Do you always assume dogs are boys (and cats are girls)? | The Tylt
Do you always assume dogs are boys (and cats are girls)?
Assuming an animal is one gender over another is an honest mistake, one that pretty much 90 percent of bipeds are guilty of making. You see a cat, you think it’s female; you see a dog, you give it an automatic rating of 13/10 good boy-ness. It’s not a bad thing; as long as you’re corrected eventually, what’s the harm?
Who knows why we do it in the first place, anyway? Maybe it’s because it’s a stereotype that’s been replicated by various forms of media. “Air Bud” was a boy; the dogs in “Homeward Bound” were all dudes, while the one cat in the movie was a girl. Besides, who’s to say our own pets aren’t making assumptions about us?
Pet gender assignment is not a thing. How the hell can it be? There are plenty famous pets that contradict this opinion, anyway. Tom the cat was obviously a boy from “Tom and Jerry”; Mr. Tinkles from the movie, “Cats and Dogs,” was also a dude. Similarly, Gigi the pooch from “The Secret Life of Pets” is a girl! How could you possible assume one over the other?
At the end of the day, all pets are good boys and girls no matter their shape and size. Be sure to give them a little extra love, whether you’re tussling with them on the sidewalk or cuddling them at home.