Cats are the best. But when it comes to having the little darlings as pets, there are a few things that you may have to learn to live with!

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1. Love me, love my kill!

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We’ve all been there, come home from work, or woke up in the morning to find various dead critters on the floor, or worse still, something that’s still alive.

Usually the poor critters are strategically placed by the bed or in the middle of your best rug. Be they mice, birds, frogs, worms or slugs, they’re meant to please us and our pets wait for praise for being such clever kitties!

You need a strong stomach to gingerly pick up their ‘presents’ with a bit of kitchen towel and take them outside!

 

2. Hair of the cat

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We cat lovers enjoy nothing more than cuddling our beloved felines at the end of the day.

But that pesky fur gets everywhere, doesn’t it? So instead if just chucking our bed clothes/cat fleecy blankets/cushion covers straight in the washing machine, we have to give them a good shake first, so as not to clog up the washing machine with hair.

A tip for you here – put on a pair of damp rubber gloves, and go over any surface on which you want to get rid of hair, and hey presto! It might take a while bit it gets off every last bit!

 

3. A claws in their contract

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Whilst we’re on the subject of beds, all cat owners have had their feet attacked whilst lying in bed, because the covers have moved, and revealed wriggling tootsies – a target that young cats cannot resist. They just don’t seem to realise that our feet are part of us, instead they become excited by something moving separately!

Oh, the agony of those sharp little talons and fangs digging in and not letting go! Maybe you’ve had your boobs crushed by your eagerly kneading kitty too? Ouch!

 

4. Feed me. Feed me NOW

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You’ve just got home from work and realised that ‘their’ cupboard is bare.

So, a trip to the supermarket/corner shop it is. It’s perfectly fine if all we have to eat for ourselves is some stale bread and an old piece of mouldy cheese in the fridge, but we simply cannot let our little darlings go hungry!

Should have planned ahead, because you certainly won’t be able to watch Corrie in peace, until you’ve been to the shops, pronto!

 

5. An inappropriate time!

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You’re just about to leave the house for work/school/dentist appointment and Fluffy starts to sick up the mouse he caught earlier all over the kitchen floor. Or he thunders through the cat flap soaked to the skin and covered in mud.  How can you possibly leave him in that state?

Kitchen towels at the ready!

 

6. A night on the tiles

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It’s gone 1am, and you were late to bed anyway. Suddenly you hear that all too familiar sound. The yowling of tom cats, having a standoff outside. You know its probably your little Timmy and the big bruiser tom from up the road! So you just have to get up to go and check if he’s all right.

Even worse, particularly in spring and summer, is the loud squeaking of a bird/mouse that he’s just caught and is bringing through the cat flap as a gift for you, in the wee hours of the morning!

 

7. When kitty feels ‘Paw-ly’

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The vets. The word sends shivers down our spines. Having to coax puss into her carrier, and take her to somewhere she ain’t gonna enjoy is heartbreaking! Plus you have to virtually take out a mortgage for the bill and it’s horrible seeing our furry friends in discomfort. You know it’s for the best but that doesn’t make it any easier.

 

Whatever happens though, all of the above is more than worth it for the joy our cats bring to our lives by being loving, fun, cool, independent and simply adorable!

 

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