5 Signs You Are an Obsessed Cat Mom

5 Signs You Are an Obsessed Cat Mom

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1. Most of the photos on your phone are of them (and you use every opportunity to share them with everyone

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And you’re always on point for selfies with your cat

2. You talk to them like they will respond. I mean, how else are you going to know how their day was or who broke the lamp?


3. They have more toys than Pet Smart but still prefer cardboard boxes.



(although they prefer loose strings, old boxes, and pretty much anything else that you didn’t buy for them.)





4. The thought of going anywhere gives you both separation anxiety.




but on the rare occasion you do go somewhere, and you’re expectations are too high…

5. And lastly, you wear “Cat Mom” title proudly.





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Meet Hermione. Three years ago, on a complete and utter whim, my family decided to rescue her from the SPCA in Philadelphia. We had talked briefly about the possibility of adopting an animal, but my mom didn't seem very convinced during those conversations. Before Hermione, I had never had a pet besides a series of fish throughout my life that never lasted too long, so I really didn't understand the hype about family pets.

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Actually, I didn't like cats. From a young age, I always thought dogs were the superior companion, being man's best friend and all that. Cats seemed boring in comparison. I was obsessed with the idea of having my own puppy, so when my sisters ran off to the cat section of the shelter, I reluctantly followed.

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The volunteer at the shelter explained that she was taken from a cat hoarder's home that had mistreated the animals. As a result, she has FIV and one eye that she almost lost in a fight with another cat. FIV is a feline immunodeficiency virus that can only be transferred through felines. It is compared most commonly to HIV, but I've learned to explain because people can give you the strangest looks when you say your cat has cat AIDS. It basically just means that Hermione has an extremely weak immune system and should either be the only pet in a household or be in a household with other cats with FIV. FIV is common among strays.

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Even though my family had nothing prepared to take home a cat, we did it anyway. We ran to the nearest pet store the second Hermione was in the car with us, and she has been a part of our family ever since.

Like a dog, Hermione runs to the door the second anyone comes home and will meow and press herself against you. There is nothing better in this world than unconditional love the second you get home from a hard day at school, work, etc. She has sat with me on days that I'm too sick to function, cuddled me when I'm sad and has been an amazing addition to our family. As someone who suffers from anxiety and depression, she has also been an amazing asset for me when I need support. She is the sweetest, most pure angel in this entire universe and I cannot imagine my family and life without her.

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P.S. Here are some cute pictures to enjoy. Did I write this article just so I could look at cute pictures of my cat? Maybe.

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