Pet Ownership | Anecdote

7 Things I Changed When I Became A Cat Mom

I don’t regret any of them

Nancy Parish
Apr 18 · 4 min read
Harper Lee/ Photo courtesy of the author

1. Buying flowers

Before I became a cat mom, I would occasionally buy myself flowers from the florist section at the nearby grocery store. I continued to do this when I adopted my first cats. They had a great time knocking over the flowers and playing in the carnage they created. As I’ve gotten to know more about my feline friends, I learned that some plants are in fact quite toxic to them. It was with that knowledge that I backed away almost entirely from buying flowers.

2. Decorating at Christmas

My Christmas decorating has never really been stellar — usually just some garland on the fireplace. Some years, I’d purchase a little Christmas tree. Occasionally, I’d add a poinsettia for good measure. When I became a cat mom, I became aware of the many obstacles associated with Christmas decorations. Poinsettias are quite toxic to cats and things like tinsel and ornament hooks present other challenges. And more than one cat has toppled a Christmas tree.

3. Perusing for cat costumes

I never really paid much attention to pet costumes until I became a cat mom. Now, I have a cute little bee costume with antennae that light up and what I refer to as a tabby shark costume. The fun doesn’t end there, I’ve also purchased bunny ears, little Santa hats, winter hats and scarves, and reindeer horns. I still can’t get my cats to wear any of these things long enough to snap a picture that isn’t blurry from them running away, but each holiday, I do still try.

4. Hanging out with my cats

I enjoyed my twenties quite a bit and that meant going out with friends on the weekends, sometimes even during the week. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that I enjoy a quieter Friday night in the company of my cats. I’ve even been known to say I had plans when someone inquires about weekend plans, knowing full well those plans involved me, my cat, and Netflix. I don’t regret any of it.

5. Taking pictures of my cats

Before I kept cats, I never thought much about taking pictures to mark events. Then, I adopted Nicky, my first cat. I couldn’t take enough pictures of her and her cute antics. When I adopted her brother, Murphy, my photo obsession only grew. I couldn’t take enough photos of them together or apart, it didn’t matter. They were my favorite subjects to photograph and that’s only increased with every cat I’ve adopted since. Some of them like it more than others, but they’re all very photogenic if I do say so myself.

6. Buying cat stuff

By buying cat stuff, I don’t mean cat supplies. That’s a necessity every cat owner must indulge in. No, I mean cat-themed merchandise for me. I never really thought about purchasing cat-themed merchandise since I’ve been old enough to drive. Maybe the leopard and tiger prints weren’t as popular back then.

7. Embracing the crazy cat lady moniker

The longer I’ve been a cat mom, the more I’ve embraced the crazy cat lady label. I do love my cats. During the pandemic, when I’ve been isolated in my condo, my cats have been a godsend. Their antics have been a great source of laughter and comfort during this difficult time. I don’t know what I would have done without them.

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Nancy Parish

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Writer, Midwesterner, Amateur Cat Herder, Nap Enthusiast. Previously, Contributing Editor for CWIM. https://thesoundandfurry.com/

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Writer, Midwesterner, Amateur Cat Herder, Nap Enthusiast. Previously, Contributing Editor for CWIM. https://thesoundandfurry.com/

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The home for anything animal. Tips, tricks, and talks about animal welfare and the human-animal bond.

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