Yes, there certainly are plenty of crazy cat ladies out there. However, I firmly believe if you’ve ever spent time bonding with a cat, you’d immediately understand why.
Cats. Are. Freaking. Awesome.
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You’re at the mall, enter the pet store to browse (because why not?) and can’t help being a little entranced by the whiskered little cuties behind the glass. They’re so wee, and the way they move around is pretty stinkin’ ridiculous. One catches your attention, a little striped one with pointy tufts on its ears that are way too big for it’s face. The kitten’s got the most endearing meow ever, and refuses to stop pawing at the glass like it’s trying hard to find some way to reach you. You go home so incredibly happy.
You go back to the mall the very next day and again find yourself watching the little cat with the funny ears in the window. You ask the girl behind the desk if you can play with the fella, and she pulls him out. As you’re given the kitten, he starts clawing at you with his oh-so-tiny-they-could-do-no-harm claws. You can’t help laughing and melt a little. You go home shortly after, but sitting at the TV for a few hours, you find you’re distracted by the idea of someone else adopting that cat. If he’s gone tomorrow, you’re going to regret not snatching him up first, so you drive yourself back to that pet store and bring your first kitten home, with a bunch of other things the pet store employee recommended. Over the moon happy now.
You spend your days entranced by your kitten, watching him grow up and still yet loving him more by the day. Didn’t think you could fall in love with animals the same way you do with humans, but it turns out to be completely possible. Your kitten has now become a full grown cat. You spend your mornings at work looking forward to walking through your front door just to be greeted by your little man. But a nagging worry that your cat is probably lonely and bored in the mornings while you’re away makes you feel like you should really get him a sibling. You’ve had a change of heart about adopting from pet stores, and really want to take in a shelter pet next, so on your day off, you pop in to have a look at who might be a good fit for your little family of two. You can’t help but smiling – as you know you’re doing what’s best for your cat at home, and in the process, you get to fall in love with a new kitty all over again.
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You take home another kitten and realize it’s love at first sight, not just for you, but for your fella at home who’s so happy to have company in the morning. Months go by and a co-worker is moving away, but can’t take her cat with her. She hasn’t been able to find anyone to take her cat in, but doesn’t want her princess to go to a shelter. You realize it’s basically the same amount of work to take care of 2 cats as it is to take care of 3, so you offer to meet the cat, and if all works out, you’ll take her in. The meeting goes well, and your cats seem to get along together, so now you’re up to a nice little family of 3 + 1. Everybody’s happy, and while there was some hissing at first, with a little getting used to, all three cats now play and sleep by each other and get along quite well. You should see the adorable cuddle photos that come out of this trio!
You do a little volunteering at shelters on the weekends now and there are a couple of adult cat siblings who have been at the shelter for some time. They’re lovely cats, but everyone at the shelter thinks they’ll have a hard time finding a home. You can’t stand the thought of them being in the shelter any longer, and decide your home can definitely accommodate a couple more, so you bring them in and slowly introduce them to your three cats. All your cats are older now, so the introductions go swell. You’re now up 5 cats, but with the workload taking care of them being the same as when you had just 2, it’s no big deal, and you’re happy to have given them all a good home.
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It’s hard to resist the allure of cats; they’re ridiculous levels of charming, cute, and quirky all at once. And honestly, who in their right mind would bother trying to resist their allure anyway? They’re so little work to keep around, to keep happy and healthy, and their presence just makes us humans happier and healthier at the end of the day as well.
Cats are awesome. And more cats = more awesomeness. With very little downside. You don’t have to do much to take care of a single cat, and it’s barely any extra work to take on 2, 3, or 4 more! You’re already feeding, changing water, and cleaning litter boxes; where’s the extra work when all you’re adding is a little more of the same?
Crazy cat ladies make sense. Because, let’s be honest, who’s insane enough not to want more cat awesomeness in their life?