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20 Things Only Cat People Would Understand

20 Things Only Cat People Would Understand

Pet owners know that caring for an animal brings a new world of experiences. Some pets are affectionate and some are snarky, but only cats are consistently both. Between acrobatics, midnight cuddle attacks, and massive attitude problems, cats have managed to completely capture our attention. A mix of endearing and annoying habits, the following 20 situations are ones every cat owner can appreciate. 

1. Sunbeams Are Magic

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    Don’t even think about ruining the magic!

    2. The Joy of Kittens

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      No one appreciates the heart-warming joy that comes from playing with kittens quite like cat people. Whether it’s their pint-sized ferocity or surprisingly razor-sharp claws, cat owners know that cute power is strongest in a pile of kittens. 

      3. The Look of Pure Patience

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        Any cat owner with more than one pet knows that cats are the most patient animals on the planet.

        4. Sharing Your Desk

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          When you’re a cat owner, keeping your desk to yourself is virtually impossible. Warm laptops or keyboards are cat magnets, no matter how many times we shoo them off. Even if your desk holds nothing more than notebooks and pens, cats are determined to prove that your space is their space. Luckily, the internet brought us the desk/cat box hack, or else cat owners would be perpetually at war between productivity and cat snuggles. 

          5. Preferring Cats to People

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            Cats never complain, leave you, seriously impede on your space, or need an explanation. What’s not to love?

            6. Wishing You Could Take Your Cat Anywhere

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              Unlike dogs, cats take a lot of coercion to go anywhere. So much so that a cat willing to take a walk is likely a sign you’ve finally achieved full nirvana.

              7. Cats Are the Boss

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                It’s so sweet of you humans to buy me a cat scooter. Now just get rid of the dog.

                8. Cats Are Too Smart for Their Own Good

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                  Anyone who has ever nearly died laughing while watching a cat furiously trying to figure out a mirror knows all about this.

                  9. Being Your Pet’s Servant

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                    Just like cats see our space as theirs, our time is theirs as well. You could be cooking, gardening, or getting ready, but when your cat decides it’s time for attention, almost nothing can dissuade them. Cat owners know that when it’s time for your cat, you’re better off listening. 

                    10. Kitty Cat Eyes Are More Powerful Than Puppy Dog Eyes

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                      Resistance is useless!

                      11. Random Acts of Snuggles

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                        When your cat is in the mood, cat owners can expect aggressive cat cuddles. Just don’t try and snuggle when it’s time to hunt.

                        12. Midnight Wake Ups

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                          Much like your cat deciding your daytime schedule, cats are happy to decide your sleep schedule too. Cat owners are all too familiar with waking up in the middle of the night to cat paws batting at their ears. It seems that time is not a factor for cats, and us owners can just get over it. 

                          13. Tiny Cat Paws

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                            This one’s self-explanatory. Every cat owner’s been caught swooning over these little foot pads.

                            14. You’re Really Just Furniture

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                              Nothing summarizes being a cat person quite like feeling like you’re part of the furniture. Despite (sometimes) craving your attention, cats are also pleased to lounge all over you. Cat owners understand this best, and are fast to change hats between being an owner and a cat couch. 

                              15. Cats Are Part Liquid Grace, Part Idiot

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                                Yah, I meant to do that.

                                16. Cat Toys Aren’t Impressive

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                                  Another experience cat owners know too well is the untouched pile of cat toys you just brought home. Cats are notoriously picky, so cat toys we humans like don’t always interest our furry friends. Every cat owner can commiserate over the mound of unused, bright, fluffy toys in the corner. 

                                  17. Your Furniture Is Impressive

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                                    On the other hand, every cat person knows that cats will decide what is a toy. Couches, chairs, beds, and virtually anything else that can be scratched, were clearly purchased just for your cat. Despite notches and sawdust at the corners of all of our furniture, we still don’t get mad. Just as integral to cat ownership as watching your furniture melt away, is getting sucked in by those wide, round kitty eyes. 

                                    18. Pure Paper Bag Excitement

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                                      When you’re tired of buying toys your cat doesn’t respond to, every cat owner has offered their prized cat a paper bag to play in. Second only to catnip, paper bags drive cats crazy. Who knows if it’s the crunching, the movement, or the built-in ability to hide, nothing is more at home to a cat owner than the sounds of your kitty destroying a paper bag. Such a simple toy brings cats so much joy, and cat owners find themselves jealous of such simple happiness. 

                                      19. Lasers Are Everything

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                                        Learning about science fiction laser weapons as a kid is immediately followed by disappointment when you learn the comparatively limited capacities of real world lasers. However, all of this is pain is made up for the first time you show a laser to your cat. Instantly ecstatic, cats go together with lasers better than peanut butter and jelly. There’s nothing like watching your cat cartwheel around the room chasing a laser pointer to remind us cat owners that there’s really something exciting about this bit of technology. 

                                        20. Your Keyboard Is Sacred

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                                          Much like trying (and failing) to keep your cat off of your desk, keeping your keyboard clear is nearly impossible when you’re a cat owner. Like letting a toddler free in a candy store, turning your back for even one minute results in disaster. A cat will seize absolutely any opportunity to slip under your working hands and take a snooze. If you’ve ever swept hair balls out from between your keys, you might be a cat owner. 

                                          Featured photo credit: Dramatic kitten/Gabriel Rodríguez via flickr.com

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                                          11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                                          11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                                          Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                                          Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                                          1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                                          Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                                          2. Stress Relief

                                          Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                                          3. Improved Sleep

                                          Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                                          4. Appetite Control

                                          Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                                          5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                                          When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                                          6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                                          Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                                          7. Mosquito Repellant

                                          Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                                          8. Pain Relief

                                          While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                                          9. The New Anti-Viral

                                          Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                                          10. Improved Cognitive Function

                                          Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                                          11. Money Saving

                                          With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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