From experience and observation, I am almost convinced that, of all the domestic animals, it is the cat that is good-for-nothing in the home. If not for due respect to its creator, I would dare say that it is nothing but an ornamental pet whose problems caused to people outweigh the good points.
No offense meant to cat-lovers, though. I respect your preference, tastes, and likes. In fact, though I may disagree with you, I could fight to the death defending your right to choose the cat for a pet.
But pardon what I would have to write about it. In the first place, it’s not about you, nor does it have anything to do with you.
Consider what it can give you. Well, it can keep you company at some moments, rub its face, back and sides on you, or perhaps embark your lap and sleep there. But unlike the dog that can offer you security services, your cat won’t watch over you, nor warn you of some present danger. In fact, it would usually do all of the above but only when it is asking for food. The moment its tummy is full, it will ignore you, leave you.
You can’t rely on your cat for friendship. It doesn’t have loyalty to its owner. I wonder if it even recognizes its master, because the caresses it gives to its owner may also be enjoyed by anyone who visits the house. A dog knows its owner and would express its affection only to the latter, not to any stranger. Dare not touch its owner, albeit jokingly, or you will be in trouble because dogs are protective of their masters. Cats don’t care. Whatever happens to their owners is none of their business.
You should not also expect cats to give you meat, contrary to what other animals can offer. They just aren’t fit for human consumption, it seems; or it’s up to your stomach if it can stand cat meat. For most people, cats are not meant to be eaten; it is they that are eating meats—rats, lizards, birds, frogs, roaches, fishes, etc.
Far from being useful, a cat spreads its tiny strands of fur everywhere which stick stubbornly to clothes, sofas, floor mats, and even human skin, causing allergies of various sorts, triggering asthma and other respiratory diseases. It defecates anywhere, and its excessively odorous and offensive waste, which is at times difficult to locate, can utterly pollute the air.
When in heat, cats would climb the roofs and repeatedly growl to the top of their stinging voices, rousing people from sleep, disturbing the neighborhood. When chances warrant, they steal the people’s food stuffs reserved for later meals. When rebuked, they could lacerate your skin with their sharp claws. And when giving birth, they do it in deep portions of the house, like up in the ceiling, where their kittens die of heat and subsequently spread the nauseating smell of death prevailing for days and weeks inside one’s comfort zone.
By: Doms Pagliawan
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