July 28, 2009
Cat owners resent ‘crazy cat lady’ moniker
People who own more than one cat are described as lonely, homebodies, cluttered and
crazy cat ladies, a U.S. survey indicates.
The survey found that 88 percent of multiple cat owners credit their cats with making their lives more fulfilling and rewarding, Pia Salk, a psychologist and spokeswoman for the Tidy Cats Campaign to End Cattiness, said in a statement. Most domestic cats live in multiple cat households.
Meanwhile, 96 percent of multiple cat owners describe themselves as being caring and loving, 90 percent use generous, 87 percent say well adjusted and 87 percent say their cats do not prevent them from keeping their home clean and odor-free.
Nearly one-quarter of multiple cat owners surveyed say they would like to eliminate the crazy cat lady stereotype and prefer being called
cat lover or
The Ipsos poll conducted May 21-26 included 750 U.S. adults who do not own a cat and 500 adults who own more than one cat and has a margin of error of plus-minus 3.6 percentage points and 4.4 percentage points.