Recently I read an article that stated the high number of people that dislike cats. Being an equal lover of both cats and dogs, it distressed me to read the statistics. I did some informal research on the subject to discover words to describe cats.
I polled ten people with various perspectives: dog owners, cat owners and those that don’t own pets.
Words To Describe Cats
Cat People responded with words like: calming, hilarious, snuggly, intelligent, playful, independent, loving, friendly and cute.
Dog People responded with words like: independent, clingy, quiet, smelly (litterbox), allergies, sneaky, cute, roaming, and adaptable.
Those WIthout Pets
Words to describe cats from those that don’t own any pets included: sneaky, loner, allergies, aloof, loyal, furry, and purr.
How To Change Perceptions
In reviewing the feedback, those that own dogs or don’t have any pets usually held the common belief cats are sneaky and cause allergies. Not very good news for cats hoping to find permanent homes!
There are many funny pictures and videos online of cats, as a matter of fact cats tend to rule the web. It bothers me, though, that words such as ‘jerk” and “as*hole” are often used in the headlines of said funny stories.
I wonder if some of the humor we distribute feeds the negative perceptions many people have regarding cats. When looking for funny stories featuring cats to share on social media, I search for material that highlights the feline sense of humor in a positive way.
I haven’t always considered myself a “cat person”, but as I tell those I meet that say they don’t like cats, it’s simply a matter of not yet meeting the right cat.
Give cats a chance. Once I met and adopted my cat Bo, he educated me on the fun, loving nature of cats. My perception of cats was forever changed in a good way thanks to him!
Looking for some feedback, so please leave a comments indicating what five words you would use to describe cats? What do you think would help change the public image for cats?