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Pet cat dies rabid in Smithfield, Health Dept. warns Birch Road residents

There are 96 comments on the The Observer story from Dec 16, 2011, titled Pet cat dies rabid in Smithfield, Health Dept. warns Birch Road residents. In it, The Observer reports that:

The Department of Environmental Management and the Department of Health are advising residents of the Birch Road area in Smithfield that an owned pet cat that succumbed while exhibiting signs of rabies has been confirmed positive for rabies.

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Clues4Clueless

Pipestone, MN

#107 Mar 3, 2012
flbadcatowner wrote:
<quoted text>. Are you aware that nothing attracts mice and rats like human civilization. Killing all cats will certainly allow rats and mice to proliferate and start carrying deadly diseases like the plague in Europe centuries ago when the Roman Catholic church was advocating your idea to kill all cats. T. Gondii is transmittable to humans for only a brief period in the cat's life and the parasite is not dangerous to anybody with a properly functioning immune system.
Is it not strange that cat owners live longer than those who do not own pets. They are more of an asset to human health than a liability obviously. The ancient Egyptians revered the cat for how it controlled rats and other vermin that threatened their food supply.
I will agree that no pets should be allowed to run free and must be vaccinated as well and neutered unless used for professional breeding. I do believe that feral cats ought to be controlled, preferably by their removal from the environment. I do not want my cats to go outside with all the dangers lurking out there, not to mention that I do not want them annoying my neighbors in any way. However, shooting people's pets and encouraging others to do likewise in a residential neighborhood is a criminally reckless thing to do. Many communities for very good reasons do not allow the discharge of a firearm outside of places such as a rifle range or a designated hunting zone except in self defense.
You can rant all you want about how "sinister" cat owners are, but they have a long way to go before catching up with you in that disrespect.
ALL LIES.

For starters, now that I shot all the hundreds of cats on my land, all the NATIVE WILDLIFE returned. Animals like hawks, owls, and fox that are MUCH BETTER rodent control and much more species-specific in what prey they eat. Cats destroy EVERYTHING.

As for your bullsh** cat-c_nt-licking urban-legends about the plague, then tell me how an animal (the cat) which is perfectly capable of carrying and transmitting the plague ALL ON ITS OWN, NO FLEAS NOR RATS REQUIRED, could have saved ANYONE from the plague? If cats were around back then, the plague would have even been WORSE.

Cat-Transmitted PLAGUE:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8059908
http://www.pagosasun.com/archives/2011/07July...

Especially since cats attract rodents right to them with their Toxoplasma gondii parasite that hijacks the minds of rodents.

Its strange life cycle is meant to infect rodents. Any rodents infected with it lose their fear of cats and are actually attracted to cat urine.

http://scitizen.com/neuroscience/parasite-hij...

Cats attract rodents to your home with their whole slew of diseases. If you want rodents in your home keep cats outside of it to attract diseased rodents to your area.

The time has come to destroy them all whenever spotted away from supervised confinement. There's no other solution. We have nobody but cat-lovers to thank for this disaster.
Clues4Clueless

Pipestone, MN

#108 Mar 3, 2012
Stray-cats, the very source of all feral-cats, need to be euthanized too or you'll never be rid of the feral-cat problem.

These are just the diseases they've been spreading to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Plague, Rabies, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasma.[Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Sarcosporidiosis, Flea-borne Typhus, and Tularemia can now also be added to that list.

Cat-Transmitted PLAGUE:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8059908
http://www.pagosasun.com/archives/2011/07July...

Tularemia (rabbit-fever, transmissible to humans):
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/health/misce...
http://www.westyellowstonenews.com/news/artic...

Flea-borne Typhus:
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/county-317...

Hookworm -- ruined Miami Businesses:
http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2010-11-24/n...

Even worse, cats' Toxoplasma gondii parasite they spread through their feces into all other animals. This is how it gets into meats and humans get it from meats, cats roaming around stockyards and farms. This is why cats are ROUTINELY destroyed around gestating livestock or important wildlife by shooting or drowning them. So those animals won't suffer from the same things that can happen to the unborn fetus of any pregnant woman.(Miscarriages, still-births, hydrocephaly, and microcephaly.) It can kill you at any time during your life once you've been infected. It becomes a permanent lifetime parasite in your mind, killing you when your immune system becomes compromised. It's now linked to the cause of autism, schizophrenia, and brain cancers. This parasite is now also killing off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastal areas from cats' T. gondii oocysts in run-off from the land.
Clues4Clueless

Pipestone, MN

#109 Mar 3, 2012
This cats' T.gondii parasite's oocysts that a cat defecates everywhere continues to survive for over a year in any soils or waters where it is found and can even withstand washing your garden vegetables and hands in bleach. So even if it only spreads this parasite for 1 hour out of its lifetime, this parasite is still transmissible to all other warm-blooded animals while it continues to survive outside of the cats' bodies.

It is also important to note that if a cat is RE-INFECTED by this parasite after having ingested its oocysts directly from its own feces-infected-soils or by eating any animal that the cat has previously infected, then it defecates new oocysts.

http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/ar/archive/feb96/t...

"... in light of a startling discovery by Dubey and his research team. It was previously believed that once a cat had been infected with T. gondii and shed oocysts, that cat would not become re-infected and shed more oocysts.

Dubey's team has found that's probably wishful thinking. They have shown that cats infected years earlier and that shed millions of oocysts then could be reinfected 6 years later and begin shedding oocysts again.

That wasn't the only surprise. The same study showed that cats could have very high levels of antibodies against T. gondii in their blood years after a previous infection and still become reinfected. "So you can't use high levels of antibodies as an indicator of immunity,'" says Dubey."

Not even washing your hands or garden vegetables in bleach will destroy the parasites' oocysts, and they survive for over a year in any water or soils where cats shed them, down to temperatures as low as -10 F. The article was just restating commonly spread misconceptions about preventive measures that were started by biased and misinformed cat-lovers, and still re-spewed by them today. It is also found now that cats can become reinfected many times during their life, spreading new oocysts every time. Even high levels of antibodies does not prevent their becoming reinfected and spreading more oocysts. This is why rare marine-mammals are dying off along all coastal regions, from T. gondii oocysts surviving in the run-off from land wherever cats are. The oocysts surviving even in salt-water of the oceans.

This is no "false alarm" if you are the least bit concerned about all native-wildlife life on this planet being destroyed by a man-made invasive-species cat and its common diseases.
Clues4Clueless

Pipestone, MN

#110 Mar 3, 2012
Correction:

"The article was just restating commonly spread misconceptions about preventive measures that were started by biased and misinformed cat-lovers, and still re-spewed by them today."

That should have been deleted from the previous post. A copy & paste of mine that I used to reply to someone as equally ignorant, deceptive, lying, and stupid as this flbadcatowner moron about an article they had read on T. gondii. Claiming that just washing hands will prevent catching it. THAT'S A LIE.

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#111 Mar 4, 2012
Good Cat Dead Cat wrote:
Cats are a form of polution. I watch a show where a catloving wingnut had a no kill shelter with 1,000 cats in it. Imagine the stench. Imagine the turd pile. Revolting behavior. As stupid as catching them spaying/neutering and letting them go so they can kill every lasy bird left.
One thousand cats produce far less waste than a prison full of convicts and human waste has to go somewhere as well. I do agree that returning cats to a feral colony is bad for wildlife.

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#112 Mar 4, 2012
Clues4Clueless wrote:
<quoted text>
ALL LIES.
For starters, now that I shot all the hundreds of cats on my land, all the NATIVE WILDLIFE returned. Animals like hawks, owls, and fox that are MUCH BETTER rodent control and much more species-specific in what prey they eat. Cats destroy EVERYTHING.
As for your bullsh** cat-c_nt-licking urban-legends about the plague, then tell me how an animal (the cat) which is perfectly capable of carrying and transmitting the plague ALL ON ITS OWN, NO FLEAS NOR RATS REQUIRED, could have saved ANYONE from the plague? If cats were around back then, the plague would have even been WORSE.
Cat-Transmitted PLAGUE:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8059908
http://www.pagosasun.com/archives/2011/07July...
Especially since cats attract rodents right to them with their Toxoplasma gondii parasite that hijacks the minds of rodents.
Its strange life cycle is meant to infect rodents. Any rodents infected with it lose their fear of cats and are actually attracted to cat urine.
http://scitizen.com/neuroscience/parasite-hij...
Cats attract rodents to your home with their whole slew of diseases. If you want rodents in your home keep cats outside of it to attract diseased rodents to your area.
The time has come to destroy them all whenever spotted away from supervised confinement. There's no other solution. We have nobody but cat-lovers to thank for this disaster.
For your information, I never advocated allowing cats to roam free which makes this post a red herring. You also disregard the fact that cats can only spread T. gondii during a window of about two weeks to one month during their entire lifetime. I keep my cats indoors which sharply decreases the chance of T. gondii exposure. Save your nonsense for somebody else. For your information, T.gondii Very rarely fatal except in movies and TV) has killed far fewer people than the hanta virus (about 40% fatal in humans) spread by rodents which are proliferating with the loss of natural predators due to to human extermination which include bobcats, lynxes, and mountain lions. Sometimes I wonder if the claims you make about the number of cats killed and the subsequent reported increase in native wildlife is not being exaggerated by you.

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#113 Mar 4, 2012
Clues4Clueless wrote:
Stray-cats, the very source of all feral-cats, need to be euthanized too or you'll never be rid of the feral-cat problem.
These are just the diseases they've been spreading to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Plague, Rabies, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasma.[Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Sarcosporidiosis, Flea-borne Typhus, and Tularemia can now also be added to that list.
Cat-Transmitted PLAGUE:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8059908
http://www.pagosasun.com/archives/2011/07July...
Tularemia (rabbit-fever, transmissible to humans):
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/health/misce...
http://www.westyellowstonenews.com/news/artic...
Flea-borne Typhus:
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/county-317...
Hookworm -- ruined Miami Businesses:
http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2010-11-24/n...
Even worse, cats' Toxoplasma gondii parasite they spread through their feces into all other animals. This is how it gets into meats and humans get it from meats, cats roaming around stockyards and farms. This is why cats are ROUTINELY destroyed around gestating livestock or important wildlife by shooting or drowning them. So those animals won't suffer from the same things that can happen to the unborn fetus of any pregnant woman.(Miscarriages, still-births, hydrocephaly, and microcephaly.) It can kill you at any time during your life once you've been infected. It becomes a permanent lifetime parasite in your mind, killing you when your immune system becomes compromised. It's now linked to the cause of autism, schizophrenia, and brain cancers. This parasite is now also killing off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastal areas from cats' T. gondii oocysts in run-off from the land.
The disease, contrary to your rants, is usually self limiting and extremely rarely fatal. Compare that with the fatality rates of the hantavirus and bubonic plague that occur when mice and rat populations get out of hand. To rid the world of T. gondii would require the extermination of ALL cat species from the smallest house cats and wildcats to the lions and tigers. Nearly all animals seem to have diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Anthrax kills far more people than t. gondii, so does that mean we should exterminate all grazing animals in the world, the ones who are by far the most likely to spread it to humans? You are singling out one disease from one animal that you have an irrational hatred for. I might take you seriously if it could be shown that cat ownership shortens the average person's lifespan. Statistics have actually shown the opposite. Should we exterminate all wild animals which are most prone to contracting rabies? If one applies your standards for disease spread equally to all animals, there would be virtually nothing left of the animal kingdom by the time we were finished exterminating all species which can harbor diseases harmful to man.

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#115 Mar 4, 2012
I agree that feral cats need to be dealt with and that is a legitimate issue. As for house cats, they carry no more diseases than any other animal.
Clues4Clueless

Pipestone, MN

#116 Mar 4, 2012
flbadcatowner wrote:
<quoted text>You also disregard the fact that cats can only spread T. gondii during a window of about two weeks to one month during their entire lifetime.
Proof positive, that you can't even f***in' read what you are replying to.
Enjoy your bliss of self-inflicted ignorance.
Just don't expect anyone else to wallow in the delusions that keep you happy but astoundingly ignorant.

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#117 Mar 4, 2012
Clues4Clueless wrote:
<quoted text>
Proof positive, that you can't even f***in' read what you are replying to.
Enjoy your bliss of self-inflicted ignorance.
Just don't expect anyone else to wallow in the delusions that keep you happy but astoundingly ignorant.
Ironic that somebody as delusional as you would accuse somebody else of the same. Yes, cats do sometimes carry diseases, but so do many other animals and you maliciously single out cats for your delusional wrath.
StinkyCat

London, UK

#118 Mar 4, 2012
Clues4Clueless wrote:
Correction:
"The article was just restating commonly spread misconceptions about preventive measures that were started by biased and misinformed cat-lovers, and still re-spewed by them today."
That should have been deleted from the previous post. A copy & paste of mine that I used to reply to someone as equally ignorant, deceptive, lying, and stupid as this flbadcatowner moron about an article they had read on T. gondii. Claiming that just washing hands will prevent catching it. THAT'S A LIE.
Still posting your copy/paste deranged drivel? What a dull tool LOL!!

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#119 May 8, 2012
Norskejente wrote:
Whoever reads the cmments from the first poster please know he is a deranged, sadistic monster. Most of what lhe writes is not true!
At the very least, it is extreme;y exaggerated.

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#121 May 9, 2012
Good Cat Dead Cat wrote:
See the story of the 82 pound cat? Not only was his cat loving owner incompetant, but fed this cat to death. It had a heart attack. Much money was wasted on this feline rat including several veterinarians who try to save it. There are no words to describe the stupidity involved and the behavior of all involved. A cat is nothing. Its a plague of human nonsense and idiocy.
1. What does one careless cat owner have to do with the rest of them?
2. If cats are so dangerous to own, why do cat owners tend to live longer than those who do not have pets?
3. Cats are not the only animals with the capacity to spread disease. Consider Cattle who can spread anthrax, foot and mouth disease, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy to name just a few.

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#123 May 15, 2012
And then what happened wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks for the stool sample.
You are the stool sample.

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#124 May 15, 2012
And then what happened wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks for the stool sample.
Cat owners tend to live longer than non-cat owners.
www.wisegeek.com/is-it-true-that-pet-owners-l...

There are 15 cattle diseases (some potentially deadly) that can be passed on to humans.
pubs.ext.vt.edu/400/400-460/400-460.html

Who is submitting the stool samples? Certainly not me.

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#126 May 16, 2012
Good Cat Dead Cat wrote:
<quoted text>
Go clean the litter box cat slave.
I guess that means you ha no rebuttal for what I posted.

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