Let’s face it. It’s no longer sex sounds that dominate the internet—it’s purring.
Cats rule the internet.
This phenomenon has even serious magazines looking for a scientific reason for why cats are so popular online.
I like Steve Dale’s explanation: “In the world of cats, there is no dog park. For cat owners, the dog park is the Internet.” That sounds right to me.
Psychological tests suggest that cat people are more likely to be introverts than dog lovers. But being introverted doesn’t mean someone needs friends any less. Introverts just need time alone to rebuild their energy. So the internet is an ideal place for an introvert to be social on her own terms.
Personally, I think the online cat craze is a good thing.
Not necessarily the cute kitten pictures that convince people totally unprepared to care for a pet to bring a furry life into their homes. But the stories of training and rescues, health tips, behavioral advice, and even just the affectionate tales of sharing one’s life with a fuzzy alien (my husband’s name for dogs, but I think it fits cats even better) are good for cats.
Many more people think of cats as disposable than dogs.
There’s a widely held perception that it’s easier to care for a cat than it is to care for a dog. I’m only guessing. But I suspect that it’s not true, especially if you’re caring for your cat the way you’re supposed to.
Maybe cat people browsing online for a solution to their cat missing the litter box will discover their own community of crazy cat people. And they’ll find new ways to stimulate their cat or perhaps even try leash-training their kitten or traveling with their cat.
Maybe the internet is not one big dog park after all. Maybe it’s one big cat park. And we dog people are lucky to be hanging out here at all.
Your Turn: Why do you think cats dominate the internet? Is it because we dog people have more options for doing things out in the world with them? Or do you think it’s something else?
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