Sure, sometimes cats can be a little hard to read. Unlike your dog who barks when he is hungry, wags his tail when he is excited and licks your face when he is happy, cat language is much harder to understand. According to the Humane Society, “important clues such as the look in your cat’s eyes, the tone of her voice, the position of her ears and the motion of her tail can reveal her feelings and intentions.” Even when you think a cat is being aloof, he or she actually has a lot to say, and their actions are full of wisdom if you know where to look. Here are 8 life lessons around cat facts that you can learn from a kitty.
1. The Importance of a Good Nap The term “cat nap” is not an accident. It refers to a short rest that can refresh you for the rest of your day. And our feline friends know exactly what that little nap is all about. The feline sleep a lot. “Cats sleep an average of fifteen hours a day, and some can sleep up to twenty hours in a 24-hour period.” Why do they rest so much? The basic explanation, according to PetMD, is that “cats have the physiology of a predator, meaning that they’re hardwired to give chase and hunt–mainly at night.” All that hunting takes up a lot of energy, so during the day cats rest to save as much power as possible. And yes, this even applies to domesticated house cats. Take a cue from your kitty: when in doubt, take a rest. You’ll feel more energized when you open your eyes.
2. Don’t Tolerate Other People’s Bullshi*t A cat will never deal with other people’s annoying habits, they won’t tolerate something that doesn’t make them happy and then have no problem swatting you away or turning their back and ignoring someone or something they don’t like. In short, they don’t tolerate the bullsh*t—a lesson we humans could adopt in our own lives.
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3. Never Underestimate the Value of Being Well Groomed Is it just us, or does your entire attitude transform after a haircut or a nice long shower? Heck, we feel like a new person after shaving our legs, and cats totally get this. Not the shaving your legs part, but the importance of a good grooming session. “Studies suggest that healthy cats spend 8 to 15 percent of their waking time grooming themselves,” says Pet Place. In their case it’s more a matter of survival (as they groom to clean their prey’s blood off their fur, so they don’t attract larger predators), but whatever the motivation, maintaining a clean and put-together appearance should be an important part of your daily ritual.
4. You Can be Both Loving and Independent While dogs are a bit more attached to their owners, and humans can get super clingy as well, cats maintain a level of independence and mystery. And while we all need some love and affection from time to time, it’s a refreshing break to have a companion that doesn’t really need (or want) to be with you at all times. Cats don’t demand your constant attention, making it that much more rewarding when they do curl up against your leg. Note to self: you CAN show love while also maintaining some independence in your relationships. Just follow your cat’s lead.
5. Don’t be Scared of Failure A feline shows no fear. They try to jump to and from incredible heights, and they don’t hesitate even if an obstacle seems impossible. And 9 times out of 10, they land on their feet like a total badass. Now, we’re not saying you should put yourself at risk unnecessarily, but don’t be afraid of a challenge, and if you do stumble or fail, get back up on your feet and shake it off.
6. Never Wear your Heart on Your Sleeve A dog will jump up and down the second they see you come home every single day, showing their excitement without an ounce of hesitation. A child will tell you exactly what they are thinking with no filter or restraint. A cat? Not so much. They don’t exactly wear their heart on their paw. They can be aloof and a little mysterious, which just makes you want their affection more. While there is a time and a place for transparency when it comes to your emotions, there’s also a time to be elusive and a bit more subdued.
7. Sometimes all you Really Want is a Good Cuddle No matter how antisocial a cat may be, some times all she really wants is to cuddle. And haven’t we all been there? When you have a bad day nothing can make you feel better than a hug from someone you love or a nuzzle from your furry companion. Never underestimate the power of a really good snuggle.
8. Don’t be Afraid to Ask for What you Want Cats know what they want. And they aren’t even a little embarrassed to ask for it, and reject you if they don’t get what they are looking for. If you’ve ever had a cat wiggle out of your embrace and turn her back on you, then you know exactly what we mean. Humans can’t exactly get away with that same behavior, but there is a time and a place to be blunt and demanding. But when it comes to your values, your relationships and your career it is important to know what you are looking for, what you want, what you stand for, and to be able to ask for those things.