If you are visiting a cat owner or a cat friend, but do not like the adorable velvet paws yourself, you should rather save some sayings. Cat owners just don't want to hear comments that are full of clichés. These sayings are best avoided by cat enemies out of tact:
Some people seem to think that you can't like dogs and cats at the same time. One of the sayings with which such people identify themselves is: "I prefer dogs". The reason for this is usually a collection of prejudices that dogs are more friendly, good-natured, loyal or loving than cats. Every cat owner knows: that's nonsense.
Often, such convinced "dog people" simply have not had any experience with cats and do not know how to interpret their body language. A slow blink at the fur noses is then misinterpreted as a contemptuous look, even though the kitty just smiled friendly. Or signals are overlooked that the cat feels uncomfortable and is ready to attack. If she then scratches or bites, this happens suddenly and unexpectedly for the other person.
This question is annoying because it contains the accusation that cats are boring pets and anyone who likes cats would also be boring. If the saying comes from someone you love, you can answer that cats are mostly nocturnal animals that rest a lot during the day. This is even more noticeable with free-range cats who can let off steam outdoors than with domestic cats who live their wild five minutes and their mood in their own four walls. If the proverb is someone who annoys them more often with old-fashioned comments, a short "yes" is sufficient as the answer.
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Whoever expects a child as a cat owner has to listen to well-meaning sayings like this occasionally: "What happens to the cat when the baby is there?" As a rule, the question is not meant badly, but also testifies to a lack of experience with cats, especially in combination with babies and toddlers. If you ask this question, you cannot imagine that pets and babies can grow up together. However, it is very possible if you plan ahead and take a few precautions. You can find tips on this in our guides "Get your cat and baby together: tips" and "Cat and baby: avoid problems".
Cat owners often hear this saying in connection with a hymn of praise for the loyalty and good nature of dogs. It is unfair and nonsensical to accuse animals of malice, because dogs, cats and other animals do not think in moral categories. In other words, if an animal reacts aggressively, it is not "evil", but feels threatened in some way or disturbed in its well-being. If aggressive behavior in cats appears to be seemingly unpredictable, the subtle warning signs of the cat's language were not noticed.
A persistent prejudice against cats says that they have nothing left for their cat owner and simply appreciate a roof over their heads and regular food. Sayings aimed in this direction, however, almost never come from cat owners or cat friends themselves, but from people who do not know cats. Otherwise, they would know that the fur noses have a whole range of proofs of love for their favorite people and that they can obviously take their cat owners into their little hearts. However, it can depend on the cat personality how much the fur noses bind to their people and how clearly they show their affection.