Galeanthropy –noun, the belief that one is a cat.
What’s really amazing to me about this is the fact that we, apparently, need a word for this situation. There are enough people out there who believe that they are cats that a word has been created for it.
What’s even worse is that, in spite of the fact that we have flocks of these faux felines floating around, I haven’t met a single one.
More to the point, I now can’t stop wondering if there’s a word for a cat’s belief that he is a dog. Because I’m pretty sure that’s just one of the many problems that my cat, Princeton P. Kitty, is suffering from.
Not only does he think he’s a dog, but a dog of questionable moral character.
See, the cat, unfortunately, is a liar.
This was made abundantly clear when Opie and I first started to get serious about our relationship and made the all-too-critical step of introducing our animals.
The thing is, when 2 dogs meet for the first time, there is a little struggle to see which one is dominant. The submissive one frequently drops onto his back and shows his belly, demonstrating his submissive nature. So, upon meeting Opie’s Rottweiler mix, Bubba, Prince took a few cheerful swipes at his head, then dropped to the floor and showed his belly.
But, as I mentioned, the cat is a liar.
He was not showing his belly as an act of submission but to lull Bubba into a false sense of security. Because the second that Bubba would scamper over, thinking he was in charge, and put his nose down on Prince’s belly, Prince would smack Bubba in the face.
Which would have been bad enough if Prince had done it once…but he did it about 16 times. And Bubba fell for it EVERY SINGLE TIME.
What, I wonder, is the word for THAT?
Can't you just tell this cat is plotting SOMETHING?