Ways in which living with a cat is similar to living with a toddler

Thank you all so much for your love and comments on my post yesterday. I’m torn between feeling glad that I’m not alone in this and feeling sad that magazines and the media have completely skewed our way of thinking of food and calories. I have something a little more light-hearted for you today, so I hope you enjoy it!

If you follow me on Instagram I’m sure you’ve seen the occasional picture of my pretty guy, Merlin. (If you don’t follow me on Instagram, why the heck not?!).

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Some days his pretty is his only saving grace. Truly. I’ve often uttered, “You’re lucky you’re cute” in response to something he’s done.

I’m also fairly certain that he’s training me to be able to one day (maybe?) live with a toddler. (Or convincing me I should stick to cats. I haven’ yet determined which).

1. You pee with the bathroom door open. Now, I’m sure this is likely for somewhat different reasons, but I’m also sure toddlers will likely cry outside the door like the cat. However, I’m pretty certain a toddler won’t hop up on your lap for cuddles while you’re peeing. Maybe.

2. You’re woken up at early hours because they’re hungry. Unlike a Merlin, who tells me this at 5am by jumping on my bed and meowing, I have a feeling a toddler would more likely call out from their bedroom. But what do I know, maybe toddlers also like to hop up on the bed and roll around until you a) kick them out of the bedroom and shut the door, or 2) feed them.

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3. They crawl up your leg whenever you’re in the kitchen. Merlin does it because he wants to be picked up. I think toddlers do it for that reason also?

4. If they eat and then play, they puke. Pretty self-explanatory there.

5. They celebrate poops. Again, pretty self-explanatory. But really, don’t we all?

6. They make up silly little games. Merlin’s current favourite is “I must beat you into the bedroom anytime you walk into the walk-through closet. He zooms past me and jumps up onto the bed.

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7. You’re constantly asked “Why? Why? Why?”. Maybe Merlin doesn’t so much ask, “Why?” as he does chat all.day.long. Yes, it does eventually stop being cute.

8. Forget the actual present; boxes are the best! Put a big empty box in front of a cat or a toddler and I’m sure they’ll be pleased as punch!

9. At the end of the day when they curl up into you and purr (okay, maybe purring is only the cat) everything is right with the world. Whoa. How is that for super sappy? πŸ™‚

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Tell me: What would you add to the list?

20 thoughts on “Ways in which living with a cat is similar to living with a toddler

  1. Every single one of these is true for my dog too. Even the lap jumping while peeing. I would have to add that if they sleep in bed with you (like toddlers sometimes do – and my dog manages to every night) their tiny little bodies manage to take up more space then yours. And you can’t even stay mad at it when you see how cute they look sleeping.

  2. Yep! I’ve had both – cats and toddlers (toddlers now 22 and 19 πŸ™‚ ). One of our 3 4-footed children (middle one?) also was very pleased with their catch – a 10 cm rat – that was nicely laid out at the entrance to the kitchen, ready for cooking! The oldest – Mini – that often hunts down and brings back prizes. This has included Subway, KFC, meat pies, a box of Chicken McBites, mouldy stale bread and crumpets, a baguette, and a 1/2 eaten trumpet icecream (cornetto cone?). Our youngest leaps up and struggle through our bedroom window, then races out through the door and outside to come through the window again, just because he can!. Yes, you are in training for toddlers (but they grow out of it). Happy Easter πŸ™‚

    • Oh yes, I’m so familiar with the in-out-in-out ness. Thankfully I live in a condo and he’s an inside cat now, but he still does it with the bedroom and the bathroom at night.

  3. This is hilarious! I know my 2 dogs have taught me I’m definitely not ready to have a toddler around. Oh, and I would have to add “cleaning poop off of things that should not have poop on them” to the list.

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  5. I absolutely ADORE this post πŸ™‚ My kitty, Mario, has all the same quirks. He also LOVES to play in and drink out of the faucets (kitchen, bathroom…doesn’t matter)…I can imagine a toddler also playing with the sink water!!! hehe. Thanks for sharing…made my day!

    • I saw Mario on your blog – I love orange kitties!!
      I’ll regularly find Merlin sleeping in the bathroom sink – and he LOVES to lick the shower curtain once I’m done in the shower.
      Happy Saturday!!

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  7. Yes it is all true and with the dogs i will add especially for Gus, he needs to be entertained. He’s a beast when he is bored so i need to play with him or find him a toy that catches his attention. He will also dump all his toys out to find the one he wants at that particular moment.

    • Merlin in currently wandering around meowing. No toys will work for him and he’s not hungry either. What a silly cat. Mer also has a toy box, he’s adorable when he goes looking for his toys to play with.

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