Cats and Dogs

Cats and Dogs

DVD - 2011
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National Geographic explores the genetic journey of cats and dogs and examines the amazing relationship that has evolved over the years between people and these animals.


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Dec 09, 2011

This is a compilation of programs that were not initially shown as a TV series, but rather individually over several decades. Definitely worth the watch as it provides a real look at the impact of humans on the development on each of these species, the impact of neglect on each of these species and the feral cat / dogs and how each of these are addressed. I also appreciated the in-depth look at how cats the roam impact the environment by destroying sensitive species (Autralia & NZ) to a study analyzing cat hunting habits, and their impact on local wildlife. It's one thing to know cats hunt, but it's another thing to see the impact it has - including how many wild birds and animals end up at sanctuaries that cannot be saved. It was ironic to see how the "scientist" believed she could control her cat's hunting impact by only letting it out at specific times of the day. Either way, a great set of videos, very instructive.

Nov 14, 2011

Two programs on this disk are dedicated to cats. The first one looks at their genetics and when they first self-domesticated. I watched a bit of the first dog show, and it revealed how the dog breeding industry evolved from the eugenics (pure and perfect humane race) movement.
The second cat program was very harsh on cats, discussing in a biased way the impact of cats on the environment in the USA (birds, rodents), New Zealand (birds), and Australia (where the aboriginees eat them as a food source.). The second program failed to address how the irradication of cats in the middle ages led to the spread of the bubonic plague, killing 25 million Europeans. It fails to present how Trap, Neuter, Release programs allows for a gradual reduction in population. Also, it fails to note that when cat populations decrease, rodent populations increase, and these can also harm birds. Finally, it fails to address how humans have a far greater impact on birds than do cat-kills. Very biased. I'd give the fist segment on cat genetics a 5 star, but the second segment one or two stars at best.


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