Stereotypes are never a good thing. Defined as “a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing,” stereotypes reduce everything to the lowest common denominator. This may be one of the reasons why mainstream media love them so much. Earlier this week, our friends at The Tiniest Tiger called an end to three common stereotypes about cats: 1. Cats are aloof. 2. Feral cats put humans at risk of contracting rabies. 3. Women who love cats are mentally deranged (the crazy cat lady stereotype, a particularly annoying one as far as I’m concerned.) We join The Tiniest Tiger in asking all of you to stop repeating these stereotypes, and to educate others about why they’re inaccurate, and damaging. Read the full post, 3 Things to Stop Repeating About Cats in the New Year to learn more.
If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we shared some fascinating facts about cat paws, on Tuesday, we brought you our annual year in review, and on Friday, we reviewed Review of my Cat by Tanner Ringerud and Jack Shepherd. And don’t forget to enter our Black Cat Accessories giveaway!
I know some cats like fruits and vegetables, but the cat in today’s video makes it abundantly clear that he does not like strawberries! Enjoy!
Have a great weekend!
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