By Zac Mehdid
I want a cat
The girl I love and whom I am visiting over Christmas is a huge cat fan. Her name is Solène. She cracks up every cat video she watches, and sometimes even by simply hearing the word ‘cat’. She’s incredibly cute.
A few weeks before Christmas, as we were having a chat over Skype, she spoke of a cat café in Nice – where she lives -, like those in Japan. Apparently, it’s starting to be popular in Europe as well. I’ve never been to one, and never wanted to. Why would I pay to hang out with cats? I like them, but they’re such a waste of time… Did I think until a few days ago.
Before I tell you about my recent experience with cats, let me introduce a bit of background. My mother is allergic to cats, and therefore has never liked them. Anytime there was a cat close from her, I had to scare it away so she wouldn’t freak out. Indeed, she has a sort of cat-phobia. For a young boy, seeing cats as your mother’s enemy, high are the chances you’ll end up disliking them as well. So did I, for quite a long time.
And there I was, more than 10 years later, dating the most cat-loving girl I’ve ever met. I never got why she thought cats are cute, because they weren’t for me. However, as time went by, I started to like them. One thing lead to another, and now my cold heart melts anytime I see a cute cat. But I still never wanted to own one, until my experience in this very cat café.
“We have to go!”, she said, smiling through the screen of my laptop. “Hell no,” did I reply without really meaning it. And obviously, when I got to Nice, we went. I thought it would be more awkward to be honest. Well, as a matter of fact, it wasn’t awkward at all. The cats were so cute I couldn’t get my attention off them. So I talked to Solène, and told her that I might want a cat at some point in my life. We ended up deciding that we will have a cat when we live together. I love how she smiled when we talked about getting a cat, 3 days ago.
Today, we had the “breed” talk. Her beautiful smile quickly vanished as I showed her a picture of the one breed I want.