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7 Things We Should Really Learn From Cats (or at least, my cat):

By Eliana Goldenholz Hi there, reader. You may be wondering, what could I possibly learn from a hair-ball-vomiting

creature? To that, I say, read on, you cat-hater! (There’s so much more to them, you know! How would you feel if I called you a snot-nosed creature? Or what about a baby-animal consumer? Doesn’t feel so nice, huh?

1. Gratitude. My cat is always very polite when asking for food, and when he gets his food

(which, I may add, is the exact same dish EVERY DAY) he is SOO grateful for it, and he

really shows his appreciation (through a series of headbutts, purrs, and kisses). So, what

if we, you know, got better at being thankful for the food we get, and focused on what is

in front of us, instead of what else could be in front of us?

2. Sleeping curled up/making ourselves comfortable no matter how much space is

given to us. I mean, this is a universal cat thing. But what if we could do that? Like if

you’re at a hotel, and you get a really uncomfortable bed, but then you just rearrange

yourself, and -- voila! -- you’re comfortable! Or you’re on the couch with your entire

family, and you feel yourself falling off…just curl up, and you’ll be the most stable one


3. Dealing with our problems ourselves. Imagine that (I know). How do cats do this you

ask? Well, what is a cat’s sworn enemy? Mice. Do you ever see cats going up to their

owners with a pleading look on their faces? I think not! In fact, they do the opposite.

They bring their owners the dead mouse as proof of their resourcefulness, asking not for

help, but for a "congratulations" on solving their problem(s).

4. Needing very little to keep us entertained. I mean, if I give him a pom-pom, yes, a pom-

pom, he’s been entertained for quite some time. Now, kids these days need so much—like,

more than one toy! Parents would save a pretty penny if all their kids needed was a ball

of yarn.

5. Keeping our mouths shut every once in a while. You know that guy, Patrick, who sits

next to you on the plane and won’t stop talking to you about his stock investments for

the whole five-hour ride? Well, if Ol’ Pat learned from my ol’ cat to meow--I mean talk--

only when he actually has something to say, plane rides would be a lot more enjoyable,

wouldn’t you say?

6. Cleaning up after yourself. A wonderful thing about cats (that dogs DO NOT do, hm) is

their ability to use litter boxes. Now, I will be honest here. Sometimes, on days where

the litter doesn’t speak to him, he, err, he misses the litter box (eww) and leaves it

somewhere in our territory. Yet, he still buries it in the (very little) dust he finds! And

gets it in a corner! (Sometimes.) Ok, maybe I haven’t made a great case for this one, but

you get the idea. Tidy up when you can.

7. Noticing the little things. My cat does this very well—he notices the little things, and by

that, I mean the VERY little things, like air molecules (that can suddenly make him go

berserk). If he can do that, I bet you can acknowledge the flowers on the table.

There is one thing, and I mean one thing only, that we do that they do not. It’s not creating

deep relationships, leading meaningful lives, or sophisticated thought (I think we can agree

most people don’t have that capability). Let me just give the message directly to them:

Cat, you really don’t need to lick your butt right in front of us while we are eating dinner. If you

really have to, just go somewhere private, ok? Thanks.


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