You Might Be a Crazy Cat Lady If…


As single New Yorker – with cats with a vibrant social life, career in advertising and (relatively) stylish mostly-black wardrobe, I fancy myself the anti crazy cat lady (C.C.L.). So I’d be lying if I told you several incidents of late didn’t have me worried I was suffering the symptoms of early on-set C.C.L.

I present to you the evidence, and await your verdict with baited breath.  Are these the innocent missteps of a slightly distracted cat lover, or signs of something more sinister?

  • Upon seeing a local news segment about a cat rescued from a tree by a rather handsome man I wonder – if ever so briefly – if I can hoist Kip onto the tree outside my window from the fire escape. I mean the NYFD are quite a handsome bunch – or so I’m told.

 ModernCat Catnip, Mac Lip Glosses

  • During a strategy session at work I reach into my make-up bag for lip-gloss and instead procure a vial of, wait for it…catnip. Thankfully I averted embarrassment by quickly stuffing it back into my bag. But I confess this isn’t the first time I’ve found cat products where they don’t belong.
  • Walking to work I noticed my summer dress had grayish tinge a few inches around the front hem. Upon taking a closer look I immediately identify the color as being distinctly Petie-grey. Seems he spent the winter rubbing up against it in my closet.

  • Preparing breakfast before work, I found myself pouring my Honey Bunches of Oats into a, wait for it…cat dish.  Thankfully I noticed before pouring the Almond Milk. Mind you my bowls don’t even share a cabinet with the cat-ware.
  • Cleaning the living room windows I’m frustrated at my inability to remove the streaks. I finally identify the culprit as the NOse Offense PETS Air & Fabric Odor Eliminator I was attempting to use in place of glass cleaner. In all fairness to me, the bottles do look very similar from behind.

eco-friendly fragrance free pet odor remover I can only hope the fact that I still recognize these as being slightly out of the ordinary means there’s still hope for me.

Perhaps you can make me feel a wee bit better by sharing your own stories. Go on, don’t be shy…

*The NOse Offense folks were kind enough to offer us a 15% off discount through June 4th, 2012. Just use the code IHAVECAT15  at check out and remember – it’s not for windows. Or mirrors.  And yes, their products are fragrance-free and eco-friendly!

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42 Responses to You Might Be a Crazy Cat Lady If…

  1. Sarah Menzies says:

    I’ve been trying to tell you you’re a CCL for ages. But there’s nothing wrong with that 😉

  2. Lysse Nelson says:

    Tamar, I think you’re probably okay. I would only get worried if you start weaving with your cat hair, and yelling at neighbor children for waking up your cats 🙂

  3. Sorry…can’t make you feel better.  Full on C.C.L. here.  So I just blame everything on my cat, Katie.  It works for me.  And lessens the shame just a bit. 
    ; ) Glogirly

  4. you seem to ask the question, as if there can be any doubt??? 🙂

  5. I m an OCCL (O for old) and very proud to be one. Honestly, what could be wrong with being a CCL? My house and  contents are ‘ruined’ (as some non-cat people would say) with what I consider mementoes. Armchairs and beds are primarily for the felines and if you fit around it is okay to sit or lie next to them, on condition you dont disturb them.
    Clothes are bought in view of whether cat hair will not stick to it. Feshly ironed laundry will be left for napping on…
    And the list could go on… and on… So, be proud, you’re on your way to become a FCCL (F for fantastic) and what could be more satisfying???  

  6. Tranquillo21 says:

    You mean aside from stepping in the wet cat food bowl, flushing non-flushable litter down the toilet and backing up the sewer system, using Stella’s hairbrush instead of my own?????

    One morning, I took my cat’s Rx medication instead of mine!!! I freaked and called the Vet to make sure it wouldn’t hurt me!!!  To be fair, as Tamar so repeatedly says (cuz, we ARE busy humans, right), they were in similar Rx bottles…however tablets look nothing alike!

    I know there is more after nearly 14 years, but I am in denial about the rest of it. 😉 Rebecca

    • I HAVE CAT says:

      Thanks for making me feel better! LOLOL! Love the Rx part! bahahah! I DO have ONE story that could prob beat that one but i haven’t yet retold it in public. I”m still working on having enough courage! LOL
      Thanks for sharing!

  7. caren says:

    hehehe!! Loved the Moderncat Catnip in your purse…it is soooo “lip-stick sized!!”

  8. caren says:

    forgot to say that right now I have a CATNIP TOY in my purse that i forgot to remove. Picked it up at the vet!

  9. Jmuhjacat says:

    Very funny! 🙂

  10. Cleopawtra says:

    You’re Okay,  I’ve had cat toys, catnip, leashes and everything else you could ever need for a cat in my purse.  And I too have almost use the cat’s dish for my own.  And the lovely cat hair at your hem is all the rage don’t you know.  Especially black hair on white slacks and white hair on dark slacks.  It’s an everyday thing in our household with a tuxedo and a calico kitties.

  11. That’s one of the funniest posts I’ve read in a while! 

    Hmm, incriminating stories? Here goes: 

    You know you’re beginning to exhibit CCL behavior when you’re on the red carpet in LA right next to the E! crew and you’re far more interested in striking up a convo with the producer about her cat than you are the fact that you’re about to interview Khloe Kardashian.

  12. too freakin funny!  love the vial of ‘nip…that could be interesting taking through airport security!  

  13. Luanne57 says:

    Yeah a few weeks ago I was at work and realized that my purse faintly smelled of “ode de cat pee” and I happen to have a bottle of body splash spritzer in my purse and pretty much doused my purse in the stuff!  so no not so crazy!!!  (oh and planet kitty, with kittens, has a total of 21 cats in it right now so who u callin’ caaaarazzzzzy???!!)

  14. sharon says:

    I don’t think you need to worry.  If you claim that your cats are talking back to you in complete sentences, we may need to evaluate though.  🙂

  15. Not bad at all, blame it on the stressful life! and buy more gray summer dresses!

  16. My Cats Rule says:

    I’m a CCL and proud! Many times I’ve found cat toys in my laundry, shoes, purse, lunch bag. People at work talk on about their kids and share pictures – I share my cats’ stories. When I go on vacation, I always have to get a souvenir for the cats. Before the dawning of voicemail, I used to call my answering machine during the day so the cats could hear my voice. This is just the tip of the iceberg.  😀

    • ihavecatnyc says:

      I love that you get them souvenirs? I’ve often wished I could call my apartment and talk to them – i’d die to see how they reacted!

  17. Tasha says:

    Being a CCL is the only way I’ll live. For heavens’ sake, I’m planning on purchasing a loft and hiring an interior designer who knows and understands cats to make sure it’s cat-friendly with all the kitty comforts my princess could ever dream of. We’re having a portrait of her painted to put on the wall facing the front door so people will see the Queen as they walk in. hahaha Christmas cards always include photos of my fur child. I throw her birthday pawties and I openly share it online. I have cats on my brain. Every day is Caturday… even Monday. haha 

  18. Melissa says:

    Great post!  I’ve taken the cat’s Rx instead of mine. Both were in the same size bottle from the same pharmacy, though his Prozac tabs are much smaller than my Amoxicillian caps.  And…well, okay. I’m amongst friends, right? Or at least like minded folk.  I keep a jar of catnip in the cupboard in the kitchen to keep the cat out of it. (He can’t open those doors (yet)).  I was hosting a small diner party and went to garnish the big bowl of pasta with parsley flakes…  and used the nip instead.  I served it that way.  And my dinner guests were none the wiser. 😉

    • ihavecatnyc says:

      omg! LOLOLOL I LOVE IT! Melissa! Both those are the best stories ever! Did you notice any difference after the Prozac? Or your guests after the nip?! LOL

  19. Bernadette says:

    Tamar, you were a cat lady with your first cat, but you’re far from crazy! A little disorganized, maybe, but not a crazy cat lady.

    I ask everyone who may come to my house if they are allergic to cats, and how they feel about cats. Allergies are one thing, but I don’t think anyone dares tell me they don’t like cats.

  20. Dawn says:

    I don’t put on my dress slacks until I am ready to walk out the door.  One of these days I’m going to leave in my pajamas and socks.

  21. Maggie says:

    Don’t you know that gray is the new black? And the good part is that no new clothes have to be purchased.  Just lay your black outfit on your bed and wait until your cat has a good snooze.  Remove cat, turn over outfit, and repeat.

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