Cats are, undeniably, social animals, and are well loved by those who develop bonds with them, like Queen front man Freddie Mercury. Freddie very famously loved cats, lived with a bunch of them, and even left his most beloved feline friends a portion of his estate, so they’d be taken care of after he passed away from complications related to HIV/AIDS. Mercury’s love of cats was such a part of him, that even “Boheman Rhapsody,” the Oscar-winning film about Queen’s rise to fame, contained scenes with him and his cats.
They might have a reputation for being anti-social, but as I’ve written about for Dan in the past, studies show that if you’re welcoming and and sociable toward them, cats will reciprocate and cozy up to you. Basically, if your cat is anti-social jerk, maybe it’s just picking up on the vibe you’re throwing down.
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In fact, cats are such social creatures that they will often times invade your personal space, whether you want them to or not. Their natural vibe of “IDGAF” seems to lend itself to them popping up, unannounced, wherever they want. Like when a cat just bolted out onto a soccer field recently, and everyone had no choice but to let that kitty have its way on the pitch for a bit.
It’s one of the ways cats can ingratiate themselves on people, and even if you don’t consider yourself a “cat person,” it’s hard to resist a kitty’s purrs and attempts at attention. Bored Panda recently compiled a list of pictures sent to them of people who don’t normally consider themselves cat-friendly being forced into submission by super-social kitties.
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Here are some of our favorites!
My Boyfriend Said He Doesn’t Like Cats. This Is Him Now
Dad Says He Doesn’t Like The Cat, Saw This
I Wanted A Cat. My “Not A Cat Person” Boyfriend Did Not. We Got One Because It Would Make Me Happy. Guess Whose Cat She Is
I Pretend I Don’t Like My Roommate’s Cat. But When He’s At Work, We Hangout
My Boyfriend Doesn’t Love Cats, So I Was Worried About Bringing Home This Orphan Rescue. Now, They Won’t Leave Each Other Alone
Boyfriend Says He Does Not Like Cats. I Think He Is Full Of Shit
I’m Not A Cat Person But I’ll Make An Exception
Got Leeroy A Couple Weeks Back. Girlfriend Didn’t Want A Cat And Still Tells Friends She Hates Him. Yeah, Ok
14 Years Ago My Sister And I Got A Kitten For Our Dad Who Had Always Said He Hated Cats. They’ve Been Inseparable Ever Since
The Boyfriend Is Supposedly Not A Cat Person
My Dad Swears He Hates Cats
If You Ask Him, “F*ck No, I’m Not A Cat Person”
My “Not A Cat Person” Boyfriend Falling In Love With A Shelter Kitty
And He Didn’t Even Want A Cat
My Wife Didn’t Want Cats. Even After Getting Our Bengals, She Claimed She Just “Liked Them Alright.” I’ve Been Calling Her Bluff, And I Finally Have Proof
At First I Didn’t Want To Have To Take Care Of Kittens. Then This Happened
I Always Considered Myself To Be More Of A Dog Person, But A Co-worker Brought This Little Guy In And I Couldn’t Help Myself
My Boyfriend Always Said He Didn’t Want To Get A Cat. This Is Them 5 Minutes After Meeting
My Dad Hates Cats. He Just Sent Me This While Babysitting My Cat
Growing Up, My Grandpa Hated Cats And Told Me That When My Cats Died I Wasn’t Allowed To Get More Under His Roof. They Died. I Got Another. This Is My Grandpa
My Dad Hates Cats
“I Really Hate Your Cat” Indeed
Boyfriend Said He Didn’t Want Another Cat
I Am Not A Cat Person. My Mom Found The Most Social Stray
Writer/comedian James Schlarmann is the founder of The Political Garbage Chute and his work has been featured on The Huffington Post. You can follow James on Facebook and Instagram, but not Twitter because he has a potty mouth.