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Old 06-11-2011, 03:15 AM   #21
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They don't hunt in groups, but felis domesticus is pretty social.
That's Felis catus, for those of you following this at home.
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Old 06-11-2011, 04:45 AM   #22
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Domestic cats definitely hunt in pairs, including dividing the prey.
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So remember, if your cat leaves a mouse carcass on your pillow, that's just sharing.
No Anthony. It's a sign your cat is trying to kill you.
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Old 06-11-2011, 04:57 AM   #23
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I can't add anything to RL examples but check out the Kzin from Larry Nivan's Known Space. He has been writing in that setting since the early 60s.
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Old 06-11-2011, 07:06 AM   #24
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No Anthony. It's a sign your cat is trying to kill you.
Then the joke will be on my cat. I'll taste like broiled chicken (What would you taste like to a cannibal, same page), and my cat doesn't like broiled chicken.
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:42 PM   #25
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That's Felis catus, for those of you following this at home.
I gave up on that a long time ago. Same thing with Canis lupus, really. Nobody who isn't a vertebrate biologist actually cares or will believe you.

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Old 06-11-2011, 03:35 PM   #26
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That's Felis catus, for those of you following this at home.
Felis domesticus is what I learned in 9th grade, and I haven't had a biology class since. Wikipedia suggests there's some momentum behind Felis silvestris catus as well.
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Old 06-11-2011, 04:57 PM   #27
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I gave up on that a long time ago. Same thing with Canus lupus, really. Nobody who isn't a vertebrate biologist actually cares or will believe you.
Canis lupus.

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Felis domesticus is what I learned in 9th grade
I'm afraid that that reflects poorly on your ninth grade teacher, though perhaps this is not the time and place for a digression on the rules of nomenclature.
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Old 06-11-2011, 05:04 PM   #28
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though perhaps this is not the time and place for a digression on the rules of nomenclature.
Yes. I'm still vainly waiting for evolutionary taxonomists to make up their minds and all agree, and then explain what they have finally decided upon to the rest of us :-)
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Old 06-11-2011, 05:06 PM   #29
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Yes. I'm still vainly waiting for evolutionary taxonomists to make up their minds and all agree, and then explain what they have finally decided upon to the rest of us :-)
What? And put themselves out of a job?
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Old 06-11-2011, 05:07 PM   #30
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My housecat used to leave the carcasses of deadly snakes on the front doorstep, but I couldn't decide if it was a tasteless joke or just boasting.
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