Ok so I haven’t (yet) featured in a Channel 5 documentary about a mad woman who has 90 cats living with her in a two bed terrace in Liverpool, but it has occurred to me that I may be starting to show signs of turning in to a stereotype:
My friends even offered to buy me this delightful action figure for Christmas.
It was pointed out to me by one of my closest friends on a recent holiday that I seem to be ‘getting stuck in my ways’ and that I will remain single if I didn’t address certain areas of my life. In some ways I agree with her… and in some ways not. At the moment I am pretty happy with life, but understandably for a single, mad cat woman in her late thirties I am totally aware of the slow and very loud ticking of my body clock. I have always wanted to be a mother and to raise my own children, but having been through divorce at 32 and have spent the last few years in bad, meaningless relationships, I find myself thinking that it will never happen for me, naturally at least.
This is why I think that subconsciously, my pets have become my ‘furry babies’. I care about them and want them to be happy! Sad but true. Pretty much all of my female friends in ‘real life’ as well as on Facebook have children and all they ever post/talk about is their kids! Over the last few years, if you had scrolled through my friend list on Facebook, you would see that seemingly I were friends with a lot of fetuses, newborn babies and toddlers. Why do people use their kids as their profile picture? And even worse – the inside of their womb?? These continual posts do make feel envious sometimes of a life I could be living, it makes me sad that I haven’t managed to be a mum yet and it sometimes makes me angry that my ex knew how much I wanted a baby (or a dog) and instead he bought home two kittens in an M&S canvas bag… YES a bag.
My crazy cats have helped me get through a very traumatic time and also help to take away the loneliness of single life. Ok, you can put your violin away, I’m not trying to make you feel sorry for me. I am defending crazy cat women everywhere!
I get it, I really do – Cats are great. They are independent, prone to mood swings and you really, really, really have to try hard for their affection (bit like my ex) – what’s not to love. Having a cat brings joy and stress in equal measures. Emergency trips to the vets and the bill at the end of the trip have not exactly been high points for me, but having a furry alarm clock wake me up everyday, a little cat ‘chat’ throughout the day and then and a cuddle in the evening whilst watching tv is absolute bliss for me!
Recently, in a bid to silence certain loved ones, I signed up to match.com. When you sign up, you answer a list of life questions, including status, hair colour, pets etc. Having mainly been contacted by guys who wanted to know ‘what I was wearing’ after just a few messages (a grey t-shirt, striped pj bottoms from Sainsbury’s and a fleece poncho if you want to know), I was surprised to receive a message from a seemingly handsome, intelligent and witty guy. Well I couldn’t believe my luck! The first guy in a very long time that I felt a glimmer of hope. We chatted via messages all weekend, from Friday morning to Sunday night), he made me laugh and was very interesting to get to know. It was all going so well until he asks “have you got any pets?”… “Yes, I have 2 cats”… It was like a red rag to a bull… he proceeded in to a rant about animals “Oh god, I’m allergic to cats, in fact I f**king hate the things. They’re evil. Never understood why people keep pets, it’s just weird. Does this change things for you?”…
… I wish I could be harsh and tell him to go read my profile again as it clearly says under ‘Pets’ that I have cats!! but I refrained, having wasted an entire weekend chatting to this guy our brief encounter finally came to a close with “unless you have a lifetime supply of Benadryl and get hypnotised in to liking animals, I’m possibly not the girl for you”… within minutes he had changed his profile picture and updated his profile to say he didn’t like animals. Ce la Vie!
I’m ok with being a Crazy Cat Lady. I don’t trust people who don’t like animals, that’s even crazier!!
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