When You Give A Girl A Cat (Or Three)

When You Give A Girl A Cat (Or Three)

My cats show me that I am going to be okay no matter where life takes me, or how many bumps in the road I come across, because I have them, and they have me, and together we have each other.
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Everyone has their “thing”. Their thing that makes them smile on a bad day. Their thing that is always there when you come home to shut your eyes and collapse in your bed, and is still there when you wake struggle to fight the urge of hitting snooze just one more time. Their thing that never gets boring, their thing that never, ever lets them down. Their thing that purrs and meows and oh wait… that’s my thing! My mental health is something I still battle on a daily basis, and the thing that helps me in doing so is my three furry little friends, my cats. I want to share with you today, the ten most therapeutic things that my cats provide me with to help make my bad days a little easier to bear, and my good days even more enjoyable.

1. When they run towards the door and wait there for me as soon as they hear the car pull in the driveway.

There is nothing better than coming home after a long day of work or class or endless tiring events, to three cats waiting by there for me, their bigs eyes looking up and waiting to be pet. They make me feel wanted, they make me have something to look forward to at the end of the day

2. When they knead me.

Whether I am sleeping, reading, doing homework or watching netflix, when one of my cats jumps starts to knead my legs or my stomach with their furry little paws, I can not do anything but smile, and feel happy to have such amazing creatures who love me just as much as I love them. They always know exactly what I need to turn my tears into happiness.

3. Their constant meowing to get my attention

I will admit, constant whining and nagging from friends and family can be quite annoying sometimes, however, when it is one of my cats doing the nagging, I feel on top of the world. They want my attention, and they want me to acknowledge them. They make me feel wanted, and that is one of the best feelings.

4. The way they tilt their head when I tell them how cute they are.

The amount of times I tell my cats how cute they are, or how much I love them on a daily basis is outrageous. Everything they do is just so adorable and I feel so lucky to have them, and they certainly deserve to know that. It is like when you talk to a baby and they smile at the sound of your voice, it is breathtaking, and heart warming. When I talk to my cats and they tilt their heads, and slowly blink their eyes, it is like they are smiling at me, they are blowing me a kiss and reciprocating their love. It is a magical feeling.

5. When they hop up on my lap and fall fast asleep.

No matter what I am doing, or how busy I am, my cats still find a way to tag along with me on the journey. When they hop on my lap, and turn around in circles until the find a comfy spot, it makes me stop whatever it is that I am doing and appreciate life and how much better mine is with them as my best friends

6. The falling and rising of their soft little tummies when they are sleeping under my chin, laying on my chest.

I am sure I am not the only one who has experienced this as a cat owner, but you know your cats mean the world to you when you wake up urgently having to pee, but your cat is just so content sleeping on you and you cannot risk disturbing them in this moment, so you just distract yourself with their cuteness to forget about your need to go. Having something that distracts me from life’s inconveniences and it’s terrible nature at times, makes my heart happy, it makes me content.

7. When they head butt me because I am not paying attention to them, or staying still for too long.

My cat's keep me on my toes. They remind me nothing is worth stressing over, or spending too much time on. They make me realize life is full of so much more than the distraction I let take over my brain. They remind me how much more important they are than anything else.

8. When they put their paw over my hand while I do my homework

I dread all of the work that I have to do in order to succeed in school, especially since I am a perfectionist, which makes life even harder. When my cats swat my pencil out of my hand, or lay their paw over my hand while I type, they give me even more of a reason to put the work down and just stop for a moment. Their cute little face and perfect furry paws give me the most perfect excuses to get my head out of the books and just enjoy their company.

9. When they lay in front of the door to my room when it is open.

My cats protect me, and that sense of protection makes me feel comfortable, safe and greatful. They are like my personal bodyguards. They wait outside my room making sure that no one passes that is not allowed to enter. They do their best not to let anyone hurt me and if someone does, they comfort me, and if the ones who hurt me are fortunate enough to be close by, they make sure they know they messed up.

10. When they show me that I am going to be ok, because I have them, and we have each other.

I would not be who I am today without my cats. I would not be able to keep on going and fighting against the world if I did not have them to rely on, to be right by my side through the good days along with the bad. My cats show me how important it is to live life with a smile on my face, while wiping away all of my tears with their soft, fuzzy mittens. My cats show me that I am going to be okay no matter where life takes me, or how many bumps in the road I come across, because I have them, and they have me, and together we have each other.

Clark, Chloe and Scout, thank you for letting me dress you up as the Easter Bunny, Santa Paws, Bob Marley and even a unicorn. Thank you for keeping me warm at night, and keeping my heart full of happiness. Thank you for loving me endlessly.



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20 Of The Coolest Animal Species In The World

Animals that almost seem imaginary.
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The world is full of amazing animals. So amazing, that narrowing them down to 20 felt nearly impossible. To determine who made the cut for this list, I used very important factors such as, cuteness and how much some of them looked like Pokémon . I know, very official. So here are some of the coolest animals in the world.

1. Pink Fairy Armadillo

The pink fairy armadillo is the smallest and cutest species of armadillo. It is on the list of threatened species and is found in the sandy plains, dunes, and grasslands of Argentina. The pink fairy armadillo is a nocturnal creature that survives mostly on insects and plants.


2. Okapi

The okapi is an animal native to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. Although the stripes make many people believe okapi are related to zebra, they are actually closer to giraffe. Okapi are solitary creatures and come together to breed. They are herbivores, mostly eating leaves, grass, and other plants.


3. Glaucus Atlanticus or "the Blue Dragon"

These little dragon-like creatures are often only about a few inches long and can be found in the Indian Pacific Oceans. The blue dragon floats upside down in order to blend the blue side of them with the water, and the silver side with the surface of the ocean. This tiny dragon feeds on creatures like the man o' war and can even deliver a sting similar to it.


4. The Maned Wolf

The maned wolf is often found in the grasslands of south, central-west, and southeastern parts of Brazil. It is neither related to wolves nor foxes despite its appearance and name, but is actually closer to dogs. The maned wolf hunts alone and primarily eats both meat and plants (about 50% of its diet).


5. Fossa

The fossa is a carnivorous animal located in Madagascar. Despite having many traits similar to cats, it is more closely related to the Mongoose. The fossa is only found in forest habitats and can hunt in either daytime or night. Over 50 percent of its diet happens to be lemurs.


6. Japanese Spider Crab

As the name suggestions, the Japanese spider crab inhabits the waters surrounding Japan. In many parts of Japan, this crab can be considered a delicacy but can be considerably difficult to catch. The Japanese spider crab can grow to 12 feet long from claw to claw. There is only one sea creature-- amongst similar species (aka crustaceans)-- that beats the weight of a Japanese spider crab: the American Lobster.


7. Pacu Fish

Look closely at the teeth, do they look familiar? This fish is found in the waters of South America. This fish, while related to the piranha, can actually grow much larger. They can also be found in rivers like the Amazon and is an aid to the fishing industry. Unlike the piranha, pacu mostly only eat seeds and nuts, though can still create nasty injuries to other animals if need be.


8. Slow Loris

The slow loris is a nocturnal creature found in Southeast Asia. While very adorable, the loris's teeth are actually quite venomous. The toxin on their teeth can also be applied to fur through grooming to protect its babies from predators. Often times these creatures forage and spend time alone, although can on occasion be seen with other slow lorises. Apart from their toxic teeth, the slow lorises have another defense mechanism, in which they move nearly completely silently in order to prevent discovery.


9. Angora Rabbit

These cute, fluffy rabbits are among the hairiest breeds of rabbit of both wild and domestic types. These rabbits originated in Turkey although managed to spread throughout Europe and was even brought to the United States in the 20th century. These rabbits are often bred for their soft wool which can be made into clothing, and often get rid of their own coats every 3-4 months.


10. Axolotl

The axolotl or "Mexican salamander" (who looks like a Pokémon , if you ask me) is often spotted in lakes in various places around Mexico. These little salamanders are amphibious although often spend their adult lives strictly in the water. However, the population of these cute creatures is dwindling due to non-native predators and the continued urbanization of Mexico. The axolotl eats small worms, insects, and fish in order to survive.


11. Liger

The liger, however made up it sounds, is a real (and cute) animal created by a lion and a tiger mating. Ligers only seem to exist in captivity or zoos because the lion and tiger don't share the same habitat in the wild. Unfortunately, these animals don't live very long or are sterile despite being bigger than both the lion and the tiger. While these animals are cool and unique, they are not strictly natural or sustainable.


12. Bearded Vulture

I don't know about you all, but this vulture reminds me of a phoenix which was initially why I looked into the creature. These vultures inhabit a range of places from southern Europe to the Indian subcontinent, to Tibet. This vulture, like other vultures, typically eats dead animals, although it has been documented that the bearded vulture will attack live prey more often than other vultures.


13. Goblin Shark


This unusual shark is also known as a "living fossil" because they are the last representative of sharks that lived about 125 million years ago. It is a deep sea shark that can grow between 10-13 feet if not longer. The goblin shark has been caught accidentally in every major ocean. The goblin shark is not a fast swimmer and relies on ambushing its prey.


14. Red Panda

This cute, small panda lives in the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. The red panda is rather small, only about the same size as most domestic cats. Its eating habits range from bamboo, to eggs, to insects, and several other small mammals. The red panda is primarily sedentary during the day and at night or in the morning does whatever hunting it needs to do.


15. Blobfish

This blobfish is, in a way, so ugly that it is cute (although reminds me of a certain Pokémon ) This fish lives in the deep waters of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. The blobfish has a density only sightly above that of water. The fish primarily hunts by just floating along and letting creatures wander into its mouth, rather than expending any energy.


16. Leaf Deer

The leaf deer is usually found in dense forests in the northwest region of Putao. The adult leaf deer only stands at about 20 inches high and the males and females are nearly identical except for an inch long horn on the males. It is called a leaf deer because hunters could wrap the deer in a single large leaf.


17. Tiger

While tigers are a more common animal than many others on this list, it is still one of the coolest animals in the world. Tigers are the largest of all cats and once ranged from Russia, to Turkey, to parts of Asia — almost all over the world. These animals are fierce, powerful creatures, although they are on the endangered species list.


18. Narwhals

Narwhals are a species of whale that live in the waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia. The narwhal's diet changes depending on the time of year: in the spring the narwhal will eat cod, while in the winter the narwhal will eat flatfish. Narwhals can live up to 50 years and most frequently die of suffocation from being trapped under the ice.


19. Cheetah

Cheetahs, while more commonly heard of then some of the other animals on this list, are still incredibly cool. They often inhabit many parts of Africa and Iran. These amazing cats can reach up to 60 miles per hour in three seconds and use their tails to make quick and sudden turns. These amazing cats also have semi-retractable claws which helps with speed. The cheetah, however, doesn't have much besides speed to defend itself.


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20. Superb Bird of Paradise

This GIF demonstrates the mating dance used by male superb birds of paradise. Typically females reject about 20 mates before selecting one they want to mate with. They are often found in New Guinea although it is unsure just how many of these birds there are. As far as scientists know, the population has remained stable.

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7 Reasons That Prove Cats Are The Best Pets To Have In College

Listen, you will never be alone ever again if you get a cat.

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For all of my life, I've had dogs. There are actually still two dogs back home. However, with college life being difficult to dedicate that much time to an animal that needs you there consistently, it was best to get a cat. I never was a cat person until I got my Whiskers from the Hinsdale Humane Society.

1. They clean themselves

Not having to worry about having to clean these guys is amazing. Especially since most cats are indoors, there isn't a lot they can get into.

2. They don't require 24/7 attention

When you're a college student, you have an extremely busy schedule that is constantly in flux. Therefore, being able to leave your cat alone for a few hours is a huge plus as dogs require a lot of thinking of potty needs, food, play time, etc. NOT saying cats don't need attention, but they don't need as much as dogs.

3. They are comforting

Despite the stereotype, cats are still very much comforting animals. They come over and sit with you — overall changing the atmosphere of the environment you're in.

4. They provide distraction

You still get the distraction of being able to care for this living being that needs attention in order to live. It almost adds a routine to your day which can help reduce your anxiety.

5. They are silly

Cats are just as silly as every other animal. Mine chases his tail, meows at me when he wants food, suddenly becomes a wild man, and ultimately just a big goofball.

6. They are family

Cats are still part of the family! And honestly, a pet brings so much comfort and love to your life that the cost of owning a pet is worth it.

7. They won't make you feel alone

No, seriously you will never be alone ever again if you get a cat. They follow you everywhere into the bathroom, in your bedroom, to the kitchen, and to watch TV. Overall you've pretty much got a child that needs to be with you 24/7. If you don't, believe me, I took this photo after finishing my shower because he stayed on the mat right outside it anytime I go into the bathroom.

Overall, I would say when considering getting a pet for your college years and the years after there are some things that you must keep in mind. You have responsibilities to the pet as well as a mandatory schedule you must attend to. If you do not have the time for a dog there are other options to consider when it comes to pets.

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