I was just thinking that many of us here probably have a friend or relative that does not like cats, or any animal for that matter. What have your experiences been with that?
My father in law is very clean and does not tolerate any kind of animal really. He has even said if he were to get a small dog it could not shed, not even a little bit.
When I know he's coming over I catch myself vacuuming and picking up all cat toys. Snowball is a very social cat and I am constantly calling him away from my father in law. I understand I need to be respectful of my company and probably should put the cats back in the bedroom or something while company is over, but my cats live here. Company doesn't. Know what I mean?
My brother in law's wife is that way, too. She's a school teacher and is very proper, always dressed up, name brand clothes, etc. She has told me before that she hates cats. They gross her out. So when she comes over you can tell she's more concerned with where the cats are.
One of my husband's friends does not like cats either. I don't think it's that he doesn't like them, he's just a very bitter, cocky person. He's been that way ever since his divorce. Anyway, every time Snowball goes near him it's, "Cat, get away!" When he goes out on our patio to have a cigarette, the cats always take his spot. It's warm where he was sitting. Then he comes in and shoves them away.
He asked us one time why we even bothered getting cats cause they're such nuisances. He doesn't remember that it was HIM that even suggested it in the first place. Both my husband and I said, "YES, you told us we should get a cat." Neither of us were thinking of getting a cat til this guy said something. We won't be hanging out with this guy much longer for reasons unrelated to the cats.
I just feel like whenever someone's coming over I'm quick to vacuum, wipe down the counters, make sure the cat pan is clean, etc. I don't want my husband to be known as 'the sibling with the dirty house' just cause I have cats and I keep it really clean. Why do I care so much what people think?