Your Human Partner Behaves Like A Cat

This is a very tongue-in-cheek reaction by me to a successful video on YouTube. The video makes me ask what precisely is it about my cat that I like although that is not the question asked in the video. My answer is not specific. It is the entire cat-bundle that I like.

Incidentally, the stereotypical depictions of cats and dogs in the video are highly exaggerated.

You love cats but if, all of a sudden, your partner (husband, wife etc.) started to behave exactly like a domestic cat, would you:

  1. relinquish him at the local cat shelter 😉
  2. take him to a vet
  3. take him to a cat behaviorist
  4. accept him as another cat companion of the hairless and large kind
  5. do something else..

I’ll predict that all the answers are going to indicate that you’d react to him/her in an entirely different way than you do towards a cat. In short you would not accept him/her. Why?

Well, it must mean that we like our cats because of everything about them – behavior, appearance and character. The appearance has to be a large factor because if it was not we’d accept our human partner as a cat and get another cat to keep him company 😉

Man Becomes Cat

Man Becomes Cat. Photo by typexnick

Or perhaps you’d reject him because the pet food bill would be gargantuan. Or perhaps you’d be too embarrassed to leash train him and take him for a walk 😉 And you wouldn’t be able to find a cat litter tray to fit.

Getting back to the serious side of this concept for a moment, it seems that we would reject our human partner if (s)he behaved like a cat because we have fixed notions as to what a cat looks like. Behavior has to fit the appearance.

There would be practical issues too. If (s)he curled up on the sofa or in front of the fire and slept there all day it would be very inconvenient. Perhaps he’d look out of the window at birds for several hours! That would be a trifle disturbing.

Of course, he would no longer go to work unless he was employed by one of the big pet food companies to promote their products. Perhaps that is the main reason for rejecting him as a cat. It certainly is a good one. But we do accept our cat not working.

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Your Human Partner Behaves Like A Cat — 15 Comments

  1. I am laughing so hard! Right off if I had a partner behaving this way I would go to my DSM-IV-TR to discover what disorder he or she were suffering from! Ha ha ha ha ha this was priceless!

    Now having said this, I have cats that don’t know they are cats and feel they are quite human or a dog! They know what the refrigerator means and the moment it is open they (especially my new boy Quentin) walk in front of me and explore what’s on the frig shelves. I’m a vegan so he is usually disappointed!

    If my cats could get a job? I would be rich! 🙂

    Love and Light
    Carol

    • That is a nice twist, turning it completely on its head. Cats behaving as people. That is far more acceptable. In fact is is loveable and attractive as long as we recognise them as cats, which is not difficult because the wild cat lurks within.

  2. You know, Michael. You are right on, and because you are sensitive (and humorous) enuf to broach such, I am going to make a confession which might make look odd…

    I’ve often wondered if I could persuade my best male friend to undergo a DNA change when the opportunity arises (sometime in the hopefully distant future). I am secretly hoping that he would very much like to take on some straight, stiff whiskers and ears that stood on top of his head, furry. With big, bright eyes, and maybe a furrry tail. Is that too much to ask? ohboy.

  3. OK, no more tongue-in-cheek. Qualities that I expect from a cat that I adopt: be yourself. You are a cat, most likely Domestic. Just be yourself, because that is what I love most about You! no matter what you do behaviorally, there is one thing that I am certain of… if you come to believe that I will continue to look after you in a kind and sensitive way– on your terms aka, respecting who You are– you, in kind, will do the same for me. respectfully, sensitively, reciprocally… unconditionally.

    • [How many males lv comments on this site, anyway, Michael? I see few, but maybe that’s because I haven’t been here long? For goodness sake, let’s see more sensitive males –you know who you are– leave comments! Stop being such pussies…]

  4. roflol I laughed so much at this article and the comments!
    Well seeing as Babz and I don’t have any men around now, sadly her lovely John died and none of mine were ‘up to scratch’
    So Walter and Jozef are the men in our lives and we don’t have to worry about them behaving like cats because they ARE cats
    lol lol

  5. I surely would only marry a cat now I’ve had my fill of men unless I met someone really special who met with the approval of all my cats oh and my kids as well lol

  6. Hi Michael, that’s funny! I actually think this would be very attractive. I mean depends what. Staring at birds all day long not so much, but some other qualities like cat’s self-containment with just a little touch of narcissism could work for many.

      • My goodness. Sarcasm. from Michael? Good! Let’s all be in rare form tonight! [dog personality starting to show. Apologies again. My bad. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t enjoy each other’s company…? ]

        Oops. [DOG] does that mean the rest of you have social engagements? oh, guess I’ll stay home alone, feeling sorry for myself…
        crapping in your moonflowers.

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