Becoming a crazy cat lady is not an overnight transformation that happens as soon as you have a cat, although it is possible. It is a much more gradual change that happens over years of loving cats, and truly begins when you own your first cat.
At first, you will notice that you are making decisions on your life, and your social life especially, based on the wants and needs of your cat. Your cat doesn’t like your best friend that you have known for ten years? They’re gone. That guy you have had a crush on for months does not like cats? Also gone. It may seem harsh to others, but you know that your cat is a good judge of character. After a while, you will see your life starting to shift. You separate cat people from other people, and always form an instant connection with a cat owner over a dog owner. You spend hours researching cats, finding studies that confirm what you have always known — that your cat can love you, and does have emotions, and is indeed communicating with you.
And over time, you begin to notice that people in your life are calling you a “crazy cat lady”. You never really thought of yourself that way, but the more you think about it, the more it makes sense. Your little cousin calls you a crazy cat lady to your face at family gatherings, and instead of being insulted, you shrug your shoulders and wonder how long you have to be there until you can get back to your cat.
If you think you may be becoming a crazy cat lady, below are some signs that will let you know if you are on the right track. While it is not a comprehensive list, if you see yourself in at least two of these signs, know that you are on your way to making a great crazy cat lady.
1. You refer to dog owners as “those people.”
Honestly, you do not get the appeal of having a dog in the house, and you never have. You truly believe that dogs are way too big and clumsy, and they are always asking you to feed them or just slobbering all over you. If they are not asking you for things, then they’re getting into things or making a mess, and well, you just do not have the patience for that type of behavior, right?
Cats are more independent, a trait you share. You know that they are capable of looking after themselves, so when they want to spend time with you, you know it’s because they want to. You know that is the main difference between you and dog people, and you are okay with that.