Some People Have Kids, Some People Have Cats

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C-J Cat.

C-J Cat.

I want to start by saying I think cats are awesome, I have Facebook and YouTube, I know cats are pretty cool. Unfortunately I’m allergic to cats, so I can never own one myself even if I wanted to.

I have friends with cats though. I was talking to one friend when our baby was a couple of months old and I said to her I was so tired from night feeds, she said “Oh I know how you feel, *cats name* kept me up all night too.” I fought the temptation to ask if her cat breastfed hourly too, but I decided to just smirk, and nod. I just smugly thought, just you wait.

More recent conversations with cat owners have led me to believe that cat ownership would be harder than motherhood. I really don’t think I could handle all the gross or unpleasant things cats can do, which I hear are not unlike the gross and unpleasant things my kids do.

But I can handle baby poo, vomit, pee, or being scratched and bitten by a disgruntled toddler – because they’re my babies.  I carried them, birthed them, fed them at my breast. I love them unconditionally. I would literally die for them. So like the time the baby took her nappy off, pooped and then crawled through it – pfft, doesn’t even make the list of top ten hardest things I’d be willing to do for my baby. If I had a cat, who pooped, then walked through it, smeared it all over themselves and the floor, I don’t even know where I would begin to deal with that.

JJ with his baby... err, cat, C-J.

JJ with his baby… err, cat, C-J.

Or when my son had gastro and wave after wave of projectile vomiting all over the floor, couch, and several times all over me, I still held him too me while he cried because he’s my precious little dude. I just can’t imagine feeling that much open love for anything other than my own babies if I was covered in puke. Cat puke – not something I think I could handle.

Also, friends with cats talk about how they wake them by crawling onto the bed and nudging them until they wake up to feed them or play. My children do the exact same thing. Again, doesn’t make the top ten of hardest things I’d do for my kids, every morning I haul myself out of bed at first light to put on cartoons, make toast, and drink coffee. But I just don’t think I could tolerate being woken by a cat.

And finally, there have been occasions where nappies have leaked, or accidents have happened, in my bed, where I’ve been soaked in little person wee (or worse), and we just get up and deal with it, no drama, but if I had a cat and it wet MY bed  that cat would be up for cat-adoption.

So I’d like to apologise to cat owners everywhere, I withdraw my smug looks and smirks at comparisons of cat ownership and motherhood, because while the cat owners I know would make wonderful mothers, I’ll admit – I would make a terrible cat owner.

Do you find babies or cats harder to deal with?

  • http://johnanthonyjames.com/ John James

    Yes, as you can see from the photo I included in this post from Rachel, I am one of the people who have cats as substitute children…

    Like kids, they give you unconditional love and affection, lots of cuddles, they talk to you, they make you laugh, and I care for them deeply.

    Also like kids, cats can be naughty, mischievous, infuriating, annoying – they wake you up in the middle of the night, and I am constantly cleaning up after them – poos, wees, chunders…

    But there’s one major difference between cat ownership and parenthood… I can sell my cats on E-Bay any time I want, and then go down the shops and buy new (and hopefully better) ones… possibly on the same day…

    You people with human children can’t do that (legally) 😉

    • http://iamevilcupcake.com/ iamevilcupcake

      Oh my goodness JJ, that is one floofy cat!!

      • http://johnanthonyjames.com/ John James

        Hi is soooooo cute! :)

        But then he wakes up at 3am and wants to play… or a cuddle… or both…

        • http://iamevilcupcake.com/ iamevilcupcake

          I don’t mind the wake ups for cuddles. It’s the wake ups because Missy won’t play with Diesel as she is happily passed out next to me that I can’t handle.

          But seriously, C-J is divine.

    • Maree Talidu

      Oh JJ- you took the words right out of my mouth!
      “I am one of the people who have cats as substitute children…
      Like kids, they give you unconditional love and affection, lots of cuddles, they talk to you, they make you laugh, and I care for them deeply.
      Also like kids, cats can be naughty, mischievous, infuriating, annoying – they wake you up in the middle of the night, and I am constantly cleaning up after them – poos, wees, chunders.”

      And how cute is your cat? Adorable!
      Gosh I miss mine…………….

      • http://johnanthonyjames.com/ John James

        Yeah, our are in their 10s now, so we’ll need to cope with their passing sometime in the next 5 or 6 years – not looking forward to it…

        I feel your loss :(

        • maree Talidu

          I’ve had other cats growing up, but this one was different- even I am surprised at the level and intensity of my grief. But it IS grief, and I’m mourning her. I realise she isn’t around and feels no pain, but her absence is still really noticeable, been 6 days and still hasn’t really sunk in. Your photo is awesome, nothing better than a really cuddly, affectionate cat!

  • http://iamevilcupcake.com/ iamevilcupcake

    I am a cat mum. I have two babies, Diesel and Missy.

    These two cats have personality plus. Diesel is my thinker. He learns really well, but he’s also super emotional. When my husband died he mourned for weeks. Was the most sorrowful thing I’ve seen.

    Missy is my free spirit. Nothing fazes her, except dinner time which she is most serious about. She loves smells and creatures and lots of cuddles.

    I’ve been through so much with both of them and I love them dearly.

    Then I went and spent two days with my niece and nephew and it almost killed me. I was so tired!! But I love them dearly too :)

  • Maree Talidu

    I had to get my family cat of nearly 15 years put down over easter. I am utterly raw. She was not ‘just a cat’ or simply a ‘pet’, she was a family member, and my love for her was as strong as the love I have for most humans.

  • http://twitter.com/anwyn Cassandra Goodwin

    I prefer my cat over a child for two reasons; a) If she’s angry at me, she can’t say anything devastating and silent sulking is pretty easy to ignore b) I can leave her alone for 10 hours at a time and no one calls social services.

  • melinka

    I really wish I had a dog. I grew up with cats, and I can’t fake it, I’m just *not* a cat person. Although I have met cats that I really like, I love dogs because they’re uncomplicated, sometimes bright or more often, as thick as 2 planks, but always very loving. Plus I like having a dog I can literally lean on 😉

    The cats we had at home were usually a) nuts, b) thick as 2 (possibly 3) planks, c) nuts and d) quite possibly with multiple personality disorder!! So I apologise to all the cat lovers … maybe I just have an anti-cat vibe that brings out the worse in the cats I’ve owned. Apart from the ones I like. There was one cat that I adored; I got her as a kitten one Xmas holiday and she was the cutest thing ever. Unfortunately, the first day I went back to school. she went back to the owner :(

    One day, when I’m working less hours and can spend the time caring properly for them, I’ll probably have a menagerie of dogs, birds, any furries that need adopting. Just not cats 😛