When Should Kitty Start Dating?

with Dr Efram Z. Pennywhistle Jr.

(Crazy Cat Lady Canyon — Pampered Pet Parade — December 10, 2015)
If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a thousand times…”Dr. Efram, at what age is it safe for my cat begin dating?” That’s a good question. The answer depends on the make-up of the individual feline.
Some cats are mature at two or three years of age. Others, most notably toms are ready out of the hamper but cannot be counted upon to take responsibility for social consequences. A well-adapted cat can be ready to date earlier although with reservations. One unsupervised cat produced 15 litters before she even got her driver’s license. Sure, she was a slut but she had a lot of dates, hey?
In general, if the family cat was brought up properly and can distinguish between good and evil she should be able to be trusted on an early date with a respectable Tom (good luck) at adolescence. Don’t push Kitty into the social scene. Know where the two are headed, monitor behavior on the outing and have the male cat checked out by the local veterinarian.
When my sister’s car Evelyn began dating, my brother-in-law, Sal offered to drive her and her date to the movies. That could have worked well but Sal earned his fourth DUI, lost his license, and is in jail for a few months. My sister doesn’t drive because she is afraid of moving objects and she panics in even Hooterville traffic.
Now the cats must take the bus when they date, which opens up a whole new can of catnip.
In these potential dramas, as with all of life’s little trails, it is important to keep a clear head about you. Trust is the key. The way you treat your pet from the start will often define the animal you have underfoot later. This is also true of children, and to some degree, houseplants.
If this is all too confusing for some of you out there I suggest having the animal spade. Sure, there won’t be and grandkids but, and let’s get real here for a change: They weren’t really yours anyway.
Next Time: Tomcats, like all males, have only one thing on their demented, little minds. We’ll show you how to nip that urge in the bud right there in your own garage. This is Dr. Efram for Pampered Pet Parade.

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