Crazy Cat People

graphic from Ali Noel Vyain

There are those of us who love cats so much that we spend lots of time with them. We play with them. We feed them. We cuddle with them. We talk with them. There are those who will call us crazy for loving cats as much as we do.

I say those people don’t understand what it is like to be around cats. To interact with people who don’t speak the same languages we can. And still we learn to understand each other. We learn to live together for the benefit of us all.

For the culture I’ve grown up in, crazy cat ladies are more popular than crazy cat men. In Italian a crazy cat lady is expressed in one word: gattara. In Italian a crazy cat man is also just one word: gattaro. I am very much a gattara and all the cats who have lived with me know it.

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