Cats are like teenagers, it’s a fact. If you have teenagers at the moment, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you thought having cats instead of kids was a way to escape those dreaded teenage years, then think again.
We’d even go as far to suggest that if you need advice on coping with the teenagers in your home, you don’t ask other parents for their advice – instead, check out the cat behaviouralist books in your local library, or ask your veterinarian.
Whether it’s feline acne or teenage acne, those dreaded spots and blackheads affect both cats and teens. Both can be cleared up with better hygiene, regularly washed bowls in the case of your cat, but at least your cat won’t sulk about it or rant endlessly about how acne makes him or her unattractive to the opposite sex!
2. Rebellious Behaviour
Your cat might not be able to question everything you say or do like your teenager does, but it doesn’t mean he doesn’t act rebelliously. Think of the times you tell him off for clawing the sofa. What does he do? Looks you straight in the eyes and then carries on with what he was doing!
3. Adventurous and Risk-Taking Behaviour
Teenagers are well-known for taking risks and being adventurous, because they’re learning to make their own choices and be independent adults. So what’s your cat’s excuse? Well, he probably just thought it would be fun to try to jump from the top of the wardrobe to the ceiling light!
4. Curious and Inquisitive
Teenagers want to experiment and learn about everything as they navigate between being a child and becoming an adult. Your cat is the same, no matter what age he is. Whether it’s what’s in that interesting bag, who’s at the door or what was that he just saw dart across the floor, your cat will retain his curiosity and inquisitive nature even when he’s a senior kitty.
5. Moody and Withdrawn
Even though your cat doesn’t exactly have the motor skills needed to slam doors when he retreats to his bedroom in a sulk, he’s still likely to act moody and withdrawn at times. You’ll probably notice this teen-like behaviour if you go on holiday, tell him off for jumping on the kitchen bench or even if you’re too busy to give him attention when he demands it!
6. Sleeps a Lot
Just as teenagers like to stay in bed for as long as possible, and getting them up in time for school can be a struggle, cats also like their sleep – in fact, they sleep or nap for an average of 15 hours every day.
7. Fastidious with Appearance
If you add up the hours and hours your cat spends grooming himself – from licking his fur, to pulling his claws out with his teeth (yuk, it’s a horrid habit!), it will probably be about the same time as a teenager spends hogging the bathroom and preening themselves to get ready to go out with their friends.
8. Fussy Eater
If you have a teenager, you’ll know that girls in particular can be particularly fussy with their food choices – from the latest fad diets in time for summer bikinis or lifestyle choices to eat vegetarian or vegan. If you have a fussy feline eater, this will sound all too familiar.
Do you have cats and teenagers in your home? What other common traits do you think teenagers and cats both share?
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