I didn't know what to expect, I never was a cat person. The sloppy, unbridled, unconditional love that dogs so generously offer always appealed to me, and I could write for days about just that. I subscribed to the generalization that cats were independent and aloof. That you wouldn't feel the love of a cat. So my thoughts were, why bother?
Growing up my dad was extremely allergic to cats so we never interacted with them. We had dogs but I never had the opportunity to be up-close-and-personal with a feline. Defining myself as a dog person, I got a kick out of quotes like this:
Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you. ~Mary Bly
I'd been told the training procedure with cats was difficult. It's not. Mine had me trained in two days. ~Bill Dana
You own a dog but you feed a cat. ~Jenny de Vries
My logic went something like this: You were either a cat person or a dog person. One or the other. You couldn't (or wouldn't) appreciate (love) both.
Well, life has a way of educating the uninformed. A guy came into my life that was a cat person. The husband was a package deal and I liked him well enough to explore new terrain. So I formed a grudging relationship with his boy cat named Margaret. Sweet, loveable Margaret is no longer with us but he taught me many valuable lessons and opened my heart to our current cat, Jet.
Guess what. I am a card-carrying, over-the-top, wildly enthusiastic dog person AND cat person now. And while I still get a kick out of the truth in the quotes above, I also 'get' this one now:
People who love cats have some of the biggest hearts around. ~Susan Easterly