Athena Films are looking for cat owners whose lives have been blighted by their cat. I have used the word ‘blighted’ but if you read their advert on Facebook (on the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK page for a strange reason) it does seem that they want to hear from you if you have a cat from hell.
I have to say that I am unsure about this. I have just written another page about bad cat behaviour and concluded that is is really about bad human behaviour (but that’s just me). However, you’ll find that top class cat behaviorist deal with the behaviour of cat owners when resolving cat behaviour problems.
Athena Films are based in the UK but make ‘international documentaries for major broadcasters’ so Americans and cat owners from other countries should not rule themselves out unless they know better.
They want cat owners with cats who hate being handled or lash out when it’s time to visit the vet. That sounds like a semi-domesticated cat to me. And to ask for cat owners whose lives have been made a misery by their cat is strange because such a person is unlikely to keep the cat.
“Do you resort to wearing an oven glove just to be able to handle them?” That’s one of their questions. It is a question that would normally be put to a person handling feral cats by which I mean unsocialised wild cats. If someone out there is living with a cat like that it’ll be a strange household unless the person has just begun to socialise a feral cat and even then it would be wrong because you give feral cats space and time to get used to you rather than force things along by grabbing them with kitchen gloves.
I’ll be interesting to see how they get along. I sense that they want to do a Jackson Galaxy style TV series in resolving domestic cat behavior issues. The worry that I have is that they may give the impression to non-cat owners that domestic cats are a nightmare. It may reduce cat adoption numbers.