|Originally posted by Foofy Cat Lady
I think this mindset qualifies me to be a wierdo cat lady, doesn't it?
I hate to be the one to tell you, but according to this Pet owners who love too much
I am afraid it does
If it is any consolation, I qualify as well (no kids, three cats and no desire to change any of it)
A few examples of behaviour that according to the article may qualify as obsessive:
- carrying photo's of your pets in your wallet
- celebrating your pets birthday
- having cats while you do not date, and do not get married
Need I tell anyone that I am guilty as charged.
OK, maybe I don't really celebrate my animals birthdays, but I do have them in my agenda.
For those who'd like to know, yesterday was my horses 9th birthday
|And when people fixate on the pet, they can become more isolatedâ€”because others donâ€™t get it. Dr. Hayes-Gary has had to hospitalize patients because of suicidal reactions or extreme depression resulting from the death of a pet. "Theyâ€™re going around all the time saying, â€˜My cat died,â€™ and people are saying â€˜Get over it,â€™" she said. "Most people donâ€™t identify that much with their pets."
I wasn't suicidal or despressed, but it took me a year to get over my last cats death. I do not find that in any way unusual or obsessive.
Maybe I am interpreting it incorrectly, but the sentence that really made me angry was:
|Dr. Hayes-Gary emphasized that in most cases, pets were a positive thingâ€”that stepping stone people needed to move on, to human relationships
What does he mean stepping stone? Are cats something you use when you're not in a relationship and then dump when you are?
I don't think so.
Well, enough ranting for one day.
I am curious how anyone else feels about this. Are we really all in need of therapy because we love our cats?