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13 Signs Your Cat Owns You

13 Signs Your Cat Owns You

You’ve heard it before: “You don’t own a cat – a cat owns you”. Most cat owners would agree! But how can you know for sure? Cats are sneaky about enslaving their owners. Below are 13 signs that your cat owns you!

 

1. Your cat has more toys than you did as a child.

If you find yourself showering your kitty with toys, you may be a victim of “cat domination”. It all starts with one toy mouse and ends with a cabinet full of cat toys. But if you have a cat, you know very well that your cat quickly loses interest in its toys. You might even find that your cat finds the toy packaging more interesting than the toys themselves. Oh well. The things we do for love!

2. You celebrate your cat’s birthday.

Why not? Your cat is a member of your family. And it’s important to celebrate your fur baby’s birthday! Cat birthdays are special occasions that call for extra treats, fancy cat food, and lots of attention. Even if you don’t know your cat’s exact birthday, simply acknowledging that your cat entered your life around this time of year is special for both you and your kitty. Oh, and its a sign that your cat has you wrapped around its paw.

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3. You like spending time with your cat more than people. 

Your cat is basically your best friend. If you enjoy spending time with your cat more spending time with humans, you have officially been enslaved by your cat. But I can’t blame you! Cats are such great company.

4. Your cat tells you what it wants to eat.

It seems like every cat goes through a phase where you give them the food they’ve been eating every day of their life and they suddenly “just don’t like it anymore”. So you go to the store and get something else. And then they turn their nose up in the air because they’re not a fan of the new cat food either. The cycle continues until they get the food they want! Your cat now tells you when and what it wants to eat.

5. You find cat hair all over the place.

If you find cat hair on every surface of your home, you have been enslaved by your cat. In fact, laundry isn’t complete unless its covered with cat hair. But cat hair is the best accessory! You know what they say – cat hair, don’t care.

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6. Your furniture? You mean the cat’s furniture.

The couch, the bed, the table – you name it. It belongs to the cat now. Every surface of your home has been repurposed into a convenient place for your cat to perch or nap. This is one of the most common signs of being owned by a cat.

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7. Your cat gives you “permission” you to pet it.

Your cat accepts love and attention on its own terms. Sometimes it just doesn’t want to be pet. If you’re feeling particularly affectionate, don’t assume your cat feels the same way! You must wait patiently for your cat to grant you permission to pet it.

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8. Your cat determines what time you wake up.

Who needs an alarm cat when you have a cat? Your cat doesn’t care if it is 5 in the morning. If they want breakfast, they’re going to make you give them breakfast! Kiss sleeping in goodbye. Cats call the shots now!

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9. You don’t move the cat – EVER.

Is the cat taking a nap on your papers or clothes? Don’t even think about moving it. Do you need to get up, but the cat is sleeping on you? Looks like you’re stuck there until your cat wakes up!

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10. You stop what you’re doing to pet your cat.

How many times have you been in the middle of something and your cat starts rubbing on your legs or head bunting your hand? If your cat thinks its time for love, then its your duty as its loyal slave to give it what it wants.

11. Your phone is full of cat photos.

Cats have infiltrated our phones! If you find yourself capturing every adorable moment your cat has, you are actively being enslaved by your cat. Not only do you take photos, but you must post them to social media so everyone else knows your cat owns you too.

12. Forget about Privacy!

Another sign of “cat domination” is limiting your personal privacy. Going to the restroom? Not without your cat. Want to close a door? Your cat doesn’t think so.

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13. In fact, EVERYTHING is theirs now.

You might as well just hand the title of your home to your cat because they’ve taken over. But it’s probably the sweetest form of manipulation that exists! Us cat owners love our cats very dearly and want to be owned by our cats. You wouldn’t have it any other way!

Does your cat own you? Tell me in the comments below!

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Shadi is the founder of National Kitty. She is a strong advocate of rescue cat adoption. She enjoys spending time with her two cats, Moosh and Oliver.

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13 Replies to “13 Signs Your Cat Owns You”

    1. Julian rubs against the tablet trying to push it out of my hands and then falls sideways against my legs raising his head looking at me to rub his neck and sides. Even tho he only weighs 7pounds it feels like 50. So I really think he owns me. And instead of waiting until 5 am it’s 3 am for breakfast. He does turn his nose to his meal and then I’m stuck trying to find him a food he likes to eat. What a life Julian has, but I love him so.

  1. Yes, the cat owns me. Max was adopted from the humane society when he was almost 4 years old and wouldn’t climb in my lap for the first 6 months we had him. I finally managed to pull him up onto my lounge chair with me. Now he jumps up as soon as I sit down. He has also taken that as an open invitation to jump on the tables and the counters, which is an an absolute no-no around my husband. But he still tries. He also follows me into the bathroom for head scratches while I am sitting on the throne. And when he wants to play, he bats his ball then looks at me, a signal that I have to get up and play. He has boxes all over the house to play in.

  2. Well, with 6 unique personalities in the house I am definitely the slave. Boo Bear, next to the youngest, will howl if the litter box is not up to his standards and then scratch at the door to go outside where he can find a spot on the grass. Or if there is insufficient water in his bowl, he’ll turn it over…..clean up on isle 6. But all in all LOVE every single one!!!

  3. Yes, my kitty owns me! I wear a lot of black which really shows kitty fur, so everywhere I go people comment about the kitty fur all over me! And yes, there is kitty fur all over my house, especially my bed where she sleeps! I sleep in a queen size bed by myself and the other half of my bed doubles as my office, since I no longer have a second bedroom. My “Little Girl” loves to scratch at the paperwork and then she sleeps on top of them! If I lay out the clothes that I intend to where she of course has to grace them with her presence! Yes she has particular food that she will only eat! My boyfriend says then feed her something else (as I sometimes have other flavors around) she will eat it if she gets hungry enough. He doesn’t understand that she will sniff it and walk away……..sometimes I think that she would rather starve! But no I don’t ever just starve her because I always have plenty of her favorite dry food that she nibbles on throughout the day! Yes she is my best friend and she loves to lie in my lap and gets very upset if I want to get up! Absolutely, my kitty cat owns me! But that’s okay, because I love her soooooo much!

  4. My new fur son Bubbi definitely owns me,and he didn’t take very long in doing so. We love our Bubbi my husband didn’t like cats till he got with me. Now he’s converted..lol!

  5. Yes my Julian owns me. When I get my tablet to play a game he rubs up against the corner of it. If I don’t put it down he gets on top of it and won’t move and of course I have to put the tablet down. Or if I don’t put the tablet down Julian will get to the side of my leg and will just fall over on the side of my leg and will hold his up towards me wanting me to rub his neck. Of course I have to drop everything I’m doing to accommodate him. He’s not allowed in the bathroom because he’s interested in what goes down the toilet, then gets on the seat to play in the water, which I think is gross and feel it’s full of germs and don’t want him to get sick. He takes up my side of the bed laying from the edge of the bed to the center leaving me to sleep on the side I’m not use to sleeping on, which is very uncomfortable. He bites me if I try to move him if he doesn’t want to be moved. He isn’t allowed on table or counters and have caught him on both, but he’s very sneaky and will do it if he knows I’m not looking. But I don’t care because he’s my best friend and I love him so so much

  6. Yes my cats own me, all 7 of them! I sometimes fell like their maid, but they are great companions and I love them.

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