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National Geographic Classics: Cats & Dogs [Import]

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I am quite selective when it comes to documentaries-and when I get a good one I immensely enjoy it, but this is not one of these films. As I much prefer a cuddly cat to a drooling dog (no offense to all dog lovers!), I was more interested in the feline half of the program. However I was very disappointed...so much so that I had to turn it off half way through. I couldn't even bring myself to finish watching. National Geographic has gone downhill over the past few years in quality and accuracy of content.

Instead of focusing on observable science....studying the details such as the cats hearing, balance, behaviour, breeding, eyesight, hunting ability etc, it made the focus to be the scientists, and their opinions--which often also sounded asumptuous--complete with ever annoying close ups of "Dr. So-and-so from the college university of profound-and-majestic sciences" etc...This is so annoying that there are no words to describe it. I also grew agitated that they blew the domestic house cat’s hunting habit out of proportion. I rolled my eyes when they were going on about all the "poor little mice and rabbits" that cats kill, when the fact is that rabbits and mice will breed OUT OF CONTROL if they are not controlled. We need cats to do this.

It also made all house cats out to be these "ruthless killers of small animals", without considering the percentage of our house cats that in general don’t hunt like this, such as Ragdolls, Persians, Scottish folds, etc. Siamese on the other hand, for example ARE avid hunters. I have had 15+ years (half my life) experience raising, observing, enjoying and training cats.

I was hoping that they would keep the cat/dog the centre of attention...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting - June 10 2012
By Loyd E. Eskildson - Published on Amazon.com
One of the topics addressed in this series (3 discs in the version I viewed) is the origin of both species. The segment on the origin on cats was a bit confusing - first asserting they originated in Turkey, then Egypt. In either case, cats were persecuted unmercifully during the Middle Ages, to mankind's enormous detriment. The rat population soared, and about 25 million died in the Bubonic Plague. The program also tells us that cats adopted man, and maintain a bit of wildness to this day.

Dogs, we learn, have the greatest variation of any mammal. About 80% of all breeds were not available 130 years ago; all dog breeds share 99.8% of their genes. Specialty breeds have the least variation and about 25% suffer from inbreeding. Curing those problems and others (eg. cancer) within dogs may bring hope for humans as well. The first evidence of breeding appears about 5,000 years ago in Egypt. Humans can see better than dogs, cats hear better than dogs, but dogs have the best sense of smell.
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked some of this Aug. 11 2014
By Mickey - Published on Amazon.com
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Hmmm. I liked some of this, I would say; however, I and my family were disappointed about the information on cats. Somebody doesn't have much regard for what cats have been through. They barely mentioned the middle ages, and did not mention at all the torment cats have endured in even more recent years. This could have been okay, had they not bedeviled them for being predators.

While it is true that some cats are more inclined to hunt than others, not all cats are like the ones described in the portion that was using this disc set to "teach" us how "wicked" our cats are. Nor did anyone mention that with normal circumstances cats tend to get the weaker animals. (They tell us this about all those mean wild animals, right? They get the weaker animals!

I have heard some horror stories about birds too, and certainly about mice and rats. I have had cats all my life, and only one was an avid hunter. This normal predatory behavior was encouraged when we moved into a house and area where mice and rats were a problem. She caught a mouse often and laid it at the front door, but this did not happen in the other half dozen places we lived while we had her. I finally had to have my place exterminated. I hated it. I love animals, and do not like exterminating anything, but we had a new baby coming and there was just no other way.

My point is that there are things one can do with cats, as with any other animal, to keep them out of trouble, but I heard nothing of this. On and on this filming of "little helpless animals" these cats were destroying. How about the good cats have done? How about what good companions they are? How about giving what was advertised? They mentioned how cats chose us; well that story was short-lived, I have already mentioned the scarcity of information about how the superstitious hated (especially black) cats. Not only was there story short about the middle ages, but when I was a youngster, it was common to find cats with things tied to their tails, rubber bands on tails, bags of baby kittens in fields or beside roads. Once this guy we knew ran over a sack of live baby kittens, with the tractor. Heart-sickening!

I love dogs as much as anyone, but they can be pests; they can kill too. Animals need to be trained, and even more important, they need to be kept occupied, or they get into mischief. Dogs suck eggs, kill chickens, harass live stock, leave their calling cards on people's lawns. They can hurt children, and adults. They dig; they can be noisy, etc. I always have a dog, and always had a cat too, until I moved to the desert. I have had two dogs and one cat, and have had two big dogs and three cats., Right now I have one little dog.

Maybe we could have less about show dogs/special breeds, and more about rescued dogs. And how about telling the folks about some of the newer shelters, like the one in Portland, Or. where cats live in harmony, and dogs are not infested with ticks and fleas.

Can you tell that I was disappointed. You bet I was. Now, probably some folks will have even more reason for not liking cats. Please understand that it is the owner's responsibility to have pets that are not destructive, but animals are animals. Think about all the destruction and mayhem man has caused, and is still causing. Of course, the imprisoned ones are not polluting the water, soil and air- killing much that live and breathe, as much as we who are free, so......should we all be kept inside? I may have upset someone here, but let's hear the whole story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great videos Dec 26 2013
By J. Coughlin - Published on Amazon.com
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Love these Nat Geo videos and to get 6 of them on one disk is fantastic! Some are better than others but good deal for the money.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's raining CATS and DOGS in my Blu-ray player! Love it! Aug. 12 2014
By "T=H=E --- 'Older Than Dirt' --- Time Traveller" - Published on Amazon.com
Just love them kitties and puppies... and it's Nat'l Geo'... so you KNOW it's as good as "good" gets!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANIMALS ARE TEACHERS. April 30 2013
By R. G. LEWIS - Published on Amazon.com
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ANIMALS CAN SOOTH AND COMFORT YOU WHEN YOU ARE DOWN. THEY HAVE A PERCEPTION OF HUMAN FEELINGS . IF WE LEARN TO WATCH AND OBSERVE HOW OUR PETS REACT WHEN WE HURT OR FEEL BAD. IE: I HAVE A YR OLD FIXED FEMALE TABBY. I HAVE A PINCHED NERVE IN MY ARM WHICH ACTS UP NOW AND THEN. ONE DAY I YELLED WHEN IT DID {LAYING IN BED} SHE JUMPED UP NEXT TO ME AND LOOKED AT MY FACE, SAYING I'LL KILL IT, BIT MY ARM, PAIN GONE BY THEN, AND CALMLY WALKED AWAY. SOMETHING HAD HURT ME AND SHE GOT RID OF IT, CRAZY - BUT TRUE.
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