People say you are either a cat lover or a dog lover. If you know me, you know that I am a cat lover. I go to PetSmart just to see all the kitties. I have a kitty decal on my car. Further more, if I could, I would save all the kitties and let them live in my back yard. And if that isn’t enough, my boyfriend tags me in photos of Maine Coon cats all day. Even if you aren’t a cat person, there are three things we can learn from the cute, fuzzy felines.
1. Go ahead and sleep.
As we all know (or at least I think we all know), cats typically sleep about 12 – 16 hours a day. Now, I am not telling you to sleep that long. Although I wish I could sleep the day away like that without feeling guilty! What I am saying is that it’s okay to get some rest. Take a nap to reset. As parents, we run ourselves ragged dealing with day-to-day activities. I’m often jealous of the lives that spoiled cats have! In my next life, I want to be one of my mom’s cats.
2. Make sure to bathe.
Some people think that cats are dirty animals. On the contrary, cats are very clean and picky animals. They can spend 15 – 50% of their day bathing themselves (that’s a lot of grooming). Additionally, most cats hate having a dirty litter box. We had a cat who would go to the bathroom right outside the box if we didn’t keep up with cleaning it. I giggle to myself as I write this.
Having a newborn and teenagers has gotten pretty crazy for me. There’s been a time or two where I rushed out the door without showering (hasn’t this happened to us all?). So remember to take time to groom yourself. It goes a long way.
3. It’s okay to be stuck up.
Cats are notorious for being “stuck up.” Instead of dogs, who come when they are beckoned, cats come around when they are good and ready to. You can call a cat and bribe him with a treat, and he will just ignore you. And that’s nothing to get mad about. It’s okay to come around only when you want to. You don’t have to go to everything you’re invited to.
If you’re anything like me, you allow yourself to get pulled in a billion directions. I have a hard time saying “No,” even when I’m tired, and I try to make everything work. But that’s stressful, and sometimes plans just don’t work out. Allow yourself the ability to do what you want when you want to do it.