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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 January 18, 2019

                          7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

                          7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

                          Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

                          But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

                          If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

                          1. Limit the time you spend with them.

                          First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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                          In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

                          Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

                          2. Speak up for yourself.

                          Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

                          3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

                          This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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                          But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

                          4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

                          Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

                          This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

                          Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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                          5. Change the subject.

                          When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

                          Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

                          6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

                          Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

                          I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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                          You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

                          Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

                          7. Leave them behind.

                          Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

                          If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

                          That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

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