Thursday, May 20, 2010

The "Crazy Cat Lady"

A label, a stereotype, that in its simplest form is used to describe a woman, usually middle-aged or older, who lives alone and keeps dozens or more pet cats. There are many variations to this concept though.

Some people put this label to any person living with even one cat! They are also seen as weird and possibly bad or evil by everyone else in their community. The neighborhood kids think she's a witch. They are considered not good with people, very eccentric and often feared! Sometimes labeling a woman as a crazy cat lady is just another way to dismiss her for deciding not to go the conventional route of marriage, kids, public activities etc.!

Of course all the above are exaggerations. Usually this term is given for people having more cats that can they take care for, many more than municipal code allows, in a small stinky and messy house, and refuse to give them away even for the sake of the safety and well being of the cats or themselves.

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