Cats are an enigma, why would anyone love an animal that is so otherwise useless?
Cats have been kept as pets for thousands of years. When we think of it, it is quite odd to have a relationship with an animal that would seem to have no purpose. While a dog can hunt, herd sheep, or guard us, we have to feed our pet cat and provide for its needs with very little in return.
Cats do provide some service in that they control the mice and rat population, but it was only in recent years that they have been valued for such use. When the plague was sweeping Europe cats were being exterminated, thought to being linked to witch craft. Their value was unseen and rats were allowed to carry the plague far and wide.
To keep cats only for the purpose of controlling mice and rats is not the same thing as “liking” a cat simply because it is a cat. There are many people who keep cats indoors only – with no interest of having them kill a mouse. These cats are liked, loved, and adored, simply for being felines.
People love cats because they are playful, slinky, creatures who have endeared themselves to us. The cat could easily fend for itself on its own, but has charmed its way into having us feed it. They provide little warmth on our beds in the winter and take up the best sunbeams in the summer.
Although dogs have very distinct breeds, often with distinct and specialized purposes, cats are more, or less, the same – sure some are bigger, fluffier, or even a certain color, but cat breeds are not as unique or diverse as dog breeds. Yet when you encounter somebody who has a purebred cat they will insist their breed is special and unique.
People love cats even though most cats are messy, shedding cat hair throughout the home, spitting up an occasional furball, leaving dead mice in random places, and scattering cat litter all over the floor. Perhaps it is their indifference we enjoy.
Some people think of cats as being feminine, but really cats are more like little boys, doing whatever they please and not really caring what others think. Perhaps this is why people like cats. They are not whiny little girls, scared of spiders and snakes, they are not grown women, burdened by baggage and trying to please everyone, they are not adult men proving their machoism, and bragging about how much money they make or what kind of truck they drive – cats are little boys who want to play in their sand box, terrorize the neighborhood, and come home to a warm dinner and cuddle.
Published in: Pets