Why Are Cats So Incredibly Rude?

Short answer: It’s a cat thing

Julie Davidson
Published in
3 min readMay 25, 2019
Photo: IRCat/Pixabay

If you’re a cat owner, you have experienced this scenario. You’re having a conversation with your feline buddy, telling him how adorable he is, and next thing you know, his head is down licking his junk. Seriously, how rude? If it was any other friend, that would be the end of the relationship. But he isn’t any other friend, he’s your cat. And for some reason, you forgive it. The question is: “Why?”

Sure, cats are cute, but so is Brad Pitt, and I’m guessing if he did that he would have to go, cute or not. There has to be more to it. Let’s be honest, cats are rude. The thing I despise most is rudeness. My mother taught me, “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything.”

Yet, I love cats (all animals actually, but this is about cats). The truth is that cats know how to work us. They are manipulative. Dogs, on the other hand, are the definition of unconditional love. A dog, no matter the size, will give her life to protect the ones she loves. Dogs shower us with love, while cats show affection when it works for them. Depending on his mood, a cat may choose to lick his bits while your life hangs in the balance.

Cats hold a grudge

Dogs don’t manipulate, they are upfront with us. If a dog is mad, he will lie in a corner and pout. He will fall asleep, and when he wakes up, all is forgiven. Cats hold a grudge. When a cat is mad, she wants you to acknowledge it. Some will act out doing such things as clearing the books off the coffee table, sumo wrestling a feline roommate, or emptying her water dish out onto the floor—all to get your attention. But, just when she has pushed us to our absolute limit, a cat flashes those big kitten eyes (picture Puss in Boots from Shrek), and we melt like a snowman in the Sahara. M-A-N-I-P-U-L-A-T-I-V-E.

Cats tend to be a little nuts

A cat’s ability to entertain is part of his charm, as evidenced by all the online crazy cat videos. Cats tend to be a little nuts, doing the most foolish things that are somehow quite entertaining. It makes you wonder how a creature who is so cunning can also be so senseless.

Cats know the right time to rub up against a leg and purr, when to crawl into a lap and show affection, and when to chase their own tail in a display of absolute insanity. And in return we forgive them for occasionally being jerks.

The reality is: Cats fascinate us. Be it their crazy antics or their skillful manipulation, we are just putty in their paws. So the next time your cat walks away in the middle of your adoration of him, just remember: It’s not you, it’s a cat thing.