Wednesday, August 15, 2012

things we've learned from norah

This post was inspired by Kristin's latest post over at Domestically Unemployed. I've wanted to do a post about Norah for a long time, and after reading what Kristin has learned from her felines, I decided to go for it.

Norah is unlike any cat either of us has ever had, and weirder than we could have ever imagined. So, here's the run down (complete with cute photos!):

1. We have learned that the tiniest, cutest thing in the world can make some of the most obnoxious, whiny sounds of all time, specifically during the hours that we are trying to sleep. Even if she was in the room with us. Even if she was in the bed with us.

2. Kittens like to maneuver their way into tight spaces. If you lose your kitten in you bedroom and can't locate the source of the muffled meows, check the bottom drawer of your dresser. Seriously.

3. Just because a cat acts like it wants to be petted doesn't necessarily mean anything. They will lure you in with their fuzzy tummies and playful eyes, then attack at a moment's notice.

Dilated eyes = engaged attack mode
4. Sometimes cats do really stupid things, like break glasses and cut their leg open, or get to excited about eating and run face first into a doorway, but never mistake them for actually being stupid. Cats are geniuses. I hate to say it because Norah can be such a pain, but girl is smart. Too smart.

5. If you can't see your cat, it's probably somewhere waiting to attack you when you walk by.

6. Expect your furniture to be scratched to pieces, even if your kitty never scratches when you can see them. They're smart remember? They will use scratch pads when you're home and go for the furniture when you're not looking.

7. In other means of destruction and debauchery - cats will break things (like blinds) and steal things you use daily (hair bands and clips topping that list.) Cat proof your house accordingly, or block rooms off entirely, those are the only options. On that same note, anywhere you don't want your cat to be, well, that is exactly where they are going to make it a point to be.
Exhibit A: Norah napping on our clean laundry while we're folding.

8. Your cat will never want attention when you're in the mood to give it, and they will always obsess over you when you want to be left alone. It's a vicious cycle.

9. If  your cat is being a moody jerk - getting too frisky, running around the house like a lunatic, attacking you when you barely move - there is a pretty much guaranteed way to end the nonsense: 1. Make sure their litter box isn't in bad shape. Dirty box = psycho cat. 2. Play with the monster for a good 10-15 minutes! 3. Make sure kitty has food. 4. Kitty will typically play, eat, pass out. Best routine ever.

10. It's so easy to be jealous of something so lazy.

11. Some cats like harnesses and ventures outside, some don't.

12. The first time your cat wants to share your food won't be the last. (Norah enjoys: mashed potatoes, banana pudding, and salt and vinegar chips. She rarely gets any of them.)

13. If there is anything in your purse you don't want your cat into, put it out of their reach or zip it up. Norah loves my purses. I don't love her loving them though.

As a baby, she enjoyed getting IN my purses.
14. Cats are ADORABLE!

15. Norah may not be all lovey dovey, but she's hilarious and definitely entertains. Sometimes when she's been particularly bad she can do one cute thing and the bad part doesn't matter anymore. Sometimes.

You mad?
16. Norah is such a hot mess, kids are going to be breeze. (No comments about not knowing what I'm talking about. I'm the oldest of ten, I've already helped raise plenty of babies and this cat has been trouble since we got her a year and a half ago. There aren't enough hours in the day to explain her issues, let's just go with babies are a cake walk in comparison.)

There are no words...

17. In the same way that a human may not be a "people person" cats may not be "people cats." While it's a little less fun to have a standoffish feline, it's respectable.

18. I have learned so much patience from having Norah, specifically the weirdness that is a cat like Norah. Kids may require a lot of patience, but sweet lord you have no idea until you have an animal that simply does not care or understand. (Children learn, this cat knows it doesn't have to learn jack.)

19. Once again, cats are smart. Too smart for their own good. Sometimes it can be frustrating, but overall it's great to have such an independent pet.

Sometimes she does need a little help catching bugs when they get in though.

20. I love that she has her own definite personality. She's definitely a unique cat, full of sass and attitude.

Queen of the beverage mountain
She loves to lounge in my shoes.
One of the few times she's laid on the couch with me.
She HAD to be in his lap any time he had his computer out the last time she had the cone on.

Has having a pet taught you anything new? Or, do you have an interesting pet like our Norah?


  1. The photos with the cone are HILARIOUS she is so angry in every single one of them. And the one in the harness? I died. So much personality.
    She sounds like a hoot but... I think I'll stick with my pup ;)

  2. This is too cute! I love all these pictures!

  3. Awww she is soooo cute, I love her!!

  4. Adorable!! We have a cat that scared a 110 pound great dane/mastiff mix into a bathroom and cornered her by a tub. Hilarious! Thanks for sharing and I am a new follower from the GFC hop!
    HOpe you are having a great day!

  5. hahaha, about the dilated eyes! so true!

    - lauren

  6. So, I found your blog via (I'm doing membership approvals)... and once I saw all these adorable cat pictures (on this also very great blog), my decision was over. "I need this girl in my community!" :)

    So, yeah. LOVE the pictures! AND the blog.


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