Let’s face it…I settled when Chloe entered our lives. I wanted a long haired, furry, little white purrball of my dreams.You know, the cute Persian wearing a tiara from the poster in my room when I was seven?! Then our kids fell in love with the smelliest kitten on earth. (No I’m serious, her butt reeks.) When Phoebe on Friends wrote the song Smelly Cat, she had to have known Chloe would exist someday.
But the girls were smitten and I honestly didn’t care, our cat had just gone to heaven and I wasn’t ready to pick a new pet quite yet. So they did.
And now we have a lot more chaos in our house.
I thought a kitten would be easier than a puppy, and I’m sure that it is…but it’s still a bit of work. And there are some times when I think….”Did we just bring another baby into our house?” I mean I know technically she is a baby cat, but babies in general are just plain hard no matter what species! So here’s my take on how a kitten is sort of like having another baby.
how a kitten is sort of like having another baby
Litter Box Probz – Luckily little Diamond Sparkles (her original name), now called Chloe, came to us litter trained, but she pees and poops more than a baby. I’m serious…the litter box has to be cleaned a minimum of two times a day. I get it, she’s little. But can I get some help on litter patrol please?! Her aim is terrible by the way…stop kicking your poop all over my laundry room! It is easier of course than changing diapers.
Strange Baby Sounds – Do you remember the first night you tried to sleep with your baby in your room when you first came home from the hospital? To me babies sound like little billy goats at night…they make the strangest sounds. So do kittens. I don’t know what the gurgling/mewing noise is…but it reminds me of Gizmo from Gremlins. Or maybe one of those cute Star Wars Ewoks?
More Night Wakings – I thought the days of night wakings were over, but now the kitten needs attention at night. It appears my toes are her favorite companion at 3:00am. And like a baby, she likes to be close and cuddle up on one of our chests. I had to lock her out of our girl’s rooms at night because she was biting their toys and batting their hair.
Sleeps All Day – Of course much like a newborn she sleeps all day, when the kids actually want to play and taunt her. Remember the days of trying to keep a sleepy baby awake? We do that with poor Chloe.
Teething Trouble– Kittens chew everything. Toilet paper, the kids toys, our pens and pencils…and our hands. Teething rings help though, and luckily there’s no drool…but boy are those teeth are sharp!
Annoying Noisy Toys – I threw away all the noisy toys when our youngest turned two, but they’ve been replaced with annoying bell balls. I thought I had confiscated them all but somehow she finds them…and noisy toys still reign in our home. At all hours of the night. Why do cat toy manufacturers use bells? I don’t get it…
I Still Can’t Pee Alone – I finally have made it to the point where I can run back for two minutes a couple times a day to use the bathroom solo. But with Chloe now lurking behind every corner and under every bed waiting to pounce on us, as soon as I shut the door to the bathroom she’s there. First one little paw wedges its way into the door, then the other…and bam! She’s all over me, even tries to sit in my lap when I pee! I get it, she likes me…but I really do just want to be and pee alone sometimes!
To be honest, Chloe really is a saint of a kitten. Now around six months old she’s patient with the girls, fun and playful, a total purrball, and loves companionship. I think she’ll end up being a wonderful house cat…if we can get her to stop climbing the curtains! She chose us that day we visited the barn and I’m glad she did. Our house is a home again, even though I still miss my Prozac cat.
Thanks to Janine Huldie for inspiring this post…6 Ways a Puppy & Baby are Similar. And yes…I still want a puppy!