I have grown up with cats in my life since I was a small child. I have been around them so long that I don’t really see those little quirks we take on as part of our everyday when we have a cat in our life.
Just like people, cats and life with cats, have their good and bad points. Most of them are not big enough to justify not having the best in our lives, but that doesn’t mean we have to love every bit of it.
If you’ve not lived with a cat before and you’re thinking about getting one — there are some annoying things that are bound to happen at least once. They’re not deal-breakers to own a cat, but just don’t say no one warned you.
Here are 7 annoying things that you should expect to happen when you have a cat in your life — because they’re basically inevitable.
1. Your new wake-up time will be 5am.
I don’t know what it is about this particular time of the morning, but it doesn’t matter which cat we’re talking about — they like 5am. It’s the universal time cats want to be fed and they won’t let you sleep even a minute later. They eat on their own time — and that time just happens to be when most of us are still sleeping.
2. Your leather furniture will be re-textured with scratches.
I always thought my furniture would be ruined from my four children, but cats just love to mess your stuff up. It doesn’t matter if you’ve gotten them their own expensive cat tree which they’re welcome to run their claws along at any time. They want your leather couches and fabric ottomans.
3. You will always have one broken lamp.
Cats like the activity parkour — “the activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing.” If you have any lamps that you spent weeks finding the perfect set for your living room, watch out. Your cat will knock that down and break it almost as fast as you set it up.
4. Your black-out curtains won’t black out.
I just finally spent money on some black-out curtains for my living room. They’re perfect for this spot and help keep the warm air inside during the winter and the hot sun out during the summer. Problem is, since we have two cats — there are little holes up the curtains, not blacking out the light. Why? Our youngest cat loves to run up the back of the curtains and claws + blackout curtains = sunlight in small rays.
5. You will be called “the cat lady” at least once.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a guy or a girl — you’ll be called a “cat lady” at least once. Why? You’re likely going to tell someone who just doesn’t get it, a story about your cat as if they were your significant other.
6. You’ll get into an argument with a “dog person” about who is better.
It’s cats. That’s all you need to say.
7. They will always prefer your water glass to their own.
If you don’t like to share your drinks or food, a cat will change that in you. Cats always seem to prefer the fresh glass of water you pored out for yourself in your favorite glass and less likely to drink the fresh water you put in their dish. Also, your cat will probably knock over and break that favorite glass of yours, spilling your perfectly chilled water all over the carpet.
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Devan is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and four kids. No, those aren’t her kids real names — they’re online pseudonyms. Read more from Devan on Babble and “like” Accustomed Chaos on Facebook!