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  1. The Goodbye Bird

    Personality Traits: Which are Heritable?

    It's pretty obvious that they are contented. I'm the one who thinks stud male is the best possible life for a cat. They can't all have that life though, or there would be a lot of other cats that had much, much, much worse lives. So it's a balancing act, as with everything. The act of mating...
  2. The Goodbye Bird

    Personality Traits: Which are Heritable?

    That's a one-way-only inference. If these behaviours, then the animal is upset. That doesn't mean that an upset animal always engages in those behaviours. The way my cats look out the window suggests to me that they want to be out there, even though they have no behaviours associated with...
  3. The Goodbye Bird

    Personality Traits: Which are Heritable?

    That's fine but in that fell swoop you toss out all the arguments against cages too. I don't think it's a worse stretch to say that cats want to mate than that they want to have a lot of space to roam. They do either when allowed. They get used to it when not. We can't know for sure what makes...
  4. The Goodbye Bird

    Help

    It was between laundry basket and suitcase and under the bed, and while under the bed is the best imagery and probably the most common place to nest to boot, unfortunately I couldn't find a way to make the phrase sound good with under the bed so I was going with with suitcase just because it's...
  5. The Goodbye Bird

    Personality Traits: Which are Heritable?

    If an intact male cat is a sprayer, his genetic want is still to reproduce, so unless you castrate him and turn him into basically a doll (which may not even stop the spraying!), there are two options: He can be in a cage in a breeding programme or he can be outside and 1) full of worms 2)...
  6. The Goodbye Bird

    Help

    Dreamer posted a picture of their "male" cat so I drew a face on its pregnant belly and made this: If that hadn't worked I would have put in a little more effort made a movie poster with glowing-eyed kittens with white bowl-cut hair that said: THE PINKENING Coming soon to a suitcase near...
  7. The Goodbye Bird

    Cat breed

    How long has she had that pinkening?
  8. The Goodbye Bird

    Personality Traits: Which are Heritable?

    That's another thing all kind of cats seem to have: Each one is such a standout individual with its own absolutely unique personality that I wonder how people breed for any personality at all. What I always say is that every time you have a cat, it'll be the weirdest one you've ever had. It's...
  9. The Goodbye Bird

    Cat breed

    You shouldn't feel stupid. There's a thread on this very forum I posted in (but I can't find it) where someone else thought they adopted a male cat but it is in fact a female. Maybe Jeffred can find it; he posted in it too. They showed us a picture of the cat's back end and there wasn't a...
  10. The Goodbye Bird

    Cat breed

    Sometimes a female cat can have skin around the vagina that appears to be balls. They're not huge and hanging like a dog's so with a cat sometimes even vets make a mistake. When I say the cat is pregnant, I'm looking mainly at the position of the belly bulge (it's low) and the pink nipples...
  11. The Goodbye Bird

    Cat breed

    I can't find any traits on this one that would point to a pure breed admixture of any sort. It's a DSH - Domestic Shorthair. Also that cat is pregnant.
  12. The Goodbye Bird

    Personality Traits: Which are Heritable?

    I'm not sure what factors are at work here but it seems that bad personality is always dominant over good, so I would lean toward this same choice. It can't possibly be a single gene and it lasts for generations exactly as you describe. I once read about a breeding programme to make wolfdogs...
  13. The Goodbye Bird

    What breed do you think my cat is? 😊

    If it's mixed with any pure breed I'd say ragdoll. That cat has a specific type of longhair fur that gives it a very ragdollish silhouette. Also, looking at that first picture, it's not recommended to use devo (de-evolution) devices on cats. They lose a lot of quality and grace. What most...
  14. The Goodbye Bird

    Orange cats and gingivitis?

    They say the same thing for humans and apples. Humans' teeth get dirty mostly in the crevices because they have molars. It's not out of the realm of possibility for me that a species without crevices would have their teeth at least scraped off a little by hard food. I actually don't think it's...
  15. The Goodbye Bird

    Personality Traits: Which are Heritable?

    Geez. What on earth do they do, eat their owners' babies? I've been around big cats and the main issue I've seen when trying to bring them into the house is peeing. The biggest cats (lions and tigers) don't always seem to know that they shouldn't just pee everywhere, and it seems that the...
  16. The Goodbye Bird

    Personality Traits: Which are Heritable?

    I know of this experiment! My friend actually had a sibfox. They are totally tame. Within 50 years they made a wild animal that is in no way a pet into a completely tame one that in most cases was classified as ultratame, domesticated elite, meaning they would naturally approach humans and...
  17. The Goodbye Bird

    Personality Traits: Which are Heritable?

    I know this, and I'm still not dissuaded. Every time even 1HP is lost, I want to know why. I want to know exactly where it went. I believe cats can be bred to live to 40, and be of the quality and conformity show judges want. We've sequenced the Human genome. This is within reach. It's just a...
  18. The Goodbye Bird

    What breed do you think my kitten is?

    He has very large cheeks, forward-set ears, and big, slightly wide-set eyes. His face says possible Russian Blue to me even if it's not that likely. (Note that not all Russian Blues look like this.)
  19. The Goodbye Bird

    Orange cats and gingivitis?

    O_O O_O See, I read this entire post wrong up to this point, mainly because whilst I was reading it I was not particularly paying attention to where I was. My IQ legit drops by 30 points when it's this hot.
  20. The Goodbye Bird

    Personality Traits: Which are Heritable?

    With a few exceptions this will mean general good health and decent longevity, because that brings more litters. One of the exceptions is mice. They're so intelligent, learn so easily, and reproduce so quickly that high longevity would have them outcompeting their own offspring. Therefore, to...
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