6 months later: the continued adventures of a cat owner

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)!

meet luna: the adventures of a new cat owner

One Sunday morning in August, my life changed.

I decided to pop into an animal shelter that morning, after months and months of trying to adopt a puppy. I walked through the shelter, looking at each of the animals, watching how they react to you as you get close to the glass.  All this was inspired by the dog walkers in Atlanta that I met, we had such a wonderful time together and they showed me why having a dog is really something special.  I fully intended on bringing home a dog – it is super dog-friendly in my city (I could bring one to work), so that was the original plan.

But plans always have a way of changing.

I ended up bringing home this beautiful Snowshoe cat, Luna. (That wasn’t her original name, but once I got her, I knew she was a Luna.) It was something about how she looked at me and how, despite there being two inches of glass between us, she kept trying to rub her head against my hand. I took her home the same day.

So for the past few weeks, we’ve been getting to know each other. I’ve never owned a cat (or dog) before, so this has been an adjustment. She was also sick after a couple of days being home, so we really had to get to know each other while I had to give her medicine. Let me tell you – it’s difficult! I had to wrap her up with a large blanket and keep her between my legs, all while talking to her gently. But now that she’s all better now (yay!), we’ve been trying to get in the swing of her getting used to my apartment and my schedule.

I’ve been trying to make my house a little more homey for her, so basically everything I have bought in the last couple of weeks have been for her. One thing I really am happy with picking her up is a water fountain. She is not a fan of wet food, so I had to make sure she was staying hydrated. One thing to know about cats is they don’t like drinking from still water, so they don’t hydrate themselves enough. Plus, they don’t drink as often as humans do, so I wanted to make sure she was drinking more. She has been drinking loads more with the fountain, so I would highly recommend getting one if you have a cat.

The first couple of weeks have been amazing. I am loving her and having her in my life…it’s kind of like we should have always been together. I love it when she comes and sleeps in the bed with me and she just follows me around when I get home for work, so it makes me feel so loved.

I will definitely be talking about being a pet owner more in this blog, so if you want to know what it’s like to own a cat (or even tips and tricks), keep an eye out. I have been posting a bunch of pictures of her on my instagram, so you could also follow me there if you want your Luna fix.

What are your new cat tips?

’til next time, xo!