A statement was released today from a variety of pet adoption organizations in Japan concerned with the unrealistic portrayal of cats in the currently airing series My Roommate is a Cat. Representatives assert that the series sets overly positive expectations as to what new cat owners can expect which could lead many to be unprepared for what living with a cat actually entails.
“The series My Roommate is a Cat sets an impossible standard for pet cats to ever realistically live up to,” claimed one adoption center in the Edogawa ward.
“While a cat might be perfectly willing to eat your food when you are not watching, sharing it with an owner is just not going to happen. A pet cat is the kind of roommate you only see when you have particularly good food on you or when its 3 am, an ideal time for cats to jump onto your bed and meow loudly into your ears.”
Anime Maru reached out to several cat owners who had watched the series for their perspective.
“Sometimes I go days with rarely even seeing my cat,” admitted one anonymous cat owner. “I thought she was just giving a tsundere act like Haru-chan does in the show, but so far I’m not seeing the sweet side of it. I tripped down the stairs one time and all she did was unconcernedly stare at me from across the room as I writhed in pain for several minutes.”
“My cat keeps knocking over things all the time,” stated another recent cat owner. “He’ll jump up on tables and just start pushing glasses or bottles or whatever onto the floor. When I yelled at him he ran off and then threw up all over my jacket which I guess isn’t all that different from the last roommate I had.”
Pet stores and adoption organizations worry that if human owners have expectations for the helpful and cheerful behaviors demonstrated in the show, they will be disappointed when real cats don’t come close to that ideal. This could lead them to turn to getting pets willing to engage in such subservient behaviors, like dogs.
We attempted to reach local stray Tobi for comment on the issue to which he responded by swatting our microphone out of the way before retreating to a nearby ledge to watch birds for several hours.