posted on Feb, 4 2013 @ 04:13 PM
Originally posted by butcherguy
Originally posted by SheeplFlavoredAgain
reply to post by butcherguy
Only a complete slob would make a sandwich on a counter that they even suspect a cat has walked on without cleaning it first. Most cat owners I know
with any sense already have our cats trained to stay off counters, but we still clean our counters before doing food prep work because it is just
smart sanitation to do so and takes just a minute or two. Those of us with kids and cats and dogs (who also have been known to get up on counters and
also lick faucets and even drink out of toilets) make extra effort to keep our kitchens clean.
Let me rephrase this...only a complete slob or most husbands would make a sandwich on a counter that....(insert the rest of the above paragraph here).
I've seen men prepare and eat sandwiches on filthy workshop tables while their hands were grubby with engine grease and God knows what else. Don't
be telling me about no crazy cat ladies and their kitchen counters after how, when and where I've witnessed men eat.
Yes, I guess you have proven that it is not possible for feline poop in a box in your house to transmit disease to a person living in your house.
You do realize that small bits of infected dry fecal matter can become airborne and even find its way into the cupboards and land on a plate,
How about when the cat licks his butt and nuts, then hops into the kitchen sink to lick the faucet? (I've watched cats do it, even when they have a
bowl full of water to drink) I guess only slobs get a drink of water from the sink without disinfecting it each time they use it, eh?
know that there is a certain amount of ground up insects including roaches and rodent fecal matter in most foods we consume (unless we take great
pains to grow everything ourselves and control every aspect of the food from seedling to finished product on our plates. And then there are bugs and
microscopic rodent poop bits and mold spores on pretty much everything we come into contact with.
As a college student I had a job where I saw the warehouses and back storage areas of a wide range of grocery stores along the east coast. Rats rats
everywhere. Dead rats, live rats, baby rats. You would think inspections would keep that from happening. Shockingly it does not. I remember
stepping around a rat carcass sprawled across a drainage grate of some sort in the storage area of a grocery store on the outskirts of Washington, DC.
This was about 25 years ago and I do hope facilities management has improved since then, but I wouldn't be surprised if it hasn't. Not when I can
now see the rats brazenly waddling around outdoors in the parking lots. That sort of thing is such a problem it made the local news more than once.
Yet most of us seem to survive it all. It's the man made crap in our food and water that is making us sick with autoimmune disease and cancers and
endocrine disruption. It is food service workers not washing their hands after using the restroom or taking smoke breaks that transfer a lot of food
borne illness. Or further back in the supply chain, unwise farming practices like using poop as fertilizer or having field workers defecate in the
fields they are working, or sometimes, it is just the way it rolls with produce...they trap bacteria from the environment in their leaves. It just
happens and the produce just wasn't cleaned off well enough somewhere along the line.
I know we obsess over toxoplasmosis, but you can get that from undercooked meats, especially pork. When I was pregnant I was tested for this disease
and didn't show any sign in antibody testing that I'd ever even been exposed to it despite my work with hundreds of cats over the course of ten
But go ahead and obsess about cats...one aspect of all the many things that make life gritty and messy. Yes, it was gross that your ex's cat pooped
outside the litter box. Yes go ahead and feel sick about it, I would too if my cats peed on my child's backpacks...I would certainly not send my
child to school in such a sorry state. You have every right to want to avoid cats after that sort of experience. But try to understand extending your
point of view to condemning all cat owners and all cats based on the weird standards and behavior of your ex is a bit...much. I like you overall in
other parts of ATS, which is why I took a light tone with you, and I think you are capable of being fair and balanced to quote Fox. But in this case
you have a very strong bias that colors your posts to a degree that makes it hard to meet you part way.