Sunday, April 14, 2013

L: Look But Don't Lick!

Boomer, one of my daughter's inspirations
My 5-year-old daughter is obsessed with the idea that she has “cat powers”--super powers of a cat nature. She claims that she can run as fast as a cat, as well as roam silently throughout our home. She also insists that she has super cat strength and can always land on her feet. At first, it didn’t bother me. In fact, I found it pretty darn cute and hilarious. Unfortunately, with young kids, things can easily take a drastic turn for the worst!

In this case, my little princess has now progressed to adding licking to her cat power repertoire. She randomly goes around licking herself, others, or things in our home. She has even licked a cat or two. Despite my heartfelt protests (a.k.a., total freak-outs!), this is one bad phase I can’t seem to break.

I thought once the toddler years were over I’d never again have to tell my kids not to lick things. Nevertheless, here I am having a total breakdown because my mind can’t handle the idea of a human tongue on a furry cat! Once again, I wonder if my kids are going to be the death of me--or at least, the death of my sanity.

To try to understand why she finds it necessary to keep licking everything and everyone she can, I sat her down and had a little heart-to-heart conversation. I tried to explain to her that people shouldn’t be licking people or things because it spreads germs and can make them sick. She kept insisting that she’s a cat, so she is immune to people germs. Additionally, she reasoned that cats have to lick themselves because they can’t bathe themselves.

After 20 minutes, I felt like I was talking to an actual cat. There was absolutely no reasoning with her. Although I plan to continue to actively discourage her from this gross behavior, I have a feeling that in time, it will remedy itself…for what cat has ever gone very long without getting a disgusting hairball from all that licking?


  1. I know the feeling, my son used to believe he had wolf powers. At least your little boy isn't trying to fully bath the kittens, lol. Hi, I am your newest follower from the A to Z challenge. I am number 528, on the list.

  2. Afraid a habit like that would have me taking some action, time outs for starters. I can't imagine the people that have been unhappy that she does that and that you've not stopped her. Hair ball hum, put vaseline on her for cats, lol


    1. Luckily, my daughter decided today that licking is NOT a super cat power. After all the timeouts, lectures, and attempts to reason with her, I'm relieved! lol

  3. Haha! This reminds me of when I was a kid. I wanted to have dog powers. :)

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  4. I see from your comment she's quit licking - glad to hear it. when my daughter was young she liked to pretend she was a dog, which was fine, except she would bark at everyone, including random strangers.

  5. Talking to an actual cat! That must have been an interesting conversation. LOL.

  6. Kids are just amazing, aren't they?

  7. Your kid sounds cute! The kitty is possibly equally as cute! :D

  8. I had a young cousin who thought she was a dog for a very long time (past the age of it being cute)... however, she's turned out quite normal, and I'm sure she's absolutely mortified by the idea that anyone remembers that phase of hers! :)

    Happy A-Zing!

  9. I love this! My daughter's 4th birthday party is coming up, and it's a cat theme. Not a cat theme like decorations, etc. A cat theme like 20 4-year-olds pretending to be cats ;) Visiting you from a-to-z at