Ten Things Our Cats Have Taught Me

I published this just over a year ago when I first started blogging. Only I didn’t have much of a reader base at the time. Recently, I’ve been thinking about this post and how true it really is—at least for me. Cats still keep me grounded.

Mister Jones

Our cats are always by my side as I work. It’s one of the benefits of having a home office. My office window has a ledge specifically for them, and it’s just an arm’s length away from my desk. They keep me grounded. Having cats has taught me a few things, and I’d like to share them with you.

Live in the present. — It’s really all that matters. At least until you hear a can of food being opened. Or in my case, smell the coffee brewing.

Good things happen when you purr, not when you hiss. — That’s when you get treats. This applies to the online world just as much as when you step out the door. People like you better when you’re positive, and that reaps rewards.

Don’t skip a meal. — Keep your tummy happy and it won’t distract you while you’re trying to focus on other things. Our cat Jones (photo above), who really appreciates his food dish, taught me this one.

Meow often. — Taught to me by Nimbus, who is not even Siamese. Toot your own horn. I mean, try not to be obnoxious about it—and combine it with purrs while trying to look cute—but be proud of yourself and share with the world.

Cuddle with those you love. — Even if they’re busy, they’ll appreciate it within minutes. Plus, you’ll feel better too.

Be playful. — Have fun with daily things. Everything can be a game if you make it one.

Be curious. — That’s how you find stuff out, and some of that stuff could be the coolest thing you’ve found so far. Seriously: life-changing stuff.

Schedule time to do nothing at all. — Including naps, which are awesome. Meditate. Take a bath. Let life slow down for a bit. Take a look outside and watch the birds. Just chill.

Enjoy some inexpensive fun. — Our cats love cardboard boxes, paper bags, and rings from the milk bottle. Some of the best fun costs the least. Write in a journal, window shop at the thrift store, go to the park, check out the bargain movies, play a game of cribbage, or read a pile of library books.

Find the sunny spot and bask in it. — Stretch out. Breathe. Soak in the rays and let them warm your soul.

I’ll add another one, because there are plenty of cats and dogs (and other critters) yearning to be adopted out there: find yourself a pet—whichever kind suits you, however big or small. I’ve read that people with animal companions are less stressed and that they live longer. I’m willing to bet that it’s true.

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14 responses to “Ten Things Our Cats Have Taught Me

  1. What a lovely list! My dog has taught me many of the same lessons. I really think we have more to learn from our pets than they have from us!

  2. Ohh….I agree with all of those….I especially liked, “Good things happen when you purr, not when you hiss.” … that is so true. But they all were wonderfully good lessons to learn. (And the last…go get a pet … especially shelter pets. Yahhhh!)

    • karengadient

      Thanks! 🙂 Adopting a pet from a shelter is the best investment anyone can make. They teach us so much and ask for so little.

  3. I really enjoyed this. A lovely reminder of what is precious rather than focusing on the negatives. Thank you.

  4. I like the ‘basking in the sun’ one. I’ve always looked at my various cats over the years and wished I could curl up and soak in a metre square of sun like they do. I hadn’t considered that I actually can.

  5. I love this post because it desperately makes me want to go out and buy or adopt a cat, even though I’m allergic! 🙂

    • karengadient

      Aw. Thanks. I’ve got allergies myself, although to certain foods and not to cats, luckily (well not so lucky that I can’t eat croissants anymore, which makes me occasionally pouty). Love your blog and will follow!

      • You’re welcome; I love your blog! And that’s awful. If it makes you feel any better, I’m allergic to peanuts and seafood! Thanks for the follow! 🙂

  6. A great list but, in my experience, you missed one of the cat basics.

    “Leaving a hairball on a bed pillow is a good way to exact revenge.” 🙂

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