Prior to sharing your home with a feline, everything was in order. You would come home to find that the cushions were still positioned nicely on the couch, nothing had magically moved from the kitchen counter to the floor, and every electrical cord worked — as if no one had been chewing on it all day long. Then you thought it would be a great idea to get a cat. While your kitty has become a full-fledged member of the family and a very loved one at that, he or she is certainly also one of the messiest to live with.
On top of that, your whole home life has changed since your cat took up residence:
1. The color of your couch is now a distant memory because it's always covered in rugs to stop the constant fur piles, toilet accidents, and scratching.
2. And every day you have to rearrange those rugs because of what happened overnight.
3. You've made it a habit to check the washing machine before you put a load in because of that one time your kitty thought it would be a great place to hang out.
4. Even though you're the one paying the bills, you might not even be able to sit where you actually want to in your home because the cat has already made itself comfy there.
5. There are often paper bags and boxes lying around the place for weeks at a time, until they're torn or chewed to the point of repulsion and thrown out to make way for new paper bags and boxes your cat can play in.
6. Before you leave home, you have to do a routine sweep to ensure your cat isn't trapped in any cupboard or drawer you may have opened for a brief moment earlier that day.
7. You no longer shut internal doors at your place, simply because you've learned it's easier than having the paintwork scratched off by your precious pet.
8. There is always a sprinkling of litter coming from the bathroom or laundry room — and you've learned to accept you'll step on some of it at least once a day.
9. You can't remember what it's like to sleep comfortably because your cat likes to spread out, hogging at least half the mattress at night.
10. Leaving a drink sitting on the counter is just not something that happens anymore, unless you're also OK with it being on the floor at some point.
11. Black clothes are now all stored safely in the wardrobe, which is then barricaded so your cat cannot enter and turn said clothes into a lint trap for fur.
12. You often visualize all the beautiful furniture you'd like to buy to fill the blank spaces in your home, but then you remember you have a cat so you can't really have nice things.
13. Every time you do commit to buying a new rug, throw, couch, or sheet, you live in fear, waiting for the day you come home to find your cat has mistaken it for the bathroom, or as a place to show off his or her latest hairball.
14. You look fondly back on the days when vacuuming was a weekly occurrence, not a daily necessity.
15. Not to mention the days when you didn't have to empty said vacuum barrel all the time and pry balls of fur out the brush.
It's a good thing cats are so cute!
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