It's not been from a fear of judgement from wider society as such, although it is a subject that's been known to divide people. I'm not ashamed. And I think it's high time that I get this out of the way before it becomes too big a burden to bear:
I love pussy.
....cats. I love pussy cats. I MUCH prefer them to dogs. And my love for them isn't the sweet "I appreciate that fluffy thing's cuteness" kind of love. If a black cat crosses my path, it's bad luck.
For the cat.
Because I will make a beeline for it and aggressively attempt to become best friends with it. If it has the further misfortune/ stupidity to come close enough to me, it will be smothered within an inch of its nine fuzzyfuzzymuchcute lives. I am the grown up equivalent of one of those hamster squeezer children.
Picture that kid from Finding Nemo. Remove the braces and the fish obsession, add twenty years and an intense affection for felines and you've got me.
"KITTY, WHY ARE YOU SLEEPING?!"
Many people opt for canine company instead. While I appreciate the bouncy Funtime energy a dog can bring into a home, I also enjoy being able to give them back to their owners at the end of the day when I tire of their antics and drooling.
I feel similarly about human children.
Here is a short list of reasons why cats are infinitely better companions than dogs (and children, if you like):
1. Poop Shame: Dogs will happily defacate with a look of either contentment or mild surprise out in the open, and not give any further shits about the (fecal) matter.
Cats are suitably ashamed and grossed out by their own excrement, giving them a British "oh, I do apologise! Please, let me remove it from sight in your shoe, I am disgusting. Sorry. So terribly sorry!" air about them.
2. Affection Roulette: cats keep you on your toes. Unlike dogs, who love you so relentlessly that it makes you want to punch them in their soppy faces (note: I have never actually punched a dog in It's soppy face). You never know if you're going to get kitty cuddles or a claw to the eyeball. And that makes life much more interesting. Cats are permanently PMSing and I can fully identify with that.
"I LOVE you! I HATE you! I want to eat. Now I need to nap. Come here so I can rip your face into tiny pieces!! Purr purr. Nice human. FUCK YOU!!"
3. La La La Not Listening: Dogs will stare at you while you chat away to them, like you are both made out of bacon and the smartest most cleverest person ever ever ever. If your prattling becomes too much for the cat to bear, he will promptly present you with its butt and shimmy off elsewhere until he decides you are interesting/ useful again. This is very humbling and admirably sassy. Humans should follow the way of the cat.
Next time you're at that business meeting that is of no interest to you? Turn tail, buttocks to speaker and shimmy shimmy shimmy away. You'll score a promotion for your the bluntness of your feelings. Or get fired.
4. Fluffy Procrastination Machines: While dogs are generally eager to please us hoomans, and, especially if well trained, happy to put in the work to impress, cats will actively encourage their owners to do less stuff. The fact that we work seems to both amuse and annoy them. If you have a cat anywhere in the house, even if you're nowhere near it, get out a pen and notepad and begin to write. I'll bet you actual money that in less than ten minutes, there will be a cat ass on your notbook and paws batting at your biro.
His name is Walter. I love him. He tolerates me.