My name is Leila, and I’m a 23 year old aspiring Cat Lady.
Yes, I sleep with my cats in bed with me.
Yes, I totally dress up them up in cute outfits – those who allow me to that is.
Yes, I share my daily stories with them and ask them for advice.
Yes, I find living with cats way more comforting than the thought of a husband.
And yes, I would choose them over any human any day.
Does this make me a crazy, antisocial freak? I really don’t care!
The internet is full of jokes about women who maybe love their cats a bit too much, stereotyping that they will eventually turn to crazy old ladies who will grow old with their cats and leave everything to them in their will. Well, I have a confession to make: I am one of those women. I love cats. Well, I love all animals. If you gave me the choice of spending the day with a person or animal, the latter would definitely be my choice. This could be a genetic thing, because my mom and her father are exactly the same. I grew up coming home to find a new stray that followed my mom home on at least a weekly basis. I’ve had every kind of pet, from chickens, to dogs to rabbits to birds, Even squirrels!
My attraction to cats, however, began with my first cat, an Egyptian Mau named Mishmisha (my father’s Egyptian influence here). She was my life. She had my bedtime memorized to the point that as soon as I climbed into bed she would come running into the house to fall asleep on my chest. After about four years, my best friend and soul mate was hit by a car…my mother found her on our street one morning. I was devastated….I didn’t go to school for a week. None of my friends understood me, or what the big deal was all about. To them, she was a just cat…to me she was my soul mate.
From then on started my fascination with cats. I truly feel that the type of woman attracted to felines is one who shares their characteristics. Cats are known to be very loyal, but only to those whom they chose. They are independent, and do not like to be pestered and played with at any time of the day. They chose what they want to do, when they want to do it, and with whom. Does this sound like you? If it does, you might be on your way to realizing your cat lady potential!
Since my time here in Egypt, I’ve managed to obtain a record number of 8 cats…plus the ones who follow me in the streets and at university/work on a daily basis. My Instagram is flooded with pictures of cats I meet when at work, at events, or traveling to different countries! Tiger is my baby; he was the first cat I officially rescued off the streets. He has been with me for two years now, and I cannot imagine my life without him! He senses when I’m happy, sad, angry, and reacts exactly how I need him to. He’s gotten a bit over attached however, to the point that he started coming into the shower with me to make sure I’m ok. The other seven have begun following this trend.
Being a “cat lady” doesn’t mean you are a batty, psycho female who hates men and is antisocial. It simply means you know exactly who you are, what you want, and how to get it. You are in control of your life and are very careful in picking who you surround yourself with.
So, those of you who have been blessed to have a friend you label as a “cat lady” should be thankful, because you have found a friend for life. Stay loyal to her and she will never let you down. But be weary, one wrong move and her claws may come out 😉