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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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                          30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                          30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                          In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

                          1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

                          Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

                          2. Focus on your breath

                          Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

                          3. Get organized and purge old items

                          A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

                          4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

                          Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

                          5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

                          Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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                          6. Smile more

                          Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

                          7. Don’t worry about the future

                          As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

                          8. Eat real food

                          The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

                          9. Choose being happy over being right

                          Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

                          10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

                          Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

                          11. Make use of filtering features on social media

                          You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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                          12. Get comfortable with silence

                          When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

                          13. Listen to understand, not to respond

                          So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

                          14. Put your troubles in a bubble

                          Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

                          15. Speak more slowly

                          Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

                          16. Don’t procrastinate

                          Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

                          17. Buy a coloring book

                          Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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                          18. Prioritize yourself

                          You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

                          19. Forgive others

                          Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

                          20. Check your expectations

                          Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

                          21. Engage in active play

                          Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

                          22. Stop criticizing yourself

                          The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

                          23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

                          Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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                          24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

                          Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

                          25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

                          Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

                          26. Manage your money

                          Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

                          27. Stop trying to control everything

                          Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

                          28. Practice affirmations

                          Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

                          29. Get up before sunrise

                          Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

                          30. Be yourself

                          Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

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