My friends and colleagues who are also cat parents always understand me when it comes to cats, but non-cat people? Well, not so much, and I’m sure you can all agree with me on that.
I’m a cat person but I always respect everyone else, including dog people. However, when someone has something to say or feels the need to complain about me and my cats, I just love to say – OH, IT’S ON!
I’m sure that most of you had unpleasant experiences with someone complaining about you and your feline friends, I know I have.
I simply can’t figure out why people need to do or say such things, but I definitely know what are the 5 things you shouldn’t say to a cat parent, from my own experience. Check it out and see if there’s something here that you hate to hear too.
#1 “Don’t Be So Dramatic, It’s Just A Cat!”
In my opinion, this phrase deserves to be the first on this list. I mean, how can you tell someone that it’s just a cat when that same cat means the world to me?
The only person who can say such a thing is someone who has never really experienced that type of love or has never been a pet parent at all.
When I was younger, my friends would tease me because I didn’t want to go out with them as I had to go home and take care of my cats. There was also one time when I couldn’t go on a trip with my friends because there was no one who could look after my cats.
That’s when one of my friends told me: “Don’t be so dramatic, It’s just a cat!” Only then did I realize that they’ll never understand the role of being a pet parent, and I actually felt so sorry for them.
Instead, I decided to surround myself with more people who have the same opinion as I do. And, I must say, my life has been much easier ever since.
#2 “All Your Money Goes On Your Cats!”
“When was the last time you bought yourself a nice dress or anything similar? All you do is spend on your cats!” Does this sound familiar to you? If the answer is yes, then worry not, ’cause you’re not the only one.
My family often criticizes me for spending most of my money on my cats and not on me. But what can I do? When I have everything I need, I don’t need to spend even more on myself. Instead, I love to provide my cats with new toys, treats, and other things that will make them even happier.
I’m a cat parent, so my job as a responsible one is to provide my cats with the best possible life. After all, they didn’t choose to live with me, but instead, I chose them. Okay, everyone except Freddie; he literally followed me to my house, but I’m happy about that too.
#3 “All You Talk About Is Your Cats!”
Having three or more felines is a busy but quite interesting life. Every day, at least one of my cats does something either funny or fascinating and incredible. So, how can I not talk about my cats all the time?
On the other hand, that’s what I often do whenever I don’t have a shared topic with someone. In most cases, it helps to save you from certain people.
I don’t have to mention how many times my cat stories have saved me from disaster dates. I’ll never be able to thank them enough for that, haha!
#4 “I Hate Cats!”
Over time, I finally learned to calm myself down when someone tells me “I hate cats!”. In the beginning, I would literally start arguing. I mean, how can you hate them?
I understand if someone doesn’t like cats or is afraid of them, but you cannot come to a cat owner and talk about how much you hate cats. I think it’s rude, and they should at least keep it to themselves.
My cats are my friends and they always help me relax or cheer up. They’re basically always there for me, and my job is to always be there for them. I think that’s love, and not everyone can have that relationship with cats, unfortunately.
#5 “Dogs Are Better Than Cats!”
I saved my favorite for last. First of all, who says that dogs are better than cats? To make it clear, I’m a huge animal lover and I love all animals. But, you can’t tell me that dogs are better than cats, just because you love dogs more or because the only pet you have is a dog.
I have had both cats and dogs, and I think that dogs are great. But, cats suit my personality and my lifestyle better, so to me, cats are better than dogs.
I think it depends on every individual and their own preferences. If you find yourself the perfect pet, no one can tell you what’s better and what’s not. Keep that in mind when someone tells you something similar to this.
The Bottom Line Is…
If I continued writing, then this would have been a long article, and I really mean it. Therefore, I decided to write down just the 5 worst things that a cat parent can hear from other people.
The best advice I can offer you is to ignore everyone who tells you such things or complains about your cat parenting in general.
Trust me, it will save you some time that you can use to chill and relax with your feline friends at home. It took me a long time to understand that, but it’s never too late, right?