17 Things That Will Make You Say “I Wish I Knew That Before I Got a Cat”
Cats are safe, stress-busting pets with lots to reveal. To understand them better, experience is key. Here's what cat owners shared that others usually learn after adoption.
SHADE OF PINK CHANGES DEPENDING ON THE WEATHER
“If a cat has a pink nose, the shade of pink changes depending on the weather/temperature.”
REGISTER SMELL THROUGH THEIR MOUTH
"They can register smells through their mouth and often react in a peculiar way, inclusive of cat's butt sniffing."
THEY MOVE ON
“When they fall off something, they just start washing as if to say nothing happened here, move on.”
THEY ADAPT TO A ROUTINE
"Cats adapt to your routine. If we stay up late or try to sleep in, my cat lets us know it's not okay. It's funny."
“My tux even snores when she’s awake sometimes. The vet says her lungs are clear; she’s just a snorer.”
CATS NEED ENTERTAINMENT
“Cats need entertainment too, or they will get destructive.”
THEY LEARN THEIR NAME
“They do learn their names and come when you call them, and they will follow you around.”
THEY PROTECT YOU AND ENJOY THE CARDBOARD
“They think they’re protecting you. Apparently, cardboard is tasty.”
THEY ARE NOT INDEPENDENT
"Cats aren't as independent as believed. They enjoy company, follow you around, and sit near you. Remember to shut the bathroom door to avoid a staring cat."
RANDOMLY RUNNING AT NIGHT
“Randomly running for no reason during the night.”
THEY CAN SENSE IF YOU ARE UNWELL
"Cats can sense illness. When I was recovering from sinus surgery, my cat stayed by my side for days, showing extra affection and avoiding my face. She was my 'recovery attendant'."
THEY ARE LIKE PEOPLE
“Cats are diverse, some kind & loving, others psychotic. My current cat's the latter, attacking me randomly. Former cat was soulful, beautiful, and my nightly companion."
YOU HAVE TO EARN THEIR TRUST TO TOUCH THEIR BELLY
Earning trust is key to rubbing my cat's belly, a special treat as she adores it but generally avoids people.
THEY ARE EXPRESSIVE
"Cats effectively communicate needs, more than just food or going out. Non-cat owners find it hard to understand their expressiveness and mood signals. They're good at training you."
CUDDLY AND NEEDY
“They’re very cuddly and needy. If they like you, they’ll meet you at the door.”
“They drool when they are happy. Kind of like dogs. My cat, when she’s purring and cuddling me, will start drooling.”
THEY SHED THEIR HAIR
“How much they shed. Hair EVERYWHERE in your house. Even if you vacuum every day, you still find hair everywhere. You have to lint roll your clothes so often.
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