A guy called Bob Harris living in Albany, USA writes, in a letter to the editor, that he dislikes cats because they are four-legged sociopaths. He says that they prey on the goodwill and emotions of humans. He does not like the fact that no one owns a cat (meaning they are independent-minded). And he also dislikes the fact that cats use humans to provide a safe base from which they prey on other animals.
He also believes that cat keepers are thoughtless and inconsiderate because they let their cats roam in neighbourhoods where they defecate in people’s backyards. This is a major problem for people who do not look after cats. The biggest complaint that you will see on the Internet from people who dislike cats is that they defecate in their backyard. People who don’t like cats do not want to see them on their property. It is as simple as that. Mr Harris also does not like the fact that there are so many cats in America because people do not neuter their cats early enough or at all.
It seems to me that what Bob Harris dislikes most of all is humans who keep cats to a standard which he finds unacceptable. He seems to be putting the blame on cats when everything he writes about cats is really directly connected to human behaviour.
So, in truth, he dislikes people who, by his standards, look after cats irresponsibly rather than cats. This is about people and that assessment is confirmed by the simple fact that the word “sociopath” refers to people. Cats cannot be sociopaths. The word was created to describe a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behaviour.
So in discussing whether cats are four-legged sociopaths, I have to arrive at the conclusion that they are not but some cat owners are inconsiderate. They’re not sociopathic, just inconsiderate of their neighbour’s desires and rights.
And I think that if a neighbour really dislikes cats coming onto his property then the people who own those cat should make sure that they do not go on to that person’s property. They should take all measures possible to prevent it happening in the interests of neighbourly harmony and in the interests of the profile of the domestic cat. If, like Bob Harris, people mix up inconsiderate cat owners with sociopathic cats then it is bad the profile of the domestic, stray and feral cat in America or elsewhere.
Link to that Harris letter. The online paper is The Oregonian.
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