Life always amazes me. Sometimes we learn lessons from the most unlikely sources. I brought cats into my life to fill our house with joy and cuteness, and to give my children someone to cuddle with. All of our cats are rescues. What’s funny is that they have rescued me far more than I have rescued them. What my cats have taught me about how to live life is absolutely priceless.
There are three cats that live in my house. First was Pursia, an orange and black beautiful tabby who came to us on Halloween. She is named like the princess she is. She demands that her water be fresh, only drinking from running water in the bathtub. She will only eat her food out of separate food dishes than my other cats. She only likes to be pet on her face and snuggle on her special blankie, reserved only for her. In fact if one of the other cats sleeps on her blankie, she refuses to sleep on it until we wash it. We jokingly call her Jekyll & Hyde kitty. I say jokingly, but really she is! When she doesn’t get her way, she is mean! She holds onto a grudge for days and she has a long memory. Once we have angered our princess kitty, it takes us days of pampering to make it up to her and get her to be nice again. Sound like anyone you know?
Next came Sebastian. Sebastian is a big lug, fat and super fluffy. Like Gabriel Iglesias fluffy. He came to us in the fall, already full grown. He must have come from a home full of children because he loves them. He is our lonely guy, though. This poor little kitty is always depressed. He will only eat his food when you have topped off the food dish and will absently wait by the dish, not looking at you, until you fill it up. Even if it is full, he wants you to top it off so he knows he is loved. He never acknowledges you when you talk to him or say his name. 10% of the time he comes when you call him and he never comes quick. Nope, he’s always as slow as he can! He hates it when you pet him and only snuggles with you on his terms. But he always wants to be brushed. If he is dead asleep and you walk by, he will jump up and sit by the brush. “I want my brushy!” is what we say for him. When he isn’t being brushed or waiting to have his food bowl filled, he’s sleeping. He sleeps 23 1/2 hrs a day! I’m serious!! The only time I have ever seen him happy was when I had surgery and I was confined to the bed for four weeks. He slept with me everyday and was so grateful that I was lazy too. Talk about a couch potato!
The newest addition to our family is our kitty Felix! He came to us this past fall, chasing a string that the neighbor kids were dragging. It was cold and the neighbors didn’t want a kitten, so we decided to let him stay in the garage. We decided to feed him and give him a bed for the night, and then decide what to do with him the next morning. My husband said that we should open the garage door a few inches and see if he left or whether he would stay or not. I thought that made sense. So I opened the house door to the garage to open it and guess what. In walked Felix. And that was that, he’s been ours ever since. Our son named him, and it’s the perfect name for a jet black cat with yellow eyes and 6 little white hairs on his chest! Felix has taught me so much about life and the way that I want to be. He is always happy! No matter what! If you accidentally step on his tail, he forgives and forgets it in 30 seconds. Really! He is cuddly and loving, desiring your attention, love and pets 80% of the time. If you are too busy to give him the attention he needs, no problem! He finds a ball or an earplug or another cat to play with. If he’s naughty and gets in trouble and he gets sprayed by the squirt bottle, he walks away saying “Wait, how did I get wet?” And he doesn’t learn, he just goes right back to what he was doing. He is the most curious little guy I have ever seen. One time we were unloading groceries into the fridge. A few minutes later, my husband opened the fridge to get something and out popped Felix. Cold, but oh so happy to be with us again!
I have often reflected on my three cats and what they have taught me about how I want to be and how I don’t want to be! I don’t want to hold a grudge for days. I don’t want to be so particular about everything that I stress everyone out around me. I don’t want to lie in my bed all day and bemoan my woes. I do want to be loving, cuddly and happy. I want to be able to forgive in 30 seconds flat and get on with my joyful life! I want to be in a state of wonder about everything that is new in my life! I want to play more, and worry less. I want to enjoy my food, pester my close friends, and snuggle with family. I want to ask for love when I need it, and I want to give love when someone is down. And I especially want to love people who are stuck on the toilet. Ok, not really – why do cats do that anyway?
I’m so grateful for my cat Felix and how he has taught me to let things roll off my back and look for the joy in life. I am grateful to Pursia for teaching me that it’s ok to be a princess sometimes, and not to be too bitchy. And I’m grateful to Sebastian for teaching me to enjoy food, and that little things can mean I’m loved.
They were all strays that we adopted. We gave them a home and safely and shelter and love. But they have filled our hearts ten times over!
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