So, you tell me that you don’t like cats. I find that very strange. Cats are THE THING on the Internet nowadays. You can’t get away from the thousands of pictures posted everyday. Cat videos rake in millions of views per year. How could you not fall in love with this?
However, according to an article I just read, there are historic and scientific reasons for your disinterest in all things feline. Just like for all those cilantro haters (um, I’m one of those) out there, sometimes there are reasons beyond your control for hating something everyone else seems to love. (Not that we cat lovers would EVER understand that, but I guess we can try.)
Studies show that some people have a psychological disposition towards cats. It seems that cat lovers are psychologically different than canine lovers. Well, that poses a problem. If I like both, does that mean that part of me is psychologically different than another part? I could end up being very confused! Guess I’ll figure that out later. According to the research, “dog people were generally about 15% more extroverted and 13% more agreeable”. These figures point to slight differences in personality, giving the cat haters the more outgoing personality. It further distinguishes between the types of people: “Dog people were 11% more conscientious than cat people. Conscientiousness is a tendency to show self-discipline, to complete tasks and aim for achievement. The trait shows a preference for planned rather than spontaneous behavior.” (This must mean that I’m an outgoing introvert that likes planned spontaneous behavior)???
Yes, cats are more likely to cause allergic reactions than dogs. Some people can’t handle that at all, even with medication. I take allergy shots because I’m not about to give up my cats. Cats in the ancient Egyptian culture were treated as demi-gods, but Medieval Europe regarded them as a source of the plague. (You just can’t please everyone) They’ve always been considered predators which is okay as far as rats and mice, but not with birds. Some species have been eliminated entirely because of feral cats.
You may not like cats, you may hate cats, but they really don’t care! For example, you have cats with the same attitude as Grumpy Cat.
Okay, Grumpy Cat, that’s enough of your negative attitude. That certainly won’t change people’s minds about liking cats. In the meantime, us cat lovers will enjoy our delightful little creatures and look forward to the time spent with them.
As for people who hate cats:
Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty. Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night. Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667