Not liking cats?
So, I have an interesting topic I wanted to discuss on this forum.
Why do you think some people don't like cats? I've encountered many people who really can't stand cats, and I don't understand it.
My partner is not all that fond of cats, but he loves animals, so he treats my cats with a lot of respect and love. They still aren't his favourite things on Earth, though.
I have a couple theories. One of my theories is that people that don't like cats don't like having an animal that they can't control. You can train dogs pretty well, but it's very difficult to train cats, and even if you can, they still have a mind very much of their own. They are very independent and some people don't like that.
Another reason could be that they go where they please when they please. You can't gate a cat out of a room. The only way to stop them from going in certain areas of the house is through a door. I think this bothers my partner, that we can keep the dogs in the family room and kitchen with us but the cats can go wherever they want whenever they want. I think my partner is turned off by the thought that when we aren't here they could be curling up in our clothes or bed, hiding under the couch ready to pounce, etc.
Yet another reason could be something as simple as people hate how they stare. I've known several cats that will just sit there and stare at someone. They don't do it malevolently...they just do it because they are cats. If you're a dog person it can be weird because if dogs stare that's real bad.
Also I think some people are turned off by the litter box. My partner hates the litter box. I think it's fantastic because I don't have to search our yard for poopers like we do when cleaning up dog poo, and I don't have to let the cats out 5 times a day. But the thought of them scratching around in kitty litter bothers him, I think.
And one final reason I can think of is how cunning, intelligent, and finicky they can be. I think some people are uncomfortable with how smart cats are, and how they can make devious plans for so much.
What are all of your thoughts?