Are You an “Animal Racist”?

Disclaimer:  the following rant is in no way intended to minimize or satirize the very serious issue of racism in our world today.  It was conceived with tongue firmly in cheek and for entertainment purposes only… sort of.

 

Are you tired of hearing countless dog lovers dissing cats as a matter of course?  Have you grown weary, as I have, of people professing to be proud animal owners, and yet they sh*t on the existence of my beloved pets?  I swear, if I hear one more dog owner claiming that dogs are the superior pet, I’m going to start the meanest cat-fight you have ever witnessed.

 

Don’t get me wrong.  I love dogs.  I adore dogs.  I have owned dogs myself in the past, but right now my life is more suited for the feline variety of pets, due in part to their low maintenance, but also because of the compatibility of our personalities.  We are quiet, for the most part, and slightly aloof.  We are independent.  We keep ourselves clean.  And we love each other unconditionally, and pine for each other when we’re apart.  ( But I’m getting off track here with my cat love.  I am head over heels about horses too, but can in no way accommodate one in my life at this time either.)

Even media personalities are hopping on the “dogs and dog-people are best” bandwagon, spouting their prejudices like it’s something to be proud of.  But folks, just because your opinion is popular doesn’t make it right.  It makes you sound like you have succumbed to a form of speciesism.  Besides, you hardly ever hear cat owners/lovers badmouthing dogs, the way so many dog owners/lovers badmouth cats.

 

Where is the tolerance?  What happened to the idea of Live and Let Live?  Can we not embrace all animals for their individuality and wonderfulness?  I’ll even go out on a limb here and say it is comparable to the ignorance of a person saying he loves mankind, but in no way can he tolerate foreigners.  It just doesn’t make any sense, like so many other kinds of prejudice ( and don’t get me started on that).

Can we not all embrace each other for our differences and uniqueness, and just get along?

 

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11 thoughts on “Are You an “Animal Racist”?

  1. I have a dog and two cats. They each have their own ways of showing me love, entertaining me, and doing things so cute and making me laugh out loud at times. I couldn’t stand to be without any of them. Cats get a bad wrap because they are cautious and do not trust just anyone. People misunderstand this. If a cat hater just gave one cat a chance, and fed it and let it get to know them, they would find that although cats expect love and attention from their owners, they also return that love to their owners. They even know when we need them most. When we are down or sick. That is something that people who have never owned a cat will never have the pleasure of finding out! 😉

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  2. So true, Carla. You actually brought a tear to my eye; you know exactly what I’m talking about. My two kitties are my dear friends. They have given me so much love and affection that I can’t imagine life without them! Thank you for commenting.

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  3. I really loved this. Very funny and true. I am a cat person (which apparently makes me more neurotic) but also I like to think more interesting….. However, I have no view on Dogs (except, well they are so needy!)

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    1. Thank you so much! This has been a subject that has been sticking in my craw for quite a while, but when I heard a news anchor dissing cats this morning, I couldn’t resist posting on it. Neurotic? Naww…
      Thanks for stopping by. 😉

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  4. I share my home with June Buggie…. he’s an evil kitty. I say that because he’s not even half my size, but he’s not at all afraid to WHAP! me on the nose. But we do love each other very much….. mostly.

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  5. I have a dog and am allergic to cats, but my brother has the sweetest, most loving cat ever (he’s a rescue cat–lost all his teeth from a gum disease). Now, I also have a lizard, and if you think dogs vs. cats is bad, try bringing up that you have any kind of reptile and people go into hysterics.

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    1. Your brother’s cat sounds like a wonderful pet. Lizards are great too! My nephew has had one for years. I love all animals, really, so I don’t think your choice of pet is odd at all. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

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