Cats 'n Dogs  

SmartType 53F
560 posts
7/3/2006 4:44 pm

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Cats 'n Dogs

I've noticed lately, perhaps its my uber-sensitivity to getting older. But when a guy says he has a cat, or perhaps two, the assumption is he is either urbane or gay, both of which are cool. When a middle-aged woman says she has a cat or two, there seems to be a jump to 'freakish spinster'. Why is that so? I balanced it out by getting a dog. A largish dog. Weighed in at 86lbs the other day and we just celebrated his 11month birthday. With two cats (who thankfully at this point have not turned into chew-toys).

CN_070 48M
63 posts
7/4/2006 9:10 am

Some people are dog people, others are cat people. Welcome to the Dog People group.

What kind of pup did you get?

SmartType replies on 7/4/2006 10:16 am:
Hi CN, Well I got the dog from Mastiff rescue, but he looks a bit pit-bullish. However that being said he is quite sweet and I find it only mildly alraming when he manages to put the whole cat in his mouth.

ImpishWolf 38M  
29 posts
7/5/2006 8:03 pm

Well I think the cat lady stereotyping may have something to do with cats, being lots of people feel cats are a female’s pet, not a man’s pet. And that there are really lots of old ladies with 20 cats and a bad smelling house in the world ever watch animal planet?

But actually it may have started with the old witch hunts that happened way back when, being as cats were thought to be familiars of their owners and were often hung and burnt at the stake with their owners that were accused of witch craft.

Don’t mind me I’m full of useless information.

SmartType replies on 7/6/2006 9:51 am:
Hi Imp. Thanks for your comments. The folks at the SPCA also told me that the little black kittens were the hardest to get adopted as people still associate bad things with black cats. Pretty ridiculous. Now I'm going to just go throw some salt over my shoulder.

Shenme06 59M
1 post
7/6/2006 1:39 pm

Dear Smart:

Let's not over-analyze. Fact is, cats are easier to care for: they don't need walking and wouldn't if you tried (though it would be hilarious to see); you can leave one with a bowl of food and a litter box when you take a weekend trip out of town; they don't howl at the moon at night; and they don't stink up the backyard. Of course, having to clean up its barf, empty the litter box ... not things I really want to do. But my daughter wanted a cat, so we have one. She also wanted a dog ... but Daddy has enough sense to realize who will have to care for it, especially on days she's at her mom's.

I'd love to have a dog. But why burden myself with another life to take care of - try being a single parent (parenting duties don't end just because she's with her mom), who also runs his own business AND has the audacity to want a personal life, too.

I'm comfortable with my masculinity. I can afford to have a cat.


SmartType replies on 7/6/2006 5:12 pm:
Hi S,

I sometimes wonder about the sanity of getting a dog as it is a lot more responsibility that I am not accustomed to. And my dog seems to throw up as much as the cats do. Sadly. But if he would quit eating everything (phones, shoes, coffee table, tennis balls, remotes) - his stomach would be happier no doubt.

wantoobaby 53M

7/9/2006 1:21 pm

No dog, 3 cats and...GAY?!?!?!!! I do get this a lot - it pisses me off and makes me laugh at the same time. Women aren't the only ones who have to deal with asine stereotypes.

Male cat lover's retort: How would the real man's dog fare against a kitty its own size???

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