Cat Addiction?Published December 29, 2008
I have a burning question to ask fellow cat lovers. I may be in need of counseling. The other day I took a long ride with a friend who is a cat-only veterinarian. I always look forward to the time I spend with her, especially when I am privy to some of her fascinating cases. I realize that she may be "catted out", and not always in the mood to talk about her daily encounters. But even though the topic of conversation changes, I am sufficiently tenacious, sneaky and skillful that I can bring the subject back to her work. I must applaud her for her patience with me. But this time, as we were driving down the highway en route to our destination, she turned to me blurted out that she is convinced that I am addicted to cats . . . addicted to writing about them, talking about them and spending time with them. I must say that I was rather taken aback by her candor and the word that she used to describe my feline-oriented fervor. And while she totally gets it that "cat people" love to brag about their cats, tell funny stories about their kitties' antics, and have a strong interest in the field of veterinary medicine's new developments, I suspected she was being polite by acquiescing to my ramblings . . . purrhaps giving me a subtle hint. Now please don't get me wrong. My friend loves cats! She has a bunch of them herself. But to call me "addicted" set me back on my heels, and I am not sure that this accurately describes my passion for felines. I think that when I am with her, I may be over- absorbed in the world of cats, with such a knowledgeable captive audience by my side. Who wouldn't delight in picking her brain? But, if I have to be honest, I must admit that I will talk to anyone who loves cats, ad nauseum. It might be just that my denial is setting in, which we all know is a symptom of addiction. If that is the case, so be it. This kind of addiction works for me, and for many other cat lovers in my circle of friends. Hey, the worst thing that can happen is I find a support group of like-minded folks, and introduce myself, "Hi my name is Jo and I am addicted to cats." The chorus will naturally respond, "Hi Jo!" Folks, I guess I have to face it. My friend may be right. Being honest with oneself is the first step in recovery, right? However, upon second thought, who wants to recover? Are you able to identify with my problem? What do you think, cat lovers? Are we addicted?
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