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The Crazy Cat Ladies Society!!!!!

Monday, 22 December 2008 3:47

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Okay so recently I wrote a story about a really amazing Cat Lady!  Sadly, when I googled the term "Cat Lady" the picture above, as well as an image of the Crazy Cat lady from The Simpsons, popped up.  Eleanor Abernathy a Simpson's character, better known as the Crazy Cat Lady, is a woman with the appearance and behavior of a stereotypical mentally ill person.

WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH THIS STEREOTYPE?!?!?!?!?!?!  While researching the term, I ran across another COOL SITE!    The Crazy Cat Ladies Society!  From the site: "The purpose of the Crazy Cat Ladies Society & Gentlemen's Auxiliary is to use humor to counter the stereotypes made about people who love cats. By claiming the phrase "crazy cat lady" on our own terms, we take away its power to offend, and have a lot of fun while doing so!" They obviously understand that loving cat's is not a crime!  Anyway, I couldn't find any historical information about the origin of the term.  However, when I entered the term in Wikipedia, I did get this result:

ANIMAL HOARDING

Animal hoarding involves keeping higher than usual numbers of animals as pets without having the ability to properly house or care for them, while at the same time denying this inability.  Compulsive hoarding can be characterized as a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder rather than deliberate cruelty towards animals. Hoarders are deeply attached to their pets, and find it extremely difficult to let the pets go. They typically cannot comprehend that they are harming their pets by failing to provide them with proper care. Hoarders tend to believe that they provide the right amount of care for their pets. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provides a "Hoarding Prevention Team", which works with hoarders to help them attain a manageable and healthy number of pets.
 
I guess this is where the stereotype started?  Animal hoarding is not cool, but I can totally understand wanting more and more cats than ever... they are such cool little companions, and super self suffiencient (compared to other animals).  But, cat's need care... and that can be expensive.  I am totally against people taking on more pets than they can care for!

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