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LPT For Men: Get a cat.

April 30, 2021
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For all the single men out there, and even the married/attached ones, please consider getting a pet.

I strongly recommend either a cat or a small dog. They're able to cuddle with you on your lap that's...instinctually significant. And I say this as a person who loves big dogs.

Cats come in two breeds: People-cats and Cat-cats.

Cat-cats are only concerned with themselves. They're grifters at best, assholes at worst.

If you get a cat-cat, don't be afraid to give it away. There's a sucker born every minute.

However, if you play with your cat 15 mins every day, feed them well and allow them to come to you, you should find a people-cat pretty quickly.

This may have seemed like a shitpost but the constant love you receive from a pet is invaluable to your mental health.

I have a loving wife and two loving daughters and I'm still succored by the love of my cat every single day.

The simplicity and constancy inherent to the love of a pet is healthy for anyone but they are particularly healthy for men.

We all know that men feel less valued, less cared for and less loved. These are all wounds that a pet can heal. Particularly a cat because of the healing properties of their purr.

It's 2 am right now and I just spent an hour with my kitty sleeping in my lap after a good sessions pets & purrs and I feel uplifted. At the very least, it's like a titanium bottom has been built into my emotional depths. All because you know that you're needed and loved.

Please consider it. I know some leases prohibit it but cats are pretty low maintenance and you may be able to just pay a one-time pet deposit.


P.s. - No, I'm not actually a cat person. I hate cats. I just love my cats.

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[–]a-man-from-earthleft-wing male advocate[M] [score hidden] stickied comment (2 children) | Copy Link

Wholesome content and a bit off the beaten path. Thanks! I'm gonna sticky it for a day or two.

[–]StarZax 16 points17 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

I had a cat that came into the garden with 5 really incredibly cute little kittens. Never really used to animals, my little sisters were thrilled to see them and my mom too, she prepared a place for them in the shed.

I was so surprised to see how well the cat adapted to our presence. She was so nice, she followed me easily and she seemed to like us. The little ones had their little character too but they were not even a month old and yet they had already adapted to our presence.

And this is something that really surprised me. How much they can already express gratitude for the love we give them.

We had to give them to a center that will take care of them and we will keep 2 kittens when they will be neutered and independent from their mother, but when I move on my own, I am almost sure to take a cat. As someone with major depression issues, I think having at least one small animal in the house can be a big bonus.

[–]peanutbutterjams[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

As someone with major depression issues, I think having at least one small animal in the house can be a big bonus.

As someone who's battled depression for decades, I can confidently say that they are a big bonus and you should definitely get one when you move in on your own.

Even when they're not in my lap for pets, just seeing my cats around the house makes me happy. It's a nice little constant boost.

From what you've said, you seem to have an affinity for animals and I think you'll be surprised at just how much love they can send your way.

[–]ImportantResults 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

And this is something that really surprised me. How much they can already express gratitude for the love we give them.

It's tragic that today one can actually be surprised by this. Talks about the degeneration of a gynocentric society.

[–]pattyboiIII 34 points35 points  (3 children) | Copy Link

Gonna stick with my big dogs but thanks for the message.

[–]Oncefa2left-wing male advocate 17 points18 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

I think it probably works either way.

Smaller dogs (and larger dogs within reason) will even cuddle with you so if that's why OP recommends cats, you can get that out of a dog also.

I'm saying this as more of a cat person btw. Dogs are great too and there's nothing wrong with substituting this logic for a dog instead of a cat if you're a dog person.

[–]pattyboiIII 4 points5 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

I was more focuseing on ops emphasis of having them in your lap, my dogs so heavy she'll give you a dead leg with her head alone.

[–]john_dune 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Must be a monster. My 90lb loaf doesn't do that to my leg

[–]88mmAce 8 points9 points  (7 children) | Copy Link

Allergic to most mammals sadly

[–]squidarcher 4 points5 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

Birds! Or reptiles

[–]parahacker 4 points5 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Birbs are amazing.

Just don't do what my asshole boss did and buy a grumpy cockatoo as big as a jack terrier, stick him in a warehouse and ask your employees to take care of him. I mean, for fuck's sake. Truth be told I learned to love the bird but also learned to hate the boss.

Anyway.

Parrots and other domesticated birds are smart as hell, even the ones with heads so small you can't fathom how they are physically capable of thinking. Make no mistake they can outthink you half the time. (The other half they're dumb as bricks, but that's entertaining too.) They're loving, (some breeds) cuddly, engaged, and quirky. Amazing pets.

[–]squidarcher 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Yesss! I love birds, I just can’t justify the time commitment right now. But reptiles (specifically turtles and larger lizards like tegus) are a great relatively low-maintenance pet that will at least like you, if not love you. I love my little bearded dragon, and I can tell he likes me for more than just food.

[–]oggyb 1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

This is me. But every day I think about just becoming an antihistamine person for the sake of a pet.

Such trials.

[–]kygardener1 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I'm allergic to cats and I now have four. I rescued two neighborhood strays that were in bad shape, and took my dad's cats when he passed away.

I complain about them constantly but they are fun to have around!

[–]SchalaZeal01 0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy Link

My bf is allergic to cats but built a tolerance to the cat we own over the years. A persian long hair. Only gets bad when they shed in early spring and later autumn.

[–]88mmAce 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

I get asthma attacks from it

[–]MrElderwood 8 points9 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Firstly, brilliant post! I couldn't agree more!

Being a dual cat owner, from a family of historic dog owners, I'd like to add a few thoughts of my own.

Be realistic as to how often you will want to walk a dog (and the space you have to do so). Some breeds need a lot of exercise and will end up being 'problem' pets if they don't get what they need. 'Destructive' dogs - like those that chew things up - are usually under-exercised. Also consider that house cats are a thing, but not as solo pets (this is what my two are, as I live in a major, traffic-dense, city).

Please, please, please focus on rescue animals. I abhor puppy farms etc, and there are already far too many animals that need loving 'forever' homes. I truly believe the bond you make with a rescue is deeper and more profound, for both of you, if you rescue as opposed to buying them. With the bonus that they have a lovely tendency to rescue you right back!

If it's at all possible, as I mentioned above, buy a pair of animals, preferably siblings if you can. The companionship they give each other is vitals and on a level we cannot replicate. Dogs could be the exception, as they seem to do fine as solo pets, but I know my two cats would not be the same if they were solo.

With cats, the most important advice you can receive is already stated in the OP - "allow them to come to you". Very well done for pointing this out u/peanutbutterjams, it's absolutely crucial to remember something that sounds obvious. Namely, 'cats are not dogs'! They form their relationship with you in a different way and at their own pace. Trust me, they will love you all the more for it! In fact I earned major 'bonus points' with the rescue centre I got mine from for simply opining that to them - they literally said "I wish more people realised that!".

Also with cats, don't forget that they love raw meat - pref poultry but NEVER pork, as it has too many dangerous parasites that we kill through cooking - as it can provide essential stuff they might not get elsewhere, like Taurine. My two seem to get a real rush from raw chicken! And there is research that suggests cats that eat raw meat at home kill less wildlife too - Win/Win! Do little research in to "biologically appropriate raw foods" or BARF for short (yes, really!). Mine love it, even if only as a part of their diet. Oh and if possible, avoid pet foods that are stuffed with cereal-fillers, cats cant digest cereal and it can lead to health issues in later life.

In conclusion, the unconditional love you get from an animal is really precious, especially if your mental health is less than tip-top. As someone with Major Depressive Disorder, my two are usually the highlight of my day - either with their snuggles with me or watching them wrestle each other!

Sorry! Didn't mean to write a wall of text! Can you guess I'm an animal lover?! =)

[–]peanutbutterjams[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

lol no problem, love the response!

Namely, 'cats are not dogs'!

Yes, I had to learn this. I was raised with dogs so it took some adjusting, especially when it came to play. Cats play so differently from dogs.

In conclusion, the unconditional love you get from an animal is really precious, especially if your mental health is less than tip-top

I was hoping this would be the take-away. I focused on cats because they're more realistic for people who don't own homes and because they're a pet many men just don't consider.

A lonely single man is going to be all the more healthier with a cat in his apartment.

[–]TheKingsHill 5 points6 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

I’ve been missing my cats. My now ex has them since the breakup.
My two cats were everything. Slept with me, always showing affection and seeking attention, annoyingly sometimes. They always knew when we needed them and they seemed to show us/request extra attention then.

[–]peanutbutterjams[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Sorry to hear that, man.

I know it's hard to consider but if there's no chance of getting them back, you should definitely get another cat. It sounds like you could use a bundle of love right now.

[–]LettuceBeGrateful 4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

My first cat saved my life.

People who shame anyone (man or woman) for having cats can shove it. They're wonderful pets, and the right cat can even be a wonderful companion.

[–]adam-lThe empress is naked 14 points15 points  (8 children) | Copy Link

I've conflicted feelings about this.

I guess if it works, it's good - I mean, Tesla did fall in love with a pigeon.

On the other hand, there's an ongoing campaign by gynocentrism in order to alleviate women from their "emotional chores", and pets are certainly used for it.

I believe that pets are the heart of a heartless world, the opium of men. The abolition of the love of pets as the illusory love of the men is the demand for their being trully loved.

[–]DontFeedTheTech 14 points15 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

there's an ongoing campaign by gynocentrism in order to alleviate women from their "emotional chores"

If women want to allow themselves to be replaces by pets, then what does that say about their inherit sense of value? "I am happy to replaced by a cat" says more about the woman saying it then the man and his cat.

[–]HogurDuDesertleft-wing male advocate 13 points14 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I think we can see it both ways. If say for exemple a single man gets already some love emotional comfort from a pet, then he will be less "desperate" for a women to fill up some emotional need, and therefore will be a lot more selective when choosing for a potential partner, which actually I think is a good thing, because it raises the bar for a woman's personality.

[–]StarZax 7 points8 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Yeah it makes sense, I also think like that but eh, when you are depressed ... You've got to take whatever will make you feel better. Yeah it would be better to have a woman to love you instead of a pet, but you play with the cards you were dealt. Women certainly do the same when they do not receive love from men, don't they ?

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

So... by denying yourself a pet...it will force women to be more emotionally attentive?

[–]adam-lThe empress is naked 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Strange logic you got there.

The idea is simply to not make a virtue out of necessity.

[–]peanutbutterjams[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

there's an ongoing campaign by gynocentrism in order to alleviate women from their "emotional chores", and pets are certainly used for it.

Yeah that had nothing to do with my post....

I know my cat's been good for my mental health and I wanted to let other men know about it because getting a cat for themselves is not something a lot of men consider.

There was no deeper political ploy. Just an honest desire to help other men.

[–]adam-lThe empress is naked 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

It's not a comment towards your personal case, of course. I'm just referencing the bigger picture.

[–]MILFBucket 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Nah dude just get a pet for its own sake! Pets are awesome!

[–]turbulance4left-wing male advocate 2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Strange timing. I'm literally getting a cat today.

[–]peanutbutterjams[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Congrats!

[–]strawhut 2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Yup cat love is unlike anything in this world.

[–]leroy2007 2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

My cat has had a huge impact on my positive mental health. It’s also been good for me to feel the responsibility of taking care of her. Cats are pretty low maintenance but I still have to make sure she had food and fresh water and to take care of the litter box among other things. She’s a punk sometimes, but I love hear

[–]mensmod 3 points4 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

As a cat owner, my experience is that female cats are more often cat-cats, and male cats are more often people-cats.

[–]LettuceBeGrateful 4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

There's a satirical response in here about how you're only talking about feminist cats, not all female cats, but I'm too tired to word it right.

[–]lumberjackninja 2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I've never known a male cat that wasn't a complete goober. Every single one has had an insanely big personality.

[–]c0d3s1ing3r 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Allergic...

[–]BetoGSanchez 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Agree, I don't like cats but care a lot for my cat 😻

[–]amkmaker1754 1 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

A few tricks from someone who's had cats all their life: BE CHILL AS HELL. My stepdaughter insists she's the "cat whisperer", despite the fact most of our cats cannot be around her because she's too high-energy. We have five. Only one of them actually tolerates her high energy.

You need to be in tune with their body language. Ears back is an automatic "get the hell away from me" look. If they're hissing, it's already too late. Back off and ignore them. They'll come to you when they need/want something.

Some cats have people personalities. Some are literally bipolar. There is no predictor, other than how you treat the cat at the start. One of my babies is scarred for life because my ex's friend abused the shit out of her. She's the nicest kitty in the world, but it took YEARS for us to get her to trust people again.

Laser pointers are the go-to for entertainment. Drown them in cat nip as well, once a month or so. Kitties are great when they're high, and it's totally harmless.

Most importantly, don't get a pet unless you're willing to fork out the expenses for food, litter, vet visits if necessary, etc. It's an obvious point. But I'm 100% with OP's post. Get a cat. they're awesome.

Here's all five of mine! https://imgur.com/a/ATe2lXX

[–]fcsquadleft-wing male advocate 1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Great comment. One quibble: I've read that laser pointers aren't ideal because the cat never gets the satisfaction of actually catching the damn thing, and this might not be good for their mental health. No idea if this is true but it seemed plausible.

Your kitties are awesome!

[–]amkmaker1754 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

You know, two of my babies have figured out that we are the ones who make the RED DEMON DOT

One will come running as soon as she hears the jingling of the key chain

One will scale the wall

My SO would argue to the end of the earth that the "tuxedo" cats are some of the smartest. Tbh I'm not comfortable being outsmarted by an animal 1/5 of my size/weight lol

[–]dontpet 1 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

I've had a jack russell terrier for the last three years, never having owned an animal in my life. It blows me and my whole family away how strongly we care about him.

I often joke that if the four of us were on a boat that only had room for three, we would all agree that the dog stays on board them right for the remaining spaces.

Anyway, nice post.

[–]peanutbutterjams[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

It blows me and my whole family away how strongly we care about him.

It is surprising! That's what inspired the post. I looked down at my cat and was shook by how much I loved him and realized some people don't know about this and it might help them to know.

I think it's the simplicity of the love. The love I have for my kids and my wife is complex and deep and they are enmeshed in my world unlike anything else, but the love for our cats is simpler, purer. Not better by any stretch but that clean pure love is a healing love and there's a lot of men who are hurting out there.

[–]dontpet 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Hmm. Maybe all those jibes at cat ladies on this sub are very misguided.

[–]n8ivco1 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

If you have high blood pressure I highly suggest an aquarium. Not as much work as you think once your tank is balanced.

[–]Xemnas81 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I used to have a cat, but I can't have any pets in a 3rd storey flat :/

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Great post, I love cats too.

[–]DanielLaRussoJohny 1 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

Why not big dogs? Mine is 100 pounds but that doesn’t stop her...

Or am I getting you wrong and you’re just saying get a pet that will cuddle with you

[–]peanutbutterjams[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

It's LeftWing male advocates so my advice was class-conscious. Big dogs aren't really an option for people who rent.

I love big dogs myself but I haven't been able to accommodate them for quite a few years. I thought I disliked cats until we got our first cat and he took a shine to me. He's been practically my familiar since then.

[–]DanielLaRussoJohny 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Ohhh gotcha my bad. Thank you!

[–]Jakeybaby125 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Very much agree with this. I love my two cats even if they can be vicious sometimes

[–]WhatAboutThisTime 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I’m allergic to cats but heavily considering just getting one and dealing with the months of hell until my immune system works up a tolerance.

[–]Gerstlauer 2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Cat-cats are only concerned with themselves. They're grifters at best, assholes at worst. If you get a cat-cat, don't be afraid to give it away. There's a sucker born every minute.

This is fucking terrible advice. A cat is not an inanimate object to just use for your own gain without any consideration.

[–]peanutbutterjams[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I think it's great advice when the advice is focused on the health of lonely single men rather than the preferences of that one cat.

Like I said, there's a sucker born every minute. Let them take care of a cat who's only interested in them at food time.

A pet who only uses a man for his ability to feed and house him is not healthy for lonely single men feeling used and unloved by society.

[–]raqisasim 0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy Link

I disagree: this "cat-cats" business is a way inaccurate reflection of cats.

I have the honor of the love of two cats, and have lived with up to three. None were "lap cats," or day-to-day cuddle buddies, but they were/are all lovable, and worthy of respect. At best, I have a "sits calmly on desk while I work" cat, who adores going outdoors and cuddling up for a few minutes in bed, even in her old age and infirmaries.

Just because these cats don't follow around and snug every moment doesn't mean they don't provide joy every day for me and mine. I have spent so much time, energy and yes money on these cats, and I don't regard a damned dime. I will agree that a cat's affection is very different from my Parent, family, and friends -- but I'll also say that adapting and learning how each cat shares their affection, and how to show mine in return, has built up my well of empathy for everyone.

And to that end: just because a cat isn't 100% focused on getting love from you, don't mean you should shuffle them around homes.

[–]peanutbutterjams[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

And to that end: just because a cat isn't 100% focused on getting love from you, don't mean you should shuffle them around homes.

When the point is to increase the health of lonely single men, yeah, you should. They're not being harmed, so I don't care those cats. Humans first.

A pet who only uses a man for his ability to feed and house him is not healthy for lonely single men feeling used and unloved by society so they should rehome them.

It's best for everyone involved.

[Edit: Removed a swear word]

[–]jjbkeeper 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

The only thing I disagree with here is the reason to get a small dog over a big dog. I own a big dog and he has no issue climbing in to my lap for cuddles. I don’t get much of a say in the matter

[–]MILFBucket 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

I like little dogs hehe they're so funny

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