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We talk to our kids about their future spouses and weddings, assuming they will, of course, be heterosexual and get married. The social requirement for every person to ultimately enter into a heterosexual, monogamous, legally-bound partnership has been a norm throughout our nation’s history.

Being single and a woman is sad, lonely, unfulfilling, and should be composed entirely by desperate efforts to NOT be single anymore. ” as though it is a perfectly appropriate gauge of how they are doing. Our culture has deep roots in the idea of coupling.

So let’s say unlike #1 where you own stock in lint roller manufacturers, you instead avoid wearing black so your kitty’s white hairs aren’t draped everywhere.

Or you stop wearing white because your cat is black. If you’re so used to a purring pillow draped over your chest or wrapped around your head that you have difficulty sleeping without it, it’s another leap towards crazy cat lady. What happens when she’s already there or climbs into bed and cradles your head just to push it out of the way?

We shove our straight girlfriend at every semi-attractive guy at the bar when she’s been out of a relationship for more than a few weeks because we want her to “get back in the game.” We routinely ask every unmarried friend, coworker, and family member that we haven’t seen in five minutes, “Are you seeing anyone?

We tell ourselves when we are out of a relationship that we are lonely when we are, in fact, surrounded by people who love us.

If you have cats, you know how their hair can get on everything. A lint roller is a working woman’s (or man’s) saving grace when it comes to looking polished at the office.

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We’ve all heard the label “Crazy Cat Lady,” but how many of us really qualify for the title?

In my Facebook profile picture, there are whiskers painted on my face, and in the picture that I set as my profile before that, I'm posing with my family cat.

I don't have my own cats, but the ones I grew up with greet me every time I visit home and—real talk?

Plus, something about the spinster ideal is very appealing to me regardless.

Now, stereotype might have it that these qualities set me back in the dating market.

READ MORE: * Your cat is a lot deeper than you think * This couple loves cats so much they invited over 1000 of them * Dating apps you've never heard of "It's a shelter that only takes in kittens less than two months old."His face brightens. (I fail to mention my very real fear that I have cat litter in my hair thanks to the cardboard litter box that collapsed over my head at work as I was pulling it off a shelf.)"Uh, nope, sadly.

I spend half the day deep-cleaning cages, and the other half frantically running back and forth preparing food and bottles of formula for the youngest ones." I explain how - working at said nursery four times a week for 9-hour stretches that begin at 7 a.m.

I tell him I have a senior cat at home, and two newly adopted kittens from work. But I've always loved animals, and I needed a change.

After I tell him all this, I watch his eyes start to crumple - Crazy Cat Lady alert! Most of my dates have gone a little something like this since I moved from Washington to Brooklyn (in the US) in April to start my unique and uniquely draining new life.

on a Friday night in a dank dive on the Lower East Side, and I have to be up for work in seven hours. Sure, he's about 20 pounds heavier and half a head balder than his profile pictures indicated, but... Dan asks what I do for a living."I'm a writer," I say.

My eyelids are barely registering at half-mast, but I'm trying to stay present. "But I'm taking a break to work in a neonatal kitten nursery."He blinks. "Incapable of playing it coy, I explain the less-than-twee realities of my job.