How Do You Talk to a Non-Cat Person?Published December 21, 2011
By Jo Singer
The moment I started unloading my mountain of baby food jars onto the counter, the woman behind me made an assumption that had me prepared for battle: She leaned towards me, and in a fairly loud voice said I must be taking care of an infant with a ravenous appetite.
I could hardly contain my disdain.
I was getting ready to respond by telling her that we had two kids with whiskers, tails and sharp nails who were picky eaters, but I was able to restrain myself. Instead, I responded my husband and I were owned by two special-needs kitties requiring medication. Mixing it in baby food greatly simplified the process.
Giving me a very strange look, she remarked, “Cats are not all that discerning.” She added that I was probably wasting my money and topped it off with, “Mix it in the cat food; they won’t know the difference.”
I sighed, explaining it was impossible to pull the wool over their eyes and that adding medication to their regular canned food would mean throwing their entire meal into the garbage.
Insisting on having the last word in our conversation, she retorted, “Cats are simply not as intelligent or as perceptive as dogs. Cats are rather stupid and unfriendly. Dogs by far are the superior species!”
I thought to myself, “This woman is as stubborn as a mule." I was greatly relieved when the cashier rang up my purchases and I could make a hasty exit.
Now I’m wondering if you cat lovers out there have a regular retort for the non-cat-lovers, or do you just ignore them, like me? What would you have said? Let us know in a comment!