When people see my Facebook page, the first assumption they often make is that I’m a “cat person”.
Okay, it happens when they see my Instagram, too. And my Snapchat. And when you speak to me in person. I guess it’s time to come clean. I love cats, and I’m not afraid to plaster it across social media.
Unfortunately, there’s an annoying expectation that comes along with being considered a “cat person”. As various friends and acquaintances have informed me, “cat people” have certain characteristics. They like to stay indoors, for example. They can be standoffish, and tend to shun social interaction. They’re often intelligent, but that can translate into neuroticism.
“Dog people”, on the other hand, are fun and energetic. They love meeting new people. They’re party animals. They love being outdoors and running around.
Most importantly, dog people have one thing in common: They are the POLAR OPPOSITE of cat people. In fact, the two are sworn mortal enemies.
Or so the myth would have you believe.
Sorry to shatter any long-held misconceptions here, but there’s actually no such thing as a “dog person” or a “cat person”. The truth is, you don’t have to be a die-hard, “cats-only-forever” cat lover to have a cat as a pet.
If you’ve ever considered getting a cat, or if you’ve never considered getting a cat, the following list is for you.
1. Cats are hugely affectionate
It’s time to tackle another myth: cats don’t actually love people. In fact, all that following you around and purring and rubbing up against you and letting you cry into their soft fur when you’re sad is a scam created by hungry cats the world over to con humans into giving them food.
Luckily, this theory has been scientifically disproven (for real). Cats have the capacity to be just as affectionate as dogs. I knew that even before I found out about the science, because every cat I’ve ever had has actively sought me out, even when they weren’t hungry, because we just enjoy hanging out together.
Cats are hugely affectionate. Image: iStock.
2. Cats give the best cuddles (hands down)
If you’ve never been so lucky to experience it, let me please be the first to tell you: there is nothing in this world so fulfilling as the weighty, warm feeling of a cat sitting on your lap.