Signs Your Mom Used to Be "The Cat Lady"

"Awwww! Who's a Crazy Cat Lady? Who is? Is it you?" .... Well, maybe ...
"Awwww! Who's a Crazy Cat Lady? Who is? Is it you?" .... Well, maybe ... | Source

The Times, They Are A'Changing

Gone are the days when women stopped having babies at 25 and single women over the age of 30 became known as the neighbourhood "Cat Lady" until they died sad old spinsters.

Today, women are (re)marrying later in life and giving birth to healthy, happy children well into their 40's. So, while some women have a "Cat Lady" period during their life, it doesn't stop them from having a fulfilling family life. But, some habits are hard to break.

Typical child toys and grooming items from a past "Cat Lady"
Typical child toys and grooming items from a past "Cat Lady" | Source

A Proper Upbringing

The way your Mom trains - er, teaches you how to behave in polite society is a sure give-away of a reformed Cat Lady. She

  • sprays you with water when you're naughty;
  • shouts, "No claws!!!" when you scratch;
  • spreads newspaper on the floors during potty-training.


Baby's "Pride"

Back Row: Jingle Kitty and Pumpkin Kitty Front Row: Roary, Mr. Kitty-Pants, and Léon
Back Row: Jingle Kitty and Pumpkin Kitty Front Row: Roary, Mr. Kitty-Pants, and Léon | Source

Classic Toys

Your toys include such timeless treasures as a

  • feather on a string;
  • mouse on a circular track;
  • covered sandbox and slotted shovel;
  • a jingle ball and/or;
  • cloth toy filled with catnip.


Meticulous Grooming

The best tooth care the pet department has to offer a child.
The best tooth care the pet department has to offer a child. | Source
Momma's "kitten" brushing her teeth
Momma's "kitten" brushing her teeth | Source

Affectionate Moments

Mommies that spent time as a Cat Lady have a special way of showing you love. She

  • makes a purring noise when she cuddles you;
  • calls you "Kitten", "Puss", "Kitty" or some other feline-related derivative;
  • rubs you under the chin, behind the ear, or between the eyes as she walks past;
  • includes "meow-meh-meow-meow" in her baby-talk to you.

Caught on Film

Photos and videos Mommy displays and shares with friends and family say so much ...

  • her Facebook timeline is mostly funny cat memes and cute Youtube kitty videos;
  • family photo albums are filled with pictures of her "pride and joy" being cute, funny or just plain adorable ... and there's some of you, too;
  • your childhood Christmas photos are of you and "Santa Paws";
  • the photos of Mommy's cats on the wall are as big (or bigger) than photos of you ... and, WTH? Are they wearing the same outfit as you?!?

Kitties are Mommy's "mews" when it comes to books!
Kitties are Mommy's "mews" when it comes to books! | Source

Education

Learning is important and former Cat Lady Mommies make sure their children learn about all the important names in history. So,

  • you've seen every episode of Simon's Cat;
  • Your library consists of Garfield comics, Orlando adventures, counting books with kitten illustrations, and Richard Scary's Busytown cats;
  • Your invisible friends are named, Sylvester, Tom and Felix.


Hello, Kit-eh!
Hello, Kit-eh! | Source

Fashion Sense

Cat Lady Mommy's have a unique way of bringing a special warmth to your décor and fashion with

  • cat-themed bedding and curtains;
  • prints and posters of famous cats and cats in trees with inspirational sayings;
  • cat designs on clothing and outdoor garments;
  • leopard print lampshades and throws;
  • place mats, bibs, cups and bowls with paw-print or mouse motifs.

It's in Writing

And, if there is any doubt that your Mommy used to be (or still is) a Cat Lady, you'll know it instantly if she writes articles about her ideal mate being a cat and comparing you to a cat.

"Really, Mom!?! .... But, I'm cuter ... right?"
"Really, Mom!?! .... But, I'm cuter ... right?" | Source

© 2014 Rosa Marchisella

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Very cute! I love that photo of your daughter using the cat tooth and gum cleaner. I am a cat lady and have one daughter. If I had had fewer cats, I might have had more children, but I'm happy with the way it turned out. I have some of the same childhood kitty books you do. My favorite one is "The Cat That Stamped It's Feet.". Well done!


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I Am Rosa 2 years ago from Canada Author

FlourishAnway - LOL I took it out to take a photo of it for the hub and she snatched off the desk. I couldn't get to her to give it up, so I took advantage of the moment :-) Thank goodness I'd cleaned and disinfected it before putting it away last time ;-)

I think the cat-to-child ratio is very important :-D I don't think I've read that book. We'll have to see if the library has it. Thanks for reading and leaving me a message!!


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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

Most amusing indeed. Very cleverly done. Of course I had Garfield comics--(didn't everyone?), but I also had to track down and re-purchase a couple of cat story books that I'd had as a child, and lost track of, and those are the "Orlando the Marmalade Cat..." stories. I loved them. Each book in the series features Orlando in some new adventure or enterprise with his "wife" Grace and their kittens, Blanche, Pansy and Tinkle.

This predisposed me to a longing to have a "marmalade cat" of my own. I finally got my first one shortly after my current hubby and I married...now we have 3 "orange boys."

Voted up, funny and shared.


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I Am Rosa 2 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you, DzyMsLizzy! I've never heard of Orlando, so I Googled him - HE'S SO CUTE!!! lol Thanks for letting me know. I'll see if we can track some of these books down; they look like fun!

Awww - fur babies rule!

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