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6 Ways That My Cats Are Real, Live Copycats

They snack when I snack, sit where I sit, and even use the "facilities" when I do. Total copycats!

Angie Bailey  |  Nov 9th 2015


You might wonder whether the term “copycat” originated. I have no idea about its origin, but I am here to tell you that my cats are prime examples of cats who like to copy — and I’m not not talking about copy-machine copying. They copy me. (I do believe a feline office assistant would be awfully cute, though.)

Here are six ways my cats are total copycats.

1. Using the “facilities”

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Okay, so this is pretty funny. We have two bathrooms in my house, and I usually use the upstairs one. The laundry room is on the other side of one of the downstairs bathroom walls, and a litter box is against that wall in the laundry room. Are you with me so far? Here’s what I notice: When I do my “business” in the downstairs bathroom, I usually hear a cat on the other side of the wall scratching in the litter box. I know it’s Phoebe because when I exit the bathroom, I see her race out of the laundry room. It’s hilarious! I really think she sees me walk into the bathroom and decides she’ll “go” at the same time.

2. Using a pen

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Why is it when I’m using a pen, one of my cats decides she’d like to use that exact pen at precisely the same moment? Only, her use is quite different than my use. I have no intention of batting the pen off the desk, and she has zero intention of writing a list. She’ll even swat the pen right out of my hand! Can you imagine? Yes, I’m sure you can.

3. Having a snack

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My cats are always ready for a snack, so when I open the pantry to grab some munchies, they want to join me. And if my snack bag is crinkly, forget about it! I’m surrounded by copycats! Hey, I’m a total snack girl, so I get it. I can be a bit Pavlovian when I hear someone open a plastic bag … or the refrigerator … or the pantry.

4. Going to bed

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Thankfully, our cats aren’t wild children of the night. When we go to bed, they go to bed. They’re quite happy copying our bedtime schedule. Many times Cosmo overtakes my pillow, further copying my sleep routine. “I wanna be just like you! Move over!” Sure, it’s cute and everything, but his desire to share my pillow means I typically wake up with a sore neck. My guess is that Cosmo doesn’t quite go quite as far with his copycat move. I sense that guy doesn’t struggle with neck pain, although he sometimes is a pain in the neck. Haha.

5. Bathing and showering

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One of Cosmo’s greatest joys is joining me in the bathroom while I shower or bathe. I laugh when I peek around the curtain and see him sitting on the rug or toilet seat, giving himself a thorough tongue-bath. Cats are big fans of personal hygiene, and they’re not about to let us show them up by being cleaner than they are. When I shower, Cosmo makes sure he’s clean as a whistle.

6. Sitting in a chair

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In my experience, when I leave a chair unattended — even for a minute or two — one of my cats decides she wants to occupy the same space. There could be several open chairs in the immediate area, but she wants the one that I want. Sometimes I don’t even have to vacate the chair — she simply pushes me out of the way or wedges her way behind me and becomes a fuzzy lumbar rest.

In what ways is your cat a copycat? Tell us about them in the comments!

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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.