@pmarin, I don’t hang out with very many people. Acquaintance, coworkers, etc…seems most don’t like acts.
I’m not sure why. What’s wrong with cats? Even with allergies that’s not a reason to not like them, just a reason to not have one.
I am owned by 9 cats. I just recieved an Irk and two of they have claimed the trunk organizer. This is Fuzzers who is pushing the I fits I sits meme to the breaking point and Georgia, his dignified sister.
@Kidsandliz As stated I am owned by nine cats. It’s not a matter of who owns said item, it’s a matter of how long until the cats co-op said item. They firmly rule the roost and all items have a fine layer of cat hair by the end of the day. I own about a million sticky rollers and can barely keep up.
I’m a “done with pets” person. I developed cat allergies at some point. I do enjoy cats, but the allergies. I have a small dog, I’ve had her for 8 years. I’m really tired of having to find pet friendly lodging when I vacation. When she expires, so do my pet owning days.
@j37hr0 I am in that phase now but for me I think/hope it’s temporary. My old cat retired last year. I drive across the country twice a year, which takes about a week. But I have a camper/RV so wherever I stop for the night (in RV parks usually) we were fine and no need to worry about motel policies. and carry all the stuff in and out. you’re already there along with warm blankets, pet food, water. but yes it was harder to travel with a pet, it’s someone else to think about: thirsty, hungy, need to pee, cold, hot? so yeah there is that stress. but the reward of cuddling after a long day’s drive will eventually be worth it again.
Dogs. I have two dogs and two cats, and a backyard full of feral/neighborhood cats that I feed. But, in my heart of hearts, I’m really a dog person.
I love the greeting that I get when I walk through the door, whether I’ve been gone all day or for just a few minutes. Nothing can beat that tail-wagging happy dance that says they’ve missed you.
The cats just lie there…and beg to not be disturbed.
@Kyeh@tweezak Sorry, hon, but I love my cats dearly. They have never been very social. One is much more social than the other, but neither (they are siblings) are overly affectionate, nor have they ever been.
One does, on occasion, get in my lap, and I love it! But it has to be on her terms.
Every cat is very different. To imply that I hate cats because I acknowledge the unsocial behavior of mine is absurd!!
@Kyeh My two are siblings that I found outside, evidently abandoned by their mother.
I had to bottle feed them they were so tiny, so I didn’t really ‘choose’ them, but I decided to keep them.
I love them dearly, but I don’t think I’ll have any more indoor cats. Like I said, I’m much more of a dog person, and I DO have a backyard full of neighborhood cats.
@Tadlem43 My cats always greet me. Unless there is something really of interest to them out a window or they are sound asleep. They always hang out in the same room I am in generally following me around. To varying degrees they are lap cats although the pecking order can affect that at any given time. One it is work to get her to leave me alone as she wants to me on me as much as possible. Another comes over when he wants attention and then leaves. He does, however curl up and sleep on my bed (and puke on it too - I am working on training him to jump off my bed when he pukes - I had another cat trained to do this). I can have all 4 on my my bed for at least part of the night although typically it is 2-3.
@Tadlem43 I was telling off tweezak, not you. I get really tired of the whole cats are evil/cats hate you blah blah blah that cat haters always feel they have to put out there. It’s true that if the cats didn’t get socialized in time they don’t necessarily get friendly, but every cat I’ve ever had has been extremely affectionate. People generalize too damn much - dogs can be devoted and loving, but they can also be vicious killers - depending on how they’re socialized.
@Kidsandliz I (sorta) have mine trained to puke on the floor. Sometimes she misses, but for the most part…
I wish my cats were that affectionate. They are the typical cats from cats jokes long ago. lol
@Kyeh I understand.
My cats just aren’t very affectionate. One demands attention when she wants it and pretty much sleeps the rest of the time. I can come and go and she never even notices.
The other one will on occasion get in my lap or want attention, but neither notice if I’m here or not, and just aren’t that affectionate.
I still love them.
@Tadlem43 I’ve noticed that sometimes cats who live with dogs don’t get that attached to their humans - maybe because the dogs are always there first?! But it certainly sounds like they’ve had a good life with you!
I think dogs are extroverts and cats are introverts, with all the good and bad qualities that go along with those those types. I’m an introvert myself and don’t like most group activities, or being told what to do, so cats just seem perfectly reasonable to me.
@Kyeh They’re just weird. lol And spoiled!
I think they’re attached to me because they do, on occasion, want attention. They just aren’t overly demonstrative.
About the same time that I got them, I took in a rat terrier from a neighbor that found her. She became my heart, and about 7 years later I lost her. (it still hurts some 8 years later). The kittens grew up with her, and even though they didn’t play a lot together or anything, they did sometimes sleep together and more than tolerated each other.
When Princess died, the cat that is the most anti-social, got really sick. She lost most all of her hair, she wouldn’t eat, she would vomit all the time, and within less than a week lost a LOT of weight.
One week from the day I lost Princess, I took her to the vet and they couldn’t find anything physically wrong with her. It turns out that she was grieving the loss of Princess. I’ve never seen an animal grieve like that before.
So, she’s very sensitive, very attached, but her behavior is very blase’. She just sleeps. lol I guess they keep their emotions more to themselves, but it still runs deeply…like a good introvert would. (yes, that’s a back-handed compliment to you ;))
I do love my kitties…even if they don’t acknowledge my existence, except at their demand. lol It’s part of the wonderful package that is a cat!
@Tadlem43 Wow, I’ve never heard of a cat grieving the loss of another animal that way either! I do know that on the saddest day of my life I sat on a recliner and cried and both the cats I had then came and sat on me the entire time. So lovely. One of them was sweet but not that likely to stay for long, so I did feel it was his way of trying to help me.
The other cat was the kind that people describe as “like a dog” because he’d approach anyone who sat down in my house and want to get on their lap and stay there.
They’re all different, really!
I would like to take this opportunity to remind people about our scaled and cold blooded friends. A local reptile shop is at capacity with surrenders. If you think you might enjoy a critter that really wants to cuddle (because you’re warm) please give it some thought.
Found it. If you look carefully she is completely across that thing’s tail as is it peeking out from the other side of her belly. Apparently they slept together a lot with my CAT initiating the cuddling no less!!
@smyle I have always known cats to basically house-train themselves, so I don’t know how you can get any easier than that. We tried the “house bunny” thing and it was a colossal failure. There was bunny poo literally everywhere, and many frayed cords. Sorry bunnies – they found a better home. Including the surprise litter one was carrying.
I think I might be Both. But it also depends on the day … do I want someone that will be very affectionate and follow me I’ll do whatever I really want,
or do you I want someone that likes me but also ignores me like the cats do.
Remember you don’t know when the cat the cat owns you. And if you just please it it will leave and find another person that will bow down to it will. Yes they love you in their own way. In other words cats prefer a lease with an option to get out of there if you dis please them.
Dogs pretty much worship you how are you around give me unconditional love no matter what. Yep if you’re gone for only a few minutes or hours does it matter when you come back he say oh my god you’re back I won’t starve and I will not starve now.
I have always had big dogs: Collies, Huskies, German Shepherds. Disliked counter-walking cats and cat hair in my food. Married a man with a mouse slaying cat and was converted. When she died we took in a stray mom and kitten. Gibbs is a PIA but he loves me more than anybody else does. Cries at the door if I leave. My lap feels empty if he’s not there. Ziva is low maintenance but loving. Good mousers. It’s just a lot of hair. Everywhere.
Besides being allergic to dogs, I’m not a fan a of them jumping up on you, licking you or cleaning up their poop. I can deal with cleaning cat poop bc it’s small and all in one place, I don’t have to go search the yard fo it.
I have four indoor cats and an everchanging number of outdoor cats in a feral colony, so I guess I’m a cat person. But if somebody is walking their dog past my house, I always want to give/receive kisses.
My theory is that if you want love from a cat, you have to be the one that feeds it, and even then it’s a tossup. But if you want love from a dog, pretty much all you have to do is show up.
@Chakolate I think for both cats and dogs it’s partially how they are raised. I find dogs that aren’t introduced/socialized with people at a young age to be almost as antisocial with strangers as your average cats.
We tend to take dogs around with us, to parks, on walks, sometimes to certain shops, on vacations (sometimes) they are more used to meeting people and learn to like people.
I’ve known people who don’t go anywhere with their dogs and made no effort to socialize them with people and they’re just as distrusting of people they don’t know as your average cat.
On the other hand cats that get a lot of visitors starting when they’re really young, tend to get along OK with strangers and many even become friendly immediately with people they don’t know.
I think we humans and our lifestyles have a large impact on why cats tend to not like strangers as much as dogs do.
My cats seem to enjoy my company every bit as much as my dogs do… They’re just less in your face and less demanding of attention than the dogs. (Unless hungry)