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20 Things Only Cat Owners Will Understand
Nat Berman+

20件只有養貓的人才能理解的事



Seasoned cat owners know what they’re getting into before they bring a new kitten into their home, but it is well worth the headache because the rewards out weight the bad times.

養過貓的人在把小貓領回家之前他們就知道將要會發生什么,但是這是值得的,因為收獲到回報比引起不快的時候要多。

If you are a cat owner, you understand precisely what we’re talking about. If you are not a cat owner, but are considering becoming one, then you should keep reading so you can find out what is about to happen to you.

如果你是貓的主人,你就能準確地理解我們在說什么。如果你不是貓的主人,但你正考慮領養一個,那么請您繼續看下去,這樣你就可以知道你將要面對的是什么。

Becoming the pet parent of a cat involves making a serious commitment and if done right, will require some significant segments of your time, but trust us when we tell you that owning a cat has the potential for being one of the best moves you’ve ever made. Here are twenty things that only cat owners will understand and appreciate.



成為一只貓的主人之前需要做出一個莊嚴的承諾,如果想做得好,那將會花費你大量的時間,但請相信我們,聽我們的,擁有一只貓可能是你做過的最好的決定之一。以下是只有養貓的人才能理解和領會的20件事

1. Sunbeams and lasers are magic from the gods

1、陽光和激光是來自眾神的魔法



Cats are usually very playful creatures by nature, especially kittens. There is little that is more entertaining for them than to watch light filter in through a window and then try to bat it with their paws.

貓通常都是非常好玩的動物,尤其是小貓。對它們來說,沒有什么比盯著從窗戶透進來的陽光,然后試著用爪子攥住它更有趣的了。

While this is more sedentary joy for them, the ultimate fun comes if you happen to have a laser pointer or a modern electronic cat toy that shoots out beams of light.
These fun-loving creatures could spend hours chasing lights, having the time of their lives. The added benefit is that watching them is entertaining as well as relaxing. We could all use a good laugh now and then and cats are great pets for making us smile.

雖然對他們來說,它們有著靜靜地伏在一邊的樂趣,但如果你碰巧有一個激光筆或一個能射出光束的流行逗貓玩具,那么終極樂趣就來了。
這些愛玩的小生物可以花個幾小時時間追逐著光束,享受生命中的快樂時光。帶來的額外好處是在您休息的同時還給您帶來樂趣。而且時不時還讓您開懷大笑,所以,貓是讓我們露出微笑的最好的寵物。

2. There is no animal cuter than your kitten

沒有比小貓更可愛的動物了



You knew after just one glance that you had to take this cute little critter home with you. Honestly, there have been studies performed that reveal the face of a kitten has a round shape, with large eyes that reach into your very soul, and this is the grand design that nature intended to make us feel protective over kittens so they have a fighting chance of survival.

看到它的第一眼你就知道自己一定要把這個可愛的小動物帶回家。說真的,曾有研究表明,小貓的臉是圓圓的,大大眼睛似乎可以深入到你的靈魂深處,這是大自然的偉大杰作,旨在讓我們感到保護小貓,讓它們有生存的機會。

They hook you with their super cute looks and once you bring your kitten home and get to know him, his cute little antics and playfulness make you believe that he is the smartest and funniest kitten on the face of the earth. This is a phenomenon that occurs with cat lovers. When you get two or more of the together, the effect becomes exponential.

它們用他們超可愛的外表牢牢吸引住你,一旦你把你的小貓帶回家,了解它,它可愛而又滑稽的動作加上它的頑皮,會讓你相信他是地球上最聰明、最逗人的小動物。這是愛貓人士的共同感覺。當你把兩個或兩個以上的小貓放到一起時,快樂就會呈指數般地爆發。

3. Cats love to stalk their prey, even if it’s you

貓喜歡追蹤它們的獵物,你也不例外



This is another adorable things about cats that owners experience. Because cats love to play, they are constantly on the lookout for something that will keep them amused. This could include a mouse that rounds the corner in front of them, or the slipper that is dangling off the end of your foot.

這是貓主人們經歷的另一件可愛的事情。因為貓喜歡玩,所以它們總是在尋找能讓它們開心的東西。這可能包括一只在他們前面墻角游串的老鼠,或者一只穿在你腳上的拖鞋。

Watching the go into their instinctual “stalk mode” is highly entertaining. When a cat wants something badly, it suddenly gains the wisdom of the ages and sits back to wait so it can pounce at just the right moment. These behaviors are entertaining, humorous and also impressive because it’s amazing to discover how much patience your cat is capable of developing over time.

看到它們進入本能的“謐蹤模式”時相當地有趣。當一只貓非常想要某樣東西時,它多年的智慧會忽然匯聚此時,蹲在一旁等待,這樣它就可以在恰當的時間里突然猛撲上去。貓的這些行為是既有趣,又好笑,同時令人也印象深刻,因為你會驚奇地發現你的貓居然會有那么的耐心。

4. Your cat will invade your personal space

4、你的貓會侵入你的私人空間



Unless you train your cat to stay of of tabletops, countertops and other items in the house, he is going to find the most strategic and comfortable places to take his nap. This includes your work desk if this is an area you sit at frequently. Cats are social animals and when the mood strikes them to be around their humans, there is almost no way to stop the short of placing them behind a closed door.

除非你訓練你的貓固定待在家里的桌子、工作臺和其他地方,否則它會找到最舒適的地方小睡。當然它睡覺的地方還包括你的辦公桌,如果這是你經常停留的地方。貓是群居動物,當它們想要和人類呆在一起時,幾乎沒有辦法把他們擋在門外面。

When your kitty feels lonely, he will snuggle near your feet or get right into your business while you’re trying to work. It doesn’t matter if you’re typing at your computer station or transplanting flowers in the garden, he’s going to be there, offering assistance.

當你的貓咪感到孤獨時,它會依偎在你的腳旁,或者在你工作的時候直接進入你的工作區域。無論你是在電腦前打字還是在花園里擺弄花草,它都會跑過來進行“搗亂”。

5. You can’t be too thin skinned

5、不要過于敏感



Only cat owners would understand that their beloved feline pet can be dependent and clingy one minute and fiercely independent and not need you the next. This is just how it is with the temperament of most felines. They have distinct personalities and they often show a wide range of emotions.

只有養貓的人才會明白,他們深愛的貓咪,有時前一分鐘還很依賴人、黏人,而下一分鐘就完全不理你了。大多數貓科動物的性情就是這樣。它們個性鮮明,情感豐富。

This can change at any time so you should be prepared when the moment comes when you want to snuggle and your kitty isn’t in the mood to spend time with you. Try not to get hurt feelings over the incidents, instead, just realize that this is the feline nature at work and understand that there are more good times coming for you and kitty in the future.

這種情況隨時都可能出現,所以當你有時想要抱抱貓咪,而你的貓咪沒有心情陪你的時候,你要做好心里準備。試著不要因為這種事而煩惱,相反,你要意識到這是貓咪的天性,要明白你和你的貓咪在未來會有更多的美好時光。

6. You may enjoy the company of your cat more than you do some people

6、你可能比其他人更喜歡和你的貓在一起



When cats are not in a moody phase, they offer loyal companionship, tremendous amounts of affection, and all they ever ask of you is to be fed, watered, sheltered and loved. They offer in return years of entertainment and affection.

當貓咪性情正常的時候,它們會忠誠地陪伴你的左右,給你無限的愛,它們對你的所有要求就是你所給予吃的、喝的、庇護,還有愛。而它們用帶來的歡樂和友情來作為回報。

They don’t complain about the neighbors or tell you that you need to be a better person. They accept you just as you are and this is one of the purest forms of unconditional love, which is a bit harder for some people to find in human circles.

他們從不抱怨鄰居,也不會告訴你要做一個更好的人。他們接受你本來的樣子,這是最純粹的無條件的愛,這種愛對某些人來說在人世間很難尋覓得到的。

7. Keep the swag ties out of sight

7、貓咪會把偷來的東西放在你看不見的地方



One of the most annoying things about cats is that they love to play with things that dangle down. This includes the ties that are used to hold your draperies back. The longer and the more ornate your tie backs are, the better your cat will enjoy playing with them.

貓最讓人討厭的事情之一就是它們喜歡玩那些晃來晃去的東西。這包括用來拉動窗簾的繩帶。拉動窗簾繩帶越長越華麗,你的貓就越喜歡和它們玩。

Don’t be surprised to awake and find that the neatly braided cords have been reduced to a pile of shredded thread because batting them around and chewing on the bottom knot can be too much for your cat to resist.

當你醒來時,不要驚訝地發現那些編織整齊的繩子已經變成了一團亂糟糟的線頭了,因為你的貓實在是無法抗拒和它們玩耍并周圍打轉和咀嚼底部的繩結

8. Tiny pawprints on your car

8、你車上留下小爪印



This usually only happens after you wash the car of course, but cats love to jump up onto parked vehicles and sun themselves. They don’t stop to consider that walking through a mud puddle first will cause them to leave an even pattern of itty bitty kitty paw prints wherever they walk on your vehicle.

當然,這通常只發生在你洗完車之后,貓咪會跳上你停著的車上自己曬著太陽。但他們絕不會有停下來的想法,無論他們在你的車上走到哪里,路過的地方都會留下一條整齊的小貓咪腳印。

We’ve seen cars that look as though a stripe of kitty paw prints is dividing it evenly in half. It’s difficult to keep your kitty off car hoods on a sunny day because it makes the perfect place to take a nap.

汽車中間的那一條貓咪爪印,就像把車平均分開成兩半一樣。在一個陽光明媚的日子里,你很難不讓你的小貓離開汽車引擎蓋,因為它是一個完美小睡的地方。

9. You had better keep your kitty entertained or you’ll be sorry

9、你最好能照顧好你的貓咪,否著你將會后悔的



Cat owners understand what we mean when we say this. Cats are by nature curious animals and most of them are very smart. This means that they like to be kept entertained. If there is not enough to keep your cat amused, he is far more likely to do things that meet with your disapproval. This is why it’s important to have his favorite toys within reach. Cats enjoy playing with toys that they can batt around at will.

當我們這樣說的時候,養過貓的人能理解其中的含義。貓是天性好奇的動物,它們大多數都很聰明。這意味著他們喜歡玩耍。如果沒有足夠的東西來逗你的貓開心,它很可能會做一些你不喜歡的事情。這就是為什么把他最喜歡的玩具放在你可以觸手可及的地方。貓喜歡玩那些它們可以隨時擺弄的玩具。

They also like to chew when they’re teething, but not as much as their canine counterparts. Choose toys that are safe for your pet. If you go with a squeak toy, make sure that the squeaking mechanism is deeply recessed into the toy so it won’t pop out and present a choking hazard. If you go with stuffed animals, they must be made of sturdy materials that will hold up under intense clawing and biting without splintering off into smaller pieces.

它們在長牙期間喜歡啃東西磨牙,但不像狗那樣頻繁。為你的貓咪選擇一種不怕壞的玩具。如果你想要一個發出吱吱聲的玩具,一定要確保發出吱吱聲的裝置深深嵌入玩具的內部,這樣它就不會被啃出來,造成窒息的危險。如果你選擇布偶玩具,那必須是由堅韌的材料做成的,在激烈的抓咬下不會被撕碎。

10. Your cat may seem bipolar

10、你的貓可能看起來像是得了躁郁癥



Cat owners understand that the Jekyll and Hyde personalities are just par for the course when it comes to cat ownership. Your cat will be the queen of attitudes which will reflect the snobbiest of all elitist behaviors one day and a humbler version of the pet you love on another day. This is understood by experienced owners who sign on for the gamut off attitude and mood swings that their pet is likely to experience.

養過貓的人都知道,在養貓這件事上,你會發現貓的性格多變。有時你的貓咪像女王般的高傲,一整天都表現出高貴般的優雅,而有時一天都顯得卑微謙遜。有經驗的主人都理解這一點,他們的寵物在不同時期,情緒上會有波動。

11. Your cat will wake you up at midnight

11、你的貓有時會在半夜把你吵醒



Cats are notorious for waking their owners up in the middle of the night. Actually, this could happen at any hour, because they are nocturnal creatures who prefer to prowl around at night and sleep during the daylight hours. This is a natural instinct that is inborn with felines.

喵星人最喜歡在半夜把主人吵醒。事實上,這種情況時有發生,因為它們是夜行動物,喜歡在晚上四處游蕩,白天睡覺。這是貓科動物與生俱來的本能。

It comes from the times before cats became domesticated and needed to hunt at night for their food. Their eyes are especially keen when it is dark outside which is another design of nature to promote the survival of the species. So, don’t be surprised to hear your cat exploring the house at night or playing with his favorite squeak toy, or even using your feet as a toy while you’re sleeping.

這種情況在貓被馴化前就已經存在了,因為貓喜歡在晚上捕食。他們的眼睛特別敏銳,尤其當四周處于黑暗的時候,這是大自然的另一個讓物種進化生存的設計。所以,當你發覺你的貓在晚上探索房子,或者他在玩最喜歡發出聲響的玩具,甚至在你睡覺的時候把你的腳當玩具玩時,請不要感到驚訝。

12. You become your cat’s servant

12、貓會變成你的主子



While not all cats have bossy or needy personalities, some are prone to letting you know when they want something. Siamese are a breed that can be extremely vocal and they will follow you around the house, offering their commentary on what isn’t going the way that they expect. Don’t be surprised if your cat nags you until you refill his food or water dish, or until you change his litter box or let him outside to get some fresh air.

雖然不是所有的貓都有專橫或黏人的特性,但有些貓會在需要什么東西的時候會讓你知道。比如暹羅貓就是一種特別會表達的一種貓,它們會跟著你在屋子里轉來轉去,會把對不順心的事表達出來。比如你的貓一直在纏著你,就說明你應該給它喂飯或他的水碗里添水了,或是該換貓砂,或者讓它出去呼吸新鮮空氣了,所以,請不要驚訝。

Some cat owners have gone through these struggles when their kitties have been in a particularly needy stage and it can be enough to drive you batty, but they usually pull out of it when you have rendered due benevolence and see that they have everything that they need.

貓咪在處于一個特別需要照顧的階段時,貓的主人會受到這種困擾而抓狂,但當你應當表現出應有的慈愛,要發現他們的需求,進而幫助它們擺脫困境。

13. What’s theirs is theirs and what’s yours is theirs too

13、它的東西就是它的,你的也是它的



Cats have a way of taking over the household and in their opinions, everything in the house belongs to them. Even your most prized possessions could end up in their kitty bed or under the furnishings of your home. If something turns up missing, there is a good chance that your kitty saw it, wanted it and the rest is history.

貓有一種接管家庭的方式,在它們看來,房子里的一切都屬于它的。即使是你最珍貴的東西也可能被它們叼到自己的寵物床上,或者把它放在你家中家具下面。如果有什么東西不見了,很可能是被你的貓咪發現了,這個東西在你的生活中或許也只剩下回憶了。

Nothing is sacred when it comes to household belongings. If the obxt of their desire is shiny or interesting in some other way, it is fair game and if you want to keep it safe, it’s a good idea to keep it out of your kitty’s sight and out of his reach.

當涉及到家里的財產時,沒有什么是神圣的。如果他們想要的東西是亮晶晶或是好玩的東西,游戲是公平的,如果你想要保存它的話,最好讓它遠離你貓咪的視線和它所能尋覓到的范圍。

14. You may have a new bed buddy

14.你可能有了一個新的床伴



It won’t really matter that you spent a small fortune to purchase the very best and most comfortable pet bed for your cat. Sleeping on your bed will always be his preference. While this can become an issue under certain circumstances, it can also be a benefit on chilly evenings and mornings.

你花了一點錢為你的貓買了一個最好、最舒適的貓窩,這并不重要。睡在你的床上永遠是它的首選。雖然在某些情況下這可能會成為一個問題,但在寒冷夜晚和清晨,這或許能給你帶來一絲好處。



15. You really need a scratching post

15、你真的需要一個可以撓癢癢的地方



Cats have a natural urge to sharpen their claws and there isn’t much that you can do to stop them. Your home furnishings and draperies make excellent materials for raking the old claws over for a good sharpening. If you want to prevent your cat from shredding the draperies and making deep grooves in wood furniture, it’s a good idea to give your cat a sturdy scratching post.

貓天生就有磨爪子的欲望,你無法阻止它們。為讓自己的爪子更瘋里,你的家具和窗簾就是貓咪摸爪子的目標。如果你不想讓你的貓撕破窗簾,避免在木制家具上留下深深的爪痕,你最好給你的貓弄一個結實的抓抓桿。

There are some great ones available for sale, but if you don’t want to spend the money, all you really need to do is mount a wood post onto a heavy duty and sturdy base, then cover the entire surface with leftover carpeting.

你可以買一個質量很好的抓抓桿,但你若不想花錢,那你真正需要做的是把一個木桿插到一個又沉又堅固的基座上,然后用毛毯的邊角余料包住整個木桿表面。

Cats love to use scratching posts to satisfy this natural urge. In most cases, cats prefer these to the furniture. You can even train your cat from a kitten to get into the habit of using a scratching post, so start early to protect the contents of your home.

貓喜歡撓東西來滿足這種本能沖動。在大多數情況下,貓更喜歡的是家具。你甚至可以在貓咪的小時候開始培養使用抓抓桿的習慣,趁早保護你家里的東西。

16. Tomcats like to mark their territory

16、公貓喜歡標記領地



This is one of the nastiest smells on the face of the earth. Often referred to as tomcat spray, this is something that tomcats who are not neutered will begin to do in order to let other male cats know that they are coming into their territory and it serves a warning to stay away.

貓尿是地球上最難聞的氣味之一。這通常是未被閹割的公貓為了讓其他公貓知道它的領地范圍而做出的事情,這其實是個警告,讓其他的貓走開。

Once this substance sinks into the fabric and cushions of furniture it is nearly impossible to remove so prevention is the recommended action. It helps to have your young male cat neutered as soon as possible. Allow them to have outside time and if they feel a need to mark territory, let them do it outside as opposed to inside.

一旦貓尿滲入到家具組織和坐墊中去,基本上就無法清除了,因此建議采取預防措施。讓你的公貓在小時候就進行絕育手術。允許他們有戶外活動的時間,如果覺得它們有要標記領地的強烈意愿,就讓它們遠離屋內放到室外吧。

17. Sometimes all you need is a paper bag

17、有時你只需要一個紙袋



Cats absolutely love paper bags. They like to bat them around because of the cool crinkly sound that they make. Your kitty also enjoys crawling inside of the inviting darkness that the brown paper provides them. Because cats are bent towards being nocturnal, they like dark places almost as well as well lighted situations.

貓絕對喜歡紙袋。它們喜歡把紙袋拍來拍去的,因為它能發出很酷的聲音。你的貓咪也喜歡在牛皮紙掩蓋的下的黑暗中爬行。因為貓喜歡夜間活動,所以它們像喜歡明亮的環境一樣,喜歡黑暗。

For some of the best entertainment in the world, bring a large sized paper bag into your living room and set it on the floor with the opening facing on the side near the ground, then stand back and let the fun begin. Your cat will keep both you and he entertained for long stretches of time in one setting.

想要體驗世界上最有趣的娛樂活動,那就把一個大紙袋放到客廳里的地板上吧,袋子口朝向地面一側,然后退回來,開始享受樂趣吧。在這種環境下,你的貓會讓你享受很長一段時間。

This is perhaps the purest form of simple fun. The bag action will drive your cat crazy and this is why they are willing to spend so much time climbing in and out of it. This may be a good way to wear your feline friend out just before it’s time to go to sleep at night.

這也許這是最純粹最簡單樂趣。滾來滾去的袋子會讓你的貓發瘋,這就是為什么它們愿意花這么多時間鉆來鉆去的。這也可能是在晚上睡覺前的你把你的貓朋友騙走的好方法。

18. Cats are the smartest idiots you’ll know

18、貓是你認識的最聰明的傻瓜



It is true that most cats possess an above average level of intelligence. While each kitty is an individual, as a species they rank high on the smart scale. This is why it’s important for you to find ways to keep your kitty intellectually stimulated and challenged to avoid boredom. Cats are so smart that you can train them to do many things that a dog does, but there is one trick that absolutely takes the cake.

的確,大多數貓的智商都超過了一般物種的平均水平。雖然每只貓咪都是個個體,但作為一個物種,它們在智商排名中很高的。這就是為什么你要想辦法通過刺激和挑戰來讓你的貓咪避免無聊保持智力是很重要的。貓很聰明,你可以訓練它們做很多狗能做的事情,但有一個技巧絕對是它的拿手好戲。



They don’t always land on their feet as the myth suggests. When a cat is feeling playful he is the most likely to throw caution to the wind and let his hair down. He’ll really act like an idiot if he’s had a dose or two of catnip. Cats are a wonderful mixture of smart and dumb that makes them the smartest idiots on the face of the earth.

他們并不總是像神話中所說的那樣怎么也摔不到。當貓覺得好玩的時候,他絕對會謹慎拋到九霄云外,甚至會讓他的毛發掉下來的。如果他吃了一兩劑貓薄荷,它就會變成了個白癡。貓是智慧和愚蠢的完美結合,這使它們成為地球上最聰明的傻瓜

19. Your cat is not easily impressed

19、你的貓有時會很冷漠



When your cat has a bad attitude, it can be over in a few minutes or last for days. During these times, it seems that nothing you try will impress him. You can make a few attempts to cuddle or play with him only to be treated as though you are an irritating subordinate that has about gotten on his last nerve.

當你的貓心情不好時,這種狀況很可能會在幾分鐘內消失,或者持續幾天。在這段時間里,似乎你做的任何事情都不會為它帶來好感。你可能想通過抱抱或和它多玩玩來逗它,但結果卻被當成是一個讓它煩躁的手下。

The family dog may try to be friendly and play with him, but when he’s like this, it doesn’t really matter how good your relationship with him is, he’s not going to give you the time of day until he feels like it. When will that be, you may wonder? The answer still remains, not until he feels like it.

家里的狗都可能都和它玩到一起去,但是當它處于這種狀態的時候,不管你和它的關系有多好,它都不會找你玩,直到它來了什么興趣。你可能會想,那將會是什么時候?答案很簡單,在它來興趣的時候



It’s best to not make eye contact so you can avoid this whole messy affair. Besides, your cat needs to learn that there are times when the answer is no, and you can’t do his bidding on a twenty-four seven basis. Teach him early or pay the price later.

最好不要與它進行眼神交流,這樣可以避免出現混亂的局面。此外,你的貓需要明白什么是拒絕,你不能一天24小時、7天里都對它唯令事從。要么早早訓練好它,避免以后付出代價。