Lots of people don’t think of themselves as “cat people” until they meet the right cats. Cats are unlike dogs in that they are loyal, and choose people with a great deal of discernment. Once you have a cat friend, you have a friend for life. It feels like being gifted with a curious, social, soft little buddy who knows exactly how to curl against you to make your nap cozy as hellllll.
But until that happens, many will insist they don’t want a cat in their life. One of the biggest perpetrators of this lie are dads, who imagine all sorts of obligations and responsibilities associated with cat ownership and who probably have some sort of bias—cats are frequently seen as a more feminine pet, for some bizarre sexist reason we should all let go of immediately. Dads do eventually get won over once the cat gets in the house, as Twitter user @roobeekeane, or Ruby, demonstrated.
She shared a picture of a gray cat sniffing grocery items in a kitchen, and captioned it, “My dad who ‘didn’t want a cat’ showing Lucas every item of the weekly shop because ‘he wants to see what we’ve got.'”
Ah, yes, the all-important cat grocery inspection:
my dad who “didn’t want a cat” showing Lucas every item of the weekly shop because “he wants to see what we’ve got” pic.twitter.com/Uka5eccZZm
— ruby🦎 (@roobeekeane) December 11, 2019
The post was so popular she shared some updates. Ruby’s family actually has two cats, Lucas and Dustin.
Lucas (left): obsessed with the kitchen tap, brings spiders in through the cat flap as presents
Dustin (right): a sweet prince, nicknames are Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande because he has a squeaky high meow pic.twitter.com/Iy0YkUTPHI
— ruby🦎 (@roobeekeane) December 12, 2019
She shared some more pics of her dad walking them on harnesses outside because he’s afraid they’ll run into the road.
There’s dad “holding an umbrella over them while they sit on the shed.”
And dad “making them a sandpit and a paddling pool.” These are cats with many varied interests:
Dad, Dustin, and Lucas make an adorable trio, but there were a million even cuter responses as people shared stories and photos of all their dads, and a few moms, who were reluctant to admit a cat into the home and then became completely obsessed.
There were also a few stories of reluctant dog owners, to show this isn’t a one-pet issue. It’s the wholesome content the Internet needs:
My dad said the same about our dog. We would catch him whispering, “Who’s a good boy?” when he was alone with him. We’d also find him laying on the stairs nose-to-nose with the dog just talking to him. I saw my dad cry twice. Once when his father died and once when our dog died.
— Mandi Mateer ♿ 🏳️🌈 (@mandipandi303) December 12, 2019
This is my mom with two of the cats she hates. PS I’ve never seen her this happy pic.twitter.com/8HAcnoyH6V
— Lisa Capri 🧢 (@LisaCapri) December 12, 2019
I went on a business trip and my husband had to take over. He told me he wouldn’t spoil our cat. When I came back, she had three types of kibble to choose from and her favourite wet food in two varieties, and she’d taken over his side of the bed.
— Antje (@amiasmatics) December 12, 2019
so she waits for him til she hears the car… pic.twitter.com/qjK2fZjNt5
— T a m a r (@tamarfeast) December 12, 2019
Was there ever a photo that expressed cat ownership of us better? 😆😆
— Ko Betty ahau (@BettyAhau) December 12, 2019
Same with my cat, my dad loves him so much. Even though he thought he wouldn’t.
— Ignis (@Annoyedcharlie) December 12, 2019
Similar husband. Btw the cat basically owns him, now pic.twitter.com/vKa0VcQG9B
— Eden (@eden4peace) December 12, 2019
oh my heart
— [Qian Xi] [Teng] (@mirrors4gorgons) December 12, 2019
Dads napping on couches are the best dads.
— Acey Deecey 🚀🚀 (@mcgarrygirl78) December 12, 2019
Is that a mini cat chair? 😆
— Sarahvn🌞vas 🕷Girly Swot🕷 (@sarahwood700) December 12, 2019
— Rob Gonzalez (@mybeanburrito) December 12, 2019
here’s my dad with the cat he didn’t want lmao pic.twitter.com/OlsMigySR5
— Vespayik♠️ (@vespayik) December 13, 2019
Don’t try to resist, human dad. Get a cat. It will change your life!