Cats, the small, furry, active, highly agile, sometimes sneaky carnivorous mammals, are certainly unique animals. Among all the domesticated animals, cats probably enjoy the most freedom, coming and going as they please. In America, it is estimated that there are some 74 million cats sharing households with people, 2 million more than dogs, surprisingly.
Their presence in American life is so pervasive that whole range of industries has mushroomed to support cat ownership. Walk into a pet shop, you will be amazed by the range of products, toys, foods, books, health supplements, and many other items that are specifically catered for cats. It is also not surprising to find people plan their daily routines or vacations around their cats.
The dominance of cats in our cultures is deeply entrenched in our society. Countless songs have been written based on cats, among them – “Cool for Cats” by Squeeze, “Cat Scratch Fever” by Ted Nugent, “The Lovecats” by The Cure, and who can forget about the breezy “Nashville Cats” by the Lovin’ Spoonful.
Then you have the unforgettable feline characters in blockbuster movies. Perhaps the most famous of all is the enigmatic Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland. The Cat in Breakfast in Tiffany which is a symbol of Holly’s free and independent spirit, a very vital part of the story development. The Aristocats, perhaps the best on-screen celebration of cats is an animated musical movie with a flawless display of cat attributes: sophistication and grace laced with chilled and carefree vibes.
In the wondrous world of comics, the kick-ass Catwoman is as memorable as Batman, Black Cat is perhaps Spiderman’s kryptonite, and Ocelotina is as inappropriately brilliant as possible. On imported front, Hello Kitty is a force to reckon with. Not only Hello Kitty merchandise is present in almost every households with little girls, celebrities have no qualm in toting Hello Kitty items on red carpets.
There are countless online cat-themed games to keep the technology-savvies occupied. Then you have the old fashion game called Black Cat Scratches, a favorite spooky story telling game for little kids’ sleepover nights or summer camp nights.
Cat-themed clothing, bedding, gifts are of course easily available. Brides have chosen cat-themed weddings and countless cat-themed parties have been held with great success.
Then perhaps lean towards the wild side, there are humans who took to surgically altered their looks to resemblance cats. Cat themed tattoo on the face or body seems mild in comparison!
A cup of tea or coffee with your feline friend in a cat-friendly cafe, anyone?