Things you learn as a cat-mum

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There’s no denying that I am a self-confessed, over-the-top, doting cat-mum. Heading to the SPCA and welcoming not one, but two, fur babies into our family was without a doubt one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.

As soon as you welcome a cat into your family, your world begins to change. Yip, there are the usual things you expect – the couch becomes slightly more crowded, any box left unsupervised will have a cat in it and they quickly become an important part of the family – but there are some other things that happen too.

The things you learn by being a cat-mum!

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Your cat has some weird quirks… which just help make it the cutest cat ever

Cats are big on personality! I know smoochy cats, chatty cats, aloof cats and cats like ours that think they’re people. But whatever type of cat you have, they’re bound to have a few unexpected quirks that just help make them even cuter. Take our cat, Hunter: he loves his cat cage! Any time we bring it out for a trip to the vets or the cattery, he springs right in and sits there ready to head off on the next adventure. If we leave it out, he’ll even curl up and go to sleep in it!

Forget selfies, your phone is full of one thing – cat pics!

90% of the photos on my phone are of our two cats, Hunter and Sybil. I’m sure it’s the same for any doting cat-mum – you just can’t help it, they’re just so darn cute! Whether they’re snoozing in a strange position, doing something a little bit cheeky or snuggly up on your knee, it’s always a good time to capture a cat-pic or two (hundred).

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You’ll buy them toys, but they’ll still choose a stick

When we first got cats, I always said they would have a few toys but nothing crazy – after all, who wants the house littered with cat toys? Two years later, dodging one of Hunter and Sybil’s two (yip, two!) cat tunnels and tidying away their many toys is just part of everyday life. And yet, even with so many toy options, we’ll still find them playing with sticks, boxes and paper bags… go figure!

Cats know the house rules – and love to break them

No cats on the bench. No cats on the table. Definitely no cats on the mantelpiece. Yeah, as you can see, these rules can be a little hard to enforce – especially when their cheekiness is actually really cute, so you have to get a photo first… you know, as evidence. Cats love to test the limits – and sprint off in a rush of adrenaline when you sharply tell them to get down!

 

Cats eat, sleep and play… so you have to get the food right!

Food is a big part of a cat’s life, so you’ve got to get it right – and cat-mums quickly learn that not all cat food is created equal. You want your cat to have the very best – the best nutrition and taste, right? That’s where Fancy Feast comes in.

Their single serve Inspirations range is a real winner in our house – for both me and the cats! Not only are they super easy to dish up (I hate getting cat meat on my hands or the bench!), but the cats absolutely devour it. Every. Single Night. Like all discerning cats, they each have their favourites – Sybil loves Fancy Feast’s sliced chicken in broth, while Hunter is all about the tuna with courgette and whole grain rice. So gourmet!

 

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Thanks to the lovely team at Fancy Feast, I have a wonderful Fancy Feast Christmas Pack (worth $65) PLUS a $100 Animates voucher to giveaway to one lucky reader and their fur-baby!

To enter, simply comment below and let me know one thing you’ve learned since welcoming your feline friend into your family. Bonus points if you share a cat-pic too – let’s be honest, your phone is full of them!

Entries close at 11.59pm Sunday 11 December and the winner will be drawn at random on Monday 12 December. Winner must make contact within 3 business days or they will forfeit the prize and a new winner will be drawn. Due to timings, Fancy Feast Christmas pack may be received after Christmas. Sorry – this giveaway is only open to New Zealand residents.

This post was made possible thanks to Fancy Feast. All words, photos and opinions are, and always will be, my own.