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Ten Lessons I Learned From My Cats

Updated on August 22, 2014

Ten Lessons I Learned From My Cats

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My wise Grandma has a theory that animals kept the innocence they originally had the beginning of the world. They are, she believes, a vestige of a time when we were all sinless and wide-eyed. And that is why animals are not malicious. And that's why animals are wise. My Grandma believes this, and I tend to agree with her.

I think we can learn a lot from animals, and in particular, cats. Cats seem to me, pure emotion, and they connect to us humans on an emotional level that in unequalled in the animal kingdom. I think we can learn a lot from these fur bundles of personality; here are the top ten things I think we can learn from our cats, in no particular order.

Lessons I Learn From My Cats

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Cuddle Often!
Cuddle Often!
Everything is important.
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Enjoy Being a Mom
Enjoy Being a Mom
Learn To Rest
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What we can learn from our cats

  1. Always clean up after yourself. Ever see a cat use the litter box? It's quite a process. Unlike some other animals, which shall remain unnamed, the cat does not leave her business out there in the open for who know who to view. No, she buries it, she cleans up. Now if we would all clean up after our own business, the world would be a pretty good place.
  2. Always look your best. Cats spend hours every day licking their fur, making sure every hair is in place. They don't think it's a waste of time to spend a little more time on grooming than the average human! So, if the cat can do it, why can't we preen a little more, without feeling guilty?
  3. Cuddle often. I live in a household with three cats and I can tell you that they are natural born cuddlers. Now, I know not all cats seem to cuddle but if you see them as babies, they can't get enough of touching one another. They pile up on each other; they can never get enough. They love to cuddle with their human. I think we all need to cuddle more often. It just makes us feel better.
  4. Go for what you want. The domestic housecat is known as a ferocious hunter. Why? They are never afraid to go for what they want. They see their prey, and they don't give up. Ever. And shouldn't we have a bit more of the cat in us? Going after our goals with intense focus, determined to catch our target.
  5. Cheap can be good. For our feline friends, money does not necessarily equal quality, in the cat's mind. A good majority of my cats' entertainment time has come directly from large cardboard boxes, random pieces of wrappers and a big roll of toilet paper. Their favourite real "toy" is a laser pointer, costing all of $2.00 at the Dollar Store. Expensive stuff isn't always better, and we can sometimes have the most fun without spending any money at all.
  6. Everything is important. Cats are curious about everything, because they think it's all important. No noise is not worthy of their attention. And they always want to know what you are doing, no matter how mundane. And curiosity keeps us young. And interesting.
  7. Be picky. Cats are notorious for being picky eaters and will often turn their nose up at some food that they previously adored. The takeaway? Have taste. For some things, the important things, demand quality.
  8. Purr when you're happy. Purring is exclusive to cats and what a beautiful gift it is, to purr. Purring is a statement of complete contentment and happiness. It is a tribute to the one you are with: it is a communication of love. I think we all could you do a bit of purring when we're happy. Let our honey know that we are so, so happy to be with them. Smile brightly when we spend some time with our Mom. Purr to show love.
  9. Enjoy being a Mom. My Grandma told me that there is nothing in the world like a mother cat with her kittens. She was right. There really isn't. A mother cat sits proudly with her kittens, enjoying them, loving them. The time with the mother is crucial to the kitten's development because she teaches them social skills, emotional development and confidence. So, if you're a Mom, be a proud Mama! It's an important job.
  10. Learn to rest. Cats sleep an average of 18 hours a day. They certainly don't skimp on rest. And they need it, because their waking hours are filled full of chasing, running, watching and climbing. They have to recover. And let this be a lesson for us: learn to rest. Take time to recuperate and to recover from your days. I am sure all the cats will applaud you!

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      Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub, my friend. This is so sweet and wonderful. Cats are wonderful pets to have and to give you love. Two thumbs up!

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      Niecey Docherty 23 months ago from Firth, Nebraska

      #11 - hide from people and then jump out at them when they're least expecting it. My cat did this to me yesterday, was hiding in a closed closet, up on a shelf, until I went to put the dustpan back in and she scared the poop out of me.

      I do love my cats though. I agree, they can teach us much. My ducks too, I learn so much from watching my ducks, about how to take it easy and enjoy the moments. They are creatures of leisure and pleasure.

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      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      @DDE, they surely do have their own worlds, and minds. Thank you so much for your kind words!

      @Michele, it is delightful to "meet" another cat lover. Your cat sounds adorable. My gray cat makes that exact same sound. My husband always mimics her, and it's hilarious! And I was surprised to find out about how much cats slept, too. Thanks so much for the comment, and take care.

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      Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      This is such a cute hub! I love it. I didn't know cats slept 18 hours a day! Wow! I usually sleep about 16 hours a day due to illness, so I guess my cat and I have that in common. Ha! Half the time I don't know where he is hiding. I guess that's why I don't see him so much - he's off somewhere sleeping. Too funny! I know cats are picky creatures - especially when it comes to giving you love and attention. You have to earn it or something. lol. I haven't gotten used to that. My boyfriend moved in with his cat this year; I'm home all day with our cat. I'm used to dogs who always want attention; our cat doesn't mind doing his own thing all day. Every once in a while, he will meow (sounds like "mauuuum" [mom]) when I'm sleeping in order to wake me up. He also has a longer meow that sounds like a baby crying when he wants me to check something out in his room. He's a goof! Great hub! Very entertaining. Voted up! ~Michele

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Ten Lessons I Learned From My Cats so useful, interesting and informative cats are felines and have their own worlds.

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Flourish, thanks so much for the comment! They are wise little creatures, I think. Have a wonderful week.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Beautiful! They sure do impart lessons. I love photos and the way you embellished them.

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      @Sue, thanks for the great comment! Yes, purring would be wonderful, wouldn't it? It's so soothing and full of joy. Take care!

      @Denise, that's wonderful that you have two kittens now. They are so, so fun to watch, aren't they?

      @Dg, thanks so much for your kind words and support. Have a great day!

      @Darryl, I am so glad you enjoyed the hub. Take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      @Bill, thanks so much for the kind comment. Yes, they really are wise animals, and they are very interesting to get to know. Have a great week!

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      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      An enjoyable hub...with more than just a ring of truth to it ;-)

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      great hub,,,,loved it....votes up and passing it on:-)

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Update here: we were adopted by two kittens recently and love to watch them play. So entertaining and yes, I follow their examples, haha.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Prairieprincess

      It would be very cool to be able to purr to show our love and contentment.

      A man I dated many years ago had a cat name Guido. I remember one time I was upset and Guido hopped on my lap and started to purr.

      Voted up and away

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      How did I miss this hub? Great lessons from your cats; what wise animals they are!

      Wonderful hub Sharilee; very creative and well-written

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Toknowinfo, that is so cool that you had a cat like our Gray Eye. She has a very unique personality.

      I agree with you about them teaching us about self-esteem. That is a good point, because they rarely lose their confidence! And basking in the sun, yes! They are so awesome. That is so cute about Sparky, and it's great to meet another cat lover.

      Take care and thanks for the votes and shares. That means a lot!

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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      I really love this hub. It was written with wisdom and humor and so much truth. Your gray cat reminds me of my cat Sparky who we will always miss. Cats also teach us about being independent and having a good self esteem. I also think cats are humble about their intelligence. They not only understand English, but I think they can speak it, but choose not to. Although Sparky, who was a Gray Siamese could speak, but would only do it in front of us. He would say hi when we walked in the front door and walk around the house saying Mommy hungry in the mornings. And I think cats teach us how to bask in the warmth of the sun and be in the moment. Thanks for a well written hub. Voted up, all the way and shared on twitter.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Jason, thanks for the input! Have a wonderful day.

      @Lulu, I am honoured. Thank you and have an excellent day!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Cheryl, wow! He dropped dead after impregnating all four of them? What a story! And 22 kittens all at once! Wow, that was 26 cats! I had eleven at one time, and I thought that was a lot. Good for you -- for finding that many homes. Take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Chris, yes, the title does sound like it could have been a humour hub! It was an answer to a question from HP and I just saw so many things everyday with my cats that I wanted to share. Thanks for the great comment!

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      lulu16 5 years ago from T & T

      Cat lessons to savour & enjoy. I am going to share this hub on my cat website.

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      Jason Ponic 5 years ago from Albuquerque

      What a great topic! Vote up!

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      cherylvanhoorn 5 years ago from Sydney

      I have two wonderful princesses in my house. They are my treasures and you are so right with what you have said.

      When I was living with my flatmate we had four female cats and a male cat. Sebastian promptly impregnated all of the female cats in the house and then dropped dead in the back yard. The result was twenty two lovely kittens that we all found a home for.

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      Chris Hugh 5 years ago

      Wow, I thought this was going to be a humor Hub, but there is great wisdom here, stuff I can learn from. Up and shared and I'm gonna put a link to it on my blog too so it doesn't get lost in my bookmarks.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Deborah, that's great that you were able to find a new cat friend after your older one passed on. I am sorry for your loss, too. Thanks for the positive feedback and have a wonderful night!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      well i love cats. I have a black cat name George.. he is new to the family.. My other black cat that I wrote about here at the hub Muffin she died two months ago, I had her for 14 years. and she ruled the house.. I absolutely loved her.. George is a great cat.. I have already fallen for him to.. lol

      Great hub

      Debbie

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Thom, I agree completely! They are so wise. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful evening!

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      thom w conroy 5 years ago

      Very good hub! I work at home and am around my three cats constantly - the knowledge on the Universe that can be gained from watching them is limitless.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Victoria, ha ha! That's cute. I do the box, thing, too. They are so fascinated by a new box in the house. I will have a look at your hub about comparing cats to dogs. Thanks so much for the comments!

      @parachute, thank you! Yes, aren't cats amazing? Have a great day!

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      Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      Excellent Hub Prairie. My husband & I are owned by a very nice Maine Coon cat. Cats Rule!!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      How did I miss this one???!!!! I have 6 cats, and they are all cuddly! And isn't it true about cheap being good. My cats do love the laser toy. Plus, I'll keep a new box in the house for several days until they get tired of getting in and out of it, hiding behind it, etc...They love boxes! I loved this hub and your photos. I may link this hub to mine about comparing cats and dogs--giving cats a chance. This is a lovely hub. Many votes!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @GD, you are so right! They pretty much run the show in our house, ha ha! Thanks for a great comment.

      @pp, that's funny. My cat, Jo, does that, too. She always think there must be something better around. Thanks so much for stopping by.

      @jd, so true! They are fantastic for stress, and you really don't need a television with a cat, because they are very entertaining!

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      jdelias 5 years ago

      Awesome hub! I have three cats of my own. To me, cats act as a stress relief because how can you be angry or sad when a fluffy cat comes of and purrs in your ear! Also, try balling up some aluminum foil and throw it by your cats. Mine love to go snatch it up in their mouths and bring it back.

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I enjoy you hub very much especially about the cats. I have a stray cat at home. She does sometimes irritate me when she keeps looking for food even though she had her cat biscuits 10min ago...Voted BEAUTIFUL!!

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      GDiBiase 5 years ago from Portland, ME

      Hi prairieprincess,

      Great hub! Your cats are very wise indeed and have you wrapped around their little cat paws, it seems.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Jeannie, ha ha! Even more than that, lol! Yes, from where I sit they seem to have it pretty good. Thanks for your hilarious comment. Take care.

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Aw, this is so sweet. I never realized cats sleep about 18 hours a day. They sleep even more than me!!! :-) Being a cat must be the good life. Voted up!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Stephanie, my regards to Gemini and I am glad you (and her) approve of my offerings. Wow, the link is much appreciated, too! I will also include your article in my list at the end of the hub. Have a wonderful day!

      @M0, awww! Say hi to Bella for me. Shiloh, Gray Eye and Jo say right back. Thanks for the support!

      @Denise, it's so nice to see you! I am glad that you could relate; it was fun to write. And about the game -- wow! I am so glad they like it. I played it my nieces this year, too, and it was a blast. Thanks again and take care.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Holy Smokes, PrairiePrincess-you hit the nail on the head with these ten tips of life from our cats. Great job and I especially loved #'s 3 and 10, just wished I had more of both, LOL.

      It's been too long since I've visited your work-I'm glad I did not miss this one. BTW-I did finally give the junior version of Apples to Apples to my older grandkids and we've played it several times-great game!

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      My cat Bella pressed "Vote Up" and "awesome" while I was reading and chuckling :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      My cat, Gemini, and I agree that there are many important lessons to be learned from cats! We love your hub!

      Voting up and linking to my hub on a cat's guide to happiness.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @RK, I agree, this is a good topic. I was so grateful to BKCreative for asking the question! I know all cat lovers will be able to relate. Thanks so much for coming by!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Rob, thank you. I will have to check that one. And you are right: pets in general are so good for teaching us lessons. I think they are gifts in our lives to help us through life. Thanks again, Rob!

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Very good. I love cats. This hub is similar to one I did a few months back called "Everything you need to know in life you can learn from a dog." Pets are great, both dogs and cats. they really are good teachers.

      Rob

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Eddy, yes! Here's to more hubs for both of us! That is the very cool thing about this platform: sharing these fun articles with the community. Thanks so much and enjoy your day, as well.

      @Deborah, hooray for three cats! Thanks so much for your comment. Have a great day!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Well done! This is an awesome hub topic, and you did a great job with it. I know that this will put a smile on so many cat lover's faces.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Dee, thank you so much! I completely agree. I think we really need to learn from animals, to remember what is important in life. Cats, especially, enjoy, almost demand that there be harmony in the house. They are amazing! Thanks again.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      This is a great hub. I agree our furry friends can teach us many important lessons. And I love my cats, all three of them!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Oh this is truly beautiful and I have to award my 'Up up and away' here.

      Thank you so much for sharing and here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      This is a great list...if humans would do just half of what is one this list I think we would be so much happier and a peace with one another.

      Great job!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Kiwi, our cats all do that, too! It is so sweet and we always wonder which cats we find in our beds when we wake up in the morning. It's nice to make the acquaintance of a fellow cat lover. Thanks for the lovely comment!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Cloverleaf, that's funny! Your husband must either love animals as much as you do, or be a very patient man. Or both! :) My husband did not like cats when we started this journey but now he is extremely fond of them.

      That's so cute that the cat came back! That must have been quite a happy day for you to see that little happy face. Thanks again!

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Oh, my. I think if I added any more cats to this mix, my husband would go live in the barn. We also have one dog, 2 rabbits, several chickens and one duck. The kittens came to us because someone was going to "dump" them. We had lost 2 from a coyote (or so we thought), and I found homes for 4 of them, and kept the rest. One of the ones we thought was lost to the coyote came home two months later. So, we now have 7. We had 8, but one has decided to go live at the neighbors. I guess he likes his food better...lol.

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      Max Zvyagintsev 5 years ago from New Zealand

      I love cats, and evenmore now after I've read your article Prairie.

      Cats are wonderful cuddlers :D

      I love it when you're asleep during winter, and halfway through the night they crawl onto your bed and sleep with you and keep you warm during the night.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      BK, thank you! Yes, your question was wonderful and inspired to write this hub, that was a lot of fun. I love writing about cats because it is effortless -- I love them so much. I appreciate the follow so much and want to have a fresh look at your hubs, too. I will definitely be following you, too. It's so nice to meet a fellow cat lover. Thanks again for the inspiration!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      This is so wonderful! Hope my hub question inspired you a bit. I have learned so much from my cat - including being happy being who she is - a cat. She has no desire to be me. Lovely. I must follow you so I can keep up with you and the family! Yay!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @Clover, wow, seven cats! That is amazing -- you have endless entertainment on your hands. We had eleven at one time when my cat, Jo, had kittens and that was craziness! Thanks for stopping by!

      @Made, I know what you mean about the cats affecting your mood. I read somewhere that a cat's emotional makeup is closer to that of a human's than any other animal. I do think that cats and humans are on the same wavelength. Thanks for the great comment. Take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      @SantaCruz, your cat has a blog, too? Good for her! All my cats do with the computer is sit on the keyboard when I'm trying to type. Thanks SO much for the share!

      @K, I completely agree! We really could learn so much from them. I never cease to be amazed by my kitties. Thanks for coming by!

      @Tina, thank you so much. You are right -- they really do make every day count, and that is the cool thing. They live in the moment, which I still need to learn. Thanks again for the comment!

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      Great hub! I've never thought of cats like this - that we can learn something from their behaviour. I have three cats and when they are calm, I feel calm. They really affect the mood. Voted up!

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Great hub. I have seven cats, and love watching them all. They really do know what is important in life, and we could learn from them. Up+

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      This is so true and cats know how to live life and how to make everyday count! I like the way you wrote this, it really becomes clear that we can learn so much from our cats!

      Voted up,

      Tina

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      K Kiss 5 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      This is why I just adore cats. Such wonderful tops of life from our darling pets. If only humans would learn a bit from them.

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      SantaCruz 5 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

      A wise & sweet hub, PrairiePrincess!

      I tried to use the FB Like button (using my cat's FB blog because she has lots of relevant followers) but it's not working... Will post a link though.