Why “Cat People” Deserve a Break

I seriously brace myself when I tell someone I’m a “cat person” for the first time. I’ve been this way my whole life. 90 percent of the time the reaction from the other person goes like this:

(in a snotty, disapproving voice) “Really? I’m more of a dog person.”

(in an irritated voice while they snap cheap gum) “I don’t care for cats. I’m allergic.”

(in a rude voice with a dead pan face) “I hate cats.”

What would happen if I said I hated dogs?? Oh, I’ll tell you what would happen. I would get jumped and all my best craft scissors would be used to cut holes in my fave mint hoodie! (Before you get too nerved up, don’t worry. I like dogs so this scenario will never happen.) But seriously, how come people can freely say they hate cats but no one can say they hate dogs? Whenever I say I like cats more than dogs, I make the other person have a perplexed look on their face…which means I have to explain myself.

IS THERE ANYTHING WORSE THAN HAVING TO EXPLAIN YOUR LOVE FOR CATS TO SOMEONE WHO HAS ALREADY JUDGED YOU? The answer, my friend, is no!! No. No. No. The good thing is that 10 percent of the time the other person does indeed appreciate and love cats. Then you instantly have a special connection with that person, which is great!

mixieTime out: This is my cat, Mixie. She’s fifteen, fiesty, and loves sleeping (pictured above).

Maybe some of us have loved cats since before we could remember. Maybe some of us played house with kittens instead of dolls (OK that happened like twice but it adds drama to my story). Maybe some of us simply like cats and shouldn’t need to defend ourselves.

I know I can’t change the world and make everyone like cats. I hate all reptiles. That won’t change. However, I do want dog lovers to give cat lovers a little more slack. We like dogs too! We just like cats…more. All I have to say is thank God for that 10 percent of people who understand me.

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