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Cat Lovers, Things We Learn from Our House Cats

Updated on November 26, 2013

This article is dedicated to all of the Cat Lovers out there. Many times I have wondered what all the fuss over a cat is about, but after living with a couple of them for the past year and a half, I am convinced the fuss is well earned; at least this is what my cats are telling me. The things we can learn from our house cats seem quite obvious to our cats, but regularly elude our human awareness. While the thump of a wagging dog tail may thrill those like me who treasure the company of canines, a true cat lover will always choose the full throttled purr of the family house cat.

Cat Lovers seem to be the people who understand that a cat is not an aloof creature at all, but rather that a cat harbors a deep appreciation for the feline dignity born within them. To understand and learn from our cat companions can change the mannr we humans take our stride through life. (If only we could manage the swift swish of a tail or the purring-trill of pure glee that defines the moods found within our family cats.) Lets move ahead to find the things we can learn from our house cat companions:

"Cats" Live in the Moment

If you observe a cat as she saunters through the house, it becomes evident that she is truly living in the moment. She appears fully free of any guilt (knowing you haven't yet found your knitting yarn strewn throughout the master bedroom) and other unpleasant emotions. If you can begin to think like your cat, without being encompassed by the "should haves" and "what ifs," your peace of mind may well turn in to a peaceful day. Stop pining about the past and freaking out about the future. As does your house cat, strive to stroll confidently and worry free within the present, taking things as they are instead of how they develop inside your mind. You will never catch a cat making an appointment for therapy!

12 Plants That Make Cats Sick

Never use these plants in a cat occupied home:

  1. Azelea
  2. Daffodil bulbs
  3. Dieffenbachia
  4. Geranium
  5. Holly
  6. Impatiens
  7. Ivy
  8. Mistletoe
  9. Morning glory
  10. Oleander
  11. Philodendron
  12. and Poinsettia.

A "Candid Cat" is a "Happy Cat"

If you look closely, you will find the candid nature of a cat. They ask for exactly what they want ("where's the Tuna stashed"). There is never a question as to what a cats goal is (watch a cat chasing down scampering vermin). If we take this action in our human lives, we find the outcome to be far more successful indeed. If you crave something, simply chase it down with vigor, and hold on tight so it can't get away (the handsome new guy in the cubicle next to you seems a worthy goal).

Make a "Date with Your Cat"

This does not mean bring catnip and make dinner reservations for you and your cat, (felines are rarely in the mood for a car ride for any reason). I simply mean, be sure to make time everyday for your cat. Set aside time to heartily greet and caress your house cat. A quick pat on the head or a brief scratch on the back as you buzz out the door on your way to work or play, does not constitute cat companion time. He deserves more than that. Take the time to pick him up to caress and cuddle him whenever the moment pops up. This can be applied to your human relationships as well. NOTE: I don't see the pat on the head or the picking up options for your human relationships working out as well as they will for your cat relations, employ people friendly tactics when dealing with humans.


8 Plants That Won't Hurt Your Cat

These plants are just fine for your feline:

  1. Begonia

  2. Chamomile

  3. Fern

  4. Lavender

  5. Peppermint

  6. Spider plant

  7. Violet

  8. Zinnia

"Cats Enjoy a Little Solitute"

All cats find their alone time quite valuable. They are less likely to be adhered to you as if you were both positive or negative components of Velcro. Your cat understands that time alone is seriously underrated, and vital to the recharging of our engines. Indulge yourself with 15 minutes of solitude each day. If your sweet little house cat decides to join you, it's purrfectly alright. (Make sure she doesn't bring her cell phone with her, that's just asking to be interrupted.)

"House Cat Bonus Trivia"

  • Using your cat's name at every chance you get will help her to recognize that this is a special noise just for her. She will soon realize that this special noise her human makes is associated with some pretty cool things; like petting, playing, and of course cat snacks!

  • Allow your cat to train you a little bit. When she becomes vocal, meowing for what may seem like no reason, chat back. Even as you don't speak fluent feline, your cat will appreciate the response. When she is chatting with you, be sure to learn when she is asking for a cat treat, which honestly is probably the only thing she will ever talk about.
  • You can adore your cat with the blink of an eye. While long periods of direct eye contact can feel threatening to your cat, a gentle wink has a very different feeling. Try watching your feline as she offers this much sought after cat affection; the relaxed "wink" of both eyes. When you catch the gaze of your cat, try gently blinking first to see if you can inspire her to respond in the same manner. This is a quiet and flattering way to "chat" with your cat.

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What's in a "Cat's Meow" - The Meaning of "Cat Chat"

Your cat is capable of making up to 20 distinct sounds, each having their own specific meaning. No one has yet developed a cat translation tool as such, but the following are 5 common "cat chat" tips that can help you to avoid being the bearer of an unintentional feline faux paw :

  1. Meow - This is a demand for immediate attention. Your cat is saying, "You're behind with my dinner" or "It's time to wrestle—right now."
  2. Mew - This little sound is generally used by kittens in search of food or comfort.
  3. Chirp - This lovely trilling melody almost ends with a question mark. It generally indicates a friendly greeting like, "I'm so glad you're home."
  4. Hiss - This sound needs little translation and is a clear and direct recommendation as in, "You should get the heck away from me."
  5. Purr - Even though we aren't actually sure how cats make this delightful noise while continuing to breath and with closed mouth, we can decipher it to some degree. It is mostly an indicator for contentment, but can also occur when a cat is stressed, most evident when visiting the family vet.

Cat Conclusion

No matter how obvious the things a cat knows may be to him, we have to watch closely to observe the tiny details he displays. If we can manage to confirm our appreciation for the cats who reside within our homes, we might also find that they can show us a better way to handle our human possibilities. Simply put, the things we can learn from our house cat, are plenty.

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  • Paladin_ profile image


    7 years ago from Michigan, USA

    A very informative and enjoyable hub! (I'm a kitty lover, too).

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    David Alderson 

    8 years ago

    Great article for a cat lover like me. Sounds like you are one with your cats. In my stories as Max Da Cat it is fun to convey the thoughts he has. By the way the white cat in your article looks like lovely Lolita in my short stories.

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    Stephanie Henkel 

    8 years ago from USA

    I love cats and love your hub! While I like dogs and most other animals, too, I've had cats since I was a child and can't imagine life without a bossy, cuddly, talkative feline. Now we even take our cats RVing; they're wonderful travelers and great companions!

  • Lucky Cats profile image


    8 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

    What a great hub! Thoroughly enjoy your lighthearted way of describing our feline friends. Amazingly good writer who adds a bit of a laugh along the way.

  • schoolgirlforreal profile image


    8 years ago

    Hi K9, I too love cats and they do communicate interestly enough! My hub on The cat with the big heart you might like. I enjoyed your analagy of cats, the more info the better!


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    Feline Prophet 

    8 years ago

    Well done K9keystrokes! It's time more people realised how much there is to learn from felines! :)

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    Susan Ng Yu 

    8 years ago

    I've learned a lot from my three cats too. They've even got me disciplined enough to wake up at 6am every day to give them food and clean their litter box. Hehe. :D

  • K9keystrokes profile imageAUTHOR

    India Arnold 

    8 years ago from Northern, California

    Simone~ Thank you for stopping by for a read. Do you consider the comment section of the HubPages writing contest to be "Gamification" worthy? I enjoyed your hubs on the subject.


    Fusia~ I am so glad you liked the hub. As you are a dedicated cat lover, it is my gift to you! Thank you for your lovely commments and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


  • fucsia profile image


    8 years ago

    I too am a cat person. I love the independence, the way in wich they look for tenderness and give tenderness. I love your meow, and the fact that thay are always honest. You are right: we can learn much from cats.

    Very nice Hub!

    Voted Up!

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    Simone Haruko Smith 

    8 years ago from San Francisco

    Hahaa- cats really are so candid. Great Hub!

  • K9keystrokes profile imageAUTHOR

    India Arnold 

    8 years ago from Northern, California

    Steph Harris~ You are so cool! What a good mum you and the cat both are. Thank you for stopping by today. Glad you agree with my take on a cats attitude, I am gaining high regard for these sweet critters! I appreciate your support Steph!


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    Steph Harris 

    8 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

    I have always been a cat person, but had to re-home my cats I had years ago because I became pregnant and had heard some terrible stories of jealous cats and babies. Anyway, my daughter was seven years old and my cats mother walked into our house one day, adopted us and after a couple of weeks we realised she was pregnant. So, four weeks later she gave birth to four beautiful little kittens, she was healthy, they were healthy and she was a good mum for 12 weeks. We were able to home three of the kittens, my daughter was quite desperate to keep one kitten, a tiny female kitten, the smallest of the litter, ginger and white. She is still small now, but she is certainly the boss of our Springer Spaniel dog, he won't move in the house unless she says he can. Believe it or not though, the dog has caused her to relax more around him and us and also we are all more relaxed around the two of them,animals are so very good for us. I love your description of the cat, walking around the house, totally in the moment, and we all need a little solitude in our day, you are so right there. Thank you for writing this very enjoyable hub:)

  • K9keystrokes profile imageAUTHOR

    India Arnold 

    8 years ago from Northern, California

    LoopyGem~ Thank you so much fro your comments. Two Siamese cats in your house? Yikes, that's a lot of cat chat! I really apprecite you stopping by today, happy hubbing!


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    8 years ago from Canada

    Love this hub!! I am a definite cat person. I like their independent nature and how they only come to you when they want to...not because they've been told to,like a dog. :) I have 2 siamese cats, these are my favorite. If you think a regular house cat has lots of vocal should hear mine in the morning when they haven't seen a human for the night....we get told off every morning in the cutest way! :) Voted up!!


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