Monday, May 23, 2011

The expectations of a first time cat owner

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


Jenn said...

What a great blog. I am BOTH a dog person and a cat person. I love them both equally. Always my home has been happiest when I could have both at the same time :)

Cheers! Jenn

Diana said...

That is awesome!

Montana Lady said...

Good blog. love it. i own one of each..when I got the dog, thats when things got screwy..didnt know what to expect of him...still dont most of the time..hehe!

Marie Anne said...

I was never a cat person either, but I don't really dislike any furry critter. I'm still more of a dog person, but you'd never know it by the number of cats who've taken up residence here. Oh, and boy cats are much more loving than girl cats, as a general rule.

Mojo Writin' said...

Absolute cat fan here. Never understood dim dogs, much preferring clever cats :) Nice to see another convert!

Marian said...

I love this!

I've always been a cat person, and have introduced card carrying dog people to my cats. These people like you are now most definitely cat people!

Julia Williams said...

I hate all of those stereotypes about cats. I cringe whenever I see them, because as a lifelong cat lover I know they are definitely NOT true. I'm glad someone came into your life who taught you that cats have a lot to offer a human, esp. love! =^..^=

Julie said...

I love this post. I am a dog and cat person as well! And even though I've always been a cat lover, I still get a kick out of the quotes, they're funny. I think cats would agree! :D

Word Nerd said...

My hubby is supposedly the pet person in our house, but I always fall more in love with our pets than I ever expect to.

MrsWilk said...

I truly enjoyed this! I grew up with dogs as well. But now, I must say, my favorite pet is our gray cat. His loud purr simply makes me smile from the inside out. Great blog!

Kathy29156 said...

Such a wonderful blog! I was a born cat person, then I married a dog person and was finally introduced to the joys :P of owning dogs. Now I have 2 cats and 3 dogs and we all live together in relative harmony.


Renata Yvonne said...

I'm vegan, so I lovee all animals! I also have 6 cats...gasp! I know...we took in a stray after her emergency c-section that gave her a litter of 3. Overnight, we went from 2 cats to 6...but I love them all!

Dances With Vodka said...

Aw!! Such a cute story! I had both cats and dogs growing up. While I do like some cats and can even find a few of them cute, I still say that having the experience of living with both, that I do prefer dogs. Not all cats are as aloof as most people make them out to be though. I've known some that are more friendly than most dogs and others that seemed as if they couldn't care less about anything. I think it is not about the type of pet but the pet itself as they all like people, have different personalities.

gawysmiff said...

I too like most pets. They need love and training just like young people! Trained right, dogs, cats or any pet will give you unconditional love!

Theresa Wiza said...

I love cats and dogs. Sadly I'm also allergic to both of them and can't even visit people who own them :(

beachlover said...

I loved this blog! I had cats and dogs growing up. Your quotes are hilarious and I'm gonna share them with my "cat lover" friend. I have plenty of cat stories...

ResidentGamer said...

I am such a cat person. I had dogs and liked them, but once I got cats, wow! I can't image having another dog, but I love my kitties. :)

Alana said...

Aw, great post. All animal pets need love, so glad you've been able to overcome the dog/cat divide and give your heart to both!

DrHoneyDew said...

awesome!!!!!!!! and HOW TRUE!! MUAH..loved this

eeyorn said...

Nice blog :-). I've enjoyed dogs for most of my life but a few cats have crept in.

'Dogs have owners, cats have staff'

Jay said...

"Well, life has a way of educating the uninformed."

Lol, it does tend to do that, doesn't it? :)

JulieDD said...

Yes it is possible-I love and appreciate both cats and dogs!

pbquig said...

I think life educates you only if you're open to it and you were and are now owned by a cat. My only cat left is now 18, but boy she can get pissed at me (as she is right now since I'm in another state for a week or so.


Eccentricity said...

Love it! I'm a cat person all the way and loved the 2nd quote. lol! :-)

Cyndi said...

I was (and still am at heart) a dog, cat, horse, cow, goat, snake, bird, rabbit, gerbil and rat person, and I have owned all of the above at some point in my life. Alas, I have fallen prey to the package husband deal and that package does not include animals. I do miss having pets, but to be honest with you, for the first time in my life I don't have anthing but myself to take care of. (husbands don't count...mine kinda takes care of himself and anything I do for him is a love gift only) I am enjoying the lack of responsibility that comes with a pet free life. I know that someday I will want another pet, and Hubby has agreed to comply with climate controlled pet accomodations outside. He simply can't have any animals in the house he lives in...lets call him "highly allergic" Oh well, maybe soon I'll start planning that air conditioned dog house he's promised me!

Mojo Writin' said...

Passing the versatile blogger award from Pam to me to you :) Pop over to my blog to pick it up and pass it forward!

Nicole said...

I have to admit, I'm a dog person, but it's not because I dont like cats...they just dont seem to like me! lol! Ever since I was little, I have bad experiences with them. There's been a few kitty's that have let me get to close to them and play with them, but I unless they approach me first, I admire them from afar. Btw, I am a huge animal lover and it's always great to meet someone who shares a love for our furry friends :)

Joyce Lansky said...

I've always been a dog person and am allergic to cats. Years ago, a dog-like kitten hung around our garage. It would jump on us and want to be petted just like a dog. This kitten was so sweet that we bought a small bag of cat food, and I considered going through allergy shots; but in its cat like nature, one day it randomly disappeared and never came back. Typical cat!


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