Dear Cat: Don’t let Grumpy Cat be a lesson to you.

IMG_7968There’s only been one thing on everybody’s mind this week: Cats. Any other week we’d be talking about what happened at the VMAs. But this is sadly our culture now. Famous internet cats were paraded around Minneapolis this week, offering up their bodies to us as a way to satisfy our alarming and excessive need to see cats all the time.

Well, I have a cat, and she’s very special to me, and I wouldn’t want her to grow up thinking that to be a cat just means one thing. I want her to see the value in herself and know that she is loved through and through by her dad and me, regardless of whether she has her own Facebook page. She’s too young to understand this now, but one day I’ll read it to her. She might not know who Grumpy Cat is by then, but the message will still be as relevant as it is today.

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To my kitty,

You are a beautiful and curious individual. I see you looking around constantly in awe of the world around you with bright eyes and I know great things are ahead for you. But the media would want you to think that to have any value to the world, you need only one quality, and that is being cute.

Grumpy Cat jetsets all around the country, doing photo-ops and being passed around by strangers, and you might start to think that this is the only way you will ever get attention or love. The media has portrayed cats as nothing but clueless animals with big eyes and their tongues wagging out. They want one thing: attention. And they get it.

They shouldn’t.

The love they get is a false love. You don’t see them away from the spotlight, lounging on a king size bed, sleeping 14 hours a day. It’s a sad and pitiful life they live out of the view of their “adoring” public. Their worth is measured solely on their looks.

Just because you aren’t famous, and I’m not famous for having you, doesn’t mean you aren’t the most special cat in the world, because you are YOU. The Grumpy Cats of the world can’t take this away. To me you will always be the most beautiful cat, and I want you always to believe it in your heart. You won’t get attention just by being cute. You have more value than that, and I will always love you.

Love,

Your cat-mom (that’s me).

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Hi! I'm a graphic designer, photographer and female person. I live in Minneapolis with my husband Alan and our baby son Alexander and baby cat Arya.

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