You browse ads on adoption websites, the newspaper and other social medias until you find the perfect little wee one. Maybe you take a day trip to your local shelter. That nose, those eyes, that belly, that tail: You pick up the tiny fur ball, name it your “baby” and home it goes.
Congratulations! You are now a pet-parent!
Here are the 5 signs to watch for within yourself that make it official …
1. You call yourself “mommy” or “daddy.”
Do you perhas talk to your cat like this? “Hewwo lil guy, give Mumma loves. Fluffypants, go see Daddy. Go see Daddy. Good boy.”
Well then, you have gone full-on baby-talking, mushy love on it.
There is no going back now.
Maybe your biological clock is ticking and telling you to nurture the hell out of something – anything! Or maybe you’re just psychotic. Either way, you’re happy and that’s what counts!
Embrace it all.
2. You flood your social medias with cat-related content.
Look back at your Instagram and in your Facebook archives. If there are more than two cat posts visible on your profile page at once, then you are a full-blown cat parent.
Or maybe your cat has an Instagram account of his or her own, where you post a million photos with captions, as if the cat itself is literally pawing away at your phone, typing out his or her own very sophisticated thoughts.
The cat may end up with more followers than you have. But would that be so bad after all?
3. You use your cat as an excuse to get out of being in social settings.
Your co-worker: “Hey, my friend just texted me. She’s at a bar downtown, and Leonardo DiCaprio just walked in. Let’s go.”
You: “Oh, tonight? Sorry, I can’t. I haven’t been home all day, and Fuzzy Bear hasn’t been fed since 6 am. Can you imagine how hungry he is? Oh, my poor baby. I have to go home right now. Maybe some other time.”
You may even miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime and don’t even care.
4. You don’t even mind the dirty work involved with having a cat.
Scooping out the litter box? It’s really just part of your every day routine now. After while, you won’t even notice the poop and pee smells!
It’s OK, It’s just the price you pay for having the most perfect little furry angel at home.
5. You brag about all of your cat’s accomplishments.
It’s just like when your parents bragged about your first steps, your wonderful significant other or what college you went to. Except when you do it, you’re just bragging that your cat hasn’t gotten poop in its fur in wow, two whole weeks, or that it finally figured out that the elusive red light comes from you and not from somewhere in outer apce.
Tiny things that may seem unimpressive to your non-cat parent friends are literally epic victories to you. Queen Fluffy finally responds to her name when she feels like it? Way to go!
Our cats aren’t pets, after all, they are family indeed!