- 01 of 12
The Special Experience That Is Being a Cat Parent
Kitties have many characteristics that we all know and (mostly) love: They're cute, they're cuddly and they're incredibly judgmental, just like your best girlfriend.
But there are also things about cats that only cat owners can truly understand. Some of those things are totally gush-worthy and some of those things are totally disgusting (hello, your cat could be pooping in a box somewhere in your house this very moment). Together, these things make up the joy that is cat ownership.
Read on for the funny, super weird and sometimes concerning stuff that only cat parents know.
- 02 of 12
You're Never Not Covered in Cat Hair
Trying to keep your clothing free of cat hair isn't worth the effort anymore. After so many attempts at lint rolling, purchasing special vacuum attachments and avoiding dark-colored clothing, you just stopped caring. And, anyway, when your clothes are covered in your cat's hair, it's kind of like taking your kitty with you wherever you go, which is kind of sweet ... right?
- 03 of 12
You Stopped Putting Any Item on Any Surface
If the internet has taught us anything, it's that cats will knock literally any item off of literally any surface. Want to set up a stylish vignette on your coffee table? Nope, your cat will squash every one of your interior decorating dreams. Putting some fresh flowers on the kitchen counter? Think again. Left your iPhone perilously close to the counter's edge? I hope you invested in AppleCare.
- 04 of 12
You're Unfazed by Cat Butt in Your Face
There's no other way to say it: Cat owners get up close and personal with their cats' butts often. Despite being a little bit gross, it's actually a good thing if your cat sticks her butt in your face. In fact, it means she likes you!
- 05 of 12
You Have to Hide Toilet Paper From Your Cat
Whether you buy the bargain brand or invest in the cushiest toilet paper out there, if you want to avoid being stranded on the toilet without TP, you know it's vital to hide your toilet paper from your cat. Ponder this: Do you think he knows what he's doing and just likes to watch you struggle?
- 06 of 12
Cats Sleep Constantly ... Except Between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.
It seems like cats are snoozing in a sunny spot on the floor constantly. When aren't they snoozing in a sunny spot on the floor? Approximately one to three hours before your alarm clock is supposed to go off. That's when she likes to get her daily exercise, scratch at the walls and climb on your face.
- 07 of 12
You Forget Your Cat Is Literally Pooping in a Box Somewhere in Your House
We humans would never think about pooping in a litter box (unless the situation was very, very dire). But it's totally acceptable for your cat to poop in a box somewhere in your house ... and leave it for you to clean up. And maybe even track some litter around the room, for good measure. Think about it.
- 08 of 12
Your Cat Loves Cardboard Boxes More Than His Expensive Bed
You spent such a long time choosing the perfect bed for your cat. You read thousands of reviews, chose organic cotton that wouldn't irritate his skin and maybe even added some kitty-sized throw pillows, so he'd feel a little extra comfy and stylish. But whenever an Amazon shipment arrives, your cat makes it very clear that a lowly cardboard box is like, one thousand times better than the bed you worked so hard to pick out.
- 09 of 12
Your Cat Eats Better Food Than You
You'll eat whatever mass produced, conventional food that's on sale at the grocery store. Your cat only eats the highest caliber, gluten-free, non-GMO, organic, raw food sold at your town's farmer's market. And sometimes throws it up on the area rug to show his appreciation.
- 10 of 12
You've Accepted That Your Cat Is Boss
Don't even bother pretending. In a cat house, we all know who's the boss. Hint: Her favorite pastimes include knocking items off of counters, sitting on your laptop when you're trying to work and meowing incessantly at things that aren't there.
- 11 of 12
Cats Have No Sense of Personal Space
Cats put their butts in people's faces to show them they like them. They give you zero personal space to show you they love you, but also to remind you that they're in charge.
- 12 of 12
You Never Know If Your Cat Wants to Cuddle You ... or Bite You
There's nothing better than cuddling on the couch with your kitty ... until you make a single wrong movement, she freaks out, bites you and skitters into another room.