Ever since I was a wee morsel, I have had a reasonably severe obsession with cats. When I was in school I had a cat which I brought into school to show in assembly. I talked about her so much, the entire senior school knew her name and began asking how she was on a regular basis. Ever since ‘The Incident’ involving trains, demonic train drivers and sliced cats, occurred, its safe to say I have been scarred for life. This is my only explanation for my still, ever-growing, unhealthy feline fixation.
Even now, my Snap-Chatting has been dubbed ‘Snap-catting’. It would be an understatement if I were to say I was disappointed when my friends banned me from sending anymore cat related snaps. Lets just say, I haven’t used that application for some time now.
Saying this, it has come to my attention that I’m not the only crazy cat lady in her youth.
Being a firm believer that the world should be populated by only animals, or animals alongside a select few humans, I am thoroughly enjoying being able to share my cat preoccupation with so many others! But what is it that has got people going bat shit cray for these furry little fellows?
Let’s start with famous cats. Yep you heard. Feline celebrities. If you are no stranger to the internet, I am sure you will have heard of Grumpy Cat at some point. My favourite, pissed off looking cat has become famous for her downward facing mouth and strangely human-like grumpy face. She has her own blog, Facebook page, twitter page, tumblr page, website, copy written christmas cards and youtube page. She visits the folks at TMZ, Good Morning America, Today and Youtube (just to name a few) all the time and has many media contacts. If only I were so well connected with my fellow humans as this furry little moggy is. And all because she has a face which slightly resembles a human emotion. Maybe we love her because we are so obsessed with our own human race that we have fallen in love with the human qualities of this pud… Or maybe thats just my misanthropy taking over again.
What about the cats, famous for having fur with imprinted top hats, moustaches, love hearts, cat-ception prints (a cat printed on a cat; amazing I know)? Now, I could never explain why, but this is the kind of shit that keeps me up at night. That sounds slightly demented… But this is the kind of shit that I stay up at night looking at. Yeah ok there is no sane way of putting that.
And then there’s websites solely for pictures of cats, or dwarf cats, or disabled cats, and cat youtube videos, and channels, and cat documentaries on the BBC, or blogs about cats. Its official, cats rule the internet. Just look at youtube and you will understand.
Turns out everyone loves a bit of pussy action every now and then.
Now on to Cats In The News! After a little research, I feel like “Cats on the News” could actually be a full length legitimate TV show… And people would watch it. My favourite one was; “Woman shoots Husband to save cat." I can see her and I getting along very well. Self explanatory really but worth a read.
Looks like pure human entertainment is at the top of the list as to why we’re all so obsessed. Closely followed by character, cuteness and companionship. Basically cats are a cure for our boredom and loneliness. I bet they hate us.
What I will never grasp, is how we can all be so in love with these creatures, but be munching on their brothers, sisters and cousins for breakfast, lunch and dinner. More on that another time…
Just in case you were wondering, that picture of a cat tattooed onto an arm. Yep. That’s my arm.