LazyPaw Animal Hospitals adores cats! However, we understand frisky felines may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Cat lovers are a special species all their own, and they take their fluffy friends seriously. That’s why if you want to avoid scratches or the dreaded cool-cat stare, it’s wise to never mention these phrases in a cat lover’s presence.
I like dogs better.
That’s nice for you, but do I really need to know? If I have a cat, it means I like cats. I don’t need anyone else to like them. I love them, support them, take them to the vet, and nurse them when they are sick. Other people liking or not liking cats does not change that. If someone serves you a homemade dinner of pasta and you say, “I like pizza better,” it’s not considered cool. Keep any statement of preference that may come off like a judgment to yourself.
I can tell you have cats.
What exactly are you saying? That I am covered in hair? Do I smell like a cat? That my personality exudes an exotic blend of intelligence, unbridled luxury, the demand to be pampered, and a tantalizing mix of cuddly and standoffish?
I can’t believe you let the cat on the counters.
Um, why don’t you try keeping them off the counters! Cats have a deep need to go up, up, up, and they have a reputation for wanting to rule the roost. Keeping them off the counters—and tables, and chairs, and the bed—is much easier dreamed than accomplished.
Cats have to go outside to be happy.
Are you a cat? Then how do you know what they need to be happy? You wouldn’t like it if someone criticized the way you ran your household, raised your children, or judged your relationships. Your friend is doing whatever is right for their family or their pet, and they have a right to raise their animal any way they think is best. Sweeping outside judgments are not necessary.
Wow, 15 is really old for a cat.
It’s not polite to point out someone’s age, especially if they are older. You may as well say something like, “I bet he will die soon, huh?” or “He must be starting to become a burden.” Animals have varying life spans, and no one can be an expert on how long they will be with us. Try not to remind your friend of her pet’s life span.
Your cat is soooooo fat.
That may be absolutely true, but it’s not nice to say. The cat may have a medical problem that’s keeping them hefty, or they may just be in need of some extra exercise and a different diet. Bottom line: It’s not your business.