Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Lessons from the Cat

I've always thought you can tell a lot about a person by their pets - not just what type of animal they are, but by their personalities. My cat Cassandra has a completely different personality than other cats that have gone through my life. Here are some things Cassie is teaching me / reminding me these days:

  1. If it feels good, purr.
  2. Don't use people as a springboard/launch when you can get where you want to go by jumping over them instead.
  3. When someone is willing to give you attention, make the most of it. Enjoy it with every ounce of your being. Visibly!
  4. When someone doesn't want to give you attention, take the hint fast & find somewhere else to be.
  5. Let people know when you want to be loved on.
  6. But don't take offense just because someone isn't in the mood to pet you "right now".
  7. Give back at least as much affection as you receive.
  8. Be patient with kids. When you can't stand it anymore, run & hide.
  9. Physical responses to antagonism should be an extreme last resort.
  10. Stay out of people's faces.
  11. Playing rough is fun sometimes, but stop when the other person says so!
  12. When you do play rough/bite, don't break skin.
  13. Sometimes it's kinda nice just to be in quiet proximity to the people you love.
  14. If someone hurts you, tell them so.
  15. Forgive quickly & easily.
  16. People will take care of you if you let them.
  17. Let them!
  18. If it feels good, PURRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!


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