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Why My Cat is Annoying

I have a cat. Most people love their pets and find everything they do to be adorable. That’s not me. She’s annoying. When she walks up to me I’m not thinking “Oh, hello kitty!” It’s more along the lines of “Oh dear God, what you do you want now?” I’ve wondered why I find my pet so bothersome while everyone else is fawning over theirs to the point where they’re treated as children. And I think I’ve pinpointed the reasons.

1.) She will only drink out a cup/sink/toilet. 

When I first got her, I thought something was wrong with her, because she wouldn’t drink any of the water I put out. I slowly realized that she was drinking water, just out of my cups. After being grossed out, afraid to leave any cups unattended and attempting to train her to drink out a bowl, I just gave up and now let her have her own cup. It can’t be on the ground though, or she won’t drink it. Otherwise, I find her in the kitchen sink or on my toilet looking for water. So, a cup of water must sit on my dresser or night stand at all times.

2.) She drinks water with her paws. 

I had never heard of a cat doing this before. She doesn’t lap water like every other pet. No, she sticks her dirty paw in the water and then licks it. I had no idea what was going on when she first stuck her paw in a cup and licked it. Taking a bath? Tasting it? What the heck? Not only is this odd, she gets it everywhere, too. Many important papers were harmed, but at least I can always tell when she’s been drinking out of my cup.

3.) She meows all the time about everything. 

At first I thought it was cute having such a talkative cat. Now, it’s just annoying. She meows for food. She meows to play. She meows for me to pet her. She meows to have her litter box cleaned. She meows when she’s chasing birds and flies. She meows when she runs by you. She’s ALWAYS meowing. And the thing is, I’ve gotten to know her so well that I can tell the differences between her meows, which scares me. I don’t think I should be able to understand when a cat is whining for more food or wanting me to pet her.

4.) She ALWAYS wants food.

 I picked her up from the pound, because I couldn’t resist how cute she was. All of the cats were cute, but when I held this one, she meowed when I put her down, not wanting me to let her go, so I had to get her. She was rail-thin and wouldn’t eat, because she had just been spayed. Now, 6 months later, she’s a cow. I try to feed her less, but that just results in more meowing. And, she has the audacity to be picky. If it’s not wet food, she doesn’t want it. And, I don’t have the kind of money to spend on the best cat food, simply because fatty wants it. So, I only put out either wet or dry food now and she doesn’t get any more until that’s gone. She’s obviously unhappy about this, so she runs to the pantry every time I open it. She also just sits in front of it looking at the door then at me, meowing to get my attention. So, I have to yell like Cartman, “No, kitty!”

5.) She always follows me, but never too close. 

My cat always wants to be around me. In fact, I’m never alone in my house. The thing is, she’s always there, but never too close. She wants to be in the same room, but not near me. So, it’s like I’m being stalked by someone I can see, who is always at least an arm’s length away. And when I try to walk up to her, she runs.

6.) She always walks and runs in front of me. 

My stalker always runs out of the room in front of me when she sees me heading for the door. Then, she’ll stop in the hallway to see which way I’m going next, so she can get there before me. I don’t know why, maybe to get the perfect perch to stare at me from afar. She’s not so cunning though, and her maneuvering isn’t always so precise, either. I can’t tell you how many times she’s lost her footing and collided into me, or misjudged where I was going and walked into me making her meow angrily at me. I can’t walk around my house without fear of a little creature bolting in front of me or clumsily plowing into me.

7.) She steals my hair ties.

 A good thing about my cat is that she doesn’t like cat toys from the store, which saves me some money. I’ve discovered what she does like are my hair ties. So, I buy her her own packs. She loses them all so quickly, though. She’s an indoor cat, so I don’t know where they could possibly go. Once she runs out of them, quickly, she goes after mine because she knows where they are. She hops on my bathroom sink, opens the mirror and steals a hair tie to kill. The thing is that once she gets a hair tie, it’s hers, because she will drag it on dirty floors, bite it all over and drop it in the toilet. So, I go through packs of hair ties in a few weeks, and I still have no idea where they are and she tries to steal any one that I put down. When I shower, I have to hide my hair ties (and I can’t put them in the cabinet) or it will be gone and never seen again by the time I get out.

8.) She wakes me up. 

Because she’s always wants food, she wakes me on her schedule. I used to get up and feed her, but this just made her more adamant. She learned this and now tries to wake me up and make it look like she just wants to cuddle or she accidentally jumped on the bed. She’s definitely smart, just a jerk.

9.) She ruins my plants. 

Being an indoor cat, I wanted her to have a little bit of the outdoors, so I bought her a few plants, about $75 worth. I thought she would use them to hide behind to pounce on flies and my hair ties, but she just pees on them. She has killed them all. I literally watched $75 get peed on. And now she’s upset that all the plants are dead and meows at me to convey that she wants more.

10.) I can’t close any doors in my house. 

If I do, she immediately comes scratching at the door. Most of the time, she doesn’t even want to come in. She will just scratch at the door, I will eventually open it and then she will just stare and possibly meow for food. If I cave and walk out, she’s going to bolt in front of me stopping along the way to make sure I’m heading to the pantry.

She’s a difficult animal that’s even more difficult to understand. She’s a rude, loud, thieving, picky glutton and she’s all mine.

  • duffey - October 6, 2011 - 2:45 pm

    That’s not so bad, you still love her though 😀ReplyCancel

    • claire - October 8, 2011 - 11:32 pm

      yes, i do, and she knows it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Karen - October 6, 2011 - 2:59 pm

    she sounds a lot like mine. We call her Missy Dawg,and she answers to both. Ours is very talkative and doesn’t like it if we are in separate rooms since she can’t see us both at the same time. She snitches on my husband when I get home from work, meowing and talking me all the way to the cabinet where her treats are. At 9pm she sits on my keyboard if I’m on the computer or stands in front of the tv if I’m watching it, telling me that it is bedtime.
    She was a stray when she wandered on our driveway about 5 years ago, thin but clean and pregnant. Vet said she lost the kittens due to a cyst in her uterus. She was only a little over a year then. We had her neutered and she blew up like a balloon but she is happy and healthy and very loving. A sociable one who greets anyone who enters our home and requires attention, plus shows anyone who comes here where her treats are.
    Too smart for our own good! But we wouldn’t trade her for the world. Funny thing is, I have been allergic to cats all my life, but she for some reason does not aggravate that allergy. She showed up about 4 months after our 19 year old Chihuahua died, so maybe she was sent for a reason and allergen free.ReplyCancel

    • claire - October 8, 2011 - 11:31 pm

      aw, that sounds like a plan from God. she sounds sweet and very similar to mine. glad i’m not alone!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - October 6, 2011 - 7:04 pm

    she sounds adorable… ha!ReplyCancel

    • claire - October 8, 2011 - 11:39 pm

      thanks, she is crazy!ReplyCancel

  • Tomi - October 24, 2011 - 8:43 pm

    I want her! Give her to me!ReplyCancel

  • Cindi Joy - December 26, 2011 - 4:39 pm

    You just described a CAT ! My computer desk ( and keyboard ) is covered in catnip because I just re-filled an old sock with fresh catnip so I can get some sleep tonight! !ReplyCancel

  • AngieM. - January 27, 2012 - 12:50 pm

    i’m becoming a crazy cat lady as i came across this blog post by stumbling “cats” lol

    anyway..everything you described sounds adorable to me. LOL
    also my cat LOVES hair ties but not to play with them to eat them. he’s so weird. so now i have to hide them from me since he figured out how to get them out of the drawer in the bathroom. little stinker!

    anyway..your annoying little kitty is super adorbs 😉ReplyCancel

  • Claire - January 27, 2012 - 1:17 pm

    haha i have to hide mine, too. even when there are 5 on the floor for her, she still opens the cabinet when i’m not looking and tries to get mine! everyone keeps telling me she’s cute, i don’t see itReplyCancel

  • Victoria - June 10, 2012 - 6:32 pm

    my cat follows me around too at first it was cute now it’s really annoying, she follows me everywhere and when she leaves then re-enters she meows every single time. She often wants to be pet which seems like every second. Some people think this is normal because it shows the cat really really likes you but I really think she is insecure about something. And to me that’s not normal. Normal is not clingy and driving your owner insane with the meowing and begging to be pet. How can I get her to stop?ReplyCancel

  • Dominique - October 31, 2012 - 6:22 pm

    They eat the hair ties that’s why you can’t find the after. We have four cats and two of them are a little are annoying but not has bad. But we found that having more then one cat got them to be way less annoying cause they play and follow each other and not us.ReplyCancel

  • Bacon and Beer - December 1, 2012 - 12:02 am

    The problem doesn’t lie with the cat, but with you.
    You don’t have a MAN in the house.
    That’ll change your cats behaviour to the better for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - January 6, 2013 - 3:38 pm

    Your cat is not as NEAR as annoying as mine. When I moved to SC everyone said I should adopt a pet because they thought I was lonely. So I did. I adopted two cats thinking if I got 2, they would always have a buddy and not pester me so much. I grew up with cats my entire life so I know theie annoying behaviors etc. Never in my life had I encountered such annoying pets as the two I have. When I first got them they tore down all of my blinds, would bring in dead crickets, frogs, or lizzards (whatever they found on the screened porch and killed). They tore down and clawed up all of the screens in my apartment (I had to pay for). The boy cat looks at the ceiling and meows for an hour all of the time, he follows me EVERYWHERE and I have tripped on him so many times because if he is sleeping, he wakes up and runs under my feet as if he is trying to beat me to the room. The boy cat eats real fast into his bowl and the girls so he now weight 17 pounds. I tried feeding them in seperate rooms but then the girl cat will not eat because she wants to wait for him, I tried the feeder where the food comes out a few times a day but both cats know how to shove their paws up the machine so a whole lot of food comes out, I cant get on the computer for 2 seconds without both cats coming in front of the computer and walking all over it, I cant read anything without them putting their paws all over the book and walking all over me. I tried to set up 2 litter boxes while I was out for a few days bit they will only use one and the poop was piled to high and poop was on the walls, floor etc when I got home,when I am doing the dishes they have to come up to the sink real close to watch what I am doing, while I take a shower the boy cat gets in between the shower curtain and me and paws at it. The girl cat meows and meows all day long..so annoying. The boy cat ate a bunch of tape on my boxes, the shower curtain (yes, he likes to eat plastic) so I have to tie my shower curtain up where he cant reach it, he tears my toilet paper apart so I cant have toilet paper on the rolls. Just to get a second of peace I have to lock thme in the bedroom for a few hours or kick them outside. I finally let them outside because they just pester me to much. I love my cats but none of my sisters or friends cats are near this annoying. I decided this is the last cats I will ever have. Its dogs for now onReplyCancel

  • jw kramlinger - March 5, 2013 - 9:18 pm

    as i struggle to type this, because my obesce cat is trying to sit on top of my hand, defiling my home office desk, cleaning himself, all the while making a hideous random meows, atleast i can laugh.

    he hates me and i hate him, whenever things arent going his way, he makes sure i know of it.

    i try to stay positive, and sometimes meow back at him, as if i enjoy it.

    the other day, he came into my bed, and was being nice and polite and laying by me peacefully purring. i petted him and said to myself, “hey, he isn’t such a bad guy”.

    at the moment that thought was completed, he hurled himself accross my face, arms and legs fully spread, apparently deciding he wanted to fly like evil kinevel. As if my face was the grand canyon. letting his claws just barely miss my nose.

    i love cats?ReplyCancel

  • leann - May 15, 2013 - 2:57 pm

    i googled “my cat is annoying” and came upon this blog. mine is driving me crazy and his hair is on everything i own. this post made me laugh because you’re in the same boat. i can’t stand my cat but i love him dearly!ReplyCancel

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