There’s something special about cats, the way they move, the way they stare. And when you learn how to love them as they deserve—groom them, give them good food and scratch them, and offer them a litter box—you have created a bond that’s hard to break.
But then reality strikes. The cute kitten you chose for its cuddliness and playful personality pee in your face when you try to snuggle. It sinks its teeth into your hand when you try to stroke it. It wakes you up at 4 a.m. because it wants to play. It knocks over your best vase and eats your houseplants.
Cats can be real jerks sometimes.
And that’s just the beginning. Owning a cat comes with a host of other problems that you may not have considered before taking the plunge. Here are some of the sad realities about being a cat owner that you should know about before getting a cat of your own.
You will constantly be cleaning up after your cat.
Cats are notoriously clean animals, but that doesn’t mean they don’t make a mess. A cat’s litter box needs to be scooped every day, and the litter itself needs to be changed regularly. And if you have an indoor cat, you’ll also need to vacuum or sweep up the copious amounts of shedding fur.
Your furniture will be scratched to pieces.
Those cute little kitty claws can do a lot of damage to your furniture. If you don’t provide your cat with a scratching post or some other outlet for its scratching urges, your couch, chairs, and even your walls will be clawed to bits.
Your home will never be truly clean.
Even if you keep up with the daily cleaning, your cat will always find a way to make your home dirty. Cats are attracted to dirt and dust, and they love to spend time in smelly places. So, no matter how often you clean, your home will never be as clean as it was before you got a cat.
You will always have cat hair on your clothes.
If you thought your furniture was going to be the only things covered in cat hair, think again. No matter how often you lint roll your clothes, there will always be a few stray hairs that manage to cling on. And good luck keeping your black clothing clean—cat hair will show up on dark clothes more than any other color.
Your cat will never really be trained.
You can try your best to train your cat, but at the end of the day, they will always do what they want. You can train them not to scratch the furniture or to use the litter box, but there will always be times when they disobey. Cats are independent creatures, and they don’t always feel like doing what you want them to do.
You will always be cleaning the litter box.
No matter how much you hate it, scooping the litter box is a necessary evil of cat ownership. And if you have more than one cat, you’ll be scooping multiple times a day. It’s a stinky, thankless task, but somebody has to do it.
Your cat will never really be yours.
Cats are independent creatures, and they don’t really belong to anyone. Yes, you can love your cat and care for it, but at the end of the day, it will always do what it wants. It may curl up on your lap when it’s in the mood, but it will also spend most of its time doing its own thing.
You will always be second best.
If you have a partner or spouse, you will quickly learn that your cat loves them more than they love you. Cats are notoriously fickle creatures, and they will often choose their favorite person in the household. So, if you’re not the favorite, don’t take it personally—it’s just the way cats are.
You will always be waking up early.
Cats are most active at dawn and dusk, so if you want to sleep in on the weekends, you can forget about it. Your cat will likely wake you up early with its meowing, scratching, or general feline antics. So, if you’re not a morning person, owning a cat may not be the best idea.
You may never really understand your cat.
Cats are mysterious creatures, and they often do things that we don’t understand. They may stare at you for hours or meow for no apparent reason. They may also do things that seem downright weird, like eat grass or drink from the toilet. So, if you’re looking for a pet that you can fully understand, a cat may not be the right choice.