You may not think a creature that sleeps most of the day will change your life that much, but any experienced cat owner can tell you that your whole world is going to be different in a big way. When you adopt a cat, especially one that has been longing for a loving forever home, you’re welcoming a ball of fur into your life that will shape the way you live, change the way you love, and leave you a different, better person. Here are ten ways that adopting a cat will change your life.
1. Your Cat’s Sleep Schedule Is Your New Sleep Schedule
You think you get to sleep in because it’s Sunday? Not when you’ve got a purring kitty lying on your face until you get up and fill the food bowl. Maybe you’ll be one of the lucky few whose cat sleeps through the night and doesn’t wake up until you do, but for the majority of cat owners, our sleep schedule is totally dependent on how long kitty wants to let us sleep. You may even wake to the sound of paws running from room to room in the middle of the night, just because. That’s cat logic.
2. Doing Chores Is Going To Get Tough
So you’ve got a clean, cat-fur-free basket of laundry. Well, not anymore. There’s nothing more comfy than a warm, fresh-from-the-dryer stack of clothes for a cat nap. Making the bed? Good luck with a playful kitty darting beneath the covers as you try to spread them over your mattress. Every chore you do, prepare to have a cat making a mess of it. After all, kitty worked hard to make that mess in the first place. Why would you try to clean it up?
3. Getting Work Done May Take A Little Longer
If you’re sitting down at your computer, prepare to have a furry hand warmer sitting on top of you and your keyboard. The warm computer is a nice, comfy spot, and your kitty knows there’s no way you can avoid giving her attention now. And if you think taking notes with a pen or pencil instead of going digital will save you, guess again. The moving writing utensil is the perfect toy to pounce on.
4. Get Comfortable With A Total Lack Of Privacy
Do you like some privacy when you’re in the bathroom taking care of business? Well you’d better get used to a pair of eyes on you at all times. Cats do not respect personal boundaries. Closed doors are no longer allowed in kitty’s home. And if you do try to shut her out, be prepared for some loud, angry meows and some paws swiping at you from underneath the door.
5. Your Social Media Belongs To Your Cat
You probably didn’t think it was possible to fill up all the gigs of storage space in your smart phone with cat pictures alone, but here you are finding out which shots you can possibly bear to part with. All of those photos have to go somewhere, so prepare to flood your friends with pictures of the most adorable cat in the world–your cat! And why not? You’re proud of your little ball of fur.
6. You’ll Actually Be Healthier
Did you know cats can actually reduce stress in humans, lower blood pressure, relieve depression, and lower the risk of a heart attack? Not only that, but cats’ purrs cause vibrations at a frequency that promotes healing. Having a cat is like having your own personal doctor running around the house. And that means you’ll be able to live a longer, healthier life with your feline companion.
7. You’ll Be More Humble
There’s no room for pride and selfishness when you have a cat. You are no longer the center of your universe. Cats are way better at being demanding than you are, and if you’re the type of person who needs things to be all about you, that’s going to change quickly. When your world revolves around another being, you learn to be kind, compassionate, and selfless.
8. Getting Grossed Out Is A Thing Of The Past
How do you feel about bodily fluids? How about dead animals? Well you’d better be prepared to have your gross-out factor pushed to the maximum. Cats tend to cough up hairballs and vomit when something upsets their tummy, and it doesn’t look–or sound–pleasant. Also, get ready for some “gifts” from your cat, which can include all manner of dead rodents, reptiles, and insects, and if you’re unlucky, one of them might still be alive when your cat drops it on you in bed at night.
9. You’re Going To Get Faster–Much Faster
Have you ever had to dive to catch a glass falling off the counter? Or sneak out the front door like a flash of lightning? You will. Cats certainly have a way of keeping us on our toes. Whether they’re getting into something they’re not supposed to, trying to escape to the outside world, or knocking over your favorite heirlooms, they’re going to make you a lot faster. Your reflexes will be tested.
10. Unconditional Love, Of Course
Did you think this list could end with anything other than unconditional love? Cats may present all kinds of challenges to your life, but the rewards are worth it. When your cat snuggles up to you, goes in for a head bonk, or falls asleep in your lap, you’ll know that you’ve earned every bit of that love, and there’s no feeling quite like it in the world. Yes, your life is about to change, but it will change into a life filled with affection and happiness.
How has your life changed since you got a cat? Let us know in the comments below!