The thing about cats

For discussion of general issues pertaining to asexuality.
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Re: The thing about cats

Postby KAGU143 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:37 am

Hi Litterborn, and welcome to Apositive!
I didn't see an actual introduction post from you, but that's perfectly okay. I hope you will enjoy it here!

.. I guess that my interpretation of cats is different since I spent several years breeding, raising and showing the Cornish Rex breed.
I learned that cats are extremely sexual creatures and I can't help seeing them in that light so I see no connection between cats and asexuality at all.
(Look up the term "tomcatting"!)

All that being said, though, I am only one person, and my opinion isn't important at all.
I tend to think of birds as being somewhat asexual since the vast majority of them don't have visible genitalia. With many species it isn't even possible to tell the males from the females without surgical examination or DNA analysis. The sex act among birds is usually very brief and business-like and they don't seem to make much fuss about it. They still manage to make plenty of new birds though, so the appearance of asexuality is something that I am projecting onto them rather than something that is a real part of them.

An interesting topic! I don't think I've ever considered it before, at least not quite in this way.
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Postby ASIC » Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:01 pm

Indeed - I'd say that cats are customarily regarded by society as extremely sexual, since they are very noisy and obvious about their mating habits and highly promiscuous (to the extent, apparently, that the kittens of the same litter can have been sired by different males out of the many with which the mother has mated during the window after ovulation - in fact, ovulation in cats is triggered by copulation, which therefore has to continue for some time before it can result in fertilisation).

I wonder if there is a case to be made for regarding cats as essentially aromantic, though? ;-)

But then of course 'romance' is largely a human concept/construct...


Re: The thing about cats

Postby ASIC » Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:19 pm

Litterborn wrote:
KAGU143 wrote:They still manage to make plenty of new birds though, so the appearance of asexuality is something that I am projecting onto them rather than something that is a real part of them.

Like people project asexuality onto Sherlock Holmes? ;)

Somehow I'm now picturing Sherlock Holmes perching on a branch with a row of miniature versions peeping for attention :D

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Re: The thing about cats

Postby ParaLLL » Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:45 am

I've never much noticed a connection between cats and asexuality... though I am now thinking that perhaps it's because of the internet's fondness for cats? Cats are very well known as something the internet adores, and asexuality seems to be far more present (both by 'how many people know such a thing exists' and by 'where are the communities') online than in real life. Perhaps the idea isn't 'cats are asexual' so much as 'asexuals are online, therefore, they like cats.'

Also, hello Litterborn!

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Re: The thing about cats

Postby Ragdollphysics » Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:14 am

i'm new but i seem to fit into the stereotype
i like cats (although i wouldn't own one again)
i was entranced by doctor who as a kid
i liked his female assistants but only if they were smart in some way
i think sheldon cooper may be identifying as some kind of asexual of some kind :)

i love the big bang theory
i love Amy <3