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Eight Signs You Are Too Close To Your Cat ~ Or Cats
Some Ways To Prove You Just Might Be Too Close To Your Cats ~
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. :)