23 May 2011

Lessons from My Cat

In the two years since I adopted Molly Kittenclaws from our local SPCA, my affection for her has grown exponentially.  Oh, I knew right away that I would love her, I just didn’t realize how much I would love her - how I would look forward to seeing her furry little face greet me every morning, how I would love to snuggle with her after work on a wintery day, how her feline antics would induce laughter out of me in even my crummiest of moods.  When other people brandish smartphone photos of their adorable offspring, I proudly display my Molly pictures, like any proud mommy would.  Yes, I’m THAT person.  Crazy cat lady.
I understand why people with furry companions live longer, healthier lives.  In just the short time Molly has graced me with her presence (because SHE chose me, not the other way around), I have already learned so much.  Take this afternoon, for example.  In the midst of yet another grading marathon (picture me surrounded by heaps of papers, hunched over the coffee table, punching scores into the digital gradebook on my laptop) Molly decides to leap into my lap, curl herself into a ball, and purr herself to sleep.   Instead of getting annoyed with her, which is impossible because she’s just too cute, I decided to recognize Molly’s infinite cat wisdom.  Yes Molly, you’re right.  I need a break. Thank you for reminding me to slow down and enjoy the moment.
Here are a few other important lessons I’ve learned from my cat:
1.       Reserve trust for those who have earned it.  Then, and only then, can you show them your tummy.  No trust, no tummy.
2.       If at first you don’t succeed, meow meow again.  The squeaky wheel gets the grease, so whether it’s kibble you desire, or that all important ear nuzzle, make sure your demands are clearly heard and acknowledged.
3.       Shiny objects = happiness.  When a shiny object catches your eye, appropriate protocol is to collect said object and hide it under your blanket.  This will later provide hours of entertainment and joy, as well as make other kitties jealous of your hoard.
4.       Always take the higher ground.  There is no need to lower oneself like a commoner.  Whenever possible, avoid travelling via the floor and opt to traipse over the chairs, couches, and tables instead.  Not only will you reach your destination faster, but you will feel taller and more superior.
5.       Never miss an opportunity to nap.  A good nap can occur at any time of the day, and in almost any location.  Of course soft, squishy, and sunny places are preferable but when one is sleepy, any cozy corner will do.
It’s no secret that our lives are enriched and improved by our pets.  From lower blood pressure to increased opportunities for socialization, we gain just as much from them as they do from us.  And, at the risk of sounding like that crazy cat lady again, I honestly can’t imagine a world without Molly.  I know she will be an important part of my life for many years to come, as a companion and as a teacher, of all things furry and all things Zen.
My Little Helper

Today's Gratitude List:
  • greek yogurt
  • an uncrowded grocery store
  • a stack of graded papers
  • beautiful puffy clouds and blue sky
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  1. Miss Molly is wise indeed. (And truly gorgeous!!) Very important lessons. Good job grasshopper :)

  2. If we could all just simplify our life like a cat's! I especially like that part about curling up in the sun on something squishy and take a nap.

    I've missed reading. I plan on visiting more often!

  3. You are a most fortunate woman to have such a companion! I had a furry old guy for 12 years and still cannot bring myself to replace him

    One more bit of cat wisdom? Demand worship- you are entitled based on your fabulosity!

  4. Very wise indeed. Thanks for the smiles.

  5. So sweet. I love #4 especially! I posted something on my wall about cats vs computers just this week: http://www.facebook.com/kwhatman.sunnysideup

  6. Beautiful and so true. I was the crazy cat lady (with TWO cats) before my small boy came along, and now I don't spend as much cuddle time with my two lovely furry girls as I'd like, but every Monday when I come back home after dropping the small boy off for his one day at daycare I walk in and declare to the waiting cats that it is girls day and we will cuddle all day without being interrupted by a well-meaning but loud small boy!

  7. Lovely post and what a lovely cat. I grew up with cats and know how wise they can be and such wonderful companions. And they always find the most comfy spots!

  8. What a great little cat. And so very wise. Love the lessons. They 're hilariously true.

  9. Love this! Great lessons there. Especially the one about the tummy. Important that!

    Thanks for Rewinding at the Fibro.

  10. Hello, Niki!My first visit, will visit you again. Wonderful post!Congrats for your work. Thanks for sharing! Have a fabulous week.Greetings!


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