Tuesday, June 7, 2016

12 Lessons Cats Teach Us

Cartoonist Ron Levellie copyright 2014
Cats: most people either hate or love them. The haters contend that felines ruin furniture, kill songbirds, and consider people their slaves. The lovers argue that cats control rodents, relieve stress, and cover up their poops.

I find my “spoiled brats in fur suits” brimming with wisdom. Here are some insights I’ve learned from the roguish angels:
1. If you fight with the other household 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.
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.

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 only convince my husband to see the good in our kitties . . .
From My Heart to Yours: I believe God gave us pets to help us laugh more. Whether you like dogs in tutus, cats hanging by their claws from tree branches, or pygmy marmosets yodeling to their friends, observing animals is one of the most relaxing, fun activities on earth.

The above is a chapter from my humor/inspirational book, The Heart ofHumor, a compilation of 45 funny stories and 15 articles, lists and links to help you add more laughter to your life. 

Did any of my cats' suggestions for a happier life resonate with you today? 


  1. I had no idea there were so many lessons to learn from cats! Not a lover or hater of them, guess I'm somewhere in between. I had a kitty named Boots when I was young. Now that I am an adult, I find I'm best suited to no pets, except maybe a goldfish. :) I think I may take your cat's advice and take a fun nap today!

  2. LOL, Jeanette, love this as I read next to my napping cats. We enjoyed the squirrel mussing about in my patio topiary lavender plant today. Were beside ourselves with the birds flitting earlier this morning from tree to deck. Enjoyed our morning petting session with plenty of hair in the air to prove it. Used up another layer of lint roller on my black top to the purpose. And all is well in this cat sanctuary on a sunny late spring day. Your excerpt is a scoop of Grace.

  3. This is funny. I noticed how many times you say, "Naps are fun. coolor refreshing." Three out of the twelve. Does this speak of how you think about naps? :)

  4. Napping resonated with me! There is power behind the nap, especially in a sunbeam from a bedroom window.


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