It’s crazy to think it’s been six months since I’ve adopted Luna – especially since I feel like I’ve known her for her whole life. But, also, it feels like we’re finally getting into a rhythm of living together. We’re all on her schedule now (even if that means meowing at 4:30 in the morning) and the floor is either covered in cat hair or her toys. She owns this place and I don’t really mind it.
Don’t get me wrong: 2 humans + 1 cat in a sub-600 square foot apartment is a little crowded at times. She is part of the reason why I knew I needed a bigger place. She came from a larger home, so I’m sure she would love the extra space. She’ll have so much more room to randomly dart from room to room at any time of the night!
Having a cat for the past six months have taught me so many things – here’s a sampling of major life lessons I learned:
stop freaking out every time she sneezes. Cats sneeze. Humans sneeze. We ALL sneeze. Don’t take her to the vet everytime she does it – it costs a lot of money and the answer is probably there’s a lot of dust. Look out for key indicators of real illness – nose and eye mucus, loss of appetite, vomiting, all the fun stuff.
cats are both low- and high-maintenance. Yes, you don’t need to take them out to poop or for walks. They prefer to cuddle on their own time (and possibly in the middle of the night while clawing at your face to wake you up). However, they’re picky about their food, their litter box, and just about everything else.
cats are constant companions. I jokingly say she’s my shadow, but she really is my shadow. She will follow me around, purr constantly, and wonder why you aren’t petting her at 2:00 am when she clearly wants the loving. I can always rely on her coming to the door when I get home from work and cuddling whenever I’m on the couch. She is a huge lover, not a fighter.
you get as much as you give. Like all things in life, having a pet proves the point that you get as much as you give to them. Luna sometimes is standoffish and likes to sit by herself, but it’s when she comes and randomly headbutts you and purrs at you that makes you realize all the doting and treat-giving was worth it all.
Do you have a pet? What are some of the things you learn while owning one?
’til next time, XO!
ps, Luna has her own instagram account. Give her a follow if you like cute cat pictures! She is super photogenic (and all the photos in this post are from her feed)!