“In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” ~ Terry Pratchett
Cats are peculiar. They can be aloof, hiding underneath the bed or ignoring you as you try to get their attention. They walk around the house as if they own it, going about their business as they please. Sometimes, we are not sure what to think of this behavior.
But, there are a few things we can learn from the feline lifestyle. I share my house with two cats, and after observing them daily for nearly three years, I can tell you that there are some things that cats excel at that we humans are maybe not always so good at.
1. How To Take A Nap – Of all the cat activities in a day, this is probably the most glorious one. When a cat naps, it does so with all of it’s being. Sinking into slumber midday, possibly curled up in a little ball or stretched out on the floor, or, my favorite, twisted up with legs facing up and chin on the floor (don’t ask me how they actually get into the position, but somehow it looks comfortable), this is true unconscious joy right here. If you need to relax, watch a cat sleeping.
2. How To Schedule Their Daily Activities – A cat knows work/life balance well. Sometimes, it’s time to run, chase, stalk and hunt. Other times, it’s time to nap, lay around or just sit and stare out the window. Each activity gets their full attention. As we would say, they are very present in the moment.
3. How To Be Still – There are times when my cats will walk to a spot on the floor, crouch or sit down, and do nothing. No running, no climbing, not even really any looking. Just being still where they are. I think the lesson here is – if there is nothing to do, then just do nothing.
4. How To Be Playful – It’s not really in their reputation, but cats are silly. One of my cats climbs up the cat tower to the top and then turns upside down, hanging his head through the entrance hole to the top lounge area, with his legs grasping the sides. Cats have a way of being light and free and playful.
5. How To March To Their Own Drummer – Cats do not do things because you want them to. They do them because they want to. Whether that’s running up and down the stairs, sitting in the window sil, hiding in a secret spot or sitting in your lap, they do what’s best for them at that moment. Not to say they never think of anyone else, because cats are quite affectionate, but they know what they need to do. And they do it.
Anyone share their home with cats? Lessons learned? Please share in the comments.