14 Signs You're Obsessed With Cats

14 Signs You're Obsessed With Cats

How to know if you're a crazy cat lady.
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1. You buy food for stray cats.

Yes, I keep a bag of cat food so I can leave bowls out for stray cats. In addition to feeding my own cats, I also feed many others.


2. Your cat (or any cat) is your wallpaper.

I have dozens of pictures of my cat, and other cats that I meet. As soon as I get a new phone, I set one of my cats as my wallpaper on my phone.


3. Meeting a new cat is exciting for you (but not always for the cat).

When I know someone has a cat, I constantly ask them if I can meet it and immediately try to invite yourself over.


4. You go to peoples' houses just to see his or her cats.

If my friends or family are trying to get me to do something or go somewhere, they bribe me by saying, “there will be cats."


5. When you're in a bad mood, you pet a cat and feel better.

This happens to me all the time. I'll be having a bad day, but then I'll pet a cat and I'll be excited and happy again. Especially when it's my cat.


6. You can't sleep without a cat in your bed.

This may see weird, but it's so true! Every night I have to make sure my cat is in my bed ready to sleep before I can sleep. When I'm away at college, I sleep so much worse than when I'm at home in bed with my cat. The sound of the purring is so comforting to me.


7. You are the go-to person when people need cat-sitters.


Whenever my neighbor needs someone to babysit her cat when she goes out of town, I'm the first person she asks. When my grandma was in the hospital, my family and I were the first people who took her cat in.


8. You have multiple items of clothing with cats on them.

For me this is mostly true about shirts. I have at least 5 cat shirts I wear, plus cat socks. But the cat on the shirt has to be cute!


9. You go to pet stores when you're looking for something to do.

Yep. When I have extra time on my hands, I'll try to make a trip into the pet store to browse all the cat accessories. Some pet stores keep cats and have them for sale so I'll stop by to watch them.


10. When you see a cat, you automatically know what breed it is.

A lot of people lump cat breeds together, but I can distinguish between each. For example, this beautiful lady is a Calico.


11. You FaceTime your cat.

Being away from my cat while at college is so hard for me, so I FaceTime my cat. Yes, literally. I'll FaceTime my sister and she puts me on the phone with my cat and I talk to her.


12. Your Instagram is almost entirely cats.

I pretty much post a new cat picture everyday. My friends are always telling me how they wouldn't expect anything less.


13. You refer to your cat as your child.

My cat is not just my cat, my cat is my DAUGHTER. Likewise, if I had a boy cat, he would be my son. Yes, I am that committed.


14. You can't imagine your life without cats.

When your friends ask you how many cats you want in your future you tell them, “at least 8,” and you know exactly what kind you want. Cats. Are. Life.

Cover Image Credit: Kristin Matysek

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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House Hunting At Its Finest

It's incredibly stressful and takes way too long!

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House hunting is hard. I thought at first it would be fun, exciting, and interesting. But now, I'm tired and bored and just want to give up.

I've been looking for a house for a month now and I knew it going in to it, it would take a while. I knew that I wouldn't just walk into the first house and be like, "this is it, this is the one".

But, when you look at 6-10 houses every time you search a day, it gets stressful and tiring.

When I started looking at houses it was because I was planning on getting a house with some friends to rent out for the next 3 years while at UCF. All because I didn't get a spot-on campus with the lottery, I got waitlisted. So, I need to look for housing to secure a place to live next fall.

Now, my dad wants to turn it into a small business. Buy a house, rent out the rooms for a reasonable price, cheaper than some apartments, and make a profit.

It sounds like a good plan.

But then you have to factor in: location and how far it is from campus, the price range in which you could make a profit, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the price per square inch, the property taxes, if the house needs work or not, upgrades, improvement, parking availability, etc. The list just goes on and on.

It's hard to find the "perfect" house.

I want to be able to make it "home" for the next 3 years. I want to make it somewhere where I can hang out, have friends over, and love to live in.

Every time I walk into a new house, I automatically think, "what would I do to this room? Or that?". I think of furniture and décor. I think about how I would design it and make it ours.

I even made a Pinterest board, one for home décor and one for bedrooms.

I feel like I'm going overboard but I can't help it.

I get excited when it comes to the designing aspect, but my parents have to be so nit-picky. They came up over the weekend to search for houses with me and every time we walk into a house I hear: "the carpet is stained, needs to be removed", "the kitchen is outdated, needs to be upgraded", "the bathroom needs work", "the wall has a hole", "not enough bathrooms" and so much more.

It's not like I don't chime in with comments either.

I do put in a fair share of my personal opinions about the quality of the houses too.

But, at this point I wish we could just settle on something. Again, I know this takes time but I just get anxious.

So, we are going into the 5thweek and still haven't agreed on a house. My mom has her picks, my dad has his, and I have mine. And none of them overlap. Frankly, I don't get a "say" in what my parents chose since they will be purchasing the house. But, I get to live in it, my friends are the ones who will be paying them rent. So, I feel like my opinion matters. Whenever I ask questions or give input, they talk over me.

As if, I wasn't even there!

Yet, that is how the ball rolled. Wow, I'm borderline whining over here. It's not like I'm not grateful but, I wish I was valued as an adult helping in this situation.

Well thank you for coming to my "TED" talk! And reading about yet another annoying and trivial struggle of mine. I'll write again soon.

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