I love cats. The "mean" ones are amusing, I admit, but if that was their only trait I would not like them. Most cats can be very lovable. My cat is aloof with most people, but snuggly with me. I suppose I identify, as I am the same way - aloof with most, but snuggly with those I trust.
"Charlotte sometimes dreams a wall around herself. But it's always with love - So much love it looks like everything else. Charlotte Sometimes - So far away, glass sealed and pretty." - The Cure
No, but that's because animals have instincts and humans do not. It is cruel to punish an animal for being what it is instinctively wired to be.
You don't think humans have instincts? I agree it's cruel to punish an animal for being what it's instinctively wired to be if it can't be trained. If it can be trained, I think the owner has a responsibility to just as they have a responsibility to train their kids. If it acts in a manner you would consider sadistic and can't be trained out of it (and that's known from the start), then I'd rather not have such an animal. Maybe that's the attraction of INFPs to cats, at that? They can't be trained, therefore no responsibility.
Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise
Besides, it actually can be good that cats are mousers. Have you ever had a mouse problem?
Cats helped to partially deter the black plague, after all.
If a mouse problem is your reason for owning a cat, there are plenty of other solutions out there which offer far more humane ways of dealing with mice. Traps, poison, ferrets etc. They also spare the resident bird population.
Looks like mere speculation from cat-lovers to me, rationalizing away their pets' less endearing traits.
Originally Posted by heart
I am tired of the anti-cat agenda. Some people really dig cats. Get over it.
The pro-cat agenda never ceases, so I don't see why an anti-cat agenda shouldn't be given a little air-time. It always puzzles me why such a purportedly moral and animal-loving type has such a big, fluffy blind-spot.
I'm not particularly interested in the fact that "some people" really dig cats - some people really dig spiders. I'm interested in why INFPs in particular seem to really dig cats, and do so in such a public way.