PET HATE: I hate dogs and cats and animals.

eg, sort of cute

With the Internet abuzz about the world’s cutest kitten this week (I’m more impressed with the photography), I thought it might be apropos to post a kind of rebuttal to the notion that all people like animals.

Let’s not tip-toe around the subject. People who dislike animals are considered evil, prejudiced against. The same way people who don’t like kids are prejudiced against. I think the idea is – how can you dislike something so innocent and pure?

fyi, the hat is a little big

Well, 1) OCD. Goodness knows I can’t stand me getting dirty in certain ways. The handful of times I have adopted a cat I have always felt the need to clean his or her bottom with a sanitizing, flush-safe wipe as they can’t seem to clean up after themselves entirely. (Translation: I wipe cat’s bums.)  2) Where you’re at emotionally? I have spent most of my life just trying to keep myself together – I don’t have time to figure you out cat. A cat’s (or dog’s) neediness competes with my own.

I just know when I look at a dog or cat, I feel badly about myself. And the more needy it is, the more noise it makes and the more space it takes up, the more I can’t stand it.

One of my best friends recently crossed over to the dark side. She hadn’t really liked pets before THE ONE, and I’m sure she felt the same way I still do when she would come over to my house and get bombarded by my old cat. The last time we visited was the first time I saw her interact with her doggie. We took walks, not something we would necessarily have done in the past. I felt jealous and even a little abandoned as we trudged through the dog park, our conversation briefly suspended at times so she could innocently check up on him.

ew, it moves?

Pets become like children to people. Best friends. Blog entries. Status updates. Tweets. More often than not, iPhone wallpaper. They give people purpose where there may not have been purpose before. There is no more sacred gift than receiving something in good faith (by a person, God, Allah, Yahweh, etc) to take care of so that it not just survives but flourishes.

I haven’t had that kind of a relationship with a pet, but I hope to someday. In the meantime, because I dislike animals, I will make sure to kick at least ten puppies a day and muzzle another 20 stray cats. Because that’s what people who don’t like animals do. They actually destroy them.

just because her eyes match the fabric blahblahblah

And again, until I get to that pet-happy place, it will still be hard for me to relate to your pet stories and triumphs. And even though my facial expression is pained when your dog jumps on or licks me (luckily, it’s that expression you can contort to look a little like you’re actually ecstatically happy), I’m not disregarding your sacred relationship with a furry friend nor do I think you are obsessed. Well, a little. But also human.

Just like me. The animal hater.

Post-script: I think it’s a good time to mention I did purchase this book – Crafting with Cat Hair. I’m still figuring out how to get ahold of some cat hair (via shedding obviously), so if you have some you can donate, lemme know! I mean, this is an opportunity that clearly cannot be wasted.

yes. i own this book.


13 responses

  1. waaay better formatting…will read as soon as have chance – still have to take shower – may be slightly later – just finishing workout.

    1. I love this comment. Did you know it’s completely public? That’s exactly why I accepted it.

  2. theartofrunningforchocolate | Reply

    I just threw a dog toy and watched my kid chase after it.

    1. Thanks for the invite, but I don’t want to come over.

  3. Thanks for admitting you wipe cat’s asses. Dying of laughter.

    1. I am SO glad! This makes me believe 1) that we are kindred spirits and 2) that you might have thought of or even have done something like this in the past? 🙂

  4. Are you sure you hate ALL animals and not just cats and dogs? What about birds, reptiles,fish,etc? You haven’t mentioned them. Do you hate them?

    1. Yep, but I’m thinking mostly household pets

      1. But why don’t you like animals (I mean ALL in general)? Was it a bad experience or somthing?

  5. Do you hate fishes,birds,etc?

  6. What else do you hate?

    Do you hate My Little Pony? (PLEASE say yes)

    And by the way, is this article serious? Do you really kick puppies,muzzle cats,etc?

    1. hahahah! I actually like My Little Pony!

      No, I don’t kick puppies. I think I’m just kind of a clean freak and dogs/cats etc can be kind of messy.

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