FROM FUZZ THERAPY AND CURIOUS QUIRKS TO FINDING A NEW BEST FRIEND, LEARN HOW OWNING A CAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
Owning a cat is a unique experience. As a cat mom of three, every day brings happiness, love, amusement, and cuteness overload. Not to mention a decent dose of frustration and daily messes.
Maybe you’re debating bringing home your own tiny fur creature. Or perhaps you’re already deep into cat ownership and here because—well—what cat owner doesn’t love reading about kitty antics?
Regardless, owning a cat is an adventure. They’ll worm their way into your heart (and pocketbook), drive you to question your sanity just a tad, and make you wonder how you could ever live without them.
THEY BECOME YOUR NEW SIDEKICK
As independent as cats are, they love being near you. Maybe not necessarily in your lap at all times, but most definitely in the same room.
Making dinner? There’s a cat. Taking a shower? Cat there, too.
Shortly after adopting our youngest cat, I spent five days painting our kitchen cabinets. Not used to seeing so much of me, he would not leave my side. I would find him sitting up with eyes squinting, rocking back and forth ever so slightly, trying his best to stay awake. It was adorable.
Even if your cat isn’t fighting their natural instinct to sleep most hours of the day, there’s a good chance they’ll at least be snoozing quite near you—if not on you.
I truly do believe in the healing power of cat purrs, known to have therapeutic effects. Aside from helping you decrease blood pressure and stress, getting a little one-on-one fuzz therapy can be an instant mood booster.
What’s more, they’ll be your friend and great comfort, and will always love you—no matter how many cupcakes you ate at lunch or how low you feel after encountering unkindness earlier that day.
I could tell you that supercharged energy spurts is my main source of live cat entertainment. But truth be told, practically everything cats do is amusing.
Think tail chasing and butt wiggling. Dropping toys into the water bowl for no apparent reason. Even the littlest things things (like ear rotating and belly cleaning sessions) bring a smile to your face—you just can’t get enough of all that furry goodness.
YOUR HOME BECOMES FUR CITY
Owning a cat means fur—everywhere. Cat fur will grace your couch, bed, floor, and clothes. And yes… garnish your food. Regardless of if you own a short- or long-haired cat. Granted, certain cats are less prone to shedding so keep that in mind if you’re looking for a cat you’ll end up petting, not wearing.
In most cases, a lint roller will become your new best friend and vacuuming your new exercise routine.
In fact, when Mr. E suggested we buy an iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner, I initially discounted the idea. In the end, I gave in and am so thrilled I did! Maintaining fur-free floors is no longer a constant battle. Plus, what’s more fun that watching a crazed kitty carry out attack moves on a robot vacuum cleaner?
That is, if you choose to let your cat sleep in your room. But who can resist?
Out of our three cats, two prefer to sleep in our bed. One on my pillow and the other wherever his little heart desires, which is usually nestled up to Mr. E. I’ll just say, whenever I experience a night sans cat on my pillow, I am undoubtedly more refreshed when I wake.
THE PRICE YOU’LL PAY
You may not be digging into your wallet straight away. But as the years pass, you’ll come to discover your little fur baby is more expensive than you originally anticipated. Of course, more cats equal dishing out more cash. So consider this when you’re dreaming of adopting yet another.
The price of owning a cat also depends on the number of annual veterinary visits as well as the type of food and litter you buy. However, it’s impossible to foresee unexpected medical and behavioral treatment or special dietary restriction expenses.
Actually, our youngest addition was the reason we upgraded our guest bedroom flooring from carpet to hardwood in an effort to rid our home of ringworm. Pricey? Yes. Was he worth it? You bet.
YOUR STUFF IS A CAT MAGNET
Honestly, your belongings now belong to your cat. When I say your stuff is a magnet, I mean this on so many levels.
To start, there’s no telling what your cat will or will not destroy. Especially as each one has their own personality and preferences. One cat may love their new scratching post whereas the other favors your kitchen table wooden legs.
The weirdest part? If I’m working from home or on the computer, my cat will most definitely sit on things I don’t want his adorable behind getting anywhere near. My phone, Yeti, and keyboard are all susceptible to cat butt if I’m not keeping a close watch.
VIOLENT LOVE TENDENCIES
Cats are famous for expressing their love via gentle love bites. If you’re paying close attention, you’ll know when a cat becomes overstimulated. But sometimes, you just can’t pinpoint the exact moment when affection will shift from innocently sweet to painfully aggressive.
Our youngest cat loves to give us head nuzzles. I’ll become overwhelmed with cute and before I know it, he’s flipped a switch from cuddly to crazy. Head nuzzles turn into very intense hair biting sessions. Not just biting, pulling. As hard as he can. Why? Well, I just don’t know.
YOU’LL BECOME A PROUD, HAPPY PAWRENT
This next section may seem perfectly normal for cat and animal lovers, although there’s a good chance it could come off as strange to others.
Now once you own a cat, there’s a probability you’ll become one of those cat parents. Excuse me, pawrent.
For starters, it’s quite common to have conversations with your cat. And in my case, there’s a 99% chance I’ll be singing to my cat on any given day. Usually with improvised lyrics to Christmas song melodies and famously known commercial jingles.
You might even create an dedicated Instagram account for your favorite feline and connect with other cat Instagram accounts. You’ll share adorable pictures coupled with witty captions using words like meowmy, hooman, furriend, and tunatini. Most likely, you’ll also post purrfectly appropriate pictures for the following days of the week: Meowga Monday, Tongue out Tuesday, Whisker Wednesday, Box Pawty Friday, and of course, Caturday.
No, I’m not making this up. 😉
Interested in owning a cat? Already a proud cat parent? What are your fondest feline memories and what unusual cat behavior boggles your mind the most?