Saturday, September 01, 2012

Five Feline Life Lessons

Meet Candy.  In January she will be eight years old.  It's hard to believe it's been that long since the summer day I walked into the animal shelter looking to adopt a kitten.  She was six months old when we met.  The volunteers at the animal shelter seemed to know Candy and I were meant for each other.  That was her given name at the shelter.  It seemed to suit her well, as sweet as she is. 

I sat in a chair and they gently set her in my lap.  Candy did what has become her trademark drop and roll in my lap, twisting her head as if trying to see the world from a different point of view.  She began purring as she drifted off to her dreams.  That was it.  I didn't need to look anymore.  Candy had already chosen me as her catmom and I was honored to take on this responsibility. 

Humans can learn so much from their pets if we just take the time to really observe them.  Candy is no exception.  She has taught me so much in her almost eight years of life.  Here are a few valuable lessons she has taught me.

Sleep on your back as often as possible.

Get your vitamin D.  You don't need a lot.
Smile often, even when you've made a mess of things.

Look important and sit up straight.

Take time to just sit and observe the world.
I may never meet the person who found Candy and brought her into the warmth of the animal shelter to help her find a home, but I will be forever grateful for that caring soul.

Do you have pets?  If so, what have you learned from them?