I had no idea it was National Cat Guy Week. I knew it was Pet Dental Health Awareness Month and For the Love of God Please Don’t Get Me a Vermont Teddy Bear Week (I made that up, but I think it could catch on), but it’s also Black History Month, American Heart Month, National Grapefruit Month, and National Snack Food Month.
Needless to say with the plethora of festivities and momentous occasions one can celebrate this week it can be hard to pick, but when I saw this great brainchild of the Much Love Animal Rescue, I knew I was on board.
Cat owners have historically had an unfairly rough go of things from a PR perspective. The term ‘cat lady’, for example, is not always used in a complimentary way. And cat guy- well, what is a cat guy anyway?
There’s this Will Ferrell lookalike from Awkward Family Pet Photos:
Or, you know, this guy, complete with couch in basement:
And just to keep you up late at night staring fretfully into dark corners, let’s not forget the original Cat Guy:
But let’s be fair here: As anyone who has worked in a veterinary clinic or even just watched Best In Show can attest to, there are plenty of nutty dog owners out there too. Who could forget this chilling dog lover?
Yep. Jame Gumb. Remember Precious? The truth is, most cat guys, like most cat ladies, are really pretty awesome. We have Cat Dudes to thank, after all, for I Can Haz Cheezburger. And for this:
I so love limecat.
The cat guys I know are, yes, a little different from the dog guys. Perhaps a bit more introverted. More indoorsy than outdoorsy. (Both dog and cat guys, by the way, are highly preferable to the I Don’t Like Animals Guys, who I never get along with.)
But they are also smart as hell, and some of the funniest guys I know. One guy I adore dearly is a rocker who looks kind of like Slash. Another one, a friend of my husband’s who is also a friend of mine, was one of the few people in real life who said anything to me after Emmett died. He is probably one of the nicest guys I know (and single, for all you ladies out there. )
And despite the soft spot for the kitties, they are to a one manly men who deserve huge accolades for being the cool cat dudes that they are. Any guy who schedules poker night around being home in time to give his ailing kitty sub-q fluids is aces in my book.
So let’s throw out that Comic Book Guy image and replace it with this burly cat lover:
Hooray! All together now: let’s hear it for the Boys! The cat boys, that is.