5 Unspoken Rules Of Being A Cat Person

5 Unspoken Rules Of Being A Cat Person

Some not-so-common rules of owning a cat!
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No matter if you're a cat or a dog person, having a cat living under your roof is going to be an experience. If you don't have a cat, you might not understand why people go through the trouble of having a cat. Yes, cats can be very particular about how they want attention, but anyone who knows their cat well enough knows it's worth it. They also understand these hidden rules that come with owning a cat.

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Don't pet the belly

No matter how tempting it is when a cat rolls on their back, it's usually a trap. Some cats don't mind when you pet their soft belly fur, but it's safe to say that's a minority. If you fall for this trick, you'll come away with quite a few scratches!


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You are the cat's chair

All cats are different in regard to how often they want to cuddle up to you, but in all cases, cat owners know this. If your cat sits on you, you wait until they get up to move. It's almost impossible to overcome the guilt, otherwise.

3.

Cat-proofing is required

There are lots of ways curious cats will get into trouble, but some of it can be prevented. Always put away paper towel rolls or make sure to store them where the cats can't go. Shut doors behind you if you don't want to risk things getting knocked around.


4.

Food is usually the answer

When a cat seems to be purposefully misbehaving around you, it's probably because they want something from you. The answer is usually related to food. This can become a problem when you've already fed your cat five times that day, and they're still not content.

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Blink back

When your cat is staring and purring at you, they'll slowly close their eyes and open them again. This isn't because they're having some sort of staring contest with you. Slow-blinking is a way of saying "I love you" in cat! So if you love your cat, be sure to blink back.

Cover Image Credit: Josh Antonio

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18 Realities Only Chihuahua Owners Understand

Tiny tongues, toys and tummy rubs.
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Being a Chihuahua owner is a task many are not cut out for. Chihuahua hearts are big but there owners' are bigger. From constant coddling to invasive snuggles, there are some things only a Chihuahua owner understands:

1. Tiny tongue in your nose.

Be wary. Look away for a moment and your Chihuahua's tongue will slide into your nose faster than you can say stop. Just to be clear, this doesn't end at noses. Other body cavities, such as the eyes, ears and mouth are also at risk for Chihuahua infiltration.

2. Cat toys are its toys.

When your dog is tiny, it needs tiny toys.

3. Burying.

If your dog is missing, it's probably at the foot of your bed... under the covers. Oh, your bed is made? You don't think they would have been able to nuzzle down without disturbing your pillows? Wrong.

4. Claw marks halfway to your knee.

Because they want to be picked up and that's as high as they can reach.

5. Belly rubs.

Lots of them.

6. The fact that your dog is basically a cat.

They play with cat toys. They're cat sized.

7. The fact that your dog is more like a baby than a dog, or even a cat.

Okay, scratch that. Owning a chihuahua is more like having an infant that needs constant coddling. If they could talk we'd hear "pick me up, mommy" all day long.

8. The shakes.

Shakes because they're scared. Shakes because they're nervous.

9. Any miniature sized objects become toys.

Wine corks, toilet paper rolls...

10. Constant crying.

They cry when they're too excited, overwhelmed or scared which means it's always eye-wiping time!

11. Snuggles in your body's crevices

Mere cuddling is not enough for these creatures. Snuggling is only adequate when they strategically place themselves into the most irritating curve of your body- like the arch of your back or the back of your knees.

12. Being judged for the type of dog you own.

As if all Chihuahua owners participate in this type of embarrassing behavior... not saying that I don't.

13. Little dog syndrome.

14. Rain is not your friend.

Let's not even talk about thunder. There's no way you're getting your dog out of the house for a of couple hours.

15. You can't count how many times your dog has been called the Taco Bell Dog.

Yes, we get it, it's a Chihuahua. No, it doesn't need a sombrero.

16. You never go anywhere in your house alone.

Going to the kitchen? So are they! Bathroom, no problem, they'll be there to support you!

17. 'Sit' probably took you six months.

Let's just say, at least they've got the cute thing going for them.

18. The stank eye.



Cover Image Credit: Rachel C. Baxter

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Lessons My 4-Month Old Puppy has Taught Me

Other pets come and go, but puppies are forever... no matter how needy they may be.

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A few months ago, my family was blessed with a fluffy little Shih Tzu. Charlie immediately became a member of the family, and in the short time we've had him, he's taught me a lot more than I expected. Although being a dog owner guarantees you a loyal, cuddly companion, there are definitely trying times... times when you may even consider giving your pup away; you never do but you consider it.

That being said, here are just a few lessons my puppy has taught me:

Patience & Sacrifice

Training a dog is hard enough without the rebellion, but when you have a revengeful puppy like mine, it gets a whole lot tougher. Charlie's first month at home was pretty breezy, he adapted to his environment quickly, learning to do his business outside. He didn't even need to be on a leash because he'd run straight to the door.

Now, the outdoors are for exploring and eating leaves. To get him back inside I have to bark so he thinks another dog is coming after him... it's such a mission. But I love my dog, so I've learned to deal with his new tendencies. I patiently stand outside, watching him eat grass and do literally everything but go to the bathroom. I clean up his messes with a smile on my face, and when he doesn't let me do anything but give him attention... I sacrifice my duties to give him attention.

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Responsibility

Before Charlie, I just had myself to worry about, but now I have a whole other fluffy creature to take care of. Your dog may only be a small part of your world, but to them, you're their world. Being a responsible pet owner means feeding them before you feed yourself, making sure they've received ample play time, and finding someone you trust to watch your puppy when you're out of town. Eventually, you and your puppy will develop a daily routine and they'll adapt to your schedule.

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Love

Although having a puppy is a lot of work, I wouldn't trade my Charlie for the world. Since he's been part of our family, my puppy has taught me unconditional love. Puppies are like babies, so they require all of your time and energy, yet they steal your heart none the less.

To anyone considering buying a furry baby of their own, I say go for it. As long as you're patient, responsible, and attentive, the love will follow.

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