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An astonishing finding - 'crazy cat ladies' do not like the term

Dumbfounding, isn't it?

"A [US] campaign is underway to give a more positive “spin” to being catty. The “Tidy Cats Campaign to End Cattiness” campaign kicked off July 27 to debunk misperceptions and celebrate millions of people who happily share their homes – and hearts – with cats. (It is a PR stunt for a company that makes litter trays and the like)

Among Americans polled in a national survey sponsored by Tidy Cats:
....

58 percent regard people with more than one cat as “crazy cat ladies"

A second part of the survey polled non-cat owners. Their responses:

  • 75 percent of them report multiple cat owners’ homes as smelly
  • 85 percent of them report these cat owners’ beds and furniture are fur covered.
  • 66 percent of them report these cat owners’ homes as being cluttered.

In a poll aimed at people who have more than one cat, the results reveal:

  • 96 percent view themselves as being caring and loving
  • 90 percent see themselves as being generous
Etc etc.

And the best bit: "Nearly a quarter of multiple cat owners surveyed admitted that they would like to eliminate the "crazy cat lady" stereotype and prefer terms such as "cat lover" and "animal lover."

Does that mean the other 75% revel in the term? CCL pride, mebbe?

Can't say I would want a cat, as I have a minor allergy to pet hair, but am happy enough to engage with friends' mogs at least until I get scratched, bored or my eyes start streaming. If they make folk happy, fine - it's none of my business. I have been known to propagate the CCL idea indirectly by referring to a woman I knew thus -'and she has eight cats. You fill in the blanks'. That tended to prompt knowing nods.

JuliaM has pointed out this excellent action figure, which assuredly merits the edit:


And there's a 'are you a crazy cat lady?' test here.

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Blogger Mermaid of Moorgate said... 2:47 pm

I have a cat. I am a lady. I am also mad. Hence I am a mad cat lady.

However, I am in possession of mostly wooden furniture, a good dustbuster and a dislike of soft furnishings. Hence there is little cat fur adorning anything in my flat.

I am also blessed in that he is a lazy bugger when it comes to doing anything in the house. He'll start to reach a table leg to scratch it, then get bored before he starts. When I come home though, he does run to his scratching post and scratch it as a sign that he is welcoming me home.

Although he could be sharpening his claws for maximum pain after abandoning him for five hours.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 2:59 pm

A friend had a brace of very enthusiastic moulters, Samson and Delilah, who appropriated a floor of the house each. Samson having turned up his toes, Delilah has now decided she prefers the great outdoors, thus largely solving the moulting problem for her owner.  



Blogger JuliaM said... 5:05 pm

Going to be hard to stamp out a meme that has spawned an action figure...

(disclaimer: owned by two Siamese and two moggies...)  



Blogger Croydonian said... 6:04 pm

Julia - An excellent find. Thank you.  



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