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Crazy Cat Ladies (The strange and strong bond between women and cats)
Forbes ^ | 10-15-09 | Kiri Blakeley

Posted on 10/18/2009 6:58:40 PM PDT by Dysart

Courtney Kistler is a 28-year-old single gal who lives in New York City. She's sociable, outgoing and attractive. But that hasn't stopped Kistler's mother from worrying that her daughter, a freelance marketer, will never catch a husband--because she owns three cats.

"[My parents] think it's a little weird," she says of her multiple cat ownership. In fact, Kistler's mother has been known to ask her cat-loving daughter: "What if you want to bring a guy home? What would he think?"

While Kistler's last boyfriend wasn't too fond of her felines (he refused to pet them), the two men she dated before that (who both grew up with cats) were fine with them. Still, her mother worries. Says Kistler: "She's bought into the stereotype, and what am I going to do? I can't deny it exists."

Laura Adamson, a 23-year-old graduate student in Gainesville, Fla. recently learned some of the negative responses that can befall a single woman with a cat. After she adopted a kitten that had been tied up in a pillowcase tossed to the side of the road, Adamson began telling people her new pet's miracle story. Instead of being awed, some of her listeners called her a "crazy cat lady." She adds: "Usually they follow it up with 'Do you take the cat for walks?' or 'Does it eat at the table with you?' "

(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cat; compassionate; crazy; kind; kittyping; mothers; nuturers; women
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This was illuminating for me.
1 posted on 10/18/2009 6:58:41 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart

2 posted on 10/18/2009 7:02:40 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: Dysart

My cats treat our home like a bloody ‘hotel’.....as cats do. Pet me... Love me. OK, I’m off. Goodbye. LOL! Love ‘em, tho.


3 posted on 10/18/2009 7:03:07 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear ($$$$$OBAMA MONEY!!!$$$$$ /s)
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To: Dysart

I don’t mind if a girl has a pussycat.


4 posted on 10/18/2009 7:04:01 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sarah Palin-Jim DeMint 2012 - Liz Cheney for Sec of State - Duncan Hunter SecDef)
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To: Dysart

5 posted on 10/18/2009 7:04:44 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: wideminded

Where is the shopping cart in that depiction?


6 posted on 10/18/2009 7:05:02 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart

I know a gentleman who’s a multiple cat owner. He divorced his wife but kept the four cats.<p.


7 posted on 10/18/2009 7:06:15 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Dysart
Cats, while social and playful, are more like the Simon Cowells of the animal world--getting their approval isn't so easy.

Dogs have masters. Cats have staff.

8 posted on 10/18/2009 7:07:53 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("...that for which all virtue now is sold, and almost every vice - almighty gold." --John Keats)
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To: Dysart

I wouldn’t date a man who refused to pet an animal.

If he doesn’t have the decent compassion for animals, he doesn’t fit the bill to me. And I am married to a hunter! But the rule is if you kill it, it better be food. Otherwise, God made us stewards of all animals and to not be loving toward them is un-Godly.


9 posted on 10/18/2009 7:09:08 PM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: Dysart

10 posted on 10/18/2009 7:09:24 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Dysart

I kinda thought most single people had a pet of some sort. I’ve known a lot of single guys with cats too. They are the perfect pet for someone who is not home much but still wants company.


11 posted on 10/18/2009 7:09:55 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: autumnraine

I didn’t make my husband eat the armadillo he shot that was destroying our yard.


12 posted on 10/18/2009 7:11:24 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: HangnJudge

ROFL! Maybe best cat pic ever!


13 posted on 10/18/2009 7:11:48 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: HangnJudge
Hole in the Wall
14 posted on 10/18/2009 7:12:36 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Cailleach

ping


15 posted on 10/18/2009 7:15:12 PM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
Weird thing going on in my neighborhood is these cats that belong to other families but spend most of their time at my house and vice versa, our cats will be gone for 2 or 3 days at a time obviously doing the same thing.

Crazy animals

16 posted on 10/18/2009 7:15:39 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: brytlea
ROFL! Maybe best cat pic ever!


17 posted on 10/18/2009 7:17:59 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Dysart

I’m a 46 year old married man with three cats and two dogs.


18 posted on 10/18/2009 7:18:51 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: HangnJudge

Wow, I wonder if that was photoshopped??


19 posted on 10/18/2009 7:19:02 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Perdogg; brytlea

Right. One cat. Or a couple or so. Fine and dandy. I have dogs— i get pets. But it’s the bevy of cats that become troubling. And especially when they suddenly pop up out of nowhere, and strange ones appear to come and go as they please with their official belonging status(if you will) indecipherable to anyone. I’ve known several women/their cat situation who fit this scenario to a t. And they weren’t attached to them really as many people are to their pets. It seems to be the idea of collecting them but not actually having dominion over them. This article facilitates comprehension a bit.


20 posted on 10/18/2009 7:21:17 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Rome2000

“Weird thing going on in my neighborhood is these cats that belong to other families but spend most of their time at my house and vice versa, our cats will be gone for 2 or 3 days at a time obviously doing the same thing.”

I had lots of my neighbors’ cats coming to my place, but it was only to use my side yard as their latrine. Neighbors have 7 cats at one house alone. I think I could do without that.

Then there’s one of the bosses at work, who has 16 of them.


21 posted on 10/18/2009 7:21:23 PM PDT by Mr Inviso (ACORN=Arrogant Condescending Obama Ruining Nation)
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To: brytlea
I kinda thought most single people had a pet of some sort.
I’ve known a lot of single guys with cats too.
They are the perfect pet for someone
who is not home much
but still wants company.


22 posted on 10/18/2009 7:22:08 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ping!


23 posted on 10/18/2009 7:27:01 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (The War on Poverty is over. Poverty won. - Howie Carr)
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To: Dysart

This old lady seems to be missin’ that gene. (Thank the Good Lord.)

Dogs. It’s all about dogs.


24 posted on 10/18/2009 7:30:15 PM PDT by bannie
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To: Dysart

Well, I have known people with dogs only, with cats only and with cats and dogs. The oddest people I’ve known had cats only. But not everyone I’ve known with cats only were odd. I think perhaps cats appeal to odd people more than dogs do.


25 posted on 10/18/2009 7:32:24 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Dysart

I’m ashamed to say that, late for a first date for some cat-related reason and sensitive to the single woman/cat fanatic stereotype, I told a man that although I have a cat I’m really a dog person.

My handsome date smiled and said, I LOVE cats!

Twenty years later we’re still together (and STUPID for our two, very bad kitties.


26 posted on 10/18/2009 7:32:30 PM PDT by fullchroma (Obama: GET OUT OF MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE!)
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To: HangnJudge

LOL I would not trust a cat with my brain, however.


27 posted on 10/18/2009 7:33:17 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: brytlea
LOL I would not trust a cat with my brain, however.


28 posted on 10/18/2009 7:34:57 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Dysart; Slings and Arrows; Lady Jag

I actually considered this. For about 10 seconds.

29 posted on 10/18/2009 7:42:31 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro
I actually considered this. For about 10 seconds.


30 posted on 10/18/2009 7:45:01 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Dysart

People are stupid mostly! if I were single and a guy came a long who didn’t like my cats then he could just move on to the next person because I’d know quick that he wasn’t worth having around.


31 posted on 10/18/2009 7:45:14 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: autumnraine
I think you might want to modify your statement a bit. I would imagine you have no trouble killing insects, spiders, rodents, and other animals that might intrude into you home or threaten your pets, livestock, food supply.

I have no problem killing the raccoons that kill my chickens and the varmints that destroy my crops.

32 posted on 10/18/2009 7:45:20 PM PDT by eggman (Obama's Spread the Wealth will work just as well as Spread the Liabilities (sub-prime mortgages))
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To: To Hell With Poverty; martin_fierro; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; ...

33 posted on 10/18/2009 7:47:21 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("When France chides you for appeasement, you know you're scraping bottom." --Charles Krauthammer)
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To: Dysart

34 posted on 10/18/2009 7:49:27 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Bullsh*t)
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To: Girlene

Kitteh Ping


35 posted on 10/18/2009 7:49:30 PM PDT by lilycicero (MMMM MMMM MMMMeow)
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To: brytlea

I agree. I prefer dogs, but cats are much easier to take care of. We have one of each.

I think pets are a very important part of raising children; there are so many lessons about love and compassion that can be learned through pet ownership.

For someone who pet lover, though, I think it is foolish to try to become romantically involved with a person who just doesn’t like them. I absolutely love my dog, but I respect the fact that some people just don’t like dogs or are afraid of them.


36 posted on 10/18/2009 7:50:27 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton for Secretary of State)
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To: martin_fierro
I actually considered this.

Really? I'm sure you'd look fetching in those pinstripe slacks and pumps.

37 posted on 10/18/2009 7:51:15 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart
This was illuminating for me.

Try this one on for size....1 in 3,000 Calico cats is a male...

38 posted on 10/18/2009 7:52:13 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (In just His first 3 days, the War on Terror became the War on Free Speech.)
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To: brytlea

You wrote:
“I think perhaps cats appeal to odd people more than dogs do.”

My reply:
Perhaps odd people appeal more to cats than to dogs. LOL

I’ve owned both. Currently only one dog.


39 posted on 10/18/2009 7:52:35 PM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: HangnJudge; Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro; brytlea; All

Any man could learn to love cats, with the right sort of motivation .....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_neOGeee9k&feature=related


40 posted on 10/18/2009 7:52:38 PM PDT by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: FDNYRHEROES

He must be one very busy boy.


41 posted on 10/18/2009 7:55:03 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: shibumi
Any man could learn to love cats,
with the right sort of motivation .....


42 posted on 10/18/2009 7:55:53 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Dysart
He must be one very busy boy.

Or very confused...

43 posted on 10/18/2009 7:57:28 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (In just His first 3 days, the War on Terror became the War on Free Speech.)
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To: Dysart

I don’t see what the problem is with the girl in the article, she only has 1 cat. I used to have 2, now I just have 1 and she is plenty! She’s too used to having the run of the household for me to get another.


44 posted on 10/18/2009 8:01:55 PM PDT by gore_sux_2000
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To: FDNYRHEROES
Try this one on for size....
1 in 3,000 Calico cats is a male...

Isn’t that because the gene coding for hair color
is on the x-chromosome,
which is randomly suppressed from one cell to another.
Hence heterochromia in females only

A process not possible in males (only one x-chromosome)

45 posted on 10/18/2009 8:02:27 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Dysart

When I met Mrs. RQSR in 1975 she had two dogs and a BIG black cat that loved me instantly. We were married three years later...me and Mrs. RQSR that is, not the cat.

Anyway since that time we’ve had a total of 30 dogs, and only the good lord knows how many cats have come and gone in our lives, but we are currently down to 14 cats here at the ranch that we claim as ours, with at least three or four more that visit on a daily basis from who knows where.

The cats are fun. They are a problem once in awhile, but mostly just get ‘em fixed, feed them the cheapest food you can buy, never give them the good stuff ever, pet them when they tell you they need a hug, and everything is just fine.


46 posted on 10/18/2009 8:02:47 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: Dysart

Time for someone to drag out the .gif where the cat paws at a guy who’s apparently hung himself and the body slowly, slowly twists in the wind...


47 posted on 10/18/2009 8:02:59 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (In just His first 3 days, the War on Terror became the War on Free Speech.)
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To: gore_sux_2000

whoops I meant to say THREE cats! ah well, that still isn’t many to me....it would be another thing if she had a houseful of them. Good test for bringing a date around!


48 posted on 10/18/2009 8:06:05 PM PDT by gore_sux_2000
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To: Mr Inviso
“Weird thing going on in my neighborhood is these cats that belong to other families but spend most of their time at my house and vice versa, our cats will be gone for 2 or 3 days at a time obviously doing the same thing.”

I can't say for sure...but I've heard it said that domestic cats generally confine their travels to a 4-acre square area from their home...

49 posted on 10/18/2009 8:13:47 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (In just His first 3 days, the War on Terror became the War on Free Speech.)
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To: Dysart
"a freelance marketer"

aka unemployed

50 posted on 10/18/2009 8:22:00 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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