I am unapologetically a cat person. This wasn’t always the case. My first cat was given to me as a present in my late 20’s. I hadn’t asked for a cat and I was taken aback, and not a little dismayed to be given a ‘living gift’ of a tiny kitten.
Many years on, I am still a cat owner. Cats are tiny enough to slip through all of our defences and quickly gain our trust and affection.
Here’s what I have learnt from my cat:
Grooming matters – My cat is meticulous in his personal hygiene and self-care which is probably why he seems to have such high self-esteem. There is no doubt that he is a good looking, well groomed gent in his furry black tuxedo but he sure knows it.
Take your time to get to know people – Boris is aloof and mysterious until he knows someone well. He has a disdainful look reserved for strangers and takes his time to get to know someone.
Live in the moment – If it is a sunny day, find a warm, comfy spot and just relax and savour the moment. Have a wash, have a nap and then find some lunch.
Eat mindfully – Don’t eat any old food. Refuse to eat until you are served the best and then by all means enjoy your food, but don’t eat too much. Once you have eaten, take a nap and let your food go down.
Have a mad half hour – Every now and again lose your composure and have fun. Sniff a little catnip, scratch the sofa and climb up the curtains, then rest and repeat.
Take a break – My cat seems to intuitively know when it’s time for me to take a break. If I have been sitting at my PC for several hours, my cat Boris comes to see me. If my office door is shut, he will scratch at it and cry. If the door is open, he will plonk an imploring paw on my knee. It is always time to take a break when Boris visits and I feel my anxieties melting away as he luxuriates in the having his chin rubbed.