My kids love cats. They’ve grown up with them and consider them part of our family, which of course they are. Now that they’re not far away from adulthood, I’m starting to see signs that they will definitely find themselves owned by a cat — or cats — of their very own one day.
Here are five of those signs.
1. They have kitty wallpaper
My 16-year-old son is a total cat fanatic, and he’s also a typical teenage boy. Recently I watched his laptop wallpaper rotate, displaying some of his favorite images. Here’s an example of what I saw in rotation: South Park characters, some war-themed video game screenshot, and then a fuzzy kitten smelling a flower. He has several cat images in his rotation, and it just tickles me to no end to watch the images cycle through on his screen. I believe this is foreshadowing of his future as an official adult cat-man. He’s going to make some cat lady very happy one day.
2. They give cats a ton of nicknames
I call my cats by an array of silly nicknames, but I swear my kids make up the most original and ridiculous monikers for them. My daughter has taken to calling Cosmo “Satchel.” My son sometimes calls him “Lunchbox.” I find this hysterical. Only a true cat-loving kid would be so invested in coming up with funny and sweet nicknames for their kitties. This makes them well-prepared for nicknaming their own cats someday. I can’t wait.
3. They’re proud to show off their cats
When new friends come over, both kids are excited to introduce them to our cats. Saffy usually hides, but Phoebe and Cosmo typically do the meet-and-greet thing. One of my son’s previous girlfriends even had a photo of Cosmo as her phone wallpaper. All their friends know our cats and call them by some of the nicknames my kids have given them. And they usually take the time to talk to and play with our kitties. It’s adorable. Teenage kids could be engaged in plenty worse activities.
4. They discuss what kind of cats they’ll adopt
My son has always been very certain he’ll adopt a giant orange tabby — and name him Taco. When he looks at cat photos on Reddit, he sometimes calls me over to show me photos of his future Taco. My daughter has a thing for Sphynx and Rex cats and can totally see herself sharing her life with a cat like that. This kind of planning is a sure sign of a future of being owned by a cat … or five.
5. They have cat pics on their phones
My kids — especially my son — take oodles of cat photos with their phones. It’s not uncommon to receive a text of a funny photo of Cosmo while I’m out to dinner with friends. I love that they get excited about capturing cute and silly images of our kitties. It definitely shows me they will probably have a phone full of cat pics for years to come. And this makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
How can you tell your kids will be owned by cats of their own one day? 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.