It's a common misconception that cats are aloof or bitter in social scenarios; science recently proved that wrong. So why is it that there are no public cat parks or special events that cater to bringing felines out to enjoy a day on the town?
As a mom to two cuddly kitties, I have long been bothered by this question. But this weekend, there's finally a local event to provide some sort of satisfaction.
On Sunday, May 21, Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco is inviting cat owners and their pets to attend the RoughRiders game for a special afternoon event they're calling Take Meow to the Ballgame. (Plus one for the pun here.)
Much like the venue's Bark in the Park events, cats and their handlers will be able to enjoy a baseball game in the company of other cat families. The only rules are the animals must have identification tags and be kept on leashes, and owners must provide up-to-date shot records to be able to attend. Tickets, which are general admission lawn/berm seats, cost $7.57 and only need to be purchased for humans. The first 200 felines in the gate even receive a complimentary RoughRiders bandanna.
Art Garcia, director of communications for Frisco RoughRiders Baseball, acknowledged that when it comes to pet-centric events, cats are often fur-gotten.
"So many of these promo are geared toward dog owners," he says, "so we thought it was fair to share the love and let cat owners have a day at the ballpark as well."
Purrfect idea? Or total cat-astrophe? Well, that depends on your perspective.
Cats, like dogs, have different behaviors and temperaments. So if your feline is unfriendly with others or territorial, it's probably not best to drag them to a field full of new scents and strange animals. But, as a reminder, there are plenty of environments in which these animals successfully co-mingle, such as cat cafes and cat yoga classes.
Garcia admits Take Meow to the Ballgame is something of an experiment, but hopes it will be fun for felines and their owners. The event is BYO cat food, though water will be provided. And cats are asked to exit the center field gates to use the bathroom in the plaza just outside the ballpark, he says. (No litter boxes, so you'll have to do the dog owner poop bag thing.)
The RoughRiders will play the Corpus Christi Hooks on May 21. Who's ready for a pawty?!