What’s So Bad About Being A Single Cat Lady, Anyway?

Just because you’re single and you happen to have a cat doesn’t mean you’re some sad sack with nothing to live for. Plenty of people have pets regardless of their relationship status, so ignore the stigma. What’s so bad about being a cat lady anyway?

  1. Cats are hilarious, and will bring you endless joy. They’re great as entertainment and they’re great as mood boosters. Feeling down? Pet a cat! Wanna laugh? Play with a cat!
  2. Cats don’t judge you. “Babe, are you really gonna spend the whole day in sweatpants watching House of Cards for the fourth time?” is something your cat will never say.
  3. A photo of a random cat is going to get way more likes than a photo of a random dude. It’s all about those tasty Instagram/Facebook/whatever likes, isn’t it? And what’s gonna make the people leap to like? Mr. Buttons with his head stuck in the laundry hamper, or a boyfriend who is not Jon Hamm? I think we all know the answer to this one.
  4. Cats are like chill roommates who don’t bother you. When you’re living with a cat, you don’t really feel lonely, because there’s another warm body chilling out on your couch or chowing down on kibble. And unlike human roommates, you never have to worry that they’re gonna hog the TV in the living room or bring home skeevy dudes named Chad.
  5. Cats give you a reason to wake up in the morning.Because they’ll jump on your chest and meow, begging to be fed. That means that you don’t get to wallow in bed about how sad and single you are.
  6. A cat will never divorce you or break up with you.But yeah, they’re gonna die at some point. Other than that, you’ve got a mate for life! Score!
  7. Cats don’t care if you lose your mind and start dancing in your living room to Taylor Swift. I mean, not that I’ve ever done that. J/K I have totally done that, and it was awesome. No shame.
  8. Owning a cat (or many cats) shows responsibility and kindness.So what, so you’ve got 3 cats in your tiny one bedroom apartment? I don’t see sadness. I see a superstar. You’re capable of caring for living things, and capable of loving them. Yeah, shame on you, right? How dare you show empathy for living things who need homes!
  9. Cats are good listeners.They don’t interrupt, they don’t disagree, and they don’t argue. They will, however, probably wander off mid-conversation in search of something sharp to rub their face up against, but hey, we’ve all been there.
  10. Cats are low maintenance.You can stay out all night if you want to. No need to rush home to walk the cat. You don’t do that with cats. Less time caring for cat = more time for you to do whatever you want.
  11. Simply put, it’s not a bad thing unless you make it a bad thing.I say, own it. Yeah, you’re single. Yeah, you’ve got some cats. So what? Go all out. Pose with the cats in your Christmas card. Make them your phone wallpaper. Or don’t — it’s your life. Be awesome. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad for owning cats and being single. That’s on them!
Almie Rose is a writer from Los Angeles, California. Her favorite thing to do is eat, sleep, and repeat. If you enjoy reading about dating and Los Angeles and pop culture, check out her book, "I Forgot To Be Famous."