You know you're a cat lover when...

United States
July 2, 2009 10:50am CST
So, I decide to get up from the computer to pour myself another cup of coffee. I get up and notice one of my cats sleeping soundly in a chair on the other side of the office. 30 seconds later, I return with my coffee, and here is the cat stretched out on MY chair, and of course looking completely innocent. Cat lover (cat slave?) that I am, I roll my big comfy desk chair to the side, being careful not to disturb the precious kitty that has now claimed it. And now I am sitting on a smaller, not so comfy chair! I would love for all you cat lovers out there to share your "you know you're a cat lover when" stories! Thanks!
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
2 Jul 09
O get up at 3:30 AM due to cat needs, I move over in the bed to make room for cats, I clean up cat throw up often and never scold, I know that would be useless, after all my cats know who is the slave around here.
• United States
2 Jul 09
Oh yes, I also move over in bed to make room for the cats... or I will try not moving around too much, so as not to disturb them.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
2 Jul 09
Sounds like me.
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
3 Jul 09
OMG you're discribing me! I had a total knee replacement on June 11th and came home on the 15th. I split my time between my bed and the sofa...with four cats in attendance. Well the second day I was in misery and needed to take a pain pill...but wouldn't move because Khuay was asleep by my replaced knee with his head gently resting just above the incision line. He slept there for about 30 minutes but it seemed like days! You know you're a cat lover when one of your cats loves to drink out of a glass and you make sure that you have one beside your bed at night just for the cat!! You know for sure that you're a cat lover when you spend $3000 to screen in your patio just for your cats . Yes, we did that. You also know you're a cat lover when you let them have your bed on a cold winter night and you sleep on the couch. I also had adopted a Siamese that had been abused and couldn't keep cat food down, so I would buy tuna and baby food and mix it just for her. I had to do that for four years until she was finally able to handle Iams cat food. To me, the cats aren't cats but little people with furry suits on. My avatar is Khuay peeking out from the Christmas tree when he was 7 months old. He has this thing for Christmas trees and will spend hours sleeping under the artifical tree. He also loves to shred paper, paper towels, cardboard, mail, magazines. I swear he was a CIA agent in a previous life!!! Yes, my cats run the house...they let me think that the house is mine.
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
3 Jul 09
We screened in the patio so that the cats could be "outside" in safety. We live out in the country and with the various wild animals (mountain lions, bob cats, raccoons, skunk, coyotes etc) it would be so easy for them to get in trouble. The patio has been wonderful, not just for the cats but for us. We set up a sitting room and even had a T.V. so we could kick back and enjoy life with the cats. I get the biggest kick out of Khuay. He is the jumpiest cat I've ever met! Last night, in bed, I was exercising my left foot (the left leg is where I got the knee replacement) and he was checking out my left foot...well I happened to twitch my right foot and he about jumped through the roof!!! Of course I did the unthinkable in the cat world, I laughed. Khuay stalked out the door with his tail held high...but of course every hair on his tail was standing on end. This made me laugh that much more, and it was several hours before he forgave me for laughing!
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• United States
3 Jul 09
Khuay is a cutie! My husband (the alpha cat) likes to scare our cats with the foot twitch. DH will be sitting quietly watching TV or at the computer, and an unsuspecting cat will come strolling through the room... DH will just twitch one foot a little and BOING! I must admit it's a bit funny to see a cat jump straight up... or backwards. I really do love the screened in patio idea. Someday.... We're not in the country, but of course keep my cats inside for all the usual reasons. They get to look out the screens at birds, squirrels, neighbors, etc. when the weather is nice enough to open windows. I know they would just love the patio. Dom still occasionally goes to a door and ask to be let out (after living here nearly 5 years.) Uh, Dom maybe YOU forgot that you don't go outside, but I haven't!
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
3 Jul 09
Ding Ding in hiding - I couldn't find Ding Ding for the life of me, then I turned and caught sight of something dark in the tote bag and jumped sky high. He loves to sleep in strange places.
I love hearing about people that keep their cats in the house; I started keeping my cats as inside cats a LONG time ago. It breaks my heart every time I see one laying beside the road after being hit bay a car. My cats (and dogs) are children to me, and I didn't let my daughter wander around alone before she was able to understand safety, so I sure wouldn't let my furry people outside to get into trouble. As hard as I try, occassionally one of them escapes and is outside till I catch up with them. Ding Ding, my Maine Koon cat got out one day a few months after I brought him home. He was out for 16 hours and when I finally got him in the house, he was limping. He apparently got into some difficulty with one of the outside animals because his hind leg was sore. After that he didn't have too much interest in going outside. Of course I do some adversion training when they are smaller. I have someone at the family room door to the outside, and they have the cat nearby. On my signal they open the door and the cat starts out...until they get hit with a bit of water from the garden hose. Usually it takes only once and they loose total interest in the outside world. My favorite time for scaring the cats, unintentionally, was one night three of the four were in the family room with their backs to me. My BF and I were sitting watching TV when all the sudden I sneezed a huge sneeze. The sneeze rattled the window (HONEST) and four dogs and three cats and my BF all jumped sky high. That gives your husband one to equal or top! I also was in a motion machine for my left knee. It was plugged into the wall beside the bed and had been hooked up there for two weeks. Well Khuay was walking through one evening while I was laying there when my BF jiggled the cord a little bit. Khuay shot straight up, and like in the cartoons his feet were in running mode while he was in mid air. Of course Khuay's life isn't totally scary. He will fall so deeply asleep that you can pose him like a stuffed toy and he never notices. He also has a tendency to roll over in his sleep and he'll fall out of bed and land on my sister's dog...and he is still sound asleep when he lands. He doesn't wake up until the dog gets up and moves. The herd of idiots (both the dogs and cats) have made my being laid up much easier because of their crazy antics. I would have gone totally nuts without them! The picture I have added is of Ding Ding. I couldn't find him one day and caught sight of something out of the corner of my eye and nearly jumped outta my skin. I'm sure he was laughing at me in his cat way!
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
3 Jul 09
Well lets put it this way. I sleep like a contortionist...both my kitties love to snuggle up with me when I go to bed and stay all night long...Kissy likes to sleep at the foot of my bed, so heaven forbid I move my feet and accidentally kick her...and Pyewacket usually likes to sleep right on top of my back as I sleep on my stomach...am I comfortable? Nope, but don't dare move or I get nasty looks from my kitties
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@FFFrocks (306)
• Canada
3 Jul 09
your pic looks just like my kitty jet
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• United States
3 Jul 09
It's nice that all our cats allow us to sleep in their beds with them! lol!
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@Jill22 (265)
• Philippines
2 Jul 09
I love cats! Because whenever I try to see a stray cat, I bring it to our house and adopt it! Me and my cats usually sleep together at my bed. I really love them. I will be not stressed when I see them!
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• United States
3 Jul 09
It's nice that you adopt the strays. Every kitty needs a home.
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@Jill22 (265)
• Philippines
4 Jul 09
I just love them so much!
@Tiamjr (435)
2 Jul 09
...you have to go to a different supermarket or shop to buy the correct brand cat food; ...when you go for a fish and chip take-away you bring home the biggest piece of fish for your cat; ...you find yourself getting woken-up in the middle of the night to feed and pet your cat; ...you sit calmly watching your cat climb your curtains...lol Yes, I have the feeling I am owned by cats too:)
• United States
2 Jul 09
Luckily my cats don't climb the curtains, but one of them used to like to hang & swing from my DH's shirts in the closet! He would just grab on with his front paws, lift his butt, and wheeeee! DH and I thought it was the cutest, funniest thing! Neither of us really seemed to care about the potential for claw marks on the shirts.
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@Tiamjr (435)
2 Jul 09
I never use to believe people when they said their cats climbed their curtains until now. These are the first cats I have ever had that have climbed curtains:) I'm lucky really because other people I know say their cats like to rip the curtains when they slide down. So at least I can say they don't do that..lol On their first Christmas they also climbed up the tree and knocked it over. They then started playing with all the baubles. They are quite mischievious really:)
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• Malaysia
3 Jul 09
I used to dislike cat very much until running away from it as many time as possible even it is just a little cute adorable kitten.I don't know why I am phobia of them but I am so in love with puppies and dogs.But recently I overcame that fear of mine and now I am so in love with cats.goodness!!
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• United States
3 Jul 09
How did you overcome your fear? Did you meet up with a cat you just couldn't resist?
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
2 Jul 09
When you call them and feed them first thing when walking in the door from work. Miss them when they are not in the room with you And I sit around them in the chairs, we share, but I do leave one side of the bed open for them.
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• United States
2 Jul 09
I think a lot of people prefer dogs, because they think cats are too independent and aloof. I've found that my cats have always been friendly, cuddly, loving, and playful. I love when they run to greet me when I come home from work (and the bonus! No dog-slobber! LOL)
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@myx_03 (540)
• Philippines
2 Jul 09
I love cats because they're cute, especially when they're playing. They are look funny when they do playing, I use to play with them too, and I really having fun with them.
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• United States
2 Jul 09
I love watching my cats play with their toys, or with each other.... or with that invisible-to-everyone-but-cats toy that drives them crazy sometimes.
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
3 Jul 09
Not me, they can move. of course, I have so many that I can't afford to spoil all of them
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• United States
3 Jul 09
You know you're a cat lover when... you have an indoor cat even though you are allergic to them. you are a newt freak and purposely leave out boxes and throw crumpled pieces of paper for your cat to play with. you can understand your cats different meows and know exactly what he/she wants you have a running dialogue with your buddy about what your cat is doing or what your cat would say if he/she could talk. you have a sleepless night because your cat kept running through the vertical blinds...and you're not angry about it. you set up play dates with your friends' pets so they can be social and learn to get along with other animals. Ok, that last one hasn't seen a lot of progress yet, but at least my cat knows dogs exist and that it can beat up the little ones!
• United States
3 Jul 09
Sorry, that was NEAT freak, not NEWT freak.
• United States
4 Jul 09
It does make it difficult to be a neat freak. I just finished vacuuming. After I was done, I put everything back in it's proper places (spread all over the living room and dining room)... 2 mousies, 4 feathered toys, a few spongy balls, the fun-to-kick toy, the long shoe-string, a scratch pad & a scratch post... I never bothered to move the 3 tubes (one of which is just a long cardboard box) the little kitty tent, or the big scratching post.
• United States
4 Jul 09
..you stay on mylot longer so as not to disturb multiple kitties currently bedhogging the long way on the bed. *sigh* i was going to be up anyway...and they look so serene
• United States
4 Jul 09
Well, it certainly is clear that once we invite a cat into our homes and hearts, we no longer maintain ownership of the bed!!
@AJ88xA8 (321)
• United States
3 Jul 09
I know I am a cat lover because I visit my friends houses just to cuddle with their kitties. I would have some of my own but everyone in my family except me is highly allergic to them. :-/
• United States
4 Jul 09
I'd be so sad if I was allergic to cats. It's good you have friends with kitties for you to cuddle and play with.
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
10 Jul 09
animals r like ur little babies that never grow up...the furry peter pans. that is why we tend to turn them into our babies.