Eight Signs You Are Too Close To Your Cat ~ Or Cats

Some Ways To Prove You Just Might Be Too Close To Your Cats ~

Dixie enjoying breakfast with Mom. Hey Mom, buy some more of these Honey Bunches Of Oats - they're yummy!
Dixie enjoying breakfast with Mom. Hey Mom, buy some more of these Honey Bunches Of Oats - they're yummy! | Source
Mitty! I told you that "I'm Out Of Treats" is not a big enough emergency to text Mommy!
Mitty! I told you that "I'm Out Of Treats" is not a big enough emergency to text Mommy! | Source
Don't even touch that coffeemaker, Mom! Not until I have my treat!
Don't even touch that coffeemaker, Mom! Not until I have my treat!
Yes, I get my treats first thing in the morning - as it should be - you peeps carry on now... until the next time I want a treat, which will most likely be in about 15 minutes. Then, Mommy will look at me and ask 'Didn't I give you a treat already?"
Yes, I get my treats first thing in the morning - as it should be - you peeps carry on now... until the next time I want a treat, which will most likely be in about 15 minutes. Then, Mommy will look at me and ask 'Didn't I give you a treat already?" | Source
I'll help you Mom, this is sooooo comfy! Dixie loved to help with the warm laundry, especially when she was still a kitten.
I'll help you Mom, this is sooooo comfy! Dixie loved to help with the warm laundry, especially when she was still a kitten. | Source
Misty LOVED helping Mommy pack for the move to Las Vegas... she helped SO much, Mommy tried to pack whenever she was asleep! It reminded me of having a two year old around again.
Misty LOVED helping Mommy pack for the move to Las Vegas... she helped SO much, Mommy tried to pack whenever she was asleep! It reminded me of having a two year old around again. | Source
Dixie has taken over Mom's pillow. Shhhh, can't you see I'm sleeping here Mom? It's time for you to get up anyway. I'll just continue to lounge the day away... because I can!
Dixie has taken over Mom's pillow. Shhhh, can't you see I'm sleeping here Mom? It's time for you to get up anyway. I'll just continue to lounge the day away... because I can! | Source

For Those Who Think They Might Be Borderline Crazy Cat Ladies or Crazy Cat People!

I spend a lot of time, well OK, most of the day, with our two cats Dixie and Misty. They are both about six years old and are an absolute joy and pleasure to have around.

They keep Mom company while I am at home freelance writing all day and they are also an endless source of entertainment and affection. But at times I began to wonder, am I too close to our cats?

What would the signs be of being too close to your cats, anyway? How about:

1) You share breakfast ~ Yep, our cat, Dixie loves Honey Bunches Of Oats cereal and loves to come running when Mom is pouring herself a bowl of them. I've never seen a cat who loves cereal so much. Believe me, she gets plenty of her own cat food and cat treats to eat. She must like the smell or texture (or both) of this cereal. It's simply irresistible to her.

I even tried to send her picture once to the makers of Honey Bunches Of Oats cereal, only I never found a good address to use to send them the picture. I mean, she could advertise for them! For a fee... that of course would go to her kitty college fund.

2) You've taught your cat to "text Mommy" ~ in case of an emergency, and she can do it. Even though she doesn't have opposable thumbs. Now if she DID have opposable thumbs, we'd really be in trouble! Not only could she text Mommy. She could also get into kitty chat-rooms on Mom's laptop and chat with that handsome Sphinx cat over in Egypt, or that Exotic Russian Blue over in Leningrad.

By the way, you have to teach your cat what constitutes a real emergency when you are teaching them how to text. -

"Mom, I'm out of treats!" does NOT count.

3) She gets her treats ~ before Mommy gets her coffee. This has happened more times than I care to admit. No, our cats are not spoiled, they're just well-loved. Well, OK, maybe a little bit spoiled. But who can look into those green-gold eyes and tell her NO, you are not getting your treat until Mommy gets coffee. Not me. This little lick of happiness in this picture to the right makes it all worthwhile.

4) You've learned cat language ~ You are now able to distinguish between your cats eye blink language. You've learned to tell that certain blinks like the long, slow blink means "I love you to the moon and back, you are my world" and that other blink that tells you "I am tolerating you right now, but keep it up and you will begin to tick me off." Yep, I've gotten proficient at cat blink language. I guess I'm bilingual now... or just nuts. OK, we're not even going there! (WINK!)

5) Your cat follows you everywhere ~ It's almost like having that little two year old toddler walking right behind you all day, just like your little blanket carrying shadow, who says "ME HELP!" Only this time, it is your cat following behind you all day. She jumps in the warm dryer, jumps in the laundry basket, jumps on the bed to try to lay on warm clothes (but we only let her lay on Daddy's pajamas... shhhh... that's our secret!)

She tries to hit the feather duster when you're trying to dust, no wonder this place gets so dusty! She has to "help" you pack when you are in the process of moving. Gosh, with all this help, no wonder it's tough to get stuff done, and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

6) You sign cards and correspondence ~ When you are making out birthday cards, getting them ready to send to loved ones, or when you are working on your annual Christmas cards, your cards just would not be complete unless you sign your cats names to them! Either that, or you draw little paw prints and then write their names by the paw prints. C'mon, admit it, you've done that right? Please tell me I'm not the only one who has ever done this... that nuts thing is starting to come into play again...you just have to include your cats names, though, because they are a part of the family.

7) Your cat takes your place in your bed ~ You are all warm and snuggly and you just know you NEED to get up NOW to go to the bathroom. You come back only to find that little purr whisker face (pet name - pun intended) has taken your PLACE on your pillow! What do you do? You scrunch up onto what little space is left on the bed and you let her have your pillow, of course. You would never dream of shoo-ing her off the bed. Her comfort is very important.

8) Your cat is your beauty assistant ~ Whenever it's time to do your hair, your cat is right there, watching your every move, waiting for the opportunity to grab one of your hair elastics and take off running with it! Dixie loves to watch me whenever I do anything to my hair. Sometimes she just lays on the vanity top and watches, other times she tries to participate.

She started this when she was just a tiny kitten and has kept it up for years. When she was still a kitten, she would lay on my pillow at night while I tried to sleep. She would purr and "knead" my hair with her paws. I'd wake up in the morning, looking like something the cat dragged in... yes, pun fully intended.

I'd have such a mess on the top of my head, I'd tell my husband the reason for my messy hair is because I have a hair stylist who only works nights. She is a southern gal named Dixie, and she believes in "high hair." Yep, the higher your hair, the closer you are to heaven. That's my stylist.

I guess I can safely say that yes, for all these reasons and more, I am too close to our cats. And you know something? I wouldn't have it any other way. :)

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WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Our 16 year old male, JC, is close to death tonight, so it is with mixed emotions that I read your wonderful article. He does not seem to be in pain or distress, so we are simply allowing him to pass on his own.

Good stuff!


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craftybegonia 3 years ago from Southwestern, United States

Very funny and lovable article! My cousin's cat waits at the door of the bathroom for him and our cat simply thinks she's the boss around here. The dogs are there for décor, she's the general in charge!


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

I'm so sorry, WillStarr... it is so sad when they are close to the end. We know we are going to miss them so much. I know I will be heartbroken when our cat's time is up. Sending a prayer that he will go in no pain and arrive in heaven in joy. (I do believe there is a special place in heaven for the animals we love, it might be silly, but that's what I believe.)


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thanks, craftybegonia! So glad you enjoyed this. I have to admit, it WAS a very fun one to write! :) Cats do have that aristocratic air about them, don't they? Thanks for commenting! :)


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nancynurse 3 years ago from Southeast USA

Very interesting .


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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

LOL!! Oh my goodness, I'm so glad I'm not the only one out there. I also work as a freelance writer from home and also have two cats who are spoiled beyond words. They take up space in the bed, they follow me around, and I think I can understand them by the ways in which they look at me. It's crazy. But I love them so much - I'd be very bored without them here to keep me company during the day! :)


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thanks, nancynurse! Glad you enjoyed it!

Hi MelChi! I'm so glad there is someone else out there that this is happening to! :) They are terrific company, aren't they? Thanks so much for your great comment!


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Angie Jardine 3 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

This is cute and funny, Kathy … I’ve done the voting thing.

It would appear you and I are from the same litter … and I too sign The Toof’s name on cards. I even have a little rubber paw stamp and black ink stamp pad for his signature … now how’s that for OTT : )


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Really Angie?? I am going to get a rubber paw stamp! It's so much easier than trying to get them to sign the cards and drawing a little paw. Excellent idea, Angie! Thanks so much for commenting!


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Bettyoverstreet10 3 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

I have never had a cat that lived, full time, in the house. "Baby" was the perfect pet as she was independent enough to live outside (and come inside when we wanted to play with her), we could set up her feeder in the garage if we needed to be gone a few days and she did just fine. I did cry when we had to give her up, due to moving into a residence where cats had to live inside or not at all. I still have a picture of her smiling down from a tree branch at me.


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

That is neat, Betty. I bet you do miss her. Isn't it funny how they really DO look like they're smiling sometimes? I've caught our cats looking at me and I swore I saw a smile! Thanks for commenting!


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South

Kathy, I absolutely LOVE this hub! I am definitely in the too close to my cats zone and, like you, wouldn't have it any other way! I had to keep laughing because I could relate to all of them...great writing and a fun read!


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

I have fallen madly in love with Dixie and Misty while thoroughly enjoying this awesome, hilarious and heart warming write. I miss my little girl Cleo but your hub brought back such loving memories of her and put a smile on my face.

I proudly state that I am considered one who was too close to my cat and enjoyed every minute of it.

Thanks Kathy - this was great! Give em a hug and kiss for me.


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thanks, catgypsy! I had a feeling you would be able to relate to this! It's funny how cats can get their owners wrapped around their little paws with just a look and a blink! : ) Thanks so much for visiting!


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thanks so much, Beckie! I will give them a hug and tell them it's from their admirer, Beckie. :) I appreciate you reading and commenting, thank you! :)


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Mary Merriment 3 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

I'm pretty sure I have at least five of these traits. But, you know, ever since I was young, it's been my goal to be a crazy cat lady. My daughter says I do pretty well at it! ;o)


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Well, Mary, that's a noble goal to have, good job! :) Thanks so much for your great comment! Much appreciated! : )


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Funny! I remember that I used to blink with my cat -- he did watch me and copied my yawns! Great post and such a wonderful add to my day.


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

So glad you liked this, Dianna! :) Glad I could add a smile to your day! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting! :)


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

This is such a cute hub! I know I'm late in reading it, but I'm glad it caught my eye.

My Mom would love this post, so I'm going to share it with her. I love cats, but she not only loves cats, but has a cat that she spoils to death!


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Aww, thank you, Kathryn! :) Those are the best kinds of cats, the ones who are well-spoiled (I mean, well-loved!) :) Thanks so much for the share, I appreciate it!


Rogene Robbins 3 years ago

I always knew I had the potential to become a crazy cat lady, but now I think I may have already crossed the line. At least I'm not alone.


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Isn't that nice to know, Rogene? Thanks so much for your comment, I appreciate that! :)


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Cute! I know I'm a lost cause. I'm cutting my vacation one day short because I miss mine so much. Your photos are adorable.


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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Aww, that sounds exactly like something I would do too, FlourishAnyway! :) Thanks so much for your sweet comment! :) I appreciate it so much!

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