My cat has made me a better person and that is what a non-human companion could do to you. Let me tell you my story, what I’ve learned from Ozzie, Chuck, Milkshake and uncountable stray kitties.
Depending on who you are cats can either seem the most amazing, intriguing, and amusing character or they are the most haughty creatures plotting human’s downfall all the time.
In fact, cats are intelligent and cute creatures despite their cattitude and purposeful ignorance. I have learned a few lessons for life from all the cats that became a part of my life.
1. Enjoy Rest
Cats sleep for about 15 hours on average a day. Due to the fact that humans should not sleep as much as cats sleep, we are not supposed to learn to have more than enough sleep. Instead one should enjoy their sleep like cats do!
Next time you see your cat sleeping, sat beside her and observe how she seems to be visiting her dreamlands and having the tastiest treats there. The quality sleep is the takeaway here. My cats taught me the lesson of not worrying while resting. Stressful nights started being sleepless nights for me but when I saw my cats having a good night’s sleep, I thought rest is the thing to be enjoyed and not to be compromised.
2. Practice Self-Care
Cats clean themself so often. Making our own bed right after getting out of it in the morning may seem an achievement for you but keeping yourself busy in self-caring for almost 50% if your wake time is a bigger one. Cats do that, their 50% of waketime goes into grooming themselves and each other.
In our rapid lifestyle, we often overlook self-care and providing time for ourselves. I have learned to put away my smartphone and other devices from my bedroom and before I sleep and after I wake up, I keep a no-gadgets-me-time for self-caring.
3. Stretching Is Amazing
I see Ozzie stretching every time he gets ready to move, whether it’s standing up from his resting position and go to a window porch to see the happening life outside the window or just getting up from sitting to run around the house like an Olympic athlete.
In fact, stretching is good. It helps keep the muscles flexible and maintains the range of motion in your joints and limbs. Keep stretching when you feel like and never hesitate.
4. Embrace Scampering
Do you remember when the last time you danced without caring in your closed room? You need to express yourself fully and just want to shake it off at times. But our lifestyle at most times doesn’t allow us to shake it off often.
I don’t know what other cat people call cats’ scampering around the house. But to me, it’s running around for no reason other than joy and warming up self. This is quite similar to our dance and singing madly sometimes. And my cats have taught me to focus more on scampering often when it feels like.
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5. Touch Is Important
My cats are codependent. Maybe because of me. I mostly work from home and the situation may be a culprit. So mostly they spend their waketime around me. Pawing me to grab my attention, or just they will lay down beside me the way their body touches my legs or sometimes also sleep in my lap.
When in distress, an unexpected hug from your beloved one can be so comfortable and soothing. As a takeaway, I have learned this small big thing about life, that touch is important for a sustainable relationship.
6. Setting Boundaries
Cats are territorials and so are humans. The lesson to learn from cats here is we should make boundaries in any relations we are into. Whether it’s with a co-worker, sibling, or your life partner. You need to set boundaries for a happy and happening life.
Cats mark boundaries and make their territories. And they stress out when they feel insecure about their territories. We should feel the same way. If anyone crosses the boundary you set, you should worry about that and take action until everything settles well. So set boundaries and neither cross them nor let anyone cross.
7. Try To Stay Comfortable In All The Situations
Cats no matter what acclimatize with the environment in no time. They will sleep in the tiniest space if it seems quite comfortable to them.
We get ourselves into some situations where we can’t step back and have to be in an uncomfortable place. At that time, you should recall this lesson from your cat. This will encourage you to tackle the tough situation at hand. Be calm, be like a cat.