15 Feline Rules for Living Well


After realizing June 21 is Take Your Dog to Work Day, it seemed a reasonable idea to write a piece about dogs. Not having a dog, it is difficult to take one anywhere, but dogs are wonderful teachers.

While contemplating canine compassion and capacity for joy, fingers hovering above the keyboard and itching to type, an eerie low rumbling interrupted the muse.

Peering past the laptop, it was discovered that the rumbling originated from behind two pairs of menacing feline eyes. The rumbling translated to, “You’re writing about dogs? Seriously?”

“Not any more,” replied the writer. “What was I thinking?”

15 Feline Rules for Living Well

  1. If shame comes from someone else, it does not exist. If shame comes from an internal recognition of doing something inappropriate, it lasts just long enough to purr an apology.
  2. When you need something, persistence is key. If you make annoying sounds long enough, someone usually gets annoyed enough to supply the demand.
  3. You can please others by being yourself.
  4. If you don’t please someone by being yourself, who cares?
  5. When someone treats you disrespectfully or is annoying you, hiss (be assertive).
  6. Empathy and love can be expressed just by sitting near someone, by giving them space or by letting them hold you.
  7. Sometimes the nectar of life is found, or restored, with a nap.
  8. Although it is wonderful to be cared about, self-esteem is an inside job.
  9. The essence of your self and the fulness of life meet and mingle in stillness.
  10. Cats have nine lives because they are curious. Curiosity is an element of present happiness and blissful longevity.
  11. Toys exist everywhere.
  12. Prepare for the future by being attentive in the present.
  13. Never apologize for what you feel.
  14. Although it is highly entertaining to push people’s buttons, eventually there are consequences.
  15. Rising at dawn to fill a cat’s food dish is the highest human wisdom.

Sources: My mews: Java, orange and white with a tender heart (19 years wise); Jax, a tiger-stripe with joie de vivre.


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