As many of you know back in August I become a cat mom to 3
terrorists kittens, Figaro, Bailey, and Granger.
After that wonderful August day there has been a LOT of learning
done on my end and since this time of year a lot of people think
gifting a new pet is a grand idea I wanted to share with y’all life after
the newest additions because I’m going to warn you…it’s not all sunshine
and rainbows all the time. Owning a pet is a big commitment so be sure
you are actually ready before taking the plunge.
Growing up I ALWAYS had cats. ALWAYS. And when I moved
away from home to go to college that was the first time in my
life I didn’t have at least one. To try and fill the void that not
having a cat had created inside of me, I began volunteering at my
local humane society (and have been volunteering there ever since).
It was here at the shelter that I got my weekly dose of cats
as I patiently waited for the time when I would be able to bring
one home. (One…not three….lol) Then finally on August 27th, my
lil bro’s birthday and the day I closed on my house I also brought
three adorable little fluffs home from the shelter. Honestly that was
one of the happiest days of my life.
So how did we get from one to three? Well…you see here… lol This
litter of three kittens came into the shelter one day with their
mom…so all were siblings…and it was at this time I had actually
begun looking for a kitten to bring home since I knew I was going
to be closing on my house soon. One night volunteering I was sitting
in their pen and just fell in love with this crazy but friendly
little black and white kitten.
So the next day I asked our shelter director to put a hold on
him (who’s name was Brody at the time) for me. Not even two
hours later I asked her to put a hold on the little gray and white
one in there as well (whose name is the only one that didn’t change – Granger)
and then when I received these pictures from Erin (our amazing shelter director)
I knew I had to take home the little calico too (who was named Bristo).
And that is how we went from one to three. I mean…I just had to do it
you know! One isn’t enough because it needs a playmate and you can’t
leave one behind…at least that is what I tell myself to justify it. Lol
I signed the papers on my house and then went directly to the
humane society to pick up my littles. I was so gosh dang
excited! Honestly maybe more excited for the kittens than for the
house. Lol I brought them home and they have been running
things ever since. Lol
At first they were perfect little angels and spent the majority
of their time either exploring or sleeping. You barely even
knew they were there most of the time! However, as they got
older and more used to the house they began to get brave and
that is when things for me really started to change.
Since the kittens are well…kittens…they like to get into
EVERYTHING so that meant I had some new habits to learn.
The first one being not leaving food unattended anywhere in
the house even on the kitchen counters. Those little stinkers will
find it and start eating to their heart’s content…even if it is covered!
I had a partial pan of cinnamon rolls sitting on the counter, wrapped
in aluminum foil, and they ripped off the foil and just helped
themselves! I mean, I don’t blame them, my cinnamon rolls are pretty
good (recipe here), but I certainly wasn’t planning on sharing them with the babies. Lol
Another thing I have had to start doing is cleaning all the dishes
before going to bed. I don’t know what it is, but the babies see a
sink full of dishes and they think they just have to jump up there
and check it out. Which usually leads to a mess and dishes on the
floor. I know they probably just want to help mom and wash them, but
I think I do a little bit better job than them. Lol
Oh and speaking of cleaning….I have never in my life had to
sweep and vacuum so frequently if I want to keep a semi clean
home. I am usually sweeping at least 2-3 times a day and vacuuming
my one and only rug at least twice a week as well because I find their
litter and hair all over the place.
Sweeping and vacuuming also helps with smells which brings
me to the next new habit…cleaning out litter boxes. Since automatic
litter boxes are about $500 too expensive I use the old fashioned ones
which means I have to do a lot of poop scooping. I usually do it once
in the morning before leaving for work, once when I get home from
work, and then again right before bed (sometimes more depending
on when my bedtime actually is). One thing with cats is that they
won’t use the litter box if it is dirty so making sure it is clean is a
must to keep them from ruining my rug…even more.
Another thing I have had to do is keep the door to bedrooms
and the main bathroom closed. The babies LOVE going into these
rooms, but have a tendency to cause some destruction when they
do. I have had them tip over trash cans and drag trash all
throughout the house, rip up important documents, tear down or
break decorations (they definitely let you know how they want to
decorate things! lol), put holes in my hanging clothes, and even
rip up my shower curtain with their claws. So biggest lesson learned
in all of this is hanging things = bad when you have cats. Lol
Finally, the newest habit I have had to learn is probably one people
struggle with the most and that is folding and putting away laundry
as soon as it is done. Anytime my cats see a basket of clothes
they make a beeline right for it and proceed to lay on everything
inside getting their hair all over whatever is in the basket and
sometimes, depending on what it is, I have caught them dragging
it around the house or just playing with it. I am not a fan of
doing laundry and I definitely don’t enjoy having to wash things
twice so now we fold and put things away immediately.
It’s No Longer Just You
I have gotten VERY used to living alone and being able
to go off on whatever adventure I want whenever I want.
Now, things are a little bit different. Before I can go anywhere
I have to think about what to do with my babies. Whether it be
for a weekend or longer, the kittens can’t take care of themselves
so I need to make sure I have a wellness plan in place for them before I leave.
Mama Loves You Babies So Much
Phew! Now I think it is time we get into the reasons why these cats
are hands down the best things to have ever happened to me.
They bring so much joy into my life and give me a reason to
live and work hard. Sure they do things that they shouldn’t, but
no matter how hard I try I cannot ever stay mad at them. One
look at their wittle faces and I just can’t help but smile. And
absolutely nothing beats coming home to these little fur balls.
It is the one thing I can look forward to every day and I missed
them so much when I left on my vacation. I can’t imagine being away
from them for that long again. Just seeing them all pile out of the
bathroom after I get home from work and start meowing up at me
and rubbing up all over my legs puts the biggest smile on my face.
Oh and they say that dogs are the ones that get excited to see you
when you get home, but my kittens are always pretty excited to see
me (probably just because they get to finally be let out of the bathroom
to roam the rest of the house, but I’m going to pretend it is because
they are happy just to see me again. lol).
They also bring me a lot of comfort. I live alone and am very
single, both things that I am more than okay with and don’t want
to change any time soon, but it is still really nice to have other
living beings here with me. Other living beings that I don’t have to
compromise with on what to watch or eat for dinner. Other living
beings I know love me. Other living beings that I can talk to without
being told to shut up or feel like I am boring them which is honestly
one thing I am not used to and love the most. These cats are great
listeners and I find myself talking to them a lot as if they could actually
understand what I am saying. It is amazing. lol
Oh and nothing beats hearing them purr or sitting together while
I work on the blog or watch TV. Those times when we are all just
chilling together are some of my absolute favorites and the times
I feel the most relaxed. (Weekends and days off are the best
because we get more of these times.) Overall, I feel like these cats
have been such a blessing and have also really helped with my mental
health, which is something I have deeply struggled with for many years.
I know a lot of people will say I rescued them from the shelter or say
that I saved them, but honestly (and I know this is gonna sound cheesy)
they are the ones that saved me.
I also love watching them play. They are so nutty and it is honestly
the best form of free entertainment out there.
I absolutely love being these kittens’ moms. (How many
times can I say love in an article? lol) You know I have
never before understood how people could love pets so much, but
now I definitely do. Every time I look at them, even when they are
doing something bad, I can’t help but feel my heart squeeze because
I love them so so so much. Maybe that makes me the crazy cat lady, but
I don’t care. They are my fur babies.
I have loved watching them grow up and develop their own little personalities.
Now with that said a part of me still wishes they could have stayed small forever….
But I know that wasn’t an option and I still love them all the same.
Oh and the snuggles are my absolute favorite. If one of them comes
to sit in my lap or lays on top of me just don’t expect me to
be moving until they do. I will be late before disturbing them. lol
So all in all I have to admit, cats, dogs, or any pets, are a lot of work and
sometimes like when they chew up your important
documents, put holes in your clothes, pee on your rug, or
break your favorite ornaments, you will find yourself thinking
about bringing them back to the shelter. However, one look at their
little face and I know that it is all worth it and I couldn’t imagine my
life without them. So if you think you are ready for all the work
and sometimes not great times that come with owning a pet then
I say this Christmas season go for it! However, if you aren’t willing
to make the life changes that come with owning a pet or don’t have
the time then maybe you should just stick with a stuffed animal.