5 Reasons I Hate Cats

People who hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life. — Faith Resnick

I guess it’s a good thing I don’t believe in reincarnation, for I dislike mice as much as I do cats!

That probably offends some of you, and for that, I apologize. Save yourself the aggravation (and time) and come back for my next post when I won’t be dissing the feline population.

My neighbor's cat looks like this. Don't let that innocent face fool you -- it's up to something evil!

My neighbor’s cat looks like this. Don’t let that innocent face fool you — it’s up to something evil!

Over the years, I’ve come to realize why I don’t like cats:

1) They’re sneaky. My neighbor’s cats (notice the plural) creep across our front porch — perhaps as a short cut? — then, when I open the door to see what they’re up to, they scoot away, looking back at me with accusing eyes. Kind of like I was the one sneaking around!

2) They know no boundaries. It would never cross my mind to lead my dog onto my neighbor’s yard and encourage him to poop there. Cats, however, being off-leash and sneaky, regularly slink over the fence and “do their business,” regardless of whether it’s in one of my flower pots, beneath mulch, or wherever.

3) They kill things. Recently, I saw one of the neighbor’s cats toting a screaming baby bunny. I couldn’t watch. I knew that rabbit was toast. Why did this happen? The cat obviously wasn’t hungry (it has a home and, I assume, gets fed regularly). No, it’s because cats are hunters and relish the delight of catching something and toying with it until it dies.

4) They wail beneath my window. On a cool summer’s night, I like to open my window and sleep in the fresh breeze. But my neighbor’s cats seem to have other ideas. They set up shop and WAIL for long periods of time, upsetting my dog. And me. What’s the nature of their distress? And why don’t they carry their problems home??

5) They’re always pregnant. I guess cat-lovers aren’t as concerned with spaying and neutering their darlings as dog owners are. Funny, since it’s cats who roam, not dogs.

You know, looking over my list again, perhaps it’s not so much the cats I dislike as it is their irresponsible “staff” — for everyone knows, “Dogs have owners; cats have staff.”

Any thoughts?

14 thoughts on “5 Reasons I Hate Cats

  1. —–Debbie,
    I am a total CAT LOVER. A CRAZY cat woman. I’ve always had a cat in my life…
    but I respect what you’re saying here. That quote is true, you know!!! HAAAaaa. Very funny.
    Ps. I don’t believe in reincarnation, but if I did, I was def. a cat in my past life.

    • If there was such a thing as reincarnation, I think I might have been a bunny! I seem to have an affinity toward rabbits and were it not for having a herding dog, I’d be very inclined to keep rabbits.

      Kim, I appreciate and respect your love of cats. I can see where you might enjoy them (and part of me wishes I could, too). It’s just that I’ve known far more doggies than cats during my lifetime, and I’ve become much more comfortable around them and their ways.

  2. Debbie, I love cats but your post didn’t offend me at all because I know so many people who feel the same way as you.

    The thing about cats is that they can’t be controlled and are very independent, so I think that’s what makes a lot of people dislike them.

    However, I’m very much like a cat so that’s probably why I like them – HA!

    My father pretty much felt the same way as you do when it came to cats, yet when my mother adopted one from a shelter….he end up loving it and had a closer bond than any of us.

    “Dogs have owners; cats have staff.”

    You are absolutely right about that 🙂

    Have a FAB Monday, my friend!

    • Ron, it’s probably the “Mom” in me that likes dogs better. You know, the part of me that wants to nurture something, watch over it as it grows, and have it right beside me always, ha!

      I certainly appreciate your love of cats, though. I think GOOD cat owners take care of their kitties, make sure they don’t trespass, have them spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted litters, and love their independent streaks. We’ve always been a dog-family, though, and even my parents when they were little had dogs. So perhaps it’s what you get used to??

      Happy Meowing Monday!

    • I wish I could find something to put there that wouldn’t hurt them but would repel their presence. I’ve asked local feed stores and searched online, but I haven’t had much success. We have decorative rock around our plants (something the “experts” say cats won’t dig at), but even that’s not a deterrent. I know I could squirt them with the hose when I’m watering outside, but it’s funny — that’s when they *don’t* bother to show up, ha!

  3. As you might know, I adore cats! I think in this case, irresponsible owners are the real culprit. While I do love cats, I wouldn’t love them destroying my things and my peace. Mine are strictly indoor, mostly because they live longer that way… And the are spayed. Also, dogs kill other animals too (my parents’ poodle brings in dead birds all the time! Yes, inside their house. Nasty!)

    BTW, I didn’t like the title of this, but wasn’t offended at all because I get why you wouldn’t like the behavior. Not all cats are wretched, meowing, mating, hunting, random-peeing creatures, though 🙂

    • Janna, I truly appreciate your opinion and respect it immensely. You seem to be one of the GOOD cat owners (say, why don’t you move next door to me?!)

      My late grandma used to have a black cat (Tony) that she claimed was good luck; I never managed to get near it. And one grey tabby (Smoky) adopted me when we lived in Texas, but again, I never was able to tame it. These are the only two cats I’ve had direct contact with — growing up, my friends all had dogs, and so did we. So perhaps my dislike is more mere lack of familiarity??

      Thankfully, Dallas has never brought me a dead animal — eeeww, how disgusting, especially if it’s something they killed themselves!!

    • Thanks, Professor. I think it’s not the species so much that I dislike as the irresponsible owners, who refuse to contain their kittehs and inflict them on unsuspecting neighbors!

  4. I’ve had two cats in my lifetime. One of them, Holly is now deceased. She was a great, people lovin’ kind of cat. Tigger is our current resident cat, but not by my choice. I took him off my parents’ hands when they couldn’t keep him and couldn’t bear to surrender him. He’s a high maintenance cat and (is this terrible to say?) I keep wishing he’d reach the end of the line. (He’s about 17 years old.)

    Nothing against cats, but they’re unpredictable and aloof at times. I’m a dog-lover – they’re so affectionate – and don’t plan to have any more cats once Tigger has passed.

    • Terri, you’re so kind to keep your parent’s “senior” cat — perhaps they settle down a bit when they get old, but you’re right in saying dogs are much more affectionate. Dallas hardly ever leaves my side (yes, that, too, can be annoying, but one gets used to it, ha!)

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  6. I don’t know how I missed this post on cats, but I need to weigh in. When my daughter was a Girl Scout, her troop went to tour a facility that specializes in caring for cats. Each of the girls got a turn holding a cat. When it was my daughter’s turn (this being her first experience with cats and she was 7 at the time), the cat tried to scratch her eyes out and proceed to scratch her arms, too. To this day, she’s terrified of them.
    When I was in my 20’s I got a cat because my roommate had one. She was a fine cat, but died when she got hit by a car. Our next cat was out of control and would pee on my then husband’s backpack (Hmm, I wonder why?), which drove him crazy and I wasn’t particularly excited about the odor in the house. Anyway, that sums up my experience. Now I have two dogs and I believe I’m better off.

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