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12 Feelings Every Cat Owner Understands

12 Feelings Every Cat Owner Understands

Do you have a pet cat? If you do, you know all about the joy cats can bring into your life – alongside the horrors, of course. But no matter how many times your cat wakes you up in the middle of the night, you know you will love them forever.

Check out these 12 feelings every cat owner undoubtedly understands.

1. The Pain Of Trying To Take A Picture Of Your Cat

You are the cutest, most beautiful cat in the world, but the photographs I take of you never reflect this. Either you are a moving blur, or you are snarling at the camera. It is annoying, but I still have hope that one day I will take the perfect, most adorable portrait of you.

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    2. You Always Know Where Your Cat Has Been

    It doesn’t take detective skills – I can always tell where you spent your day while I was at work, because you always leave a cat shaped bundle of matted fur on whatever you were sleeping on. Which is normally the kitchen table (also known as the ONE place you’re not allowed to go).

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      3. Your Home Is Filled With Tiny, Colorful Toys

      Guests are forever tripping over your tiny, fluffy mouse toys and colorful balls. That isn’t even the worst of it, though. I’m 99% certain that underneath my sofa and bed lays piles of cat toys and treasure – but I’ll deal with that problem when I move out.

        4. Your Cat Is Your Alarm Clock

        I have an actual alarm clock, but you like to wake me up whenever you’re feeling a little lonely. This could be five minutes before my alarm goes off, or an hour before, but one thing is for certain – even though you woke me up, now that I’m up you, want to leave the room again.

          5. Your Furniture Has A Well-Loved Look

          From the wooden table to the two-seater couch, all of my furniture looks pretty distressed. You don’t even seem to notice that I bought a scratching post for you, because you are too busy scratching my couch. And bed. And table. And chairs…

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            6. You Know The Struggle Of Trying To Clean Up Cat Fur

            Vacuuming up cat fur is nearly impossible. Brushing it away is just as difficult, so I have resigned myself to living in (black) clothes covered in your sweater of (ginger) fur.

              7. Hairballs Are The Bane Of Your Existence

              Most of my home has wooden floors – ideal for hairball removal – and yet you always choose to find the one discarded t-shirt on the floor to vomit on. Seriously?

                8. You Know How Much Cats Love Clean Laundry

                There is one unquestionable rule – if there are fresh, clean clothes somewhere in my house, you will be asleep on top of them. Dirty clothes piles and your actual cat bed are just not as comfy, apparently.

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                  9. Taking Your Cat To The Vet Is Emotionally Distressing

                  I know that I’m not the one getting jabbed, but the sound of you in distress makes me want to cry. Every time I try to be brave, I always end up feeling terrible as I (forcefully) shove you, yowling, into your travel carriage.

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                    10. You Find Yourself Constantly Covered In Random Scratches

                    Whenever you’re feeling particularly hyper, I will get playfully swiped. I know it is just because you are in a good mood, but it irks me when my friends say “oh, my dog would never consider doing that.”

                    Yeah, but is your dog as cute as my cat? Cats are adorable, and you are the most adorable of them all – case closed.

                      11. You Keep All Of Your Empty Boxes For Your Cat

                      Every time I acquire a cardboard box, I keep it for a least a few weeks for you to sleep in. For some reason, cardboard boxes are more exciting to you than the squishy toys I actually buy for you.

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                        12. You Are Forever Dealing With Litter

                        A horrible necessity,litter is the worst, especially when it has been kicked all over the kitchen floor. Which you find the need to do, despite the handy mats I lay out for you to wipe your little paws on.

                          Can you think of any other feelings all cat owners will understand? Comment your ideas below!

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                          10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

                          10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

                          Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

                          But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

                          Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

                          1. Spend Time with Positive People

                          If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

                          Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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                          2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

                          When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

                          Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

                          3. Contribute to the Community

                          One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

                          Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

                          4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

                          Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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                          5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

                          You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

                          If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

                          There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

                          6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

                          It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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                          Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

                          7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

                          Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

                          For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

                          Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

                          8. Offer Compliments to Others

                          Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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                          9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

                          If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

                          Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

                          10. Practice Self-Care

                          Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

                          Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

                          Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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