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8 Popular Household Rules for Cat Owners

Every cat owner knows that the kitty is the head of the household. You play by their rules, no matter what.

Houzz conducted a survey of more than 3,100 pet owners and found that 53 percent of the cat owners who responded said their cat sleeps in their bed, while 73 percent said their cat has “free reign” over the furniture.

You clean up after their hair-ball messes, scoop the poop and you feed them when they are screaming at you for more treats, even after they just ate. Good luck trying to tell a cat it can’t do something.

We gathered together, from responses on Reddit, some of the most popular rules cats have set in their households.

1. Don’t ever shut the door, the open door policy is compulsory.

“I cannot close my bedroom or my bathroom door, lest I wish to hear them pounding and yowling til it’s opened. “ – Sharkbootay

“Don’t forget the arm under the door. Always the arm under the door.” – Mudsama 


2. All water glasses must be covered or empty.

“Friends wonder why we habitually put books over our glasses if we get up to go in the other room.” – czmax


3. Keep petting until done.

“Pet me or I will just keep petting you till you pet me” – garshgoofy


4. Toilet paper will be rolled under, not over.

“I now live like a godless heathen with my toilet paper rolled under. But if I don’t I come home to a house full of toilet paper everywhere and a cat looking like she can’t possibly imagine what might ever have happened.” – LauraMcCabeMoon


5. Breakfast is at 5:50am exactly.

“No need to set alarms in my house, the cat will wake you with the song of his people.” – Ollamoot

“I got two auto feeders for two cats. They dispense food at 530am. One cat is pretty happy, but the other one just hops onto bed at 600am now, rather than 530, so….victory?” – AKraiderfan


6. No whistling or singing (at your cats discretion)

“My cat runs over and headbutts me when I whistle. I think she just wants me to shut up because I always do, and pet her.” – HeuristicValise

See another cat owner make this mistake in the below video that went viral…


7. Bedtime is strictly enforced.

“One of our cats strictly enforces a bed time for me. My wife feeds the cats when I go to bed to read. I used to freely choose between going to bed to read around midnight, or staying up to do something else, but now I get bit on the ankles if I’m not in bed on time. She herds me into the bathroom to brush my teeth, and then herds me into the bed, and she talks to me the entire time to keep me on task.” – Bootwater

“Mine does the same, but it’s nothing to do with food, he just likes his routine. If my SO goes to bed, I tend to lie down next to him and read. The cat accepts this if we’re in the same room. But if I’m in the living room, watching Netflix or whatever, this is unacceptable and I will be screamed at and bitten until I join my SO in the same room. My cat’s an asshole.” – Isleepwheniwant (interesting username)


8. If the bottom of the bowl at any space is visible, bowl is empty. EMPTY.

E m p t y…

Do your cats have rules? Who rules the roost in your home? Share your comments below…





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  1. Your first sentence could not be more true. Cats rule the house hold and they determine when you wake up and when you sleep. Forget about needing an alarm clock.

  2. cats are the queens of the house and rule everything. Thanks for writing rules and for those of us to follow. A well written piece that comes handy in practical situations

  3. They say that cats and god are different but I have to say my dogs have many of the same rules as cats! Food especially. You can set a clock by my animals. Very funny especially the video. 🙂

  4. I find cats very cute but have never owned one. Good to know these tips in case I decide to own one sometime in future.

  5. Haha 😀 this was such a funny read! A family relative of mine has 15 cats! I wonder how they look after every cat!

  6. Eee, we have a 2-year-old Maine Coon named Shadow and she is definitely the queen of the household! However, only #s 1 and 2 apply to her! She’s not that cuddly so doesn’t usually ask for pets, she’s never touched any toilet paper before, never wakes us up in the morning, we can go to sleep whenever we want, and she’ll lick her food bowl empty if needed. Haven’t tried the whistling/singing one though 😛

  7. Our Cookie Dough often refuses to come in from outside when we are ready for bed but instead climbs the tree outside our bedroom window, jumps to the porch roof and taps the screen until we open the window and let him in; typically around 2am. The middle of the night wakings are worse than having a baby!

    1. Bless him, he has got you trained well! 😹

  8. Lucy, my Doofus Cat, will create a hole in her kibble when she thinks I should fill up the bowl. She will actually sit next to the bowl, put her paw in it and move things around to make sure that the bottom is visible. She has me well-trained.

  9. I loved this!!! Everything is true! The empty bowl used to drive me nuts. “You still have food,” I’d say. Nope, not good enough. She ruled us. She ruled our dog. She put him out of his bed some days. He, a labrador, actually tried to squeeze into her bed one day, because she’d put him out of his. If he was on a chair, and wouldn’t move, she sat on his back. It was actually quite funny. Love this post. Made me smile.

  10. This post made me so happy! All of these tips reminded me of our late cat Irvin! I got him from a neighbor when I was in high school and he ended up living with my parents for 20 years!

  11. Cats bring so much joy to your home, but they are the BOSS. I love their curiosity and fun attitude that everything is an adventure to discover a hidden treasure. Getting inside grocery bags, jumping on my sewing patterns while trying to pin them to fabric, everything is a game. They show us how everyday life can be fun.
    Happy Spring,

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