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5 Lessons I Have Learned from My Faith Kitty

Filed under: Motivation — by Glenda at 7:57 pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My Faith kitty has been unwell for a week. Geriatric Vestibular Syndrome? Brain tumour? Diabetes? I do not yet know. Yesterday’s blood test does not reveal a definitive answer. What ever it turns out to be, hopefully it is easily treated.

I am taking a leave from everything that can wait. Writing about my evening with Oprah (!) can wait, as can launching my speaker site, finishing year-end bookkeeping and sundry other things that typically occupy my time. Rather, I am spending my time caring for and watching over Faith – my top priority at the moment.

Glenda sitting beside Faith under the blanket

In this photo, the green lump beside me is Faith, safe and cozy under the Mom-knitted blanket. Note the water and food bowls on the end of the couch: the cutting edge trend in home decor!

During this leave I have had time to reflect the upon the lessons I have learned from Faith over the last (nearly) 17 years:

1. When tired, nap. She often tells me it is nap time. I am not sure whether it is because she knows better than I do when I need a nap or it is because she needs time with me, on her terms. Either way, I generally do not argue; she is persistent.

2. Be in the moment. Whatever might happened tomorrow, next week or next month might or might not happen. Right now a purring kitty wants her ear rubbed or her back massaged – until she tells me she has had enough. If I am listening and paying attention, I don’t need to be told a second time because that involves a claw in the back of my hand, immediately bringing me back to the now.

3. Relinquish ego and control. Faith cuddles on her own terms, not when I would like her to and I need to be okay with this. Surely this can be applied to other aspects of life too.

4. Take the last bite of a meal to another level. Faith typically takes the last mouthful to the floor to eat; when the bath mat is down, even better. I have yet to realize the significance of this, but I am sure a profound one exists. After 17 years, I am still learning.

5. Appreciate the small gestures made by others. Both will feel good.

Faith lying on a towel in the sun with the caption: "The cat says, "If your bed isn't in the sun, have your people move your bed!"

What lessons have your beloved pets taught you?

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Comment by S. Emerson & Hera

January 30, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

From Hera:
Faith we are sooo much alike we could be twins! We are even the same breed of cat.

My cat sitters think it’s funny that in my Hera rules it says: “I like my toys just where they are. I might play fetch with you, you could give it a try.”

I too decide when it’s time to get up, time to cuddle, time to stroke me and rub my ears.

Food takes better off the floor, don’t you think? Do you move your dishes into the middle of the kitchen as a hint they need filling too?

Our humans take some training but they are worth it.

MsHera’s Human:
She has taught me

Having a cat is like have a toddler in the house. You have to baby proof everything!

Not to ignore the gentle scratches on my leg cause I’m not going to win. Deal with things as they happen. Procrastination doesn’t work.

Both of us:
Faith hope you feel better real soon!

Hugs & Kisses
S. Emerson & MsHera

Comment by Amber Cleveland

January 31, 2013 @ 12:16 am

Glenda,

I certainly hope that Faith gets better soon! I wrote a post about my little guy Jory last year and thought I’d share with you, I hope you like it.
http://amcleveland.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/12-lessons-i-never-expected-to-learn-2/

((Hugs))

Amber

Comment by Lisa Keith

January 31, 2013 @ 9:36 am

My Rottie, Murphy, tells me when it’s time to get up – no sleeping in – and when it’s time to go to bed. He lives by the Franklin adage, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy,wealthy and wise.” he teaches me who the “good” people are and who is suspect. he loves unconditionally. What a gift.

Comment by Tim King

February 4, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

My Tessie-cat taught me to enjoy every minute you can with the people you love, because life is short.

She taught me more, too, but I haven’t written about those lessons yet.

-TimK

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