Monday, 30 May 2016

13 Life Lessons from my Cat

13 life lessons I've observed from owning a cat

I've owned cats for 30+ years and they've taught me a lot of lessons throughout that time. I saw that June 4th was "Hug Your Cat Day" and so in honour of this I'm going to dedicate the month of June blogging to 13 Life Lessons my cats have taught me over the years.

Cats are simple creatures who are very fond of napping, snuggling, eating and being involved in anything interesting that is happening in their near vicinity. Each cat who's been part of our family has had his or her own distinct personality with little idiosyncrasies that I look back on now and smile about. 

a cat emphasizes leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life's pleasures.

With this in mind, here are some of the lessons I've learned from our cats:

#6 Be loyal
#7 Enjoy simple pleasures
#8 Be self contained
#9 Live in the moment
#10 Love and let go
#11 Dress for comfort
#12 Don't let others ignore you
#13 We're all different

I'll be keeping each post short and sweet so please pop over during the month and let's have some fun looking at life through the eyes of a cat. And don't forget to hug a cat on June the 4th.


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42 comments:

  1. Enjoy simple pleasures...that is exactly my take on life! Dogs have this too!

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    1. I think pets are so far ahead of us on this one Michelle - we definitely could take a leaf or two out of their book!

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  2. 30 cats? I wouldn't be able to breath. Since I'm allergic to cats, I've only had two, at most. Every one of those 13 observations is so true. I smile about # 2 because I have a "fraidy cat" who jumps at his own shadow and sometimes jumps at nothing, but that doesn't stop him from investigating.

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    1. not 30 cats Jen - 30 years :) and two is the maximum at any given time for us too - we call our second cat scaredy cat all the time because she freaks out over nothing.

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  3. I will be honest when I saw lessons from my cat I was expecting a poetic waxing on the benefits of owning a cat. I did not expect such useable, practical real life lessons. I never thought about cats this way but it all applies. Thank you for offering me a different perspective. Great list.

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    1. My pleasure Melissa - I don't see myself waxing lyrical over cat ownership (sometimes they are down right annoying!) but they do have some characteristics we could all benefit from :)

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  4. I love the way you use the cats to share life lessons. I'm a dog person myself, but you can always learn something from a cat!

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    1. I think dogs would have a manual we could all use too Carol - it's all to do with their simple enjoyment of life isn't it?

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  5. I've had cats and dogs all my life. Cats are very independent and I love that about them. Love your post!

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    1. Thanks Brenda - hope you'll pop back to read a few of them as the month goes along :)

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  6. I have only had one cat - but he was ours for 15 years - and I learned so much from him. RIP Yoda!

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    1. What a great name! Was it to do with the size of his ears or was it his inherent wisdom?

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  7. I missed hug your cat day, but I'm a fan. I've always loved (and had) cats.
    Estelle

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    1. It's never too late for Hug Your Cat Day Estelle - any cat would tell you that :)

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  8. I've had cats my whole life. We have 2 females - littermates named Bella and Chloe who look like twins. They are my babies. I look forward to your series.

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    1. Thanks Cathy - my two come from the same breeder but are completely different (not a bad thing at times when you've been inundated with cat love from one and have the other who is more self contained!)

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  9. I love this! That quote is very cool, too! Meow!

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    1. Thanks Terri - I kind of morphed the quote into one that applied to cats :)

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  10. It's amazing what our pets can teach us. I learned many of the same lessons from our beloved dogs.

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    1. I think it's a pet "thing" Lois - they are just cruise through and are content within themselves.

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  11. I like the Nap Often one Leanne! I also love the way cats stretch. Our pets can teach us so much including love and friendship.

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    1. I think cats have napping down to a fine art Sue - I'm working on improving my style :)

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  12. I like number one too, In fact I just had a nap. I like all the other characteristics as well even though I don't presently have a cat and don't really want one. I did have one a few years back when I lived in a jungle and that beautiful cat caught all the mice that wanted to make me miserable, she was a real hero. No mouse was safe.

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    1. There's nothing like a good nap is there Kathleen - and a mouser who knows how to nap would have been the perfect pet for living in the jungle (that sounds like a story I'd like to hear someday!)

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  13. This coupled with some intense and loving kitty interaction over the weekend may just be nudging me toward being both a cat and a dog lady :-)

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    1. Go for it Carla - just imagine how much love you and your daughter would get from a kitten!

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  14. Being a cat person, I love this. I think interval training is being cat like. Explode with an exercise or run and then walk or rest. Big MEOW to you!

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    1. Good point Haralee - ours have moments of energy bursts where they go crazy and then they're flat out asleep 2 minutes later!

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  15. love this, I think I will learn a little from your cats and nap more often too!

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    1. I'm with you Rena - there is NOTHING like a nap on a Sunday afternoon :)

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    1. thanks Suzi - there's nothing like a laugh to keep you going is there?

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  17. Very good! Can I add #14 - Change your mind as often as you want.

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  18. Excellent! I can add another one - show comfort and love to those who need it. When I was on chemo for cancer, every time I lay down, my cat arrived and snuggled next to me, purring and occasionally needing my back. Too precious!

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    1. They are good at keeping us company aren't they Shirley - that warm purring body makes you feel loved and there has to be some healing included with that :)

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  19. This is so clever Leanne! We have 3 cats and they are all so different to each other, but they all share these great cat traits like you say and we could learn from them! #WAYWOW

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    1. Hi Mackenzie - long time since we chatted! Nice to know that you're a fellow cat lover and yes they are all their own little people with their own quirks, but with common traits too x

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  20. Sounds like a great list to live by. Cats clearly have it sorted!

    Sally @ Life Loving
    #LifeLovingLinkie

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  21. I'm not a cat person, for one I am allergic to them. But for some reason they freak me out a bit. And they always seem to know this. I have to laugh cause for some reason I am always the one that the cat seems to want to be by. They love to hang out and rub my legs when I am in a home with a cat. I do admire them for their independence and their personalities. And they really are gorgeous animals.

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  22. Beautiful post with so many wonderful lessons here. My cat is an obese lump of stubbornness. But he's been with us for 1 years and he is indeed part of the family. Thanks for this post, Leanne. And I love seeing your cat pics!

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