I grew up with a younger sister, and there were definitely typical sibling dynamics between the two of us. We went from being best friends one moment to completely annoyed with one other five minutes later. I’m sure, even in large families, the situations play out similarly.
I share my home with two human children and three feline kids. Sometimes I laugh at how much they act like real siblings. Some of the parallels are kind of uncanny. Here are 5 of the ways I’ve noticed.
This is no big deal, I suppose. Our cats are pretty social, and can often be seen chillin’ with the humans in the house. My human kids sometimes sit on the sofa and watch TV together, and I’ll notice at least one of the cats almost immediately join them. It’s one of those happy-mom moments when I realize maybe I didn’t raise complete beasts — they really can get along!
I remember banning my younger sister from my bedroom because she’d always get into my “stuff.” I didn’t want her messing up the “order” of things. Please note, I use the word “order” very loosely. My room usually looked like a bomb went off inside of it. Currently, Phoebe is the annoying younger sister who always wants to get inside my kids’ rooms. It drives them crazy when she slips in because she walks all over the dresser tops and desks, knocking things over. I can always tell when she’s sneaked in because I hear, “Phoebe!”
My younger sister always wanted to be where I was, hang out with me and my friends and do everything I was doing. My cats are the same way with my kids. They assume everything the bigger kids are doing must be “cool.” Speaking from the viewpoint of an older sibling, sometimes this is OK, and other times it’s downright irritating.
My two teenagers like to sleep in, sometimes until noon on the weekends. The cats sometimes don’t make that easy. They meow, they loudly bat toys and wrestle, and they romp around the house like wildcats. Occasionally the wrestling includes a slam against one of the sleeping kids’ bedroom doors. Younger human siblings always seem to be loud — they watch TV loudly and aren’t always conscious of using their “indoor voices.” This can make the joy of sleeping in not quite so joyful.
The older sibling has more life experience, if only by a couple of years. Some younger siblings seek advice from the wisdom of the elder brother or sister. Our Saffy is just like that big sister with a great listening ear. She’s 14 and lounges on my bed for a good part of the day. I sometimes see my kids curl up with her for a snuggle. She doesn’t run away, and she purrs happily when they speak to her. She’s the kind of big sister in which you can confide. And she’s great at keeping secrets.
Do your human kids and cats act like siblings? Tell us about it 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 a comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.
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