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5 Important Life Lessons Courtesy of Cats

The antics of our feline companions are an endless source of amusement. By observing and emulating their behavior, we can apply the wisdom gained from our furry friends to our own lives. Here are some life lessons that cats would like to pass along to us.

Always Be Curious

When it comes to curiosity, it’s hard to beat young children and cats. The main difference between the two is that we often lose our sense of wonder and curiosity as we grow older. Cats never do. They’re completely fascinated by something as simple as water dripping from a faucet, or a butterfly in the back yard.

Take a tip from a cat and regain your inquisitiveness about the amazing world we live in.

Take Time To Relax and Have Fun

Have you ever watched cats lazily arch their backs and wished that you could stretch your muscles the way they can? Well, unless you’re a contortionist, you’ll have to settle for using your relatively limited range of motion when you want to stretch. However, we can still follow a cat’s example by taking time to just…relax. Go completely limp and let yourself feel weightless and boneless. Or curl up for a quick catnap. If cats can do it, why can’t we?

Making time for fun is also crucial to our well-being. Cats see fun everywhere and enjoy even the simplest things. A piece of string. An empty box. An open suitcase. To cats, these ordinary objects signify playtime, and they’ll make the most of it.

If nothing in their vicinity grabs their attention, that’s okay. They’re just as happy running crazily through the house until we wonder what on earth they’re doing and why they’re doing it.

We’re convinced that there must be a logical reason for their behavior, but a cat knows better.

They’re just plain having fun; they don’t need a reason.

Make Friends of All Types

Many videos and TV shows feature cats and their unlikely best buddies. Maybe they’re sleeping peacefully, curled up next to a huge Great Dane. Perhaps they’ve befriended the horse that lives on the farm owned by their humans.

When it comes to friendship, cats don’t care about size, shape, or species. We would all do well to follow that guideline.

Be Sensitive to the Feelings of Others

Cats instinctively know when we’re feeling sad, ill, or in need of a friendly paw on our shoulder. If we pay close attention, there’s probably someone nearby who’s in need of a little human kindness and empathy.

Take your cue from a cat and reach out to them.

Protect Your Loved Ones

Fierce mama tigers are often held up as examples of the protectiveness a mother feels for her young. Our housecats are every bit as protective of their loved ones as their larger, more ferocious relatives are.

Just ask Homer, the blind cat who fearlessly saved his female owner from an intruder in their apartment.

Helpful Takeaways

Be curious and maintain a sense of fun.

Make friends with those who are different from you.

Take time to relax — but be ready to spring into action to protect those you love.

The next time you watch a cat in action, take a moment to think about what they’re teaching you!

-Gina Crisci

Photo by Kelvin Valerio from Pexels

 

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1 comment on “5 Important Life Lessons Courtesy of Cats

  1. Love it! As a lifelong cat companion.

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