5 Life Lessons from Cats

Cats have a lot to teach us.

Every cat owner knows this is true.

They don't have the charisma of dogs.

But they make up for this in fun and interesting ways.

Here are five feline-approved life lessons worth remembering.

1. Rest is essential.

Your best work happens when you feel refreshed.

Cats sleep more hours than they are awake.

According to Lord Google, cats sleep up to 15 hours a day!

That might be extreme for a human, but rest is still essential.

Work all day every day and you'll quickly get burnt-out on life.

Eventually, the mental fog will make you irritable and less efficient.

If you find yourself in that head-space, close the drapes and take a cat nap.

2. It never hurts to ask.

They might say "No." Who cares? Be confident anyway.

Cats don't care if there is food in their bowl.

It got cold. Unacceptable. So they beg you for more.

While this is ridiculous, you have to admire their persistence.

The cat marches to you and leads you to their non-empty food bowl every night.

And they will continue to do so, no matter how many times you refuse their request.

Who knows? Someday you might cave. So why not keep trying? We should all be this consistent.

3. Have clear boundaries.

If your boundaries are violated, make it abundantly clear.

Boundaries are healthy and necessary.

They teach people how to treat us in the future.

Too often, we fail to speak up for ourselves when they're violated.

Cats don't make this mistake. They are vocal about their expectations.

I once picked up a cat that doesn't like to be held. Loudest HISS I ever heard!

Don't write it off as "a little thing that's not a big deal." If it matters to you, it should to others.

Our feline friends wouldn't put up with it. One wrong move and you'll get a warning nibble on your finger.

4. Take good care of yourself.

In order to take care of others, we must first take care of ourselves.

Cats treat self-care like it's their personal gospel.

They never stop cleaning and grooming themselves.

To them, dogs seem dirty and gross. Why do they WANT to be in the mud?!

Meanwhile, the cat is isolating the last speck of dirt. Ah-ha! At last... a perfectly clean coat.

Appearance isn't everything. But feeling good about how we look tends to boost our self-esteem.

Why else would so many people go to beauty spas? Be cat-like with your cleaning rituals. It's cheaper.

5. You don't have to please everybody.

Oh, you wanted to see the cat? Too bad. They've been hiding for hours.

Most dogs are people-pleasers.

Most cats don't give a crap what you think.

The dog will sit, shake, and roll over for a belly rub.

The cat won't even come when you call for them repeatedly.

Dog brain is centered around: "What can I do for you, master?"

Cat brain is more like: "You people are too needy, what do you expect from me?"

While there's nothing wrong with wanting to make people happy, it shouldn't be a full-time job.

You just won't be some people's cup of tea. This would mortify a dog. Cats probably get sick satisfaction out of it.

Split the difference. Be concerned with how your most cherished friends and family members feel. Don't worry about the rest.

Do you see any of your cat's characteristics on this list?

If so, share this post on Facebook or Twitter.

Feel free to ask any cat ladies (or gents) you know the same question.

Did you miss the greatest lessons I learned from dogs? Click here to read that one too.

If you're new, click here to read a personal introduction from Daniel Wallen and discover why he's addicted to dogs.

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