Being a cat owner can be quite a fun and magical thing. It is similar to petting a unicorn wearing a mustache… Only you get hair all over your favorite black shirt. Anytime I speak with fellow cat lovers and owners, one thing we always have in common is this strange understanding for a creature that for the most part thinks “meh” of us. Cats are beautiful, intelligent, goofy, spastic, lazy, energetic, and no two have the same personalty. I have learned many things over the years and I would like to share them with you!
Yeah, this is not exactly some fun news. With cats, as they age, their urine can become quite potent. Even if they are spayed or neutered, the smell can be eye-drenching. If you keep your litter boxes in high traffic areas in your home, like bathrooms or offices, you will only be spreading the smell throughout your house. While there is litter designed to cover this up… Good luck finding one that actually does if you have a declawed cat who wont cover his pee puddles.
Some cuddly kittens grow up to be relaxed, fun-loving cats who adore you. Then you have other kittens who start out cuddly and attached to your ever movement… Then become hellish creatures from the underworld who only desire to make your day a living hell. You can’t assume getting a kitten will mean you will have a better bond with a cat. I have had kittens, stray kittens, and adult strays. Some of the kittens grew up to hate being pet or touched, while adult strays who never had a bond with me before, take to me like they have loved me their whole life. This is why I always advice people to give adults a chance. Yes, kittens are magical little dust fluffers with attention span of a child at a carnival, but that doesn’t mean they are the best option. There are so many adults out there who have amazing and loving personalities who deserve love too.
I have gotten everything from expensive cat trees, to over priced crinkle balls that you can otherwise find in a craft store for about a tenth of the price. I have come to realize that cats simply don’t give a crap! They don’t care about reviews online, or the cost, or how so-and-so’s cat Mittens couldn’t leave it alone! No, they like their own objects. Sure you can buy toys but remember, nothing makes a cat happier then an empty box… Well until you add nip to it. Then you have a first row seat to “WHERE ARE MY PAWS!? WHAT’S THAT NOISE!? FOOD!”. It is amazing to think I love a cat high off its marbles but when it comes to humans… *locks door*
You can clean, vacuum, dust, spray, spritz, have a super charged magical wand that’s sole purpose is to destroy every inch of loose fur in your house… There will still be cat hair somewhere. If you can’t handle the fur, get a Sphynx. I would rather have a cat who is loaded with fur. It is beautiful and adds character. It also gives my family another reason to yell at me when I get too close to open food. They likely wont be asking me to bake or cook anything anytime soon. Ah! Success.
Some cats will want to be by your side all day and night. Some cats will only come by you when they are hungry or need you to get off your lazy butt and clean the box. Then you have other cats… Who basically don’t even know you exist. Oh, did you change your shirt? That cat is thinking “When did the cat tree become green?”. Like I said with personalities, not all cats will be the same. Don’t feel like they don’t love you because they don’t come when you call them or they refuse to stay off the table. Also, don’t think that because they hate being held or pet means they despise you like a dog. They likely show their affection in a different way… Like keeping the litter inside the box, or not scratching your favorite furniture and biting your new boyfriend.
Cats are awesome. If you think otherwise, why the heck are you reading this? What did cats ever do to you!? How could you blame the cat for bad thing in life!? Shame on you! SHAME! *refrains from broken English* What are some things you have learned while owning a cat? Share with us below!