The best lessons in life can be learned by living with and observing cats. Cats are great companions but they don’t just provide comfort, cats can really teach us a lot about how we go about living our best lives. Here are 5 lessons that my cats have taught me.
1. When it comes to failure, have a short memory and keep on trying. I can’t tell you how many times my cat Teddy has attempted great leaps to window-sills or to counter tops and missed. But Teddy is a trooper and keeps on trying, a lesson we can all benefit from.
2. Friendship and love needs no explanation. Ricky is one of the most loving beings I have ever known. He loves to bunt (face to face rubbing) and is always rubbing up against me to show his affection. There is nothing more pleasurable than have a loving friend always there to show how happy he is to be with me.
3. Enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Did you ever notice how cats love to take pleasure bathing in the sun puddles that come through windows? It’s the type of simple pleasure that we all should take part in. Go for a walk and simply enjoy the outdoor scenery and fresh air. Plant flowers around your home and enjoy the colors they bring into your life. It’s the simple things that make our lives joyous.
4. When in need, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Ricky and Teddy are not bashful when in need. They will let you know via lots of different verbal cues and also some physical ones. Ricky will lightly paw my face when it’s time for his breakfast and Teddy has six or seven different meows depending on his needs. As humans, it’s important that we reach out for help when in need and not suffer silently.
5. Diversity will enrich your life. My cats not only love to play and interact with each other but also enjoy interactions outside of their cat kingdom. Ricky and Teddy have dog and people friends too. Having the ability to befriend and interact with beings not exactly like us help to grow our ability to be compassionate and also expand our knowledge.
Take the time to observe your pet family members. Cats and dogs don’t get bogged down by the things that affect and distract people on a day-to-day basis. There is much that they can teach you just by watching how they live their lives.