10 Signs Your Cat Is Your Best Friend

10 Signs Your Cat Is Your Best Friend

You were a cat lady before it was cool.
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You wear your fur-covered sweaters proudly in public, know that not just any brand of cat food will "do," and that your foot is more of a toy than any of the cute ones in your cat's toy box. People who have cats just don't understand the bond you have with your feline friend, and that's just the way you want it to stay. Meow!

1. You greet your cat with a high-pitched, happy "hello sweetie!" and ask how their day was after you get home from work.

And your cat responds with head-butts, kisses, and a whole lot of purring.

2. Privacy and personal space are nonexistent in your house.

Are you using the bathroom? Don't close the door - I have to stare at you! Are you making dinner for yourself? Well, where's my food?!

3. You refer to your cat by name when talking with your human friends.

"Oh yeah, Sandra and I watched movies all day yesterday!" "Who's Sandra?" "Oh, my cat."

4. You share safe foods with your cat.

If you're having rotisserie chicken, you're all having rotisserie chicken.

5. When you're not at home, you miss your cat and are curious about what they're doing.

I wonder if Muffin is having a good day. Is she eating enough? Is she sleeping? I hope she's not sleeping on my new black sweater. Damn it, Muffin! I told you not to sleep on my sweater. Aww, I bet she looks so peaceful sleeping on my sweater! I should bring her home a treat!

6. If you see a stray cat outside, you start talking to it in a baby voice and coax it to come to you.

And when the cat comes to you, you feel like Jackson Galaxy. New besties, am I right?

7. Your cat has 37 nicknames and responds to all of them.

Even though his name is Toffee, he'll come to you when you call him "honey," "fluffy," "cookie," "sweetie," and "Mr. Snuggle Pants".

8. You get irritated when you hear people say "cats are unfriendly" or "cats don't love their owners".

Have you ever actually spent time with a cat? Listen to those purrs! Look at those beautiful green eyes and how they softly blink at you! Clearly, these people have never had a cat love them. Their loss!

9. You and your cat share naps and sleepy time together.

You're not a fan of sharing your space with people, but when kitty is tired and you're in bed, your chest becomes the perfect spot for a night-long cat nap.

10. You spoil your kitty because they deserve it!

Thirty cans of their favorite food, a new scratching post, and a pack of new feathery toys later and you'll have the same cashier at Pet Supplies Plus asking "how many cats do you have?" even though you see her twice a month and you've already told her you only have one. Sorry, I like to spoil my cat, Susan!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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When You Give A Stray Cat A Home

Most people don't know the difference between a stray cat and a community cat, yet these animals lives depend on it.

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The difference between a stray and a community cat.

Stray cats are people's pets who have become lost or abandoned. These cats are very friendly and comfortable around people. Stray cats are usually completely reliant on humans and haven't been able to adapt to life in the wild. They're the ones that will usually post up in your backyard or garage, hoping you'll feed them or give them some love. Community cats are those that have likely been raised in the wild. They've adapted to living on the streets, tend to keep their distance from humans, and like it this way. Community cats often live in colonies that allow them to live a longer life- especially with the help of a human caretaker. Caretakers provide spay/neutering, shelter, and regular feedings for community cats; allowing them to survive and live a long, happy life.

When you give a stray cat a home, you potentially save a life.

It's a tough world out there. Stray cats face many dangers in the wild like starvation and extreme weather conditions. Most of the kittens born in the wild will die within their kitten-hood due to diseases, parasites, and infection that they've been exposed to in the environment. Even then, if they survive their first few months their lifespan is still only expected to be about two years living on its own. People can be cruel and will set poison traps among other cruel attempts to eliminate the stray and community cats (In MY college town, there was food found on the side of the road where a colony of community cats lived that contained razor blades intended to harm them).

When you give a rescue a home, you give a rescue hope.

While some stray cats learn to adapt to the wild, "community cats" often tolerate human interaction, and in some ways, depend on humans for survival. These animals may be shy and abused by strangers in the past, but give them a chance. Offering help and kindness to a stray or community cat can encourage them to warm up to you, and give them a sense of hope. They have feelings too.

When you give a stray a home, you gain a best-friend

As I said before; a "home" to a stray doesn't even have to be living inside your house; a home to a stray could be your garage, under your porch, or any type of shelter around your house. Remember, these cats are likely to approach you and want affection. When you offer them shelter and food, they will become your best friend. ALL of my animals are rescues. We share a special bond, and they are so thankful and absolutely know who rescued them from the dark. They'll always be by your side and love you no matter what.

When you give a stray a home, you give them love, security, hope, and life.

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