This blog owes a fair amount of its success to how much people seem to be unhealthily obsessed with cats. I had a few big hits with articles discussing our obsession with food, odd social norms, or the job market; but it has always been cats that have yielded me the most repeat traffic. I am not sure why the internet loves cats so much, but it really does. Maybe it has to do with dog owners getting outside for walks. Cat owners can just stay inside and bask in the bluish-white glow of their computer screens, while people who own canines have to step out to let the animal relieve itself or get some exercise. Dog owners have strong leathery hands that can tie a sheepshank knot in moments but are ill suited for the delicate nature of the online research required to find an image of a baseball cap full of kittens. That, my friend, needs the delicate touch of a skeletal hand that has never done manual labor but has pet numerous cats bald.
If you have an initial product that is garbage, you can immediately improve it by casually tossing in some felines. Cats, the play, is inarguable proof of this phenomenon. Cats are in high demand and, a lot of the time, the only place you can get your fix is the internet. Anytime I see a dog walking outside, I’m probably going to whisper, “look at that dog,” and start laughing. But I don’t even get that opportunity with cats. Occasionally I’ll see a stray scurry under a fence late at night or someone pushing one around in a baby stroller, but it is as rare and beautiful as a solar eclipse. I have an equal fondness for both animals but seeing a cat offers an added thrill. Cats are stealthy and secretive, so we want whatever we can get out of them.
Anyway, I just wanted to thank everyone who continued to send me emails like this one:
I love your blog but am going to kill you if you don’t post the rest of the cat diary stuff.
So, after months of requests, I’m going to post the final Cat Lover’s Diary entry into the blog. I have also, with the help of a few persistent friends, tracked down the woman I believe to be the cat lady from the book. She has agreed to be interviewed, provided she has the final say on what I post. She had very mixed opinions on me sharing the journal in the first place, so we will see how it all goes. I really shouldn’t even be talking about it but, I just can’t help myself. So here is to the end of The Cat Lover’s Diary and the beginning of a beautiful friendship.