Paws down for Animal Planet’s latest cat-related offering
July 30, 2011 11 Comments
Animal Planet has just aired another new cat-related show, but we’re not happy about this one.
Titled “Help, I’m Becoming a Cat Lady,” the show follows Gina, a 30-something cat-loving woman, as she is coached into the proper way to ingratiate herself to a man.
The two makeover artists go out of their way to convince her that a man in her life is preferable to having cats — which, by the way are two beautiful Russian Blue look-alikes. Hell, she only has two cats! It’s not like she has a houseful!
They start out criticizing her apartment with the tall kitty condo (they’re obliviously unaware of cats’ need for vertical space), litter box and toys.
Apparently she falls for the type of man that lives with his mom, needs nurturing, then leaves.
So the woman half of the makeover team (the skinny blonde type) take her to a gym full of muscle-bound dudes to teach her how to make eye contact. Eye contact with their muscles, that is, since that’s what’s on display. Oh, and to learn how ask for help. She’s then required to further hone her pick-up skills at a car wash before getting a wardrobe makeover and hair styling. She then goes out on a blind date that fizzles despite the fact that her apartment was purged of cat stuff and cats were not discussed over dinner. The guy admits he’s tired, having been up since 3 a.m., but he doesn’t call her again.
She has not found true love by the end of the show. However, she acknowledges that while she’s a cat mom, she won’t become a cat lady, and still loves her kitties more than anything. It concludes with rather an odd quote, “Cat ladies playing playing the mommy role need to be in control.”
As a cat-loving woman, I question whether they would make a show about separating a dog-loving woman from her canines to get a man.
Update: I sent an email to Animal Planet’s viewer relations and received the following reply:
Thank you for contacting Animal Planet.
We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to write us Help I’m Becoming a Cat Lady and for bringing this matter to our attention. Please know that we will take your comments under advisement.
Thank you for expressing your interest in our programming.
Just what I would expect. A canned reply. You can tell by the verbiage in the second graph that they just filled in the blank because there’s a word missing, probably “about.” How professional.
Colleague Ingrid King said that viewer response contributed to the renewal of Jackson Galaxy’s “My Cat From Hell,” so we’ll see where this leads. I did send them the link to this story. “Help, I’m Becoming…” isn’t listed on AP’s website and I haven’t seen listings yet for Saturday night. Perhaps this was a one-shot show. I WILL be checking.