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6 Ways Cats Are Like College Students

I graduate in December to enter the real world, but I still have my college roommate -- my cat, Tanner. We're so much alike in behavior.

 |  Aug 7th 2014  |   2 Contributions


As my college life comes closer to ending, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on the madness of the past four years. It was a wild time. Even for someone who didn’t do a lot, I can honestly say it was a tiring experience, but I learned quite a bit about myself.

One of the biggest things I’ve noticed was how similar my cat, Tanner, and I are in our lives. Then, I realized this similarity expands to cats in general. While I’ll be graduating in December and entering the real world, I’ll always have a college roommate.

Here are six ways cats are just like college students.

1. We can sleep anywhere

When you’re in college you have to catch some Z’s when you can. Sometimes that’s in a bed and sometimes it’s with your head in the middle of your textbook in class.

Cat beds are fair game. Photo courtesy Shira Gal/Flickr

I’ve fallen asleep during guest speakers, during trigonometry (sitting up, mind you!), on a bench, on my friend, etc. Cats, too, have this power. In fact, they have an odd attraction to the least comfortable sleeping locations and positions known to the animal kingdom. We just do it because our beds are too far away.

2. We sleep A LOT

Students in college have a lot going on. Classes, work, extracurriculars, internships, etc. When it isn’t necessary to be awake, we usually aren’t. I took an 8 a.m. class once back when I was a perky, naive freshmen. I have learned my lesson since then.

And when we sleep a lot, our cats are usually willing to help. Photo courtesy RBerteig/Flickr

Cats have a lot to do, too. With the constant bathing, knocking valuables off counters, and watching you shower, the poor darlings are just exhausted. Fortunately for them, they get to sleep 16-plus hours. College students? Maybe 12 during the weekend.

3. We're always hungry

Students eat all the time. All the time. If you’re not eating, you’re thinking about eating.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The earlier, the better. (Photo courtesy Sharon G/Flickr

It’s like some evolutionary change within you once your feet hits the campus for the first time. College campuses can be big and sometimes you have to walk from one end to the other ... in 10 minutes. The campus being surrounded by at least 10 restaurants, all with aromas calling you to like sirens, doesn’t help either. Cats are the same way. Their little kitty metabolisms need more. That small breakfast at 7 a.m. after pawing you awake just won’t cut it. They also need more food at dinner for their 3 a.m. zoomies.

4. And we'll eat anything!

Tanner likes to take bites out of my Panera when I'm not looking ... and he still tries even when I am.

“Didn’t you hear? That’s not real meat in those burgers. It’s all pink slime!” But it’s $2 for three. What’s your point?

We’ve all heard of the freshmen 15, and honestly at one point I can say I actively tried to avoid it. I was a health nut before college. I exercised as much as I could, ate salads, and grilled all my foods. Then, an easily accessible Wendy’s happened. Tanner was slim and svelte once. Once. Then, he discovered my food tastes even better.

5. We're night owls

“The paper is due when?!” Remember how I said students have a lot going on? Yeah, that’s often during the day, taking all of our time away for completing assignments.

"What should I destroy first?" Photo courtesy Charlene McBride/Flickr

Night is when the real action happens. Cup of coffee after cup of coffee, line after line rehashing the same idea to reach page requirements. We sit in our chairs click clacking away at our keyboards or flipping through books with highlighters. For cats, nighttime is when the entire house becomes a racetrack and they’re drivers in the Indy 500. They run as fast as they can from one end of the house to the other, jumping, pouncing, and contorting their bodies in Exorcist-like fashions. 

6. We're in love with our electronic devices 

In college, being without a laptop, smartphone, or tablet is like being in a desert without water. My phone alone is responsible for waking me up in the morning, helping me with equations, taking notes and recordings of lectures, and taking pictures of cats.

A warm laptop on a warm lap = heaven. Photo courtesy ADavey/Flickr

Cats like electronics just as much, although not for the same reasons. For a cat, a laptop comes with warmth and the white pointy thing on the screen that never dies no matter how much they swat at it. If it could feed them, they probably wouldn’t have any use for us.

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About the author: Brielle lives in Youngstown, Ohio, with her kitty, Tanner, and her mom. She is an English major at Youngstown State University, with one more semester to go. She writes about cats, cosplay, and anime on her blog. Keep up with her and Tanner at Tanner the Kittie.

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