Crazy cat ladies.
It’s one of many common negative associations with people who own cats. Especially women. Women who own cats get told on the reg., “you know Snuggles will eat your face after you die alone in your apartment, right?”
But I’m here to defend us. The crazy cat ladies.
Cats are marvelous. They fill our lives with playtime, curiosity and a healthy dose of attitude. They share our hatred of bugs, loud scary nighttime noises and sleeping alone. They cuddle, purr and fall off things with enough regularity that we find them irresistible. Sure, they might also nibble on a rotting corpse after a few days but that’s simply incentive to avoid bite-sized snacks and extended days in bed, alone, watching Breaking Bad.
As cat people, we know deep down that our cats are just like every cat ever in the history of the world. Our cat naps in an impossibly uncomfortable looking position (adorable) and wakes us up with a slap to the face each morning (annoying, but still pretty cute). This is just like your cat, and your friends’ cat and your mom’s cat. But just like parents with chubby preteens hell-bent on playing soccer, we’re still going to proudly show off pictures and make noises like “squeee!” and “oooooo” every time they do something perfectly ordinary.
Honestly, anyone who “doesn’t like cats,” simply hasn’t spent enough time around one to form a connection. Cats exhibit empathy, get annoyed, make rational connections and are generally much smarter than I always expect. A cat could fully learn the same tricks that dogs learn, but they make the conscious choice to stare with murder eyes at the stupid treat you’re offering and then leave the room abruptly.
It’s that exact self-confidence and independence that makes crazy cat ladies everywhere swoon. From dawn till night, we’re jumping through hoops, succeeding and striving and people-pleasing until we think we’ll collapse in on ourselves like that sinkhole that swallowed a bunch of cars last week. From work to relationships and friendships to parents and personal goals, we don’t simply walk away or lie down for a nap. It’s refreshing to see the exact opposite in action. It gives us strength. You go Glen Coco.
So the next time you’re tempted to defriend someone over their cat pics or leave an aggressively angry comment on a YouTube video; think about the lessons and love that little tabby represents. There’s a lot more going on there than, “Kitty Jumping into Soda Box.”