Purr-fect Living – 5 life lessons I’ve learnt from my cats!

By , April 6, 2010 12:10 am

March 30th 001My cats live very blessed lives. They want for nothing and they have trained me well!

Sometimes I want to swap roles with one of them for a day. They could travel and deliver some trainings while I lounge on the window ledge snoozing in the sunshine!

Thinking about this ‘life swap’ made me realise that my furry family have taught me a few things about how to live a purr-fect life:

1. Live in each moment – Cats ALWAYS live in the NOW. They are fully present in the moment. Even when that moment involves napping! They enjoy the NOW and make the most of it, whatever the day presents for them.

NOW is where life happens! Not next week or next month, it’s always in the moment.

Have you ever seen a cat worrying about workloads or their To-Do List?!

How much time do you spend fully present in the NOW?

2. Cat Napping – is an ancient art form. Cats invented it and they are the experts! Cats take sleep very seriously. If a cat is tired, then it naps – Simple!

Here’s how:

  1. find a cozy spot (preferably one with a heat source is purr-fect!)
  2. curl up and nap

Watching a cat napping is very therapeutic. It actually makes me sleepy, so we often end up napping together.

We have a rule in our house. If you have a cat napping on your lap, then you have to sit there and relax! It works!

3. Teach others how to treat you – Cats live by the instructions in their own Operating Manuals. If a cat doesn’t like something, it simply chooses not to participate and just walks away. Cats are independent decision makers. They decide and then they act. For example, one of my cats will look through the glass window by the back door, meow and wait for me to let her in. Even though there is a perfectly good cat flap a foot away!

It’s easy to live our own life by someone else’s interpretation of our Operating Manual. We live by their perceptions of what we should do and how we should act. We become a People Pleaser saying ‘Yes’ when we really want to say ‘No.’

Who’s Operating Manual are you working from?

4. Have Fun – Even adult cats love to play. Cats will often have what we call a ‘mad half hour’ where they race around, chase balls, leaves and do the ‘Wall of Death’ around the furniture! They’re wide awake, enjoying being alive and having so much fun!

Now, I’m not saying that you should do the ‘Wall of Death’ around your furniture! But how much fun do you allow in your life?

Lighten up and have some fun!

5. Persistence pays off – Have you ever noticed how persistent cats can be? My ginger tom (Charlie) would sit for a whole day watching a mouse hole waiting for the mouse to re-appear. Cats do this instinctively. Charlie showed up and waited, and waited. He was an extremely successful hunter, much to my terror and distress! I would always be saving the life of some poor innocent bird or mammal.

Persistence is a common quality of successful people. Sometimes things aren’t going to be easy. It’s about hanging in there and continuing onward, remembering your intention and why you are doing this. It can take a lot of energy, but you ask Charlie – he’ll tell you that it’s worth it!

Finally, there are some things that I’m choosing not to learn from my cats. For example, let me just say that I’m going to stick to showering each day!

Have a purr-fect week!

9 Responses to “Purr-fect Living – 5 life lessons I’ve learnt from my cats!”

  1. Elaine, this is a brilliant article only you could write! As the grandmother of a toy poodle, I’m glad to learn about the wisdom of cats. Your points #3 and #5 really help me right now. Take care!

  2. Elaine says:

    Thanks Laura! #3 and #5 can really make a difference. I’m writing more about #5 very soon! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Karon says:

    I’m often humbled by the wisdom and intelligence of my cats. They have so much to teach on healthy boundries, lifestyles, and relationships. I have outside and inside cats and the outside ones will take in a rival if the weather is bad and share their good shelter till the storm passes. (Of course then they are ushered out in no uncertain terms.) Not many humans can be counted on to put aside their differences like this. I’m still working on the art of enthusiastic napping. To quote another entry they aren’t just interested in napping they are committed to it. 🙂

  4. elaine says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience here Karon. Wow! I love the way that your cats put a side rivalry and help each other out during a storm. A great lesson for us all to share.

    I think you’re right may be we should all focus more on being committed to napping rather than just interested in it! 🙂


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