Often people are one or the other… in terms of their feelings about pets, hence the terms “dog person,” “cat person.” Frankly, as a rare “both person,” I often wonder, the way I do about the East Coast/West Coast rap rivalry, why can’t we all just get along?
Unfortunately, we never can. Well, not until dog people are willing to see the cat people’s side? What makes that endeavor harder is that most people who aren’t cat people are actually anti-cat people.
They’re wondering what’s enjoyable about having an animal that doesn’t know it’s name. Which (for all you anti-cat people) is not true, they know their names, they just choose to ignore you when you use them, so that you’re always aware, they have the upper hand… paw.
Cat people are also the victims of ruthless discrimination and stereotyping. In which cat people are believed to be: losers, uncool, lazy, empty nesters, old maids substituting cats for children … BLOGGERS. Cat people are thought to be creepy collectors of felines or feline replicas: sculptures, wood carvings, tee shirts, meme pics… And if they’re men, they don’t make good husbands because they’ll probably confess to you years into marriage that they are in fact, gay.
These things are rarely true. Except the meme pics, I think we can all agree that they’re worth liking and sharing.
And in defense of marrying cat people, I married one and I’ve only caught him with another man once. (Kidding. It was twice. Kidding) Anyhoo, I remember being a bit concerned when my hubs told me he grew up with a cat, but what I realized is that he’s much like a cat himself - self-sufficient, extremely confident verging on down right cocky, he doesn’t need reassurance to know where he stands, he bathes himself, he rarely listens when you call, comes to you when you shake a bag of treats, and is otherwise content to have time to read, relax, and nap in the sunny spot.
Most of us are dogs. We want constant love, attention, and affection. That’s why so few of us “get” cats or why they have people, but those who do, are aware of some universal truths. Here are just a few to help bridge the gap:
• Cats are often cutest when they do things non-cat people would find annoying like, climbing on our keyboards while we type, our counters while we prepare school lunches, and our sinks to drink directly from the faucet while we attempt to brush our teeth.
• Cats are welcome anywhere in our homes from our kitchen tables (while we’re having dinner) to our stomachs (while we’re sleeping) to our bathrooms to walk back and forth rubbing our legs (while we do our business).
• Cats are given permission to slap and bat at any other animal or human that lives in our houses because it’s really funny to watch. They can also eat fish our children win at fairs, with little recourse, as we were stupid enough to take the fish home in the first place.
• Cat people must, and do, appreciate all humorous cat foils or tom(cat)foolery, for the sheer pleasure of pointing it out to everyone in the household, or video taping it and posting it on youtube. This includes but is not limited to:
- Shoving their paws under a door in an attempt to reach something on the other side.
- Managing to carefully walk through a menagerie of crystal picture frames or Limoges boxes and finding a place to rest among them without ever so much as brushing one with a long whisker.
- Maneuvering themselves into the most unexpected places, top shelves, barely opened drawers, behind the washer, (I’ve watched mine actually jump into the refrigerator).
I hope that helped to bring us closer and if there’s an awards show where cats and dogs win something, I hope we can cross the aisle during commercials and do a shot together!
(In loving memory of my beautiful cat Coco who was taken way too young… I miss you waiting for me at the door, meowing in my face at night, and begging for turkey each morning when I make the kids their lunch.)