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10 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Cats

Updated on June 29, 2019
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Krishna is a pet owner for as long as she remembers. She owns a dog along with several cats. She finds inspiration through her pet friends.

Perhaps one reason we are fascinated by cats is because such a small animal can contain so much independence, dignity, and freedom of spirit. Unlike the dog, the cat’s personality is never bet on a human’s. He demands acceptance on his own terms.

— Lloyd Alexander
Dipsy, one of our cats
Dipsy, one of our cats

It's been eight years since our house was graced by our feline friends. They keep on multiplying and our happiness multiplied too. I sometimes look at our cat friends and I can't help but realize the life lessons that I could learn from my furry friends. If you need inspiration or motivation, it might be good to look at your cats and learn from them [For dog lovers, here is an article about 10 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Dogs].

Here are some life lessons that you could learn from your cats:

1. Sleep Is Important

2. Take Life As An Adventure

3. Food Is Essential For Living

4. Show Affection To The Ones You Love

5. Stay Clean

6. Communicate Well

7. Fight Back When Needed

8. Have Fun And Play!

9. Live With Less Worries

10. Stretch

Our little kittens sleeping
Our little kittens sleeping

1. Sleep Is Important

Cats are often seen taking naps and resting well. They get loads of sleep especially short naps that they get enough energy to stay active through the rest of the days.

It is important for us humans to rest well too. Don't forget to take a break. Work well and rest well. Taking short naps every once in a while is a good thing too, to enhance focus and attention in whatever you plan to do for the rest of the day.

A picture of Winky, one of our cats, after exploring our backyard
A picture of Winky, one of our cats, after exploring our backyard

2. Take Life As An Adventure

Cats take life as an adventure. They are always curious about something. You can find them exploring your backyard, going to the tightest corner of your house - always looking for something.

Take life as an adventure. Know the things that you are curious about. Maybe, it is time to satisfy your curiosity. Want to know how to do certain crafts? Or you have a hunger for philosophy? Whatever it is that piques your interest, you can always learn and find out about it. Life is an adventure and learning is never too late.

3. Food Is Essential For Living

Cats eat often. There are many stray cats that you can find on streets that will beg for food whenever some people are eating nearby. You can find them always looking for food.

Cats show us that food is essential for living. Do not starve yourself. Eat at the right time. Remember that food is essential for your daily living.

4. Show Affection To The Ones You Love

Cats get close to the ones they love. Either they rub themselves to their favorite human or make a purring sound whenever they are being petted. Cats are too affectionate, you can't help but love them!

Express your love and care to the people and animals that are close to your heart. Life is too short to hide feelings of affection. Give love. Share love. Whenever you share, life gets a little better.


Meme cleaning himself
Meme cleaning himself

5. Stay Clean

Cats spend a lot of their time to clean themselves. And they do it several times a day!

Take care of your personal hygiene. Remember to take a bath and observe proper grooming. Look good, smell good, to feel good. Taking care of your well-being by being staying clean will let you feel good about yourself.

Katy Purry (our cat's name)
Katy Purry (our cat's name)

6. Communicate Well

Cats are not afraid to communicate. They meow when they are hungry, they purr when they are happy, and they growl when they give a warning. There are a lot of other sounds that a cat produces in order for them to communicate well. Cats are not afraid to seek attention whenever they want to communicate something.

Do not be afraid to communicate. Ask if you are curious. Listen if you want to understand. Ask questions, give feedback, communicate well. The world would be a better place if people would assume less, and communicate more. Avoid believing gossips. Clarify the truth by asking. Learn more by communicating.


7. Fight Back When Needed

Cats fight back when threatened. They give warning signs when they feel uncomfortable. Cats don't allow others to invade their personal comfort.

Learn to say no if you are uncomfortable. Do not say yes to everything. Learn to protect yourself and others. Guard your heart. Keep your privacy intact. Speak up when others are making you feel uncomfortable.

Our cats after playing around
Our cats after playing around

8. Have Fun And Play!

Cats run, play, and simply have fun! They always find time to enjoy themselves by running around or catching tails of other cats.

Cats are free-spirit. We, humans, could learn from them by living a fun life. Have fun and play. We are never too old to find humor in life. Spend good times with your loved ones. Have fun by treating yourself to your favorite past time. Play around and get physically active. Be happy and laugh. Live life to the fullest.

9. Live With Less Worries

Cats don't worry about a lot of things. They get things done by doing what they think they must finish and move on to the next. They are living at the moment and don't worry about the future.

We could live our lives with lesser worries. We tend to live our lives anxiously and full of doubts. Learn how to spend each day with lesser worries. Get things done bit by bit and eventually, all your worries will vanish. Trust the process of going through what you do every day, and eventually, you will find solutions to your problems. You don't have to have all the answers and solutions in your head, but everything will be okay someday.

Live for the moment. Worry about the big things later.

10. Stretch

Cats stretch their body whenever they can. They are one of the most flexible animals that ever graced the earth.

Stretch more. Exercise. Get physically active. Move your body. Dance, run or walk more. Take care of your body. Your future self will thank you for being physically active.

Take a look at your feline friends and learn from them. There are a lot of things that cats can show about life.

© 2019 Krishna

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