert that there is (so far) no danger from eating Pacific seafood, the plant is still releasing 300 tons of highly toxic radioactive water into the ocean every day, with no end in sight.

The first part of the initial radioactive plume has already reached U.S. shores; and low levels of Fukushima-specific radioisotopes have been found in West Coast seafood. While the Pacific Ocean’s vastness can and does greatly dilute the radioactive materials, the continuing leakage–as well as Japan’s recently-revealed dishonesty about its estimates of the amount of radiation involved–is cause for some concern.

Recent meta-analysis found reported significant negative effects on the immune system, and well as increased mutations and disease occurrence even at extremely low levels. Common water pollutants such as PCs, pesticides, and other chemicals are present in farmed salmon at 10 times the amount found in wild fish.

These contaminants will be present in any product made with farmed fish, including cat and dog food. But today, in waters near fish farms (which tend to be located at the end of those same migration channels), up to 95% of baby salmon are fatally infested.

It is feared that that farmed salmon from nearly 300 fish factories in North America may ultimately decimate the wild population in the Atlantic. * New research (Dec. 2013) from the University of California raises concerns that the plastics floating in our oceans are absorbing chemical pollutants from the water.

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Toxins can move up the food chain, starting when fish eat small, contaminated pieces of plastic. Jennifer Wilbur is a life-long animal lover.

She currently has two black cats, and has had many dogs and small pets throughout her life. I grew up with dogs, but I got my first cat about three years ago.

In addition, cats also have some benefits over dogs in that they are objectively easier to care for. Here are some reasons I’ve discovered as to why cats can be the best pets.

Cats spend a lot of their time grooming, so they are always nice and clean. Cats spend much of their time grooming themselves, so you will rarely have to bathe your feline friend.

Compared to dogs, cats tend to smell much better. Unlike dogs, your cat won’t go outside and roll in unpleasant things or pick a fight with a skunk.

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Because cats are so good at keeping themselves clean, they usually feel softer and cleaner than dogs and many other animals when you pet them. Even the loudest meows are cute and relatively quiet.

Even the loudest, most insistent meows are much quieter than most barks. Even when your cat is trying her hardest to annoy you into giving her extra treats, her meow sounds are adorable.

It’s hard to be annoyed by such cute little sounds. Cats don’t need to be taken outside multiple times a day for bathroom and exercise walks.

Cats also don’t require nearly as much training as dogs. A cat is content to curl up next to you while you work, while a dog may demand your undivided attention.

Cats can also be left home by themselves while you are at work and are much less likely to destroy your house while you are gone. Cats don’t need to be taken outside in the middle of the night to do their business.

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While no one enjoys cleaning the letterbox, it is still much easier and less of a burden than having to go outside in the darkness or bad weather and having to carry around little baggies of your fluffy friend’s waste until you can get to a garbage can. Cats are small enough that they can get plenty of exercise indoors, especially if you have plenty of vertical spaces for your feline friend to climb.

Since cats don’t need to go outside, they will also never track in mud after you have just finished mopping the floor. Kittens are taught how to use a litter box by their mother cat.

Most kittens already know how to use the litter box as soon as you bring them home. Even cats that were born stray or feral instinctively know to bury their waste after going to the bathroom.

The most you will have to do to potty-train your new furry friend is to show her where the litter box is and show her how to dig in the (clean) litter using your own hand. Cats are ferocious hunters who can protect your home from vermin.

The mere presence of a cat is usually enough to keep mice and rats away. If a rogue rodent does find its way into your house, however, your cat’s natural predator instincts will kick in.

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Though it can be gross finding remains of your fluffy friend’s hunting victories, it still beats having vermin running lose through your home. Cats are also excellent hunters of insects, keeping your home safe from moths, houseflies, and other creepy crawlies (be warned, however; some types of bugs aren’t very tasty to cats.

Your cat probably won’t do much to keep ladybugs out of your home.) The initial adoption fee for cats and kittens is often less than that of dogs.

Cats are smaller than most dogs and require fewer purchases. Vet care is also often less expensive for cats than for dogs.

Cats are usually perfectly happy with “toys” that don’t cost anything. My cats favorite toys are cardboard boxes, milk jug rings, and those silicone bracelets that you get from donating a couple of dollars to certain charities.

Because cats don’t need to be taken outside to use the restroom, they can be left home alone all day while you are at work without having to worry about coming home to any nasty surprises on your living-room carpet. Cats are also less prone to separation anxiety, so they can tolerate being home for longer periods of time without their human (though it is still best if you have a pair of cats to keep each other company).

Cats can even be left home alone for a couple without a pet sitter if you are going to be gone all weekend. If you leave enough food and water and have enough litter boxes, they will be just fine for a night or two on their own.

If you live in an apartment, you are more likely to be allowed to have a cat than a dog. Cats also take up less space, so they will be happier living in an apartment than a dog would, especially larger breeds.

Because cats use the litter box and don’t need to be taken outside to use the bathroom or to exercise, it is easier to keep a cat in upper-level apartments than a dog as well, as you won’t need to bring it down the stairs multiple times a day. As mentioned above, cats are fairly quiet compared to dogs, so neighbors in your apartment building won’t be bothered by a cat’s meows like they may be by a barking dog.

Cats like to be where their favorite humans are but are often less needy than their canine counterparts. Cats are usually content to sit quietly near their favorite human while they work or read a book.

There is nothing better than a cat purring on your lap after a long day. Cats can be just as affectionate and loving as dogs but aren’t as high maintenance.

Cats often get a bad reputation from dog lovers. Cat’s make great pets and are ideal companions for people who work full time or who live in an apartment.

They are less expensive to keep and require less maintenance than dogs. Overall, cats are wonderful pets and will provide a lifetime of love and affection, just like dogs.

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At least cats don't rub there butt and leave brown streaks on the rug My dad's cousin has 2 cute kitties, and the difference between those cats and MY DOG is that the cats are QUIET, Floozy, and LESS ANNOYING.

My essay was written and gotten a good grade! I think the article was helpful, BUT I need more info on why cats are better and easier to take care of than dogs.

), but I love all the animal babies we have in our homes very much. As a current caretaker of both a stray cat and a stray dog, I can affirm that this article is both factual and accurate.

If you have both a love for animals and a warm heart, you can't but help appreciate what a great companion and source of chronic mirth a cat can be. This a wonderful article and it made me decide to get a cat.

Dogs: The Great Debate; I currently have both dogs and cats, and I find them both virtually equivalently useful for entertainment. Since I live in an apartment building is better to have a cat since they are easy to take care of them.

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