Cat breeders are trapping themselves….by breeding emotionally desirable cat features, consciously and subconsciously.
It’s part of the need for emotional onanism in humans. Cats that trigger their own parenting instincts get more nurturing, and are then often used to breed more just like it. Large eyes give a cat infant-like features. Breeders are captives of their own minds. The more a cat gives them some kind of emotional pleasure it then becomes a desirable trait for more of the same.
[Note: emotional onanism is emotional masturbation. The word “onanism” means masturbation. Sorry if that is a bit rude but I believe it needs to be explained]
These are very enlightened comments from a visitor who commented on the large eyes of purebred cats article I wrote. I simply said that people have a tendency to overdo things which is why cat breeders tend to breed to extreme, one result of which is overly large eyes.
The person who made the comment (username: PleaseGetThingsRight) went far beyond my simple observation and I am sure (s)he is correct. Thank you for the comment. It warrants further discussion, hence this page.
As I understand the comment, some cat breeders are breeding children rather than giving birth to children. Cat breeding is a way of creating a baby that appeals to you rather taking pot luck at it. Those are extensions of the argument and possibly exaggerations too. Am I indulging in supernormal stimulus 😉
Breeding cats to extreme is a way for some breeders to find emotional support and satisfaction. Cat breeding is a crutch for some people. That would seem to be the conclusion. If this is true it is shocking and an abuse of the cat. Mind you, if I am truthful, I have always felt that cat breeding is wrong under the current circumstances. I apologise to cat breeders in saying that but I have to be honest with myself.
Important: That does not mean that I don’t respect certain cat breeders because we are all human. Also not all breeders indulge in supernormal stimulus.
The concept of supernormal stimulus would also appear to be common to humankind and any animal.
Wikipedia provides a nice example regarding junk food and television. Harvard psychologist Deirdre Barrett says that television is “as an exaggeration of social cues of laughter, smiling faces and attention-grabbing action”. Television is like junk food. I guess we are craving emotional stimuli (support) and the normal world doesn’t do it for us. We need to add salt and flavourings to the normal world to make it acceptable.
Heavens, humankind is more of a mess than I originally thought. Something went wrong.