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Old 08-04-2013, 21:15
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I asked a colleague if they had any pets and she said 'no - do you have any?' so I said two cats. She says 'I would never have cats in the house - they have fleas and they are dirty and bring in germs'. I left the concersation there wisely but I have heard this before from people that cats are unhygenic. What strikes me is that with all the 'dirt and germs' I never catch anything from them, however with people I have had in the last year:

Warts on fingertips from a door security pad at work
Athletes foot at the swiming pool
A bad bout of flu from some nit who came into work ill to show how much he cared.
Upset stomach after shaking visitors hands and forgetting to wash mine after.
Evil B.O. / halitosis from the storesman

In my experience humans seem to have an entourage of germs and smells following them about and cats are much cleaner - even with the fleas and licking!

So, which are generally less dirt and germ ridden - cats or people?
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:17
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My cat always smells wonderful. She doesn't use deodorant either.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:18
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Its also a fact that cats will steal the breath of sleeping children (especially babies). They are associated with evil for a reason.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:19
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Cats generally look after themselves very well without any human intervention , they are a naturally clean animal -- if they have a failing it is that outdoor cats need treatment for worms -- just a couple of drops of anti worm on the rear of the neck every so often .
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:19
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Its also a fact that cats will steal the breath of sleeping children (especially babies). They are associated with evil for a reason.
Great Stephen King three parter about that. Proved it wasn't true as I remember.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:20
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No more or less hygienic than most housepets really. As long as you clean regularly and keep the cats deflead then its not a problem.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:22
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Dead ones are pretty rank.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:23
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My cat spends half his life preening himself. He is spotless
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:24
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My neighbour's cat always smells of Lenor as she (the cat) likes to sleep in the ironing basket.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:27
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I love cats, at least they burry their own shite
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:28
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My cat spends half his life preening himself. He is spotless
So does mine
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:30
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I love cats, at leats they burry their own shite
Some do. Some don't.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:30
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My neighbour's cat always smells of Lenor as she (the cat) likes to sleep in the ironing basket.
or maybe they put her in with the wash..
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:30
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I love cats, at least they burry their own shite
They don't in our garden.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:30
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Dead ones are pretty rank.
Oh you and your "no dead cats on the sofa" rule.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:31
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Some do. Some don't.
They also dont tend to shit in their own garden
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:37
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They also dont tend to shit in their own garden
No, that's true. Lucky old cat owners, eh?
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:41
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I love cats, at least they burry their own shite
They don't have to do it in my bluddy garden though! They sometimes do it on the lawn as well. I hate the little buggers.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:43
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I have four cats, actually that should be there are four cats here that allow me to think I own them, and they're as clean as anything. In fact, if they're not eating or sleeping they're cleaning themselves.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:46
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People always comment on how clean my cat Jess is and how she keeps her white tummy and paws so white

She smells of awesome as well, which she bloody should seeing as she never stops washing herself
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:46
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well they lick their bum instead of using toilet paper.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:47
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They don't have to do it in my bluddy garden though! They sometimes do it on the lawn as well. I hate the little buggers.
Do you not have any flower beds?
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:48
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Do you not have any flower beds?
Yes, it's the flower beds where they do it and cover it up.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:48
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I don't actually care. Been far more damaged by people than any cat could possibly do.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:48
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Cats used to/still have a bad name because of toxoplasmosis - but the fears are utterly unfounded (you're actually much more likely to catch toxoplasma gondii from uncooked meat or other sources)

http://www.cats.org.uk/toxo

Of course it may be completely unrelated to this.. some people hate all animals and think they are all 'dirty', 'unhygienic' etc. when they clearly aren't.. but that's people for you!
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