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Are You Cat Mom Enough?

Posted: 05/21/2012 12:28 pm

The times, they are a-changing. The traditional family is no longer so traditional. Marriage is being fought over on an international level, and yet it seems fewer and fewer people want to enter into that contract.

Many women find that while having a healthy career, they don't have time for a baby or don't want a baby. Or perhaps their dating pool is genetically inferior. Or missing altogether. But women can always make room in their hearts for a cat baby!

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Kittens are so cute! Who doesn't like a kitten? If YouTube and the Internet is any proof, the WHOLE DAMN WORLD loves kittens. So why all the hate when kittens become cats... and they happen to live with women? There is a disturbing misogyny out there that permeates our society: why is a woman that has a cat baby weird, undesirable, or unfit to be wed? That woman you hate on is just a single mom!

Somehow being overly attached to a human baby you have is fine. Even a dog fetish seems acceptable. Nine out of 10 times if someone is pushing a baby carriage through the streets of Los Angeles, you can bet there is a dog in it. In today's society you can bring your baby or your dog to parties, games, movies, malls, even to restaurants. It's called attachment parenting. However, if you brought your cat? You're the eccentric, weird cat lady with issues. Society should think long and hard about the idea of bringing your baby everywhere. Mommy and me yoga classes? How unrelaxing.

Attachment parenting for a newborn kitten is an exception and should be practiced. I'm a proud cat mom. True, my kitten did not come from my loins, but that doesn't make her any less loved. Adopted babies belong in a family just as much as birthed babies. And I won't have anyone slight her for it.

I raised a colicky kitten. She cried and cried. I let her feed as much as she wanted, whenever she wanted. She shared my bed and still does. I try to teach her to use her own bed, but she just loves to sneak in with me and she's just so sweet and cute. I can't say no to her. It's hard to say no to your baby!

People may talk about me or tell me I'm not doing my cat any favors. They say I'm raising her to be a monster. They say, "What you permit you promote." Well, they aren't raising her. It's not their cat baby, so they can butt out!

My boyfriend does get annoyed sometimes, but he just has to deal with cat baby and me. She has been around longer, after all. And what happens if he doesn't want to deal with it? Well, there are more men where he came from. And what if those men don't want to deal with my baby, either? Well, I've been raising my life partner from the cradle. The cat's cradle, if you will. So I'm covered any way you look at it.

Photo credit: Michael Rababy

 

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