Man, that bratty cat. He is always demanding my attention. Isn't being loved so terrible? No, seriously, he has taught me a lot about how to love. So, here we go...
FOUR LESSONS OF LOVE MY CAT TAUGHT MELOVE UNCONDITIONALLY
No matter how grouchy I am in the morning, Shadow always comes back the next day. He immediately forgives me for knocking him off the bed or shooing him away. However, he expects the same from me. I can pop him for knocking my drink off the table and he will be back in my lap five minutes later. This is the most common lesson learned from pets and definitely worth it.
GIVE WHAT YOU WANT TO RECEIVE
When Rory and I were newlyweds, I used to get so upset that he wasn't giving me as much affection as he did before our marriage. I would get mad and sulk (Because, you know, that makes a man want to be close and hug you, right?). If only Shadow had been there to give me advice. When Shadow wants my attention, he gives me attention. He doesn't sulk and wait on me to come around. He finds me and makes it happen. Honesty moment: I hate to admit it, but on a daily basis if you add it all up Shadow probably gets more attention than Rory. Rory gets enough, so he doesn't mind. This lesson isn't just for relationships, but it is also true for friendships. All my life I have listened to "Friend A" complain that "Friend B" never calls her to talk or asks her out to lunch. Funny thing is that "Friend B" has the same complaints. If you want to talk to someone, just call them. If you want to go to lunch with someone then just ask them. Let's not overcomplicate things or be too sensitive... just sincerely give to others what you want to receive in return.
Firstly, you are never too old to play and have toys. Let's just get that out of the way. Shadow will be nine years old this year which is like 52 in human years and it hasn't slowed him down a bit. He loves to sit on the back of his favorite comfy chair and grab people (and dogs) as they walk by. Even after all these year it still makes me jump and laugh. Shadow also loves to play fetch and attack mirrors.
LISTEN EVEN IF YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHAT IS BEING SAID
Yes, I talk to my cat. According to this site, cats can understand 25-35 words. I think they know more than that, but don't let on the way that dogs do. I am very consistent with words and intonation when I speak to my pets. For example, I use "get down" when they are somewhere they are not allowed, "Out" to leave the room or area, "drop it" when they have something they shouldn't, etc. Yes, cats can be trained and they do listen. Sometimes mine act like teenagers by back-talking and staling, but ultimately they do what I say. Occasionally, the crazy cat lady in me comes out and I say more than commands. I don't think I have ever "confided" in my cat (not judging if you do) but I do talk to him. And, he actually listens. I know that he doesn't have a clue what I am saying, but he turns his ears to me and sometimes will come nuzzle me. Rory likes a lot of nerdy things that I just don't know anything about. Over the years, I have learned more about comic books than I ever cared to know. Regardless, I listen because comic books are something that he cares about. Lately, I have been racking up bonus points by asking clarifying or follow up questions! Yes!
Do you have any lessons to add? Most importantly, I want to see pictures of your kitty cat(s)! I might just have to do a follow up post to share all the cuteness! Please leave your links below.