Anyone who’s spent more than 5 minutes with me will have heard all about Bella, my beloved cat familiar, faithful feline friend and constant companion (insert witch/ crazy cat lady/ Mrs. Slocam’s pussy joke here). Bella has taught me many valuable lessons about life and love. They say that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. Sensei Bella is a purring example of Eckhart Tolle’s words, ‘I have lived with several Zen masters-all of them cats’. Here are some lessons from the master.
Put your own needs first: Value yourself and your comfort above all else. If someone looks like they need a hug, ignore them. If they are about to stand up, jump on their lap. Demand to go outside, until the door is opened and then demand to stay inside, until the door is closed and repeat. Be aloof when meeting cat lovers and throw yourself at non-cat people. Be vocal about your desire for food whenever you feel like it. Be it the middle of the night or ridiculously early in the morning. The world revolves around you (lesson: self-love).
Don’t be afraid to take up space: Sprawl yourself across the ground and preferably the hallway. Claw a lap until it’s soft and fluffy. Perch yourself at awkward and inconvenient angles and walk across sleeping people and perhaps recline across their head. You are gorgeous and don’t you forget it! Parade around and purr, do flexible poses, carry yourself with grace in spite of age and weight. Jump on tables, on piles of washing and get cosy with the corner of the lap-top (lesson: self-confidence).
Always keep them guessing: Be mysterious. One moment, a pat may be much desired, the next, it’s a transgression worthy of losing a hand over! You reserve the right to change your mind. Too little pat or too much pat can result in a spat. Once again, demand to go outside, until the door is opened and then demand to stay inside again, until the door is closed and repeat. Change your mind about food, people and preferences. Don’t conform to expectations and keep them on their toes! Do I love them or hate them today? They will have to try their luck and see…(lesson: maintain your mystery).
Sleep it off: Catch 40 winks whenever and wherever possible. Hard day? Easy day? Morning? Afternoon? Evening? Sleep is the always the answer. Nap in the morning sunshine, get under the covers in the afternoon and snooze on laps and chairs throughout the evening and night. Aim for 20 hours a day. Never feel guilty about sleep. It is one of your needs and your needs come first! (lesson: prioritise pleasure)
Fight or flight: Go from 0 to 100 and back again when needed. Always be prepared to scrap with a neighbouring cat (neighbours do not always make good friends), pounce on pesky prey or run and hide in impossibly tight spaces. As soon as the need for fight or flight is over, go back to what you were doing without a second thought. Namely eating or sleeping. (lesson: trust your instincts)
Even though my pussy was out of control last night, I still love her. Bless you Bella! You really have taught me a thing or two about valuing myself, maintaining an aura of mystery and living in the moment. Thanks for all the good times on the couch and I forgive you for the occasional scratch. You are a Zen goddess!
Love and light and purrs! Xxx Yvette
Enjoyable to read more about cats and how Bella has taught you many valuable lessons. I have also been more of a dog person than a cat person. I did grow up with a cat but preferred the family dog. Thank you for such a detailed insight into cat behaviour. It always seemed strange to me when visiting friends that their cat would come and sit on my lap or climp up onto the couch next to me rather than sitting on another visitor’s knee. Now I understand!
I also like how you have organised the paragraphs such as Put your own needs first: then ended the paragraph (lesson: self-love). Look forward to next week’s blog.
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Thanks! Yes cats are very unpredictable but intriguing! I also like dogs but they require more exercise and give you sad looks when you leave the house instead of the indifferent glare I get from Bella. I appreciate you reading and commenting and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on future blogs xxx Yvette
Mrs Slocombe you’re needed in the haberdashery department!
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My pussy is out of control Captain!
Lots of fun Yvette. Xx go Bella!
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She certainly keeps me on my toes! X