Christians are confused about domestic cats

Cat in church
Cat in church
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It’s okay for Christians to hate cats so says a Christian writer on christiantoday.com. On another Christian website, the site owner says that if you don’t like cats you have a problem with the Lord. This is because the Lord made everything and everything he made is good.

“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made…(John 1)

“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving…”(1 Timothy 4)

I’d say that God would want us to respect all creatures. You can’t respect cats if you hate them. Yet…

The ten reasons why it is okay for Christians to hate cats are listed (and there is a tongue in cheek element to this list) – Note: I have included nine of them:

  1. There are no cats in the bible and therefore cats “are of the devil”. I think you’ll find lions are mentioned in the bible so the statement is wrong. Also just because domestic cats are not mentioned in the bible it does not mean they are “of the devil”.
  2. Cats drive you insane because you can get toxoplasmosis from them. This is an old chestnut. It is tiresome. I have addressed this one before.
  3. Cats shed hair and it gets everywhere. This is a reason to hate cats? So says a Christian. Dogs shed hair don’t they? If you dislike a cat’s hair to the point where it causes you to hate cats, I’d suggest that there is something wrong with you.
  4. Cats are less loveable than dogs. Are they? I don’t think you’ll get agreement to that from the millions of cat owners. Domestic cats narrowly outnumber dogs in the USA as I recall. I think this makes cats as loveable as dogs. It is just a matter of personal preference as to how you like to be loved and what sort of relationship you like with a companion animal.
  5. Cats target people who don’t like them. This is another myth. Forget it. It’s mumbo jumbo. As is the case for humans, cats won’t know if a person does not like them until the person demonstrates that dislike at which point the cat will disappear.
  6. There are too many cat lovers who can’t accept people who don’t like cats. I disagree. Most cat lovers are balanced, intelligent people with open minds. They are prepared to accept the views and opinions of others even if they are at odds with theirs.
  7. Cats poo in litter boxes in the living room in front of people. Litter boxes are almost never in the living room! And cats like privacy when using the litter box so they don’t normally use it in front of people.
  8. People can be allergic to cats. Yes, about 10% are as I recall. I have no comment on this except to say it is not a reason to hate cats. It is just the way it is. It could be argued that the reason why some people are allergic to cats is because they are sensitive to the allergen. It could be said that this is a human problem not a cat problem!
  9. When cats are kittens they are invariably cute but then they grow up all the above are reasons to hate cats.

20 thoughts on “Christians are confused about domestic cats”

  1. What a disappointing article from a Christian website. With all the topics to choose from and all the things going on in the world today, they have to attack the domestic cat?

    If they wanted to write about cats there would be interesting ways to do it. Jesus is the Lion of Judah but the devil is also described as a roaring lion looking for people to devour. I’m sure some valid theological points could be made regarding the use of this imagery of a big cat in both a very positive light and a negative one. It does show a cat representing great power– power for evil or power for good, but power none the less.

    And cats do show, as any predator would, that nature is indeed “red in tooth and claw”– a very different world from the perfection of Eden and evidence of the effects of sin on the natural order or creation.

    So if a person wanted to write a cat themed article for a religious website there is certainly potential there for a thought provoking Bible study which could also include a look at one of God’s magnificent creatures, the king of the jungle.

    My Monty is certainly the king of his back yard enclosure. Small animals scatter in his wake and birds scold him from above, but they all fear him.

    But he does only what he was created to do, what comes naturally to him. He is in harmony with God, it’s humans who are not.

    Seems kind of arrogant that sinful humans should decide to hate innocent creatures. When you reflect on the forgiveness and love available to us in Christ and then read that hateful article it is seems possible that the person(s) who wrote it have no faith at all. They are like the servant in the parable who after his great debt is forgiven goes after someone who owes him a small sum.

    God loves us so in response we should hate innocent animals? Even if it is a joke, and maybe it was intended that way, it is in such poor taste that it would have been better not to have been included on their website at all.

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  2. Michael, I am a Christian person, and in my church (non denominational), we are taught to love ALL living things. God made them to be our companions (the companion anipals) — and He made ALL things, therefore, they are ALL good in His eyes. Misled people are the culprit here. If one truly understands what he/she reads in the Bible, it is plainly clear. The key to Heaven and happiness here on earth is LOVE AND FORGIVENESS.

    As for the above so called Christian comments, get a life and READ your Bible!!!!

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    • I agree with you Diane. All Christians should respect all animals. I am being deliberately provocative in the article to try and generate a discussion. I am sure most genuine Christians respect animals. However, many people who are religious are not necessarily good as we are all aware.

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  3. I avoid religion like the plague on humanity it is. Now see if the Christ lovers were honest the bible makes a lot of bad comments about doggy. They should hate doggy but we have churches where they take doggy with them now.
    Religion = if you can’t explain something attribute it to a sky fairy.
    BTW anyone who uses religion to prove they have the right to hate something has just proven every argument I’ve ever had about religion. Pack of trouble makers.

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  4. Even though I disconnected myself from my Christian upbringing years ago, I remember many things.

    Yes, lions are in the Bible. Daniel was put in a lions’ den.

    And, as far as hate… the Bible clearly reads that man is only permitted to hate those things that God hates, ie. evil. I seem to remember self pride and arrogance somewhere also. But, there is nothing anywhere that condones hatred for any living thing.

    BTW, the 9 reasons listed sound like Woody.

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