Tuesday, July 8, 2014

12 Life Lessons from Cats

Felines: Friends or Foes?
Cats: most people either hate or love them. The haters contend that felines ruin furniture, kill song birds, and consider people their slaves. The lovers argue that cats control rodents, relieve stress, and cover up their own poops.

I find my “spoiled brats in fur suits” brimming with wisdom. Here are some insights I’ve learned from the devilish angels:

  1. If you fight with the family cats, you won’t have energy left to ward off enemy cats.
  2. It’s okay to have whiskers and pointy ears.
  3. Look for a patch of sunshine and stay there.
  4. Naps are cool.
  5. Don’t fuss about your food, or the one who feeds you may start buying a cheaper brand.
  6. Purring will get you everywhere. 
Who, Me?
     7. Master the “Shocked and Innocent Look” if someone laughs at you. Better yet, stick your nose in the air and saunter away, pretending you don’t care.
     8. Naps are fun.
     9. Act as if you know what you’re doing even if you don’t have a clue.
    10. Convince those around you how blessed they are to live in the same universe with you.
    11. Refuse to give up. If one bird escapes, climb another tree.
    12. Naps are refreshing.

Angels or Demons?
                Similar to cats, people are a mix of aggravating and endearing qualities. When I’m tempted to dismiss a brother or sister as too ornery to tolerate, I remember how God bears with my faults and stupid mistakes. Receiving His unconditional love frees me to love myself and others, focusing on positive qualities.  

Now if I could convince my husband to see the good in our kitties…
Have you ever owned a cat? If so, do you find them annoying, endearing, or a mixture of both?
The above is an excerpt from my soon-to-be-released book, The Heart of Humor: Sixty Helping of Hilarity to Nourish Your Soul, published by Elk Lake Publishing. Please stop back here for updates on the release date!



  1. I posted something like this too! And they teach me new stuff every single day....not all of it good either..lol!

  2. I've been owned by many cats, two of which live indoors. One of which was a brat and I probably loved her more.

  3. I've never owned a cat but we have a puppy that teaches unconditional love.

  4. Jen: I noticed fhe title says 12 life lessons. I only count six. Have I lost it?
    The six are very good lessons. But I want to see the other six.

  5. How exciting with the new release Jeanette.

    I applaud number 3 among others. There is something comforting about laying in the sun for a little while.

    We currently have 2 adopted teen brothers who came from a local shelter. They are very energetic and have fit in well with our big former stray lab. I could do without the 2 am wrestling matches with the kitties though--especially when they end up flopping around on my head.

  6. Jeanette, I really enjoyed that little bit of wisdom. I liked that about the "shocked and innocent" look. :-)

  7. The top picture, with the three cats, made me smile.
    I was a dog person for years. I thought they were beautiful.
    However, I could not train a dog to save my life.
    My husband was, and is, a cat person.
    Long story short, we now have 3 cats. One which loves sleeping with us.
    I like the fact they are low maintenance, at least our are, and they cover up their own stink. I like how you mention naps three times, so true!

    I would love to read your book.

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