Sunday, 6 August 2017

10 Things Nobody Tells You About Becoming a Cat Owner


Unless you live under a rock (or just don't follow me on Instagram or Twitter - shameless plug, I'm @callmeamye on both so hit me up) you may know that I recently got two cats and all of a sudden I can't stop banging on about them. Seeing as they're now a pretty big part of my life I thought it was only right to do a post about the lil' guys so here's what I've learnt in the first five weeks of having cats:

1. It's not your house anymore, it's theirs. 'Ah, you've nipped off to get a cuppa? Time for me to steal your nice warm corner spot on the sofa in the knowledge that you won't try to move me because LOOK AT ME ALL COSY AND CUTE.' 'You're trying to watch TV? That's nice, but imma just prance around on the TV stand because look aren't I pretty and don't you want to pay me attention?' 'Erm, excuse me but are you making FISH for tea? Yeah, imma need at least half of that, thanks.'

2. You constantly need to know that they're OK. Text messages between you and your partner now solely consist of 'how are the cats?' When they're asleep you always double check that their chest is definitely moving. If they don't come and greet you at the door you run around the house like a madwoman until you find them safe and well. 

3. Your hoover is your new best friend. That point makes me sound a bit like a loser (if the rest of this post already didn't anyway...) But seriously, you may as well have a hoover surgically attached to your hand because you'll never have needed it so much. Where before you may have hoovered the sofa maybe once a year it's now a big part of your weekly cleaning regime along with every cushion and throw in your house. 

4. Your camera roll suddenly includes a lot less pictures of cocktails/you and your boyfriend/nice food and instead is 99% filled with pictures of cats. They're forever being cute, quite often being funny and you've just got to snap a picture every ten seconds in case it's the cutest or most entertaining picture you've ever taken in your life. You wouldn't want to miss the million dollar shot would you?

5. They're not actually as graceful as you think. Before I had cats I had this vague impression that they were these graceful creatures who could jump up onto anything and would never fall (which is a ridiculous impression to have when you've watched as many cat videos on YouTube as I have) but turns out they're actually pretty clumsy (so there's something we have in common anyway.) From Barney's awkward little totter down the stairs to Sidney falling off a wall the first time they went outside they provide a lot of hilarity. Turns out though, cats hate being embarrassed so I keep my laughter fairly quiet.


6. Never again will you pee in peace. There's all this talk about how you're supposed to put a cat's litter tray in a private place and never disturb them when they're using it, but this apparently doesn't apply in return. Either you leave the door ajar and they'll come in to see you or you close it and they'll meow and scratch at it until you've opened it again.

7. You'll become an expert carpet cleaner. I don't want to brag, but I even got cat sick out of the fringing on a rug. Feeling fully prepared for children now. The most surprising thing about getting cats for me is how little cat sick bothers me. I'm supposed to be emetophobic, but either I'm suddenly cured or cat sick just doesn't affect me. Either way, I'm great at cleaning carpets. 

8. You'll probably wear multiple outfits in one day and not because you're cool. If I'm on a late shift it's very likely I'll be having cat cuddles in the morning so I get dressed and then I'll change before going to work so I'm cat hair free and also so that I can actually wear non-cat suitable clothes i.e. tights, blouses, anything else you don't want to get a hole in. 

9. You'll realise just how much personality cats have. Think cats are all the same? Barney and Sidney couldn't be more different if they tried, although luckily they're both absolute babes. Cats really do have their own personalities and quirks and FYI it's impossible to have a 'favourite'. 

10. You'll feel like they're your children. Or at least I feel like it's good practice. I've only had them for five weeks and I already feel horrendously protective over them and all I want to do is make them happy. Crazy cat lady? Me?...

Amy x
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  1. This is so funny Amy, I can definitely relate with my dog! xx

    www.natalieleanne.com

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    1. I think dogs and cats are actually way more similar than people think! xx

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  2. I can relate to all this so much. The different outfits (hello, black hairs on white clothes and white hairs on black clothes) and the treating them as if they are your actual children is so true! The same goes for dogs, I'm guessing you're more of a cat person though? :)

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

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    1. I like both actually, but it had to be cats to fit around my job! xx

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  3. I'd hate a cat to see me pee. Haha. Your cats are lovely! Also sorry if you get two similar comments - things went a bit funky!


    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Haha I had to get used to it quite quickly! xx

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  4. Awww we REALLY want cats! I'm such a cat lady, we always had them growing up and it's so odd not having a furry friend anymore. Simon and I have talked a lot about getting one and I think we probably will one day!

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    1. Aw yeah you definitely should, so great having cat cuddles every day! xx

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  5. This made me lol so much, I don't even own a cat but I literally see my cat owner friends nodding along to this haha!

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
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    1. Haha yeah I think most cat owners would agree (unless it's just my cats haha!) xx

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  6. This so reminds me of when we had cats at home. Now I just have my little dog and it's just the same haha.

    Gemma
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Yeah I think it's actually pretty similar although I imagine dogs are even more demanding! xx

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  7. Hahaaaa Amy this made me laugh so much! I mean I dont even have a cat but I still found it funny - plus I definitely want a feline friend one day eeek. It also totally got me wanting to nip off to youtube and watch some videos of cats doing stupid/clumsy things...definitely doing that now! xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

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    1. YouTube cat videos are the best! You should get a cat when you move into your new place! xx

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  8. Oh what a cutie pie!

    www.petiteelliee.com

    Ellie xx

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  9. She's so pretty. Though I don't own any pets, I can imagine how my camera roll would be 90% pictures of my pet ahaha.

    xo
    www.carinavardie.com

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    1. Haha I'm gonna run out of storage soon! xx

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  10. I like cats very much and I agree with you - your hoover is your best friend and you change many times clothes during the day :) And yes, it's their house! I loved your picture, the cats are really so sweet! Hope you have a nice day!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. Haha yes exactly! Thanks, they are so sweet! xx

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  11. Aww this post makes me miss my cat so much, they are the best company! Your cat is absolutely gorgeous and I can see why you love him.
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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    1. Aw I bet, I'd recommend anyone gets one! xx

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  12. OMG they are the CUTEST cats ever, they look adorable together! Babes this post cracked me up, especially about your house being theirs (Bella rules the house 100% it's hilarious!), and my camera roll is also 99.9% pictures of her haha!

    Hayley xo
    www.frockmeimfamous.com

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    1. Thanks so much lovely, Bella is the cutest I'd definitely fill my camera roll with pics of her too! xx

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  13. Ahahah number 4 and 7 are so true. When I had a cat I used to understand all these things. So lovely post btw!
    xx Ele
    http://elewithlove.it/

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    1. Thank you lovely! It's all so true in my case haha xx

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  14. My cats are like my children too - I couldn't live without them! Barney and Sidney are so cute and I love all the pictures you posted of them!

    Sharni xo
    A Girl & Grey

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    1. They're too cute aren't they! Yours are gorgeous too! xx

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