Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lessons I 've Learned From Living With Cats - Or How To Be The Cat's Meow

Lessons I 've Learned From Living With Cats
Or
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!
Take our senior cat Au. He can get us out of bed at 2AM and 5AM to feed him biscuits, but if we oversleep and he has to meow us up for his “official” breakfast at 7AM, we apologise profusely while he gives us absolute hell at the top of his lungs. We’d never take it from a human, but we kowtow to our cat.

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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29 comments:

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We had to look up that word, never heard it before - ailurophile.

Since the humans here have never had cats, we all probably have a lot to learn from your posts:) Mom says we already do a pretty good job of making our needs and wants known - BOL.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Well of course I ask for what I want. If it is not delivered in a timely manner, I ask again...

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

this was right on the money! I think many of us who love our cats not only recognize them in this beautifully written post but we recognize ourselves!!!

xoxoxo

Simba said...

Many truths there. I have to disagree about no cats overeating - dear Audrey would truly eat much too much if she was given the chance.

Whisppy said...

Ask. If that fails, DEMAND.

Neri said...

*off to make a t-shirt that says 'Proud to be an ailurophile'*

BeadedTail said...

Those lessons are pretty right on! We have foods available all the time so we don't have to demand meals but we sure demand treats!

Blackie Bond said...

Learnt today I'm an ailurophile. ;)
And you know....you might just be surprised that purring and rolling on your back on the floor might just get you the special favour you ask for....let me know if anyone tries that approach and it works, ya.... :D

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Mom said we are excellent communicators too (we fink she was being cheeky!). We're able to tell everything we want with owt even meowing.

Old Kitty said...

Cats really know how to get what they want! Humans can really learn from their characters! yay! Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

p.s. I meant to say "characteristics"! LOL! take care
x

Kwee Cats said...

I am always impressed how the kitties that live here are never self conscious about expressing how they feel, or what they think.

Mr Puddy said...

Mom Take note, I make more lists to her : )
xox

Purrfect Haven said...

so true... lovely! Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxx

Fuzzy Tales said...

Great post, though we also disagree about the not overeating. Chumley was an emotional eater...Every time the mom would leave for work in the mornings, he'd rush to his bowl and chow down, alternately looking at her and stuffing his face. He'd often throw it back up, of course. And we boys, certainly Derry, would eat as much kibble at one time as we could, if the mom let us. LOL.

The mom's experience has been true for all the other things, though!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

I don't know about the overeating, I have a friend who has a very large cat, very, she insists it's because of his fur. Not :)

Brian said...

That is so true, but is also the way it should be!!!

Live Out Loud said...

Ha! LOL a million times!

AND it's all true. So, so true...

chancythegardner said...

It is for sure cats hold the number one position on knowing how to get what they want. Hugs and nose kisses

Cat Wisdom 101 said...

Wise advice.

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Oh yesss!!! The power of the paws! And we have 24 in this household. Oh, Neri, could we order one for my Mama? har har har *evil laughs*

Marg said...

Yup, those kitties can teach us some terrific lessons. Mom has taken up naps now since she sees all of us cats sleeping all day. We do like to be fed every 60 seconds too and she knows what we want. We have her well trained. Hope all of you have a great day.

Hannah and Lucy said...

We always get what we want by just being cute and rolling on the floor! Mum feeds us and de-furs the floors so we're all winners - we eat and mum gets exercise!!
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Kjelle Bus said...

What a great lesson for my mom ;-)
Thank´s for purring for me !

Sharon Wagner said...

Most cats have it made. P.S. I gave you an award!

Photo Cache said...

what a wonderful post. our mama said she is now happy she's not the only one getting up at 2 am to refill our plates.

emma and buster

Willow said...

Meowing your needs is always essential to get things done as the more noise the faster things are done. Off course there is an innate response programed into humans to be quick the louder it is.

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

Great advice! Please thank your feline masters for me!

catsynth said...

We definitely qualify as ailurophiles here. And we can vouch for many of those same characteristics of living with cats.