Do you consider yourself to be a “crazy cat lady”? I do. I am crazy about cats; love ’em, love ’em, love ’em! I only have one, but I would love to have 10 – if I had the time to take care of that many. But I talk about cats so much that people often call me a crazy cat lady. I take it as a compliment, and just grin.
Crazy Cat Lady or Fabulous Friend to Felines?
There are a few other definitions of what a “crazy cat lady” is. One says that it is a single woman who dotes on her cat or cats. Ok. But does she have to be single?
Another says it is a woman who is “romance-challenged”, or too busy for romance because she is on “the career path”. In that case, who better than a cat for company?
And then there are people who just like their pets more than they like people.
Naftali Berrill, Ph.D., Director of the New York Center for Neuropsychology and Forensic Behavioral Science told AOL Health, “These may be people who have a very hard time expressing themselves to other people. They may find the human need for affection is met most easily through a relationship with a pet.”
In that case, isn’t it nice that those people have a nice, sweet kitty to share their life with?
Crazy Cat Lady Syndrome
And then there is the cat hoarder. These are the people you hear about on the news, the ones that have an excessive number of cats kept in filthy conditions; far more than they have room for or can properly care for. But guess what? There may be a reason for that behavior.
Recent research indicates a link between the parasite T. gondii, which sexually reproduces exclusively in cats, and numerous psychiatric conditions, including OCD. The compulsive hoarding of cats, a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), has long been associated with “crazy cat ladies”. Mass media has drawn on this stereotype to coin the term Crazy Cat Lady Syndrome to refer to the association between T. gondii and psychiatric conditions.
Not quite sure if I understand the connection. Maybe the parasite in the cat transfers to the human and causes them to become OCD about having lots of cats in the house?
The way I see it, as long as you’re taking good care of all your kitties, staying within the law about how many you can have, and keeping your house and the litterboxes clean, whose to say you’re crazy? Except maybe in a good way!
This is probably more cats than I would feel comfortable with. What about you?
The same here, but to each their own!
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I guess the word has gotten around.
So what do you think? What’s a good number of cats to have? Have you ever been called a crazy cat lady? Do you know someone who is?