1. A roommate’s cat is the perfect cat: a cat that you get to live with but don’t have to take care of.
2. You get to cuddle with the cat whenever the cat is being cuddly.
You’d be a pretty cold-hearted roommate if you didn’t, TBH.
3. But when the cat throws up on the carpet, you get to quietly back out of the room and pretend you didn’t see.
4. The closest contact you ever have with cat poop is when the litter box gets mildly smelly.
In which case it is your solemn responsibility to nag your roommate to clean it.
6. Or if you do want a fluffy ball of cute in your bed, you can steal the cat for yourself on nights your roommate isn’t home.
Sometimes cuddlez are worth the feet attacks.
7. You can go anywhere, anytime, for whatever amount of time you want, because making sure the cat gets fed is someone else’s problem.
8. You don’t mind feeding the cat when your roommate goes out of town, because it’s the perfect opportunity to trick the cat into loving you more.
9. And when you give the cat fresh water in their bowl, you feel like a responsible parent.
But the awesome reality is you are doing less than a quarter of the care-taking.
10. The vet bill for the cat is addressed to your roommate and not to you.
11. Every time you post an Instagram of your roommate’s cat, you’re rolling in the Insta-likes.
12. Not to mention the hundreds of cute cat snaps you add to your story.
13. Even though you didn’t get to name the cat, you can come up with cute nicknames to call them secretly.
14. When the cat is doing something wrong, your only duty is to tattle on them to your roommate.
And you perform that duty so well.
15. When you break your roommate’s hand-painted ceramic bowl from Spain, the cat is the perfect scapegoat.
Don’t look at me, man, blame your cat.
16. You can use the cat to lure potential friends and romantic partners into your home.
“Come up to my place, you can pet my roommate’s cat.”
18. After a stressful day, you have built-in animal therapy waiting for you at home that you don’t have to pay for (or feed).
19. When you’d prefer to work without a cat on your laptop, you can kick them out of your room, guilt free.
20. The cat is a great change of subject when you’re stuck in a passive aggressive dishes conversation with your roommates.