Lately I’ve been reflecting on the growth of our little family. For the entirety of vegan land, we’ve been a family of five: me, Maddie, Olive, Fini, and Beans. Then this happened:
I’ve always identified myself as a Crazy Cat lady, but evidently now I really am one. I keep thinking about all of the stereotypes associated with humans who happen to have several animal companions. Why is there a stigma attached to having more than one pet? Once I got to thinking on it, the answer was clear: speciesism. As humans clearly torture and objectify humans who relate to and associated with them are often ostracized as well.
I’ve experienced this for most of my life as I’ve always had far more pets than my peers. (Rabbits, dogs, alpacas, chickens, my parents currently have 5 cats) I find it alarming and frustrating that there are such harsh views (insanity, instability, loneliness, wantonness, lack of social skills/inclination) Just because we’re able to relate to other creatures that makes us crazy?
Another alarming facet of this paradigm is the gendering of the Crazy Cat (or pet) Lady. Notice the name itself targets only women as insane when it comes to cats. Ever heard of a Crazy Cat Man? I haven’t. All of those nasty little “personality traits” I mentioned above are so often assigned to women anyway, so having multiple cats well that’s just the icing on your anti-social cake. I reclaim the term “Crazy Cat Lady” and wear it as a badge of honor. These are beautiful precious creatures filled with love and I’m proud to have them under my roof.
As a vegan, I seek to honor and cherish all living things though some I feel more connected with or drawn to than others. My cats are prime examples of this attachment and so is Beans the Wonder Rabbit. (Talk about personality!) So beware Cat Lady bashers! I’m proud to be here, and I have a sneaky suspicion that I’m not alone…