Wise beyond their whiskers

Guest post by Angie Bailey

Feeling stressed? Lacking confidence? Aren’t getting enough rest? Put down that latest self-help book and behold the stealthy swami that is the cat. These sleek sages know how to expertly embrace a peaceful, present, and playful existence. When I observe my three fuzzy felines and the manner in which they “are,” I cannot help but pick up a few tips.

  • Ask for what you want. Load your life (or nine) with all of your desires and meow for more! The world is your toy basket – fill it full of your very own equivalent of catnip mice and feathers-on-a-stick.
  • Watching birds is an entertaining and relaxing way to spend a slice of time. Talking to the birds creates an even kickier encounter!
  • Strech out in a spot of sunlight. Cats are the ultimate yoga masters, mastering such poses as Downward Licking Leg, Restful Reclining Reach, and Bending Bum-Bathe. I recommend the first two.
  • Bask in your own personal style – cats don’t worry if a tuft of fur is out of place or if an ear is turned inside out for several hours. Flaunt your fantastic flair!
  • Raucous play can be excellent exercise. Go ahead, burn a few calories by enthusiastically batting an aluminum foil ball around on the kitchen floor…you know you want to!
  • Be sure to eat lots of greens and protein, but indulge in a tempting treat now and again.
  • Create time for naps – curling up with someone else for a serene snooze is even better.
  • If someone flicks his tail in your face, don’t take it personally – find that spot of sun and stretch again. And then nap.
  • Detachment is key to happiness. If your food bowl is moved, adjust and find something positive about the new location.
  • Always trust your intuition. If a situation causes you to pause, for purr’s sake, jump in with all paws!
  • Practice presence. Offer the gift of your full attention to the friend who’s extended her paw in play and when you’ve moved on to patio-door-bird watching, enjoy every morsel of those moments. Look – a sparrow!
  • Unconditional love is what it’s all about. Cats love us when we feel great and adore us just as equally when we wear our cranky pants.

Cats are quite wise beyond their whiskers. Gratefully welcome the profundity of their purrs and their flair for frisky frolicking. Share a sunny spot with a cat for a few minutes and see if you don’t feel a little more centered. Looking to learn the secret to leading a happy and fulfilling life? The cat’s out of the bag – look no further than your four-legged feline.

Copyright © 2009 Angie Bailey. All Rights Reserved.

Angie Bailey writes humorous essays and musings about cats, family, and glimpses into the quirky, delicious, and oftentimes thought-provoking experiences of life for her blog Catladyland.

13 Comments on Wise beyond their whiskers

  1. Frank Ferrel
    July 31, 2015 at 10:49 pm (6 years ago)

    You left out curiosity. While the saying goes curiosity killed the cat, let’s change that theory to a life longer learner. Read as much as possible, about as much as possible. Be curious! Don’t be afraid to learn something new.

  2. Jay
    February 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm (10 years ago)

    We can learn so much from our cats.
    Maybe not as much from Torties – that’s how wars get started.

  3. Angie, Catladyland/Katt Food
    February 11, 2011 at 5:53 am (10 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing my post, Ingrid! I really should hang this on my mirror as an everyday reminder. These cats have some serious inner wisdom 😉

    • Ingrid
      February 11, 2011 at 6:02 am (10 years ago)

      My pleasure, Angie! We’re lucky to have these cats in our lives to remind us about what really matters.

  4. Tammy
    February 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm (10 years ago)

    Great post from Angie – and definitely sage advice 🙂

    • Ingrid
      February 9, 2011 at 8:42 pm (10 years ago)

      Glad you enjoyed the post, Tammy.

  5. Max the Quilt Cat
    February 9, 2011 at 10:00 am (10 years ago)

    Great advice indeed! Love the picture too.

    pawhugs, Max

    • Ingrid
      February 9, 2011 at 12:01 pm (10 years ago)

      I’m sure you’d have a few more items to add to the list, Max.

  6. Esme
    February 9, 2011 at 10:35 am (10 years ago)

    So true-we have noticed that once they wake up they are always stretching-I think that is another tip we should take from them.

    • Ingrid
      February 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm (10 years ago)

      Esme, I agree! I’ve had minor back issues in the past and it’s become second nature for me to stretch before getting up, but it took a lot of effort to incorporate that into my routine initially. To cats, it just comes naturally!

  7. Marg
    February 9, 2011 at 7:38 am (10 years ago)

    That is a great post. Angie is a wonderful person.We read her blog all the time.

    • Ingrid
      February 9, 2011 at 12:01 pm (10 years ago)

      I love Angie’s blog, too, Marg – it makes me laugh out loud a lot.


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