How To Have Fun Adopting A New Kitten

11 Adorable Kitten Things That Give All Cat-Owners Life (Pictures Included)

Cats are the best.

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Recently, our family welcomed two cute fur babies into the family. They're two, eleven-week-old, black kittens named Luna and Jackson who are the sweetest little creatures ever. I've never had kittens at an age where I can remember them, but just a few days into the care of these furry babies, I'm learning just how wild of a ride having kittens is.

1. They are all claws and teeth

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It doesn't matter what angle you come at them from, you will catch a tooth or claw to the hand. This is acceptable only because they are so freaking tiny and cute. As time goes on, these attacks will get more savage and intense and they will continue as long as they think they can get away with it... which is probably always.

​2. Kitten naps are the cutest thing ever

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A sleeping and purring little cat is possibly the cutest thing ever. You can bet your butt that I will sit and stare at those sleeping babies for way longer than necessary to take in the cute.

3. And they're even cuter when they nap together in puddle formation

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With TWO kitties, the sleeping cuteness increases when they both snuggle while they sleep together. In the case of my kitties, Luna gets upset if Jackson sleeps without her and will meow until she can find him and snuggle up to him.

4. When they aren't napping, they're RACING around

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Kittens are a fiery little bundle of energy. They will go and go and go and go and go until they can't anymore and then they'll go just a little more. They're neurotic as the day is long and they're ready to play from the second they wake up from their most recent nap.

5. Their meows are the sweetest and softest ever

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There is no voice tinier and cuter than that of a kitten. They meow loudly and often and it's always a delight no matter what. I will never get sick of those little kitten mews.

6. Everything they do is cute

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They run? It's cute. They savagely attack you? Aw, look how cute their teeth are. They break your mother's irreplaceable vase? But look how ADORABLE they looked sitting inside of it. There is nothing kittens could do that isn't the cutest thing ever.

7. They are the best snuggle buddies

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Snuggling with a tiny little creature is the best ever too. They're roughly the size of your hand, but snuggling with them for a second can fill your heart twice over. You'll never want to leave the snuggle party.

8. They're so tiny and soft

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Every single one of their features is so unbelievably small. Their little paws and ears and whiskers and nose are all the tiniest and cutest things you'll ever see. It's incredible to think that with one hand you can hold such a tiny and cute little being in its entirety.

9. They are the alarm clock you never needed

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Kittens have no chill. They are up and ready to rumble at 5:45 a.m. sharp and you best be up for playtime. This alarm clock is amplified when you get kittens collars with bells. It's a great idea and is adorable until it's 3 a.m. and time for Big Time Kitty Wrestling With Bells™.

10. But they're the friends you always wanted

Kittens are the best little buddies you could have. They're always there for you no matter what and they are always down for a good belly rub when you're feeling down. Cats are the best, hands down.

​11. You never want your kittens to get bigger…

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... But you know cats are the best companions you could ever have. <3

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5 Ways Impulsively Getting A Dog Saved My Mental Health

Those four paws are good for a lot more than just face kisses.

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Shortly before my husband and I officially moved out onto our own, he surprised me with a puppy in hand on the morning of our anniversary. Moving out, tackling college, and everything in between, I thought another huge responsibility was the last thing I needed. However, in reality, Oakley, the lab/Australian shepard/collie mix, was exactly what I needed to get back to "me."


He provides emotional support

One of the most obvious reasons is how much emotional support dogs, (and other respective animals) can provide. His paws have been accidentally stepped on, and he certainly isn't a fan of the forced flea/tick medication doses, but less than 30 seconds later, he is without fail immediately by my side again, tail wagging and ready for more kisses. Although he is not trained or certified as an ESA, it's without a doubt he has effectively (and unconsciously) combated random anxiety attacks or feelings of being alone.

He requires being cared for

You'll heavily judge every crazy fur mama, as did, I until you become one. Getting Oakley immediately got me consistently back on my feet and forced me to ask myself, "What does he need today?"Even simple, easy tasks like taking him out to run/go to the bathroom had me excited and forced me to find a motive in the day to day activities. I loved no longer having even the mere choice to be unproductive. Don't want to start your day? Well, Oakley needs his day started, so let's get moving.

He serves as protection

It's no surprise how far a dog's loyalty will go to protect their owner. For decades, specially trained dogs have had life-saving responsibilities assigned to them. Even being married, my husband and I's schedules vary significantly to where it is not uncommon for me to be alone. The slightest sound or shadow from outside our door immediately initiates barking. In the bathroom taking a shower? He's there. Knowing that Oakley is looking out, even when I get carried away with tasks like cooking dinner, always calms my nerves.

He's become something to look forward to

The nice thing about having Oakley is regardless of how my day goes, I know exactly how it is going to end. Whether I passed an exam with flying colors or got the lowest grade in the class, I know what waits for me when I open the door at home. After a long day, nothing resets my mood like walking into a face that is just as happy and excited to see me!

He encourages bonds with others

If you want your social interaction to sky rocket: get a puppy. No, I'm serious. You'll have people wanting to come over and visit "you" (let's be real… your puppy), like it's your last day on Earth. For me, this was exactly what I needed. Getting Oakley had family members constantly checking in to see how he was growing, learning, etc. Not only did this encourage more interactions with family and friends, but it also "livened" my husband and I's home life. Instead of the "normal" weekend nights consisting of Netflix and MarioKart, (which are enjoyable in their own respective ways), spending our nights playing Monkey in the Middle with our new four-legged friend has proven much more entertaining.

So ideally was it the right time to get a dog? Probably not. However, adding Oakley to my small little family combated anxiety and depression in ways I wouldn't have ever thought possible.

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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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