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Monday, March 16, 2009

My kitten is a bigot

I'm so mortified. It really is embarrassing. And so unlike anything I've ever seen before.

Pepper is around 10 months old now. And she's a bigot. A real live bigot.

See? She's pure evil playing with her cat dancer!

Junie, my home health care aide is Haitian, and she's black. She's lovely, and does such a good job, and she's been working for us since way before Pepper came to live with us last summer. Pepper hates her. She's not even subtile about it either. She hisses and fluffs up her tail and starts whining for me to pick her up. She sits on the dining room table and watches Junie like a hawk, and if she comes within 5 feet of me, Pepper is all fluff and fur.

If it weren't so funny. But damn, Pepper is tiny. She's barely a cat. I doubt she weighs more than 6 lbs, and she's very petite and it just looks so funny to see her all hissing and angry at poor Junie.

Junie's feelings are hurt, too. She asks me why Pepper behaves like this and I don't have any answer for her because how am I gonna explain this stupid cat's silliness? I just can't.

Worthless Pet couldn't care less. As long as there is food in his bowl, water to drink, and lots of soft places to sleep, he's happy. He hates everyone but the Girl anyhow, so it's not a big whoop for him to have someone in the house moving things around and making noise with the evil vacuum.

Actually, what Pepper hates most isn't even the vacuum, it's the broom and mop. She's completely freaked out by the broom and the mop. Go figure!

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Blogger Stacy said...

I have a racist dog too. My dog was abused by a person of color, and even though she has mellowed out it took a long time.

16/3/09 1:19 PM  
Blogger Nyt said...

None of our dogs have been thrilled with people of color...

I was told as a kid that people of color emit a different scent and that's why the dogs would go haywire. I don't know if there's any truth to it or not, but it seemed reasonable. It also explained why they've not had reactions to other races...

16/3/09 2:16 PM  
Blogger Suldog said...

Animals get used to certain scents and appearances, just as people do. Have Junie carry a catnip mouse in her pocket for a while and see if Pepper doesn't start liking her more :-)

16/3/09 3:18 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

Does she have an accent? Or wear a distinctive perfume? Maybe Suldog's idea of the catnip mouse would be great.
One of our bunnies was treated badly by a man and detested all male adults for a long time.

16/3/09 6:32 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

The cat doesn't have an accent. But Junie does. And yes, she does wear a perfume... and nobody around here does. So maybe it is smell. But the second she sees her, it's all hissing and puffing up the tail.

I'm going to try the catnip trick next week. Excellent idea!

16/3/09 6:45 PM  

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