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Four Things My Cats Taught Me About Life

December 6th, 2009 at 03:46 pm



1. Embrace your inner predator.
When Waldo stalks The String, I have to admire the intensity of his concentration. In that moment when his eyes lock on their target, the outside world ceases to exist. There are no distractions. All energy is focused on his quarry. Every movement, every twitch of The String is processed and adjusted for as the animal prepares to pounce at exactly the right time. In a house cat, such single-minded attention comes from instinct and genes, but cultivated by a person, these qualities could enhance one's accomplishments where patience, commitment and clarity of mind are required.



2. Life is best savored from a lounging position.
Like good old boys who never tire of telling the same story over and over again, the Fur Boys repeatedly urge the following wisdom:

"When you lie down, the pace of life slows down."

"Take time to smell the food bowl."

"You only go through life nine times."

"Stretch, roll, yawn and repeat."

"Indulging in a little catnip now and then is good for the heart."

"Decisions come easier following thoughtful meditation, preferably in morning sunlight."



3. Always make time for play.
Waldo has the long legs and lean body of a ballet dancer. He'll readily go airborne to pursue a flung mouse. His twists, turns and pirouettes would earn him points from a television dance contest judge.

Luther has the body of a weight-lifter, strong, stocky and stout. He's not much of a jumper and is more inclined to look for a seat as soon as he enters a room. At play, he prefers to have The String dangled inches above him as he lies on his back, four paws to the wind. At all times, he maintains a perpetual state of innocent, wide-eyed adorableness, a fiction he frequently plays up to get himself out of trouble.


4. Lick your loved ones.

The expression of love can take several forms, Luther told me one day, feeling philosophical. Licking, for instance. Waldo's gentle snoring, Luther confided, awakens in him a fierce desire to show his love, and he does so by firmly placing his paws around his best bud's neck and vigorously bathing Waldo's head in a no-nonsense kind of way. Should Waldo have the temerity to protest or the poor judgment to move, the licks are replaced by jaws locked on the throat and a tussle ensues.

Leisurely sipping a glass of Zinfandel in the afternoon sun, Luther was feeling expansive and eager to articulate his feelings. To prove his love to me, his Keeper, he explained, he only needed to beam and squint in beatific joy and gratitude.

When feeling particularly demonstrative, Luther expresses his love by gently gnawing on delightfully odoriferous human toes, starting with the littlest and saving the biggest (and best) for last. He'll begin by artfully gaining the victim's trust with gentle, tender nipping that lulls one into complacency. Then, without warning, the delicate sampling of the 5 Little Piggies degenerates as the victim's toes are noshed on while Luther clamps down hard with a devilish grin on his face.

9 Responses to “Four Things My Cats Taught Me About Life”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    love the pictures!!

  2. Analise Says:

    Great post! You do know cats... aren't they fun to have in our lives?

  3. gamecock43 Says:

    lol. i enjoyed that. you are a beautiful writer and i am so glad Waldo found his second chance.

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    This was great! I could envision something like this in Cat Fancy!

  5. fern Says:

    Frugal Texan, good idea.....

    i got my start as a writer when as a 12-year-old, i won a writing competition and was published in Dog Fancy. As a matter of fact, i subscribe to both.

    Maybe something fun to look into....thanks for the idea!

  6. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Wonderful entry and the pictures are great but they make me miss Bob, my kitteh. He's in Austin now, living with my sons and I so miss him! Love your kitties a little extra for me, please. Smile

  7. baselle Says:

    Love the Fur Boys. I can see that Waldo has come a long, long way.

    "Leisurely sipping a glass of Zinfandel in the afternoon sun, Luther was feeling expansive and eager to articulate his feelings."

    Does Luther hit the Zinfandel often? Big Grin

  8. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hehe, I love this post.

  9. dmontngrey Says:

    Oh, I love that Waldo is playful. Our 14 y.o. was adopted at 11 and she had no idea how to play. I wasn't used to that with a cat. I'm an "in your face" kind of person when it comes to cats. It was hard at first, but now she's fine when I put my face right up to hers. It still has to be on "her terms". Boy does she LOVE to play now! She demands it and will yell at us about it. You can tell she was never picked up and carried around either. We're still working on that one and making progress. It's hard since she's so large and cranky. She teaches us a lot about life too.

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