before you go on a rampage after reading the title, finish reading the post first. I like animals, I don’t intend to create wars between cat lovers and dog lovers. the idea of writing this post has come up several months ago, but I always delay writing it, because I am the biggest procrastinator in the world.
Personally I prefer cats than dogs. the blog title speaks for itself. I don’t know why I am drawn so much to cats; probably because I was frequently exposed to cats earlier in my life. the fact that cats are low maintenance is a plus. for me, cats are prissy, independent, playful, aloof, and extra cute. when I grow old, I will probably be the crazy cat lady, minus the hoarding.
cats and dogs have their own special traits, some people find either or neither of them fascinating. it’s perfectly normal, just like someone drawn into a person with certain traits. I get that dogs do things cats simply won’t do, like fetching newspaper or sandals. it’s also often said that dogs views their owners as their master, and cats view their owners as roommates. I don’t mind that. practicality is also often a factor, such as when someone lives in small apartment, dogs certainly aren’t suitable for him since dog needs larger space for its well-being. what I don’t get is, some people really insist that cats and dogs compete each other, and since I am a cat person, the ones who obnoxiously blabbering about how dogs are better than cats disturbs me a great deal. why must compare dog to cat? it’s like comparing apple to orange. why not compare dog to gerbil, lizard, bird, fish, tarantula, or currently popular sugar glider?
however, I can’t help but being disturbed each time someone mentions that cats are useless, or that they love dogs because dogs are one useful animal. why is it disturbing? here, I give you an analogy. you possess a smartphone, and you love it because it is useful. the clue is, a smartphone is a thing; an animal isn’t. they aware of their surroundings, they respond to outside stimulants, they can feel happiness, pain, sadness, love, threat, or anything else to some extent. surprise, surprise, they are alive, just like you and me right now. when you adopt a cat, dog, bird, or other less conservative pets, they become part of your family. yes, you care for them, but they still are not your property. I highly doubt people who say they love dogs because dogs are useful: able to fetch things, can be trained as rescue dog, can entertain you, et cetera. if something you love has to be useful in order to receive love from you, certainly you have a weird (not in a good sense) concept of love. congratulations. you take advantage of sweet, poor innocent dog who believes you love him as much as he loves you.
surprise, surprise, people can love something just because of itself! even though some cats are really prissy, I honestly don’t give a single F.
apparently, some people also make a big deal out of the concept that ‘dogs views their owners as their master, and cats view their owners as roommates’ as the reason to hate cats or convincing people that dogs are better than cats. for me, these people have big ego and narcissistic tendency that is satisfied by having control over something. that’s disturbing. yes, you need to control your pets to an extent to maintain its well-being, your well-being, and others’ well being. for example, you need to vaccinate your pet to avoid the odd that whole community is infected by rabies carried by your pet. when you love your pets because they worship you like you are their god, you also have weird, not in a good sense, concept of love. no one can guarantee you won’t do the same in your relationship with other human. manipulative traits are hugely avoided in any relationship. lucky (or poor them?) that your pets can’t talk… because if you treat your human partner like that, you’ll either be dumped or be in a session with a counselor to manage your control issue. I truly believe one could predict how a person really treats other people by knowing how that person treats animals. remind you, you don’t even have to like animals to treat them well. just letting them live without wishing terrible torture done upon them is enough.
as for some ‘dog persons’ or non dog persons who claim to have deep rooted hatred toward cats for asinine reasons like cats are stupid, useless, or no reasons at all… I hope you have some patience. cats can sense your hatred. when you are in the same room with them, they will walk towards you and rub their fur against your legs, just for the sake of pissing you off. that’s one of the reasons why I absolutely love cats.