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How do you love kittens but hate cats?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26798points) July 28th, 2010

I am baffled, about 15 years ago I met a guy who said he loved kittens to death but did not like cats, Toms and queens; almost to the point of loathing them. I was wondering how you could love kittens and not cats? Does it change things if it is your kitten? When do you know a cat has gone from kitten to cat? And how would you just shut off all the emotion and/or love you had for the kitten when it is no longer a kitten? Unlike humans cats kind of become cats right under your nose –and quite fast too—. My niece’s cat had kittens about 6 weeks ago and though you can see the development from new born kittens to when their eyes open and they get large enough to start romping around they will get bigger, longer whiskers, legs, and tail. But how would you say “now she is a cat, a queen” and if you loved kitten and not cats stop loving the cat you loved as a kitten now that she is not a kitten anymore? I am baffled as to how you would do that?

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Blackberry's avatar

It is the same as liking babies but not teens or something. Babies are cute and smell good; they represent innocence. Adults or anything that is not a baby is just a headache.

janbb's avatar

You mean kittehs?

summertree002's avatar

i don’t like both, i like dogs.

Coloma's avatar

I love both…makes no sense to me, unless as @Blackberry said…just into the cute phase before losing interest.

Hate is a pretty strong word though.

I did opt to adopt teenage cats this time around though, still cute, devilishly frisky but not bouncing off the walls. lol

MRSHINYSHOES's avatar

That’s weird. I had a kitten when I was a kid, and I thought she was very cute, but with the cuteness came naughtiness and foolishness. As my kitten grew up, she lost a bit of her cuteness, but she was much more placid and “mature”. I appreciated that, as I didn’t have to keep chasing her off the curtains, stopping her from ripping up the toilet paper, peeing on the floor——that is, making a little nuisance of herself. Lol. I had a much more amenable companion, and more loving and cuddly too, as she got to know me well. And she never totally lost her “kittenish cuteness” either. So your boyfriend’s attitude is, with all due respect, weird.

Luffle's avatar

If it’s your own pet, it’s different. When I look at my pets, I still remember them as they were when I got them. I’m don’t like cats but I lived with one before. I found it harder to dislike it even if I’m allergic because it was more affectionate than an adult cat would be.

anartist's avatar

Kittens are cute. It is easy to want one and then stop caring about it when it grows up. If you think you feel this way, never adopt a kitten. Kittens grow up and the cat you raised deserves your love. Anyone who only likes kittens does not see the animal as a companion but as a toy.

@Hypocrisy_Central I am very glad you feel the way you do.

downtide's avatar

Based on the number of kittens (and puppies) that get handed in to shelters as soon as they reach adulthood, I’d imagine there are a lot of people like that.

I’m not a cat person, I prefer dogs. But I certainly do not hate adult cats, and I wouldn’t throw one out of my house because it wasn’t a kitten any more.

GirlAtdBusStop's avatar

i agree with downtide.
you seem like a gentle guy :)

mowens's avatar

I don’t agree with it, but I can see it. The guy clearly has issues with attachment. Kittens are cute and cuddly. As cats get older, they sometimes get a little bitchy. Which, I personally think is hillarious. All cats are. I love dogs too, but for different reasons.

Frenchfry's avatar

Cats don’t like me for some reason. Dogs do. Hence I don’t care for them

boffin's avatar

Kittens or Kittehs ARE cats…..
Just in the really cute stage of life…

That’s almost like saying I love babies but hate teens and adults…
And that octogenarian next door…

daytonamisticrip's avatar

i love cats and kittens. but I’m going to try to speak for those that love kitten but hate cats. kittens are cute and cuddly and love to play and hog your pillow at night. they have a cute meow and run into walls. when their older they like being outside more and don’t cuddle s much. they don’t have a cute meow and aren’t clumsy. and don’t walk into walls.

anartist's avatar

My Jacquito when he grew up was fiercely independent and went out every night huntin’ or cattin’ but when he came home at 3 or 4 in the morning, he padded quietly to the bed, jumped up and licked my face off before curling up in my arms on on me with his head on my shoulder. He got more loving as he grew up.
Gawd, I miss him!

Linda_Owl's avatar

I love kittens & cats, they are endlessly interesting. Dogs are ok, I don’t really have anything against them & puppies are cute, but they just grow into dogs. Kittens, on the other hand, grow into cats – wonderfully mysterious, perfectly playful, & graciously affectionate without resorting to some of the more obnoxious behavior of dogs.

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