I found a very cute kitten but I cant keep her. So I started to ask my neighbors if they lost her or wanted her. I was a little disturbed by the responses that I got. Apparently cat people think dogs are ok. But for the most part dog lovers absolutely hate cats. And they are so verbal about it. They say things like I would just take it and drown it or I have a shotgun that would get rid of it. I am horrified at some people's blatantly cruel statements about cats. But these same people treat their dogs like humans. Why do dog people hate cats so much.
My personal experience with "dog people" who hate cats is because cats don't show blink loyalty, even in the face of abuse or neglect like dogs more often do. And these "dog people" often do treat dogs they way they treat humans, but that isn't necessarily a good thing.
On the other hand, I know many people who may prefer dogs as pets, but don't dislike cats as a whole. Many of these dog owners have cats as well as dogs, so I think it is unfair to stereotype all "dog people" as being cat haters.
Yeah, I agree. A cat hater is a cat hater, and not necessarily a dog lover. The disturbing part is when people who hate cats think it's okay to harm them like you described. And, I agree about what nancyjac said about abuse. I have seen such with my own eyes, and I've seen such on Animal Planet when I was still able to watch Animal Planet. I can't afford to now. The thing is, anyone who is going to readily abuse animals of any sort is very likely abusive to other people, little kids and the elderly in particular as they are the most vulnerable in our society.
I don't think it's dog people versus cat people as much as it is about people who want exclusive control over another being, even to the point of abuse, including other people. So, I definitely agree with nancyjac over this one.
In fact, I know some dog owners who have a dog because of their really liking dogs more and there simply being a one pet policy where we live. Some really like both, but they just like dogs more. Such people are alright in my book. I know one lady who has a min-pin, which is small like a cat, and she takes him everywhere and talks to him like another person and treats him very well. And, I know she isn't really a cat hater. She just prefers dogs more. But, I've never seen her mistreat that cute little dog of hers.
It's definitely about the people who want to be over controlling and abusive and not so much cat people versus dog people or dog people versus cat people. In fact, many of the people on the cat forum have a couple of each and are probably on the dog forum as much as they are the cat forum.
I'll echo the sentiments above...some people are just haters, period.
When Anita got to Norwich, the military college we both went to in Vermont, Prof. S. (her academic ad visor) gave her advice on dating, and about who she should consider getting serious about; "a man who likes cats will respect you, because a man who likes cats will see you as an individual."
I think cat haters can not tolerate the idea that a little critter is its own being and will not slavishly come when a demand is made.
I like dogs, but prefer cats, have always been in a cat family. If I was to get a dog, it would be a smaller one, like a Corgi, Lakeland or Fox Terrier, one with a bit of mind of its own. (like a cat ,-)
Good luck in placing the kitten; fortunately our county animal shelter has a very good adoption rate for felines of all ages.
My wife's family has had both cats and dogs. My wife is in a program to help rehabilitate rescued dogs so that they are adoptable, which I wholeheartedly support (in fact, she's at a session as I type).
Oh I didnt mean to stereotype all dog people as being cat haters at all. In fact I grew up with dogs and have a dog right now. But there are people out there who are very lovely people in the rest of their lives that absolutely hate cats. And the people that I have met like this almost all have a dog. I know that some people just prefer dogs to cats and dont have any hatred towards cats. And there are some people that are just haters. Some people dont like animals at all. Some dont like and abuse people and animals. But lately, I have run across people (even members of my own family) that really despise cats. I mean its vicious. And these same people are very sweet people in every other part of their lives. One of my bosses is the nicest person I know but he cant stand cats. All these people just happen to own dogs. I dont believe one of them is abusive to any animal or person. But the way they talk about cats is just offensive. If I said the same thing about a puppy they would think I was the worse person on earth. And of course, I would never even think of saying these things about any living creature. There are just some people that really really just hate cats. And Im just saying that the ones I have talked to lately are very nice people and not all abusive to anyone or anything and just happen to own dogs. I have the sweetest dog on earth. So I dont mean to put down dog owners in general. I shouldnt have said that, "for the most part dog lovers absolutely hate cats" I just have never heard a cat person talk about dogs that way. Sorry if I offended anyone.
I don't think anyone took offense, we got what you meant.....and I think all of us on here are genuine animal lovers, dogs, cats, birds even a donkey.....I can't imagine anyone abusing any animal, ever!!
thanks for the post and please drop by anytime....♥
I have an older sibling whose family have two dogs and two cats.
Before we had Catalina, what I had heard was dogs were loyal and gave you unconditional love. I think I'd also seen the saying that dogs have owners, cats have staff.
I think some don't like the attitude of cats they've witnessed. Perhaps with some people, since cat hating seems to be trendy (with certain individuals), they feel free to say things like that. Maybe some are ignorant of the qualities of at least some cats. And some, like a family member who agreed for the sake of we who wanted a cat to allow one in our home, seem to have an aversion to cats because of things like the litter box, the fur they leave behind all over their domain (long haired cat), the scooting, the laying in the path and I don't know what all... maybe they would also have an aversion to a dog in the house too.
I wanted a little lap dog, but my sister wanted a cat (and with an unfenced yard, a cat was better for our home). So, if we were going to get a cat, I wanted a cat that would sit on my lap. I learned from my older sibling's family that a cat can show affection too. As someone who really didn't remember much the time we briefly had an outdoor cat when I was a kid, I think I would have considered myself more of a dog person, because of the love they give, though I wasn't opposed to cats.
But I have learned that a cat can love their guardian. Now, our own Catalina, whom we got in Oct. 2009, has licked me a few times. She follows me around and wants to be near me. She sometimes will come sit on my lap when I motion to her. She will wait patiently for me outside a bedroom/bathroom door. Sometimes though, she will knock on a door with her paw when she's hungry. She will come to get me when my mom lets her up from the basement instead of me letting her up, because she wants me there to pet her while she eats breakfast.
But if she still had her front claws, I don't think I'd love her as much (which I do loads), because many a time she has swiped at me & I would have gotten scratched... perhaps the clawing of furniture, rugs, patio door glass (outdoor cat has done this to our back door), and clawing of people, etc. is a reason why some have such an aversion to cats?
Thanks for the answers. I was just a little disgusted with the comments I got when I tried to give away such a sweet little kitty. I dont own my home and I already have 4 cats in the house. This is way too many already as far as some people are concerned. Otherwise, I would love to just keep her. She hasnt been accepted by the outdoor cats and she is terrified of our dog. So my husband plans to give her to someone who wants barn cats in the country. He will give her away when I go on vacation on Sat. I agree that many people just dont understand cats. They dont realize that they can be just as affectionate as dogs. I have taken food out for our cats outside and even though they are hungry, they will come and want to be petted before they eat sometimes. They love to be loved. I love all animals. Ok I dont love all animals. I dont love rats, snakes, spiders, possums or bats. But I love most others. I just wish everyone could see that cats are not stuck up, they are dignified. Thanks again.
I love cats and I am a dog person, never had a cat till my Tweety found me , in fact I hadn't had an animal since I lost my dog,way back .I was brought up with a father that dislike d cats to the point of nutiness and a mom who adored every living creature ,I take after my mom I am glad to say . I don't like the cat's predatory ways ,it has upset me many times she tries to get every hummingbird she can, but I am aware of this now and I have rescued many ..I have shown her by a firm NO each time and a scuffle to get the bird, lizard, mouse, she isn't as bad as she was. But I think cats are so smart, I didn't realise how clever they are, I would go as far as to say far more intelligent than the dogs were ...
Tweety was fortunate to have found you Margy!! have you ever thought to maybe 'bell' him so the birds have a warning?....just use a collar with an escape latch that easily will come open in case Tweety should ever become caught(thats the only reason I hate collars on outdoor kitties...)♥
Yes, I have come across some weirdos who think it's okay to say offensive things about how they jump for joy at the sight of a dead cat at the side of the road or that some poor cat got hurt. But, such would cry if the same were to happen to a dog. I don't really understand why someone would think such offensive speech would impress themselves upon me. Such speech is just so hateful. I've even tried to reason with the last one who spoke such things to me. I tried to tell the last person who said such hateful things about cats that it just didn't make sense, because most cats who don't know a stranger are going to go in the opposite direction and not bother a person who doesn't like cats. This is especially true if the cat is outside. I mean, we've all walked down a sidewalk and come across an extraverted cat that will be all affectionate to whoever walks by who will give it the time of the day, but most cats don't do this with strangers. So, I asked the person why it made sense to hate cats to such a degree. You know, even the last person I tried to use this line of reasoning said that she knew that her extreme hatred of cats didn't really make sense. It didn't change anything with the one individual, but it did soften the attitude of others.
I know still others who don't really like cats but who still respect the lives of all living creatures and would never think that it would be alright to speak so offensively or to act so offensively towards any living creature.
I have a nice neighbor who admitted she has a deep fear of cats. No logic to a phobia.
It is one aspect of the superstitions and myths that possibly are embeded in the collective consciousness or unconsciousness....i dunno.
The library has a grand video that traces the history of cats ...explaining their first appearances with humans. Dogs as human friends are an ancient reality: cats took another couple of centuries to admit us to their lives.
Cats are not pack animals. Dogs will dote on their humans, or survive in the wild ...in a pack. Cats...not so much..lol.
And has been noted cats and dogs can live peacefuly together.
Personally...I have seen what I view as a slight bias against cats when I peruse the pet stores. More for doggies...lol. I had a heck of a time finding a good carrier as well as a few necessary items for Diego when he first came to live with me. Just saying:).
We carry on. Pip....I discontinued seeing a fellow who was interested in me....when I heard his comments about cats....know for sure if a man loves me..he will love my cat!
I hope he looks over the other barn cat(s) if they have any already before giving it to the individuals in the country. We live in a rural community and there are people nearby with a barn who don't seem to care that much about their cat(s). They have one that has had offspring that have died I believe, looked sick or hungry. And I think I saw pretty recently that same dock-tailed female that we were told belonged to the people with the barn looking like she might be pregnant again.
Right on: "Love me. Love my cat." After all, it's a package deal, right?
I've noticed similar things in pet stores. Not sure why, since cats are becoming more popular as pets in the city I live in than dogs. And, I'm sure it might be simply because cats are so much easier to care for than dogs. Yet, I'm still noticing far fewer choices available for cats the same as you. A huge section devoted to dogs, and maybe a fourth of the area in the store devoted to cats. Go figure.
yes Opus I have wondered about a bell ..my DD sent me an electronic one from UK but she threw it off and gnawed it,I do worry about the getting hooked up as she is a big time climber,the hummingbirds are attracted to my geraniums, and the silly dear little thing , fly and hover really low and stay there , I never thought I would hold one , but with her catching them I have been able to,they are beautiful and they look at you , I will get a pic next time which hopefully wont happen ... I must tell you on my story telling group, about some bees I have found and befriended ...another story ..
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