As if the internet wasn’t already saturated with feline cuteness, here comes National Cat Day!
I think we’re supposed to promote cat adoptions?
Or maybe we’re supposed to buy stuff.
Yeah, I’m guessing it’s the second one.
You see, the pet industry is booming, but most of that is thanks to dog owners. If only we could make cat owners feel as compelled to buy stuff for their cats, wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing for the economy?
But the problem isn’t the cats.
True, dogs eat anything, while cats are finicky. It’s hard to come up with gourmet treats for cats they’d eat twice.
And toys? PULEEZE! A cat will sneer at that catnip toy and demand the pen in your hand. Then he’ll lie on your keyboard when you try to complain about it on social media. Cats are sneaky that way.
The problem is an industry that bought into the myth that the cat is the domain of the “Crazy Cat Lady,” a single white woman of a certain age whose life revolves around her kitties. They’ve even marketed cat products to that demographic. Remember World’s Best Cat Litter and it’s dud of a marketing campaign? Talk about boxing yourself in! *cue rolling of the eyes*
Personally, I think cats are the perfect pet for everyone, and the best way to celebrate cats is to talk about what I find so great about them. I’ll do so by using an analogy on everyone’s minds: last night’s Republican presidential debate.
Rumpy is like Ben Carson. He’s laid-back and easy-going. “Oh, it’s your day off and you want to sleep in? Well, OK.”
June Buggie, on the other hand, is like Ted Cruz. He changes the subject and turns the tables on you. “What? Why did I just scratch you and draw blood? Well, why didn’t you get up at the usual time this morning? Well? Well?”
Cats are independent. They’re sleek. Curious. Funny. And they’re protective. Remember this brave kitty?
Cats don’t require trips outdoors several times per day and don’t have to be walked. For persons who work long hours, are not physically able to provide the exercise a dogs needs, or live in an area where having a dog isn’t practical, a cat is the obvious pet choice.
So while dogs still rule the money game for now, let’s do our part to remind people that cats are cool creatures, and make great companions for anybody.
Even Donald Trump.