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My friend Heather sent me this video in an email entitled “Your future, Erica.” But I’d like you all to know that I would never have hundreds of cats. How would I manage to give each one the special love he or she would deserve?

Though there are some cute fluffy tuxedo ones in there.

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Tidy Cat has launched a new campaign in support of people who own multiple cats. The Tidy Cat Campaign to End Cattiness invites owners to submit their stories and “tell the world that owning multiple cats makes life better.” They want to “debunk the stereotype of the crazy cat lady.”

I fully support anything that explains how awesome it is to own a cat, but I’d like to point that it’s possible to be a passionate, loving, devoted cat owner (aka “crazy cat lady”) even if you only have one cat.

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The moment I met Jack, I knew he was meant to be our cat. And while I haven’t felt anything that strongly towards another cat, I do melt at the sight of those trucks with cats up for adoption. As I said to Jon yesterday, if Jack wasn’t destined to be an only cat (his megacolon means we have to monitor his “output,” which would be hard to do with another cat around), we would have adopted another one by now. But another and another? Probably not.

Unlike the ladies in the following documentary trailer.

Yet despite the fact that I’ll never have anywhere from 16 to 116 cats, I still consider myself a cat lady. I do, after all, run a cat news blog. And I got jealous of an old lady on the street the other day who had a kitten umbrella.

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I assume it’s only a matter of time before someone buys one of these for me:

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It’s okay. I’ve accepted my fate.

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Carroll Britton is a makeup artist in Edina, Minnesota. This is her cat, Lilly.

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Refusing to be labeled as a mere crazy cat lady who likes to dress up her cat, Britton claims it’s for Lilly’s own good.

“It’s protective body armor, to keep the dogs from biting her. It’s been a long winter and when you don’t go on vacation you have to find ways to amuse yourself,” she said. “She loves being dressed up.”

But tragedy struck recently when Lilly returned home from a neighborhood wander without one of her favorite sweaters. “Dogs don’t have that much dexterity! Some human did this. Who took the damn outfit off my cat? I don’t take clothes off their kids,” said Britton.

Right. Because that would be exactly the same thing.

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The weekly column from our resident non-cat-lover

Science is now confirming what I’ve long suspected: an irrational and overly enthusiastic love for cats (or “Crazy Cat Lady” syndrome) is most definitely a disease, and it’s caused by a contagious parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. This by itself might not sound like such bad news to you fur-o-philes reading WWW, but I urge you to read on . . .

As Sharon Moalem (author of Survival of the Sickest) describes it: The parasite Toxoplasma gondii “needs to make its way to cats if it wants to reproduce sexually . . . recent research uncovered some shocking mind control tricks that toxoplasmosis uses . . . it seems that being infected with toxoplasmosis can change the behavior of mice. First off the mice get fat and then they seem to lose their fear of cats, which of course turns them into cat food.”

armageddon is near

armageddon is near

So, having this parasitic disease first makes mice fat, and then makes them like cats. That doesn’t happen to humans, though, does it?

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So a few more mice get eaten. What’s the big deal? In addition to widely credited research suggesting links between the parasite and schizophrenia, eye disease leading to blindness, and the flu-like symptoms of an active infection, Wikipedia reports that “correlations have been found between latent Toxoplasma infections and various characteristics such as decreased novelty-seeking behavior, slower reactions, feelings of insecurity, and neuroticism.” Hm. That sounds eerily familiar.

What’s more, an Australian researcher has found compelling evidence that infected men “have lower IQs, achieve a lower level of education and have shorter attention spans . . are also more likely to break rules and take risks, be more independent, more anti-social, suspicious, jealous and morose, and are deemed less attractive to women.” The same researcher found that infected women “tend to be more outgoing, friendly, more promiscuous, and are considered more attractive to men compared with non-infected controls.” Both men and women with the parasite are “2.7 times more likely than uninfected people to be involved in a car accident as a driver or pedestrian.”

I know you’ll probably say that you LIKE sitting home on Friday night, watching reruns of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman on TVLand with Mr. Mittens, putting off going to the bathroom because it just seems like so much work.

this could be you

this could be you

Perhaps you don’t mind that your stupid, underachieving, ugly boyfriend is in prison again after crashing his car into a male competitor’s mailbox. And it’s possible that you enjoy crying into your pillow because of your intense feeling of loneliness and worthlessness, feelings exacerbated by your general whorish behavior and deteriorating eyesight.

Maybe when you’ve let it all out, your cat starts purring and pawing, bringing a smile to your face, making it all better. Or maybe, someday, your entire life story will be summed up in one horrific headline: Fort Worth woman who kept 185 dead cats loses custody of 100-plus live animals.

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Though I love cats more than anything else in the world, even I have to admit that being a cat for Halloween is a little lame (unless you’re five). That’s not to say I haven’t done it, but it’s always a last-minute back-up–just stick some ears and a tail on your black clothes and you’re good. So this year, why not spice it up a little? Instead of being a cat, you can be a crazy cat lady–even if you’re a dude.

 

 

Is it wrong that I kinda want that as my normal bathrobe?

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