How To Be The Cat's Meow
By Ellen Whyte, author of Katz Tales at http://blog.lepak.com
As any ailurophile can tell you, living with cats is a truly humbling experience. Cats are the epitome of sensible living. They never, ever overeat and make themselves ill - even at Christmas. But that's not all. Cats who enjoy human company, find themselves a family they like, move in and live a life of luxury only enjoyed by multimillionaires. They command the most comfortable spots for snoozing, regular meals made from delicious delicacies, twice daily massages and recreation on demand.
My home is dominated by three cats: Au, Target and Guido. Like all cats my three furry faces are extremely intelligent and manipulative. They can turn the average human being into a cat's paw in the shake of a whisker…
|Do what I want, NOW!|
One question is: how do they do it? Better still: how can I live life as comfortably as a cat? Well, I’ve been taking lessons from our felines, and over the next 10 days I’ll share my best tips on how you too can cash in on that feline charm.
Lesson #1 "Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want." --Joseph Wood Krutch
When cats want something they consider is due to them, such as breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper, cuddles or a fresh bowl of cool water, they will ask for it with the loud YA-OW every cat lover is familiar with.
The time of day or your convenience is irrelevant. If on the other hand a cat is asking for a special favour, their approach is quite different: purring vigorously they caress your ankles or pose in the most appealing attitudes until you give in.
Likewise, if you want something from someone, a cat's approach can be copied.
Firmly demanding what is due to you without embarrassment or apology will prompt compliance as well as making everyone respect you into the bargain. Try it once and you'll never use the weak pleas like sorry to bother you, but may I have my wages/refund/property back again.
When asking for a favour, purring may be difficult to achieve and rubbing someone ankles may not be the best approach, however, you can copy the spirit of the approach.
Adopt a soft advance that starts with a compliment or two, and ends with an indication of how grateful you will be if your favour is granted. You’re so incredibly clever, and I admire the way you do that…I’d be ever so grateful if you’d cut the grass/take care of the shopping/do my annual taxes for me.
Believe me, copying your cat’s tactics will significantly improve the chances of your every wish being gratified.
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