Why I’ll Only Date A Guy My Cat Likes

I’m proud to call myself a crazy cat lady. If a guy wants to date me, he’s got to meet my cat’s approval if he wants to get anywhere. I’m not saying the two of them have to be best friends, but they have to get along. You might introduce a new guy to your parents first, but I introduce him to my cat.

  1. If he can’t make her happy, he’ll never make me happy. I’ve been told I have the same independent, picky nature as a cat. So if he can’t manage to make her happy and keep her attention, how is he going to handle me? Besides, if she isn’t happy, I’m not either.
  2. Cats are great judges of character. Ever seen a cat start hissing or growling at someone for no reason? This means the cat knows something you don’t. They can sense jerks. It’s like a furry superpower. So far, my girl has been right every time.
  3. Cat people are just smarter. “Cat lover” isn’t the only dating requirement I have. I also want a smart man. Based on a recent study, cat people are actually smarter. I’m not saying anything against dog people, but if a guy loves cats and gets along with mine, he stands a much better chance with me.
  4. I come with a cat, so he has to accept that. If the relationship turns serious, he’s not just getting me, he’s also getting a new cat. I don’t want the drama of trying to make things work when him and her don’t get along.
  5. He’s probably not needy. I’ve discovered that the guys my cat likes aren’t needy. They give me space. I desperately need my space and needy guys just aren’t on the menu for me.
  6. He’s not afraid to be gentle. Cats don’t exactly like rough housing like dogs do. Cats can get rough, but it’s on their terms. If he shows that he knows how to pet and play with her without pissing her off, he’s a keeper. It shows me he knows how to be gentle and respect what she wants.
  7. I like a man with a sensitive side. A guy has to be a least a little sensitive to connect with my baby. You can’t love cats and build a relationship with them without being sensitive. Seriously, it’s hot dating a guy who’s not afraid of that side of himself.
  8. If he connects with her, he might just understand me. I’ve had guys tell me they just don’t understand me. It’s not my fault they can’t connect with me. A guy who’s able to connect with my cat already understands some of my personality and it gives me hope that maybe, just maybe he’ll understand and accept me.
  9. It means he respects animals. I couldn’t stand to date a guy who doesn’t respect animals. I’m not a vegan or a vegetarian, but I still think animals deserve respect. If he can’t respect them, he’s definitely not capable of respecting me.
  10. I’ll know he can read me. You have to be able to read body language to get along with a cat. Miss an ear twitch and you might get scratched instead of purred to. When a guy’s that attentive, I know he’ll understand my body language.
  11. She’s even pickier than me. I won’t lie, I have high dating standards. Luckily, my cat’s even picker than me. She weeds out potential mates so I don’t waste my time. So far, my longest relationships are with the guys she’s picked out.
  12. If I had to choose between him or her, it’ll be her every time. If you ask me, I’d still rather have cats than boyfriends. But, sometimes having a guy around is nice. The problem is, if the two of them don’t get along, I won’t hesitate to choose my cat over him. It might sound harsh, but she’s been with me longer and I never have to worry about her cheating or lying to me.
Crystal Crowder is a freelance writer and blogger. She's a tech geek at heart, but loves telling it like it is when it comes to love, beauty and style. She's enjoys writing music, poetry and fiction and curling up with a great book. You can find her on Twitter @ccrowderwrites or check out her other writing on Medium.