It’s hard to say where it will end. First came cat beauticians. Then it was pet vets. And in no time at all there were cat funeral services.
Now a group of students at Shanghai Normal University has claimed first prize in a student business plan competition by offering a matchmaking and wedding service for cool cats that don’t have either the wherewithal or opportunity to find a mate on their own.
Shanghai Daily tells us that the students are going door to door in the community to amass a database of pets of all stripes that owners can draw on to pair up Mittens with Scooter. If all goes well, the service will roll out the white tulle and bouquets for a wedding the cats will remember for the rest of their nine lives.
“Like people, pets have difficulties in finding a life partner. Once they find the one, they deserve a wedding to witness their love,” group leader Dong Xiaocen was quoted as saying.
A wedding costs 300 yuan (US$50) and additional services like photography are available.
What’s next — Tinder for tabbies?
Sure, cats are house animals but do they really need to be domesticated to this level? What about the free-wheeling hep cat that likes to prowl and doesn’t want to be tied down? What about the cat that dreams of a place in the sun without being smothered by social expectations?
Time was they could slip through the cat flap and work it out on their own. This must go no further — cat weddings are crossing an anthropomorphic line in the kitty litter. It’s time again to take a paws-off approach to the personal lives of our pets. Let the fur fly and fall where it may — just make sure Mittens and Scooter are neutered.
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