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Living with Cats

I talked about how Rumpy is such a comfort to me since the election. But there are also cats that live in this home who are keeping me on the straight and narrow.

Hissy Fit Jones and Yella Fella

I don’t have time to wallow in anger and hurt; I have two elderly cats with hyperthyroidism who are always hungry and must have their meds regularly administered. Bubba also has kidney issues and arthritis. I honestly don’t expect him to live much longer, but I’ve been saying that for 3 years now and he continues to amaze me.

There are litter boxes to scoop and scrub. Hairballs to clean from the carpet. And of course each feline has that special time he or she wants to give and receive affection.

Little Girl

Cats, to me, are a different type of teacher than dogs. Dogs open up to me a world of possibilities. Cats, on the other hand, keep me grounded in today. Their self-confidence impresses me. I mean, have you ever seen a cat take no for an answer? I surely haven’t. Maybe that’s why some people can’t handle cats. I’ve always said that a person who can’t handle cats is not someone I want around.

Where dogs bring out in me the desire to run, cats make me want to stretch and move my body slowly and with purpose. Cats make naps seem appealing, not the sign of laziness.

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June Buggie

But the most important lesson cats have taught me is the art of the hunt. When a cat goes after its’ prey, she practices incredible patience. Then, once caught, she will play with the creature, wearing it down before finally killing and consuming.

I liken that to our struggle today. This is not a fight to be won overnight. It will require incredible patience and diligence on our part. I may have to put my plans on hold for another day, but I will never give up. My existence depends on it.


So to my angry and despondent friends, take a lesson from your cat. Curl up and catch a few zzzzzz…… but with your ears perked up and one eye open. The time will come soon enough, and when it does, let’s all be well-rested and ready to pounce.

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I am a malamute that was rescued by Jen. I blog about animal welfare and responsible care of companion animals at rumpydog.com. You can follow me on Twitter - @RumpyDog. And don't forget to LIKE my Facebook page! Thanks!

Discussion

29 thoughts on “Living with Cats

  1. we can learn a lot from cats… ;O)))

    Posted by easyweimaraner | January 26, 2017, 10:51 AM
  2. People used to think cats were stupid because they couldn’t find their way through a maze when cats knew that activity served them no good purpose and no amount of cajoling or force could make them conform. Yes.

    Posted by Bernadette | January 26, 2017, 10:56 AM
  3. Hahaha yes I like that about cats they bide their time and wait for life’s opportunities.Now rabbit’s make us planers they plot and make out that they are going along with things and then they dig their paws in and put on the brakes when their plots are ready and then “Thump!” they let you know exactly what they think of things and how things are going to be from now on…..clever animals rabbits and born rulers and they to like to have a nap with one eye open along the way hahaha we can learn so much from the animals and our pets,xxx Rachel

    Posted by speedyrabbit | January 26, 2017, 11:17 AM
  4. Great post, I like having my cats present when I work, their energy even in repose is helpful, and they make it easy for me to relax too.

    Posted by ravenhawks magazine | January 26, 2017, 12:11 PM
  5. “cats make me want to stretch and move my body slowly and with purpose” to quote you = puuuuuurrrrrrfect!

    Posted by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | January 26, 2017, 12:17 PM
  6. beautiful; love the names

    Posted by sorrygnat | January 26, 2017, 2:28 PM
  7. Excellent post, Jen, highly descriptive of living with other species and the how we humans can learn from them!

    Posted by Catwoods | January 26, 2017, 4:28 PM
  8. Just Aaawwwwwwwwhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

    Posted by helentastic67 | January 27, 2017, 6:08 AM
  9. Patience is a pawsome lesson learned. 🐈

    Posted by Tails Around the Ranch | January 27, 2017, 9:20 AM
  10. You can learn so much from cats if you just let it happen!

    Posted by Paige Lovelace (@ohiogirl429861) | February 1, 2017, 10:09 PM
  11. so cute ! XD

    Posted by adittt | February 2, 2017, 1:44 PM
  12. Beautifully said. I always say that I want to come back as a cat. 🙂 They are amazing.

    Posted by jlee5879 | February 5, 2017, 2:09 PM
  13. Come check out just what you can learn from me. https://rorancatham.wordpress.com/

    Posted by QueenBear | February 19, 2017, 7:48 PM
  14. Thanks so much for sharing this. We have just lost our much loved cat Lenny to thrombosis and miss him so much. Our home just doesn’t feel complete without Lenny. He looked a little bit like your cat “Little Girl” in the photo. I think black cats have a very special nature. There are a couple of poems about Lenny on my poetry blog in case you have the time to look…

    Have a good Tuesday 🙂

    Posted by samba2017 | February 21, 2017, 4:33 AM
  15. My cats really help with my anxiety, if I’m panicking I’ll go and sit next to one of them and have a cuddle. I think there purring is so therapeutic!

    Posted by georgiaharvey1998 | February 21, 2017, 3:02 PM
  16. LOVE THIS! These babies are so precious!

    Posted by adrianaolverablog | March 2, 2017, 9:16 AM
  17. Thanks for sharing. I am a real cat lover and particularly enjoyed the photo of Little Girl who reminds me of our lovely Lenny who we lost in February. I have just started a poetry blog here on WordPress in case you have time to have a look? Have a good day, Sam 🙂

    Posted by samba2017 | March 28, 2017, 2:41 AM

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