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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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                          Last Updated on July 16, 2019

                          7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

                          7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

                          Negativity affects ourselves and everyone around us. It limits our potential to become something great and live a fulfilling, purposeful life. Negativity has a tangible effect on our health, too. Research has shown that people who cultivate negative energy experience more stress, more sickness, and less opportunity over the course of their lives than those who choose to live positively.

                          When we make a decision to become positive, and follow that decision up with action, we will begin to encounter situations and people that are also positive. The negative energy gets edged out by all positive experiences. It’s a snowball effect.

                          Although negative and positive thoughts will always exist, the key to becoming positive is to limit the amount of negativity that we experience by filling ourselves up with more positivity.

                          Here are some ways to get rid of negativity and become more positive.

                          1. Become Grateful for Everything

                          When life is all about us, it’s easy to believe that we deserve what we have. An attitude of entitlement puts us at the center of the universe and sets up the unrealistic expectation that others should cater to us, our needs, and our wants. This vain state of existence is a surefire way to set yourself up for an unfulfilled life of negativity.

                          People living in this sort of entitlement are “energy suckers”–they are always searching for what they can get out of a situation. People that don’t appreciate the nuances of their lives live in a constant state of lacking. And it’s really difficult to live a positive life this way.

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                          When we begin to be grateful and appreciate everything in our lives–from the small struggles that make us better, to the car that gets us from A to B every day–we shift our attitude from one of selfishness, to one of appreciation. This appreciation gets noticed by others, and a positive harmony begins to form in our relationships.

                          We begin to receive more of that which we are grateful for, because we’ve opened ourselves up to the idea of receiving, instead of taking. This will make your life more fulfilling, and more positive.

                          2. Laugh More, Especially at Yourself

                          Life gets busy, our schedules fill up, we get into relationships, and work can feel task oriented and routine-driven at times. Being human can feel more like being a robot. But having this work-driven, serious attitude often results in negative and performance oriented thinking.

                          Becoming positive means taking life less seriously and letting yourself off the hook. This is the only life that you get to live, why not lighten up your mood?

                          Laughter helps us become positive by lightening our mood and reminding us not to take life so seriously. Are you sensitive to light sarcasm? Do you have trouble laughing at jokes? Usually, people who are stressed out and overly serious get most offended by sarcasm because their life is all work and no play.

                          If we can learn to laugh at ourselves and our mistakes, life will become more of an experiment in finding out what makes us happy. And finding happiness means finding positivity.

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                          3. Help Others

                          Negativity goes hand in hand with selfishness. People that live only for themselves have no higher purpose in their lives. If the whole point of this world is only to take care of yourself and no one else, the road to a long-term fulfillment and purpose is going to be a long one.

                          Positivity accompanies purpose. The most basic way to create purpose and positivity in your life is to begin doing things for others. Start small; open the door for the person in front of you at Starbucks or ask someone how their day was before telling them about yours.

                          Helping others will give you an intangible sense of value that will translate into positivity. And people might just appreciate you in the process.

                          4. Change Your Thinking

                          We can either be our best coach or our best enemy. Change starts from within. If you want to become more positive, change the wording of your thoughts. We are the hardest on ourselves, and a stream of negative self talk is corrosive to a positive life.

                          The next time you have a negative thought, write it down and rephrase it with a positive spin. For example, change a thought like, “I can’t believe I did so horribly on the test–I suck.” to “I didn’t do as well as I hoped to on this test. But I know I’m capable and I’ll do better next time.”

                          Changing our self-talk is powerful.

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                          5. Surround Yourself with Positive People

                          We become most like the people that we surround ourselves with. If our friend group is full of negative energy-suckers and drama queens, we will emulate that behavior and become like them. It is very difficult to become more positive when the people around us don’t support or demonstrate positive behavior.

                          As you become more positive, you’ll find that your existing friends will either appreciate the new you or they will become resistant to your positive changes. This is a natural response.

                          Change is scary; but cutting out the negative people in your life is a huge step to becoming more positive. Positive people reflect and bounce their perspectives onto one another. Positivity is a step-by-step process when you do it solo, but a positive group of friends can be an escalator.

                          6. Get into Action

                          Negative thoughts can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. Negativity is usually accompanied by a “freak-out” response, especially when tied to relationships, people and to worrying about the future. This is debilitating to becoming positive and usually snowballs into more worry, more stress and more freak-outs.

                          Turn the negative stress into positive action. The next time you’re in one of these situations, walk away and take a break. With your eyes closed, take a few deep breaths. Once you’re calm, approach the situation or problem with a pen and pad of paper. Write out four or five actions or solutions to begin solving the problem.

                          Taking yourself out of the emotionally charged negative by moving into the action-oriented positive will help you solve more problems rationally and live in positivity

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                          7. Take Full Responsibility, Stop Being the Victim

                          You are responsible for your thoughts.

                          People that consistently believe that things happen to them handicap themselves to a victim mentality. This is a subtle and deceptive negative thought pattern. Phrases like “I have to work” or “I can’t believe he did that to me” are indicators of a victim mentality. Blaming circumstances and blaming others only handicaps our decision to change something negative into something positive.

                          Taking full responsibility for your life, your thoughts and your actions is one of the biggest steps in creating a more positive life. We have unlimited potential within to create our own reality, change our life, and change our thoughts. When we begin to really internalize this, we discover that no one can make us feel or do anything. We choose our emotional and behavioral response to people and circumstances.

                          Make positive choices in favor of yourself.

                          “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny” ― Lao Tzu

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