If you are reading this, I can safely assume you’re a cat lover — am I right? Those of us who are lucky enough to be owned by a feline know that sometimes we go out of our way to please them. Does it always work? Ha. Any amount of cat-delivered smugness or irritation doesn’t stop us from constantly trying to make them happy. Because that’s what we do when we’re owned by a cat.
Here are five things I find myself doing that only cat lovers will understand.
1. Carry them to the window to see wildlife
When I see a rabbit, squirrel or bird hanging out close to the window, I usually grab my cat so she can experience the scene. You see, cats aren’t always on task, looking for cool stuff to watch — sometimes (surprise) they’re sleeping or simply loitering. I know my cat will absolutely thrill at the sight of a giant rabbit mere inches from the window. Of course I’m going to bring her over to see it. And then I’ll annoy her by talking to her about his long ears and fluffy coat, when all she wants to do is pretend she’s hunting him, ’cause she’s a total badass. Badasses don’t care about fluffy coats.
2. Allow them to sit in my lap while I’m using the facilities
OK, I’ve written about this often enough to know I’m not the only one who snuggles their cat while taking care of “business.” In fact, some cats demand it! Even Cosmo, who would fight being held like a human toddler any other time, will sit in my lap on the toilet for a seemingly endless amount of time.
3. Scan the room before leaving it
Sure, they look cute at the time, but as soon as I leave the room, they’re all over any unattended glass of water or plate of food. If any of those things are around when I’d like to exit a room — even for a few minutes — I need to put them out of reach. Same goes for my desk. When I get up from my desk during the workday, I always bring my coffee cup with me. Not because cats like coffee … because cats like mischief.
4. Meow to my cats
You know you do it too. When one of my cats “talks” to me, I sometimes meow back to them. Do they think I’m nuts? Most likely, but they already slapped that label on me a long time ago.
5. Carefully choose boxes to keep for them
When we find boxes in our possession, I always look them over, trying to decide if my cats would enjoy them. Sometimes it’s a no-brainer, but other times it might be too small or ripped. I examine each one. And when I’m at a friend’s or family member’s house and see them about to toss a box, I all but yank it out of their hands. Phoebe would never forgive me if I had the opportunity to bring her a size-six women’s shoebox and didn’t do it.
What do you do that only cat lovers would understand? Tell us 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 (birthed 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.