If you live with a cat – or cats – you know that they are wise and have much to teach us. I have been owned by felines for over 35 years and in the course of that time my furry compatriots have left me laughing and brought me to tears. All of these life lessons learned from cats are transferable to the humans in your life so read on and you can let me know what you think. Or if you think I’ve missed any.
Life Lessons Learned from Cats
I am sure you think I’m crazy (OK maybe I am but that is a topic for another post) and that you can’t learn anything from cats, but I am here to tell you that you are wrong. If you don’t have cats, well that is your loss. Those of you that do know exactly what I mean. Our furry family members have a lot to teach us – we just have to watch, appreciate and learn. These are in no particular order.
Sometimes It’s OK to Hide
Did you ever have one of those days? You know the kind I’m writing about; everything is going wrong, the news on the TV is making you scream, you burned the cake. It seems that no matter what you put your hands to it turns to dust.
These are days, as they say, that try men’s souls. Apparently cats’ too. There is nothing wrong with finding a secret place and hiding from the world. It could be to get away from an annoying sibling/coworker or because it’s been raining for a week. Of course, when I do this I make sure I bring a book.
Work Breaks are Important
This is one that I trust we can all agree on. My cats are especially good at reminding me that I should stop typing and pay attention to them. But what they don’t always understand is that I’m not really working. Half of the time I’m reading my Facebook feed. But to them I’m paying attention to things other than them and that needs to be fixed immediately. For those of you that are really working this is a very important lesson.
They are particularly not fond of the laptop and I often have to encourage them to let me have it. Of course I do use the laptop while sitting on the couch.
I’m sure I could fix this by sitting in the computer room. But then I wouldn’t have all of these cute interruptions, would I? As I type this Sherpa is tapping me on the shoulder…I guess it is time for a break.
Don’t Be Afraid to Explore New Things
The Farm cats are forever checking things out all over the farm. They are adventurous creatures but I do note that as they age their adventures are getting less erm, dramatic. That doesn’t mean they still don’t try to do new things even if they get…hung up.
Sherpa is the leader in this. That boy loves to climb and not much stops him when he wants to go up. Even though he sometimes ends up needing help he is happy for his adventures. I’m sure the same could be said for any of us who keep trying new things.
Nap Like you Don’t Care
Cats are expert sleepers. We humans can surely learn from this and truth be told I have. There are times I find I have fallen asleep without meaning to. To me this is the art of napping like you don’t care.
Now I have not managed to learn to nap like a pretzel like Sherpa. He sleeps in the strangest positions. I will often turn, look and just laugh when I see him sleeping all twisted ’round. I am down with the nap but I want to be comfortable. But do learn from this – naps are revitalizing.
Eat Good Food
If you think a cat will eat any food put in front of it you don’t have cats. I seek the best food I can afford for the Farm cats and I do the same for the hubby and myself. That is why we live on the Farm and grow our own food. The Farm cats eat both kibble and wet food.
Hill’s Science Diet® offers options that that fulfill many cats’ needs. You want to know what makes me happy? Knowing that I am feeding my cats food made with quality, natural ingredients. I like knowing that there are no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives used in making the Hill’s Science Diet food. The Farm cats are my babies and I want the best for them. With four cats in the house and Kitty the Feral farm cat outside I buy a lot of food each month.
Amazon Subscribe and Save
Living in the middle of nowhere I do a lot of my shopping online. You might think, ” how can that be economical with cat food – it’s so heavy!” I use Amazon Subscribe and Save for many of my purchases. It is so convenient. I simply choose what I would like to receive – in this case Hill’s Science Diet Cat Food: Chicken. Then I pick the delivery schedule; once a month, once every other month, once a quarter – whatever I think will suit my needs. I can change or cancel at any time with no penalty.
A 5% discount is given on the purchase just for signing up for subscribe and save. If 5 qualifying subscribe and save items are scheduled for the same delivery date the discount goes up to 15%. This is how I plan my deliveries – why not? A larger discount is better!
The Farm cats eat a lot of kibble and wet food. They all get fed twice a day and truth be told I have been known to be persuaded to give them a bit extra if I am given “the look.” Hill’s Science Diet does offer a line of wet food for cats and they have dog foods, but shhhh. Don’t tell the Farm cats! You can learn about Hill’s Science Diet Dog Food if you have canines as well as or GASP! instead of felines.