Thursday, April 23, 2009
Interracial, or biracial, couplings and marriages are a growing issue among cats. Over the past century the number of interracial marriages has more than multiplied. This is an interesting fact considering that not too long ago many states in our country had laws banning any type of relationship between cats and Non-Felines punishable by death or loss of grocery store savings card.
According to a census taken in 2008, marriages between cats and Non-Felines rose from 65,000 in 1965 to 450,000 in 2008. Many cats have expressed their dislike for interracial marriage among cats and the couples who commit to it still face many obstacles as well as some unwarranted dirty looks.
"I personally have no problem and really enjoy being in a more diverse environment," said Magda, a 2-year-old White-Fronted Capuchin monkey who is married to David, a 1-year-old Domestic Short Hair (pictured above). “I don’t care what people say, they need to evolve here, we are happy people.”
A touching photo from Bean and Brian’s wedding album
"Once, a cat said he wouldn‘t serve me because I was with a squirrel," said Brian, a 2-year-old Domestic Short Hair who married wife Bean, a 3-year-old Douglas Squirrel one month ago.
"Once we were even kicked out of a grocery store because the manager was sure I‘d steal nuts or something." Bean admitted. Husband Brian immediately flew to Bean’s defense each time. “I love her,” he said, “I see no color or race, and I resent the implications that all squirrels eat nuts. That is stereotyping at its worst.”
Other cats and Non-Felines have mixed feelings about interracial dating and marriage. "I believe it depends on which two races mix," said Nixon, a 5-year-old Nomadic Groundhog who lives in Alaska, "Some interracial couples can be perceived as weird, like tortoises and cats. That would be weird, right?”
Chestnut said his concerns are mostly about “weird” perceptions and appearances
Some of the common trouble spots for interracial couples include values, volatile eating habits, strange sex, gender roles, friends, in-laws, and raising children.
Some of these issues overlap, but there are some specific distinctions between each. In-laws are a frightening issue in all marriages. Disapproving in-laws are an issue in the majority of interracial marriages.
A couple is supposed to consider children a blessing. But when these children are born to interracial couples, the children might look really funny, and rearing strategies may become more than a blessing, sometimes the issues will become condemnations.
Magik and Tater Tot have been married for 6 months and have a son, Edward
“We had a child and the other kittens laughed and called him a ‘cabbage.’” said Magik, a 2-year-old Welsh rabbit who is husband to Tater Tot, a 1-year-old Domestic Short Hair. “He is ruthlessly teased in school about his heritage, but we teach him to be proud of his diverse cat-rabbit ethnicity.”
Interracial children surely do benefit from their exposure to both worlds, but the child may also easily suffer from relentless comments about the length of their ears or limbs, possibly leading to depression or catnip abuse.
Fortunately, times are changing, even if rather slowly. We can only hope that as time goes on people’s minds will open and become more and more willing than ever to accept new possibilities and relationships with love and acceptance.
Copyright Sharyn Thoma-Guay
Posted by The Kitty City Gazette at 10:50 AM