In Honor Of National Cat Day, 10 Important Life Lessons I’ve Learned From My Cat

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

5 fun feline stories on National Cat Day.

Sure, you’re obsessed with your cat all year long, but Oct. 29 is the day it’s socially acceptable to fill up your Instagram feed with pictures of your little furball.

The annual holiday, founded in 2005 by Colleen Paige who also created National Dog Day, began as a way to celebrate all that cats do, from protecting kids from dog attacks to standing for the national anthem and cuddling up to you at nearby cat cafes. “They give just as much unconditional love as dogs,” Paige said about why she launched the holiday. “They all need help, love and compassion.” So get ready to love your cat like crazy with Paige’s suggestions for celebrating National Cat Day: 5. When I was younger, getting a cat was my personal definition of “being an adult” — despite the fact that I was cat-crazy as a child, my parents weren’t really pet people. Charrisa O’Maley, a Howell resident, was invited on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” after a video of her talking about how she and the television talk-show host would “save all the cats and dogs” after awakening from her third eye surgery went viral. Buy your cat a collar and tag with your name and number, just in case they get outside and happen to become lost — your kids will be so glad you did. In fact, getting a dog in third grade was an event that my sister and I both made way too big of a deal over, calling up neighbors and holding “dog naming” contests with our not-so-immediate family.

President Obama elicited howls of laughter from Democratic women Friday when he compared Republicans to the “Grumpy Cat” Internet meme featuring pictures of frowning felines. While there were plenty of lessons that my childhood dog helped me understand, what I didn’t know is that as a young adult cat-owner, there’d be a lot of life lessons that I learned from my cat as well, who I brought into my life at the ripe old age of 25.

After a few failed Craigslist connections with strangers willing to give up their adorable litters of accidental kittens, I made a match when a college acquaintance managed to save a stray that was outside of her apartment. “He’s definitely smaller than his other brothers and sisters, I’m guessing he was the runt of the litter,” this acquaintance told me in an e-mail. “He’s about five weeks old, all black, short haired with one tiny white spot on his chest.” Attached was this picture, of a furry baby alien. Of course, I had my worries — it could be dangerous for kittens to separate from their mother when they are less than eight-ish weeks old, but it seems like their mother somewhat flew the coop. Long story short, I named him Finn, realized “he” was actually a “she” shortly after the name stuck (honestly, it’s tough to tell sometimes), and she’s been my companion ever since. The first few weeks of Finn’s life were pretty rough, but she managed to survive even the harshest of weather conditions, while still learning key kitten-skills. Just wanted to say hi.” It kind of reminds me that no matter what life tosses at you, you still need to contact your friends and ask them how they’ve been.

All cat owners know of the “dangers of the belly zone.” Unlike dogs, who can withstand belly rubs for days, cats only seem to enjoy this maneuver for a few seconds. Cats aren’t afraid to be like, “I’ve had enough of this for now.” If that were the same with humans, we wouldn’t be afraid to give notice at a terrible, demeaning job, nor would we stay in a relationship with Mr. The best part about the laser pointer is that I’m convinced she knows I’m behind it. (She gives me a wide-eyed look of glee the second I pick it up, knowing that pouncing and running will soon happen.) And yes, she looks supremely goofy during this entire ordeal.

This cat loves me even when I try to trim her nails, and feed her medication when she’s sick, and she forgives me after our bi-annual household chasedowns when I try to get her into a cat carrier. Similarly, humans should always pick human companions that always have their best interest at heart — friends who won’t shove you into an embarrassing situation for laughs, or badmouth you the second your back is turned. After I took some time to think about it, I realized that I had anxious tendencies since elementary school — and I never did anything about it, based on shame and the feeling that “surely everyone else feels the same way!” When it became time to change up our lightbulbs, I opted for the “Daylight” bulb — just to see if my own mood would improve if I was surrounded by something other than “Warm White.” I honestly feel rejuvinated — it’s like every day is summer in this basement. They’re (unfortunately) not best friends by any means, but Finn pretty much let our dog know that she wasn’t going to be bossed around, without using teeth or claws. The stereotypical cat in coloring books loves yarn, milk, and fish — yet when you own a cat, you learn that these are three pretty terrible joys for a healthy kitty.

I know that too much of it might lead to bad consequences, so I choose to treat her infrequently — and flash back to that awesome Homeward Bound scene every time. While cats don’t have to worry about making enough money to, you know, pay the rent and make sure the electricity is still on next month, watching them curl up into a big pile of fur is a little reminder that we should always take an hour or so to just chill out and relax. If you’ve ever found yourself thinking that there’s just not enough hours in the day, you have to remember that taking a break and having some “you time” will prevent a massive meltdown later.

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