I pride myself on being a dog person. It even says so on my profile. And for the most part, my dog person status is the truth. I grew up with dogs. I feel like I can communicate with dogs. I desperately want a dog and spend time searching petfinder for a dog even though I know I can’t get one right now. But in September it will have been four years since I found my awesome cat and I might have to start accepting that I’m becoming a Cat Lady.
Here are the signs I’ve noticed:
1. I’m “Mommy.” And my boyfriend is “Daddy.” And we seriously say that without any trace of irony. We say “Go see Daddy,” and “Listen to Mommy!” and “Are you cuddling Daddy? Yes you are!” This may sound standard for any pet parents, but I assure you that there is something extra delusional about doing it with a cat. Dogs get in your face and smile when you’re saying “Yes you are! Yes you are!” in a strange baby voice. Cats stare at you from across the room and telepathically say, “Are you addressing me, human?” So referring to yourself to them as their Mommy is definitely a sign of Catladydom. And yeah, cats can be super, duper affectionate. They can purr and purr and purr, and rub against you like the most loving pet you’ve ever had. But it takes stamina to keep up with calling yourself “Mommy” when they don’t feel like being affectionate.
2. Purchases. We are planning a move to a different state. Planning this with a cat is difficult. So I needed to buy a good carrier that would be comfy and roomy for a journey, and a nice harness and leash. What tipped me off to the fact that I might be a cat lady is that I bought a carrier that was more expensive because it was the top rated one on Amazon, and considered buying a harness with tiger print on it because that would be just adorable even though it was way more expensive than it should be. Thankfully I didn’t get the harness (although when I think about how cute it would’ve been I almost regret it), but I still considered making a pretty hefty purchase on things because of how much I love my cat. If I could afford it, I would mount an entire kitty gymnasium on the wall. I would.
3. Talking a lot. To everyone. About my cat. I want to tell everyone about how adorable he is. All the time! I cannot stop myself from babbling about how he actually cuddled with me this morning, even though that’s kind of what furry pets are supposed to do. I even have anecdotes about times he vomited or peed where the point is that it was adorable and not gross and inappropriate to talk about while my family members are trying to eat Thanksgiving dinner.
4. Recommendations for media that I get from friends and family are starting to be centered around cat love. This is definitely a sign. If you’re getting tagged in pictures of cats, or in posts about cats, then you are a cat person and everyone knows it. So why not throw your hands up in the air and shout “I love my cat!” everyone knows it anyway.