It’s been a worrying week. Stella, the tiny cat, escaped from her catio. Lord knows how. She was missing for a few hours before she was found. It was a tense time. And when she was found, she had managed to lose her thundershirt – which she was wearing to keep her calm because of the storm. Obviously!! But there was some good news. Ms Oreo, she’s a 4 year old Tuxedo, has settled well in Austria having moved from Stockholm with her meowmy and the droolbeast. And Ricky the housecat – he’s somewhere in Canada – is finally getting along with his new cat sister. Which is such a relief! For a while I thought it was all going to end in furballs!
And just when I thought all was well, Sweet Joey finally crossed the rainbow! His paw purrents were devastated. Bless the little ginger kitty. So as a mark of respect, the Friday Night Box-pawty was cancelled. I think it was the right thing to do.
OK I know, I’ve been at stuck at home for a few months and you’re probably thinking I’ve finally gone bonkers. But when life gives you lemons (without the optimistic bit) and it’s pissing down with rain, what can be more comforting and distracting from the citrus fruits of doom, than pictures of cats!!
DOESN’T THAT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD?
I bloody love it. I’m a catsofinstagram addict. It’s not just a bunch of cat pictures. It’s a whole community of lunatics, like myself, who post pictures of their adorable furry friends and talk to each other – as their cats, obviously. My cat, Oliver – or Ollie_Purrs to his fellow feline Insta buddies, has almost 1000 followers. He puts me to shame with my laughable 290. He’s got friends all over the place. Australia, USA & Canada, Dublin, Hackney. We ‘like’ each others photos, we share funny stories and we grieve together when one of these treasured pets passes.
OLLIE PURRS. INSTAGRAM SENSATION.
But it’s not just instagram. If you search YouTube for cat videos, you’ll find over 90 million results! That’s more that Justin Beiber and Taylor Swift put together (these are young famous people, apparently). Cats rule the world wide web! We’re obsessed with them! Sharing over 4 million images and videos a day. But why? Are we looking for escapism from the realities of life? The misery of work. The worry of money. The same reasons that similarly huge numbers of, most surprisingly, middle aged folk, stab their weary fingers at cascade of animated sweets?
Worrying that I’m some sort of raving fruitcake, I like to research these things. The Huffington Post reports that Jessica Gall Myrick, an assistant professor at Indiana University’s Media School, recruited 6,827 people from the Facebook page of an animal advocacy group and surveyed them about pet ownership, Internet use, video consumption and their personality. During this study, she asked her users to recall the last time they watched a cat video and record their mood before and after the viewing. Overwhelmingly, respondents said they felt significantly happier after watching the videos and experienced fewer negative emotions of anxiety, sadness and guilt.
Look! There’s even a graph to prove it!
So go on. Give it go. Love some pussies. Trust me. You’ll feel fabulous.
As the saying goes, don’t knock it til you try it!