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What Cats Can Teach Us About Being Human

With a Ph.D. in psychology and a passion for animals, FlourishAnyway knows animals can teach us more about living healthy, fulfilling lives.

Former neighborhood stray George Clooney exudes quiet confidence and owns our back porch. Show it off, baby.

Former neighborhood stray George Clooney exudes quiet confidence and owns our back porch. Show it off, baby.

Furry Divas Once Worshipped as Gods

Cats were worshipped as gods in ancient Egypt.1 Any cat owner can tell you they have never forgotten it.

Whereas Egyptians adored our feline friends for their ability to control pests such as snakes, scorpions, and mice, we admire them for their quiet confidence, their love of the empty cardboard box, and the way they snuggle up close on cold nights.

Cats have also experienced struggle and persecution over the years, having been accused of spreading the black plague in medieval Europe and aiding and abetting witchcraft in colonial America. On both accounts, they'll tell you it was all a huge misunderstanding.

Today more than 38.9 million American households own 86.4 million cats and spend an average of $1,217 each year on them in vet visits, pet food, and related expenses.2

Cats are a whopping success, as anyone active on social media can attest. Now these furry divas are tapping their experience to offer you some lessons on just how to live your one best life.

The Lessons Cats Give Humans

  1. Never Underestimate the Value of a Good Nap
  2. Attitude Is Everything
  3. Groom Well
  4. People Love Positive Feedback
  5. Catnip Can Make You Do Foolish Things
  6. Have a Mind of Your Own
  7. Never Settle for Less Than You Deserve
  8. Live Like You're on Your Ninth Life

Lesson 1: Never Underestimate the Value of a Good Nap

Even though Kitty may only hunt ping pong balls that you toss with her, she is a hardwired predator. Hunting requires a lot of sleep because it is so energy-intensive.3 If she is like the average house cat, it's in her DNA to snooze an average of 16 hours daily—two-thirds of her day!

Kittens, like human babies, sleep even more because they need a growth hormone that is secreted during sleep. Adult cats may get extra shut-eye because of pregnancy, advanced age, depression, boredom, or illness. Each of the following feline illnesses may produce lethargy: Feline Leukemia (FeLV), Lyme Disease, cancer, Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), colds, the flu, and allergies.

Treat Them Like the Gods They Are

"A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not." – Ernest Hemingway.  This is my polydactyl cat, Spanky, who was a neighborhood stray. He has 28 toes since I last counted!

"A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not." – Ernest Hemingway. This is my polydactyl cat, Spanky, who was a neighborhood stray. He has 28 toes since I last counted!

Cats know the value of sleep and the art of getting good zs. Chances are, your cat will also tell you that you're probably not getting enough.

Many Americans are chronically sleep-deprived, with 30 percent getting less than 6 hours a night. 4 Although it depends on the individual, adults need an average of 8 hours of restful sleep a night, teenagers at least 9, and school-aged children 10 to 11 hours.5

Sleep is important for hormone regulation and cell repair, normal movement and thinking, and feeling both rested and alert. What's more, it appears to be required for survival. Failure to get enough sleep will leave you with poor concentration, memory lapses, lack of energy, emotional instability, and increased errors.

In the long run, you will find yourself at greater risk for diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, a weakened immune system, and motor vehicle accidents.

Aren't those great reasons to be more like Kitty and get the sleep you need?

This cat has cattitude. Dressed in his tie, Bay Bay is one class act.

This cat has cattitude. Dressed in his tie, Bay Bay is one class act.

Lesson 2: Attitude Is Everything

Cats embrace their natural gifts because they know this: a little swagger is okay if you can back it up.

Savvy hunters, cats have the ability to perform vertical leaps of up to five feet in the air—or seven times their own height.6 Their night vision is also far superior to ours; they can see things at light levels that are eight times dimmer than for humans.7

In addition, cats can help lower their owners' blood pressure and anxiety while strengthening our immune systems.8 Cats are natural predators and soothing companions. Those are among their natural gifts. What are yours?

Know what talents you bring to the table, then celebrate and build on those strengths.

What fresh, minty breath!  Stella gets the mackeral out of her teeth.  Once we discovered her keen oral hygiene habits, we gave Stella her own set of toothbrushes.

What fresh, minty breath! Stella gets the mackeral out of her teeth. Once we discovered her keen oral hygiene habits, we gave Stella her own set of toothbrushes.

Lesson 3: Groom Well

Grooming is about health, comfort, and how you present yourself to the world. Cats spend 30-50% of their waking lives cleaning themselves, and poor grooming may be a symptom of old age or ill health.9

In people, failure to maintain personal hygiene is often an indicator of a serious health concern; from depression, schizophrenia, or various forms of dementia. Our grooming habits can also impact our health. For example, poor oral health, specifically gum disease, is linked with cardiovascular disease, and failure to wash one's hands is a major mode of transmitting germs from person to person.10

So be like Kitty and groom well!

The best kissers have wet noses. Couldn't you just kiss this sweet face?

The best kissers have wet noses. Couldn't you just kiss this sweet face?

Time to Fess Up

A Cat's Guide to Taking Care of Your Human

Lesson 4: People Love Positive Feedback

Cats must know that most people are not experts at most things—especially at pleasing cats. We therefore need their feedback, right?

That's why they bless us with their purring, affectionate rubs, and an occasional warning swipe. All that feedback encourages us humans to behave like they want us to. Maybe they indeed are four-legged psychologists!

Psychological research has found that people prefer positive feedback when they are novices, but they seek out and respond better to negative feedback when they are experts at a task.11 Think about how you can better motivate family, friends, and coworkers with the power of positive feedback. Then hold in your claws and try purring more positive feedback to motivate others.

Catnip can be enjoyed fresh or dried.  Rascal likes it straight from the garden.

Catnip can be enjoyed fresh or dried. Rascal likes it straight from the garden.

Lesson 5: Catnip Can Make You Do Foolish Things

Even the coolest of cats can lose all composure around catnip if they are one of the 70% affected by it.12 Receptiveness to catnip is inherited, and cats' sniffers are so sensitive that they can smell one part per billion in the air.

Whether the catnip is dried or fresh, cats lick and chew it, roll from side to side, zoom around, and bliss out during a psychedelic high that lasts 5-15 minutes. Leave it to felines to find their very own substance that is non-addictive, quick-acting, and entirely legal.

(Cats recommend that you stick to chocolate for your fun. Sorry.)

Sheppard zones out on catnip.

Sheppard zones out on catnip.

Lesson 6: Have a Mind of Your Own

Cats are famously independent and curious creatures.

Inquisitive, they examine their environments from different angles—from high countertops to beneath the bed and even around corners. They stand back and examine their surroundings from a distance, deciding when to jump into the action. A paper bag becomes a crinkle tunnel. The plastic bottle cap that you dropped becomes a hockey puck. How imaginative!

If you love cats, chances are your personality may be one that is more "open to the experience." That is, you are intellectually curious, prefer variety, and you have an active imagination. Embrace that!

One psychological research study examined the personality differences in self-identified "cat people" vs. "dog people" and found cat lovers to be 11% more open to experience than dog people. However, it also found cat people to be 12% more neurotic, that is, anxious, moody, worried, and jealous.13.

Keep being the independent spirit that you are, imperfections and all.

An actual security challenge I received.  How do the computer gods know these things?

An actual security challenge I received. How do the computer gods know these things?

Lesson 7: Never Settle for Less Than You Deserve

Cats still see themselves as gods in fur coats, so they have high expectations. Getting us humans to comply with their requests takes hard work. That's where goal-setting comes in.

My cat, Sam, never settles for less than he deserves. Deli meat at $9.99 per pound? No problem. He has mastered the science of using S.M.A.R.T. goals, and it works!

Sam jumps up on the kitchen counter. As he sits there patiently, he says with his eyes and a tilt of the head: "Mom, please cut up two slices of deli turkey for me from the refrigerator within the next two minutes—and not that cheap, watery kind. It will make me such a happy cat."

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

These goals S.M.A.R.T are those that are . . .

  • Specific: The goal clearly specifies what needs to be accomplished; who is responsible, where the activity is to take place, and what guidelines are necessary for completion.
  • Measurable: The goal involves some numerical target of how much or how many so that you know when the goal is complete.
  • Achievable: The goal is realistic and attainable, not too difficult yet not too easy either.
  • Relevant: The goal is worth the effort it requires to achieve and is appropriate for those doing the work.
  • Time-Bound: There is a sense of urgency in accomplishing the goal—a time frame for completion.

Try adopting S.M.A.R.T. goals in your personal life, at work, or with just about anything worthwhile. You just might find Kitty knows a real motivational secret!

Stella says, "Make your one life a good one, my human friend."

Stella says, "Make your one life a good one, my human friend."

Lesson 8: Live Like You're on Your Ninth Life

Cats may have nine lives, but humans have just one, so make yours count. Lay in the sunshine. Listen to the birds sing. Maybe even chatter back to them. Play hard. Speak up when you have something to say. Yawn like you mean it. Stretch because it feels great. Drink out of the faucet if you want. Let someone scratch your back. Love deeply. And never forget where you came from.

Today and always, live like you're on your ninth life.

"Keep smiling."

"Keep smiling."

What Your Cat Writes in Her Diary: Funny Video

Summary of Lessons Learned

Lesson 1: Never Underestimate the Value of a Good Nap

Lesson 2: Attitude Is Everything

Lesson 3: Groom Well

Lesson 4: People Love Positive Feedback

Lesson 5: Catnip Can Make You Do Foolish Things

Lesson 6: Have a Mind of Your Own

Lesson 7: Never Settle for Less Than You Deserve

Lesson 8: Live Like You're on Your Ninth Life

Sources

Cats are the gift that keeps on giving. No matter the size of the box, cats always seem to fit!

Cats are the gift that keeps on giving. No matter the size of the box, cats always seem to fit!

11Finkelstein, Stacey R., and Ayelet Fishbach. "Tell Me What I Did Wrong : Experts Seek and Respond to Negative Feedback." Journal of Consumer Research 39, no. 1 22-38.

12Plotnick, DVM, Arnold. "Catnip" Manhattan Cat Specialists. Last modified February 9, 2006. http://www.manhattancats.com/article-archive/behavior/catnip-the-mysterious-herb/.

13 The University of Texas at Austin. "Research Shows Personality Differences Between Cat and Dog People." The University of Texas at Austin. Last modified January 13, 2010. .

© 2013 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 09, 2017:

GalaxyRat- Poor little rats get a lot of bad press but they are smart little survivors. Thanks for reading!

GalaxyRat on July 09, 2017:

Hi Flourish. I loved this one, and I'm about to read your one about dogs teaching us to be human. Rats can teach us to suck it up, Climb that mountain, and do whatever it takes to survive ;)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 28, 2016:

Susie - Thanks so much for your kind kudos. I do adore cats. I have six awesome ones (many elderly) and have taken care of a feral colony for 14 years, spaying/neutering, providing medical care, and feeding every day.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on July 28, 2016:

This is such a fun article, you have a wonderful sense of human and a genuine passion for kitties. I love this!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 22, 2015:

Audrey - Thank you! Stella is a rescue from a paper mill that was going out of business. Some workers were feeding her and they lost their job; my husband was a chemical sales person servicing the mill so he trapped her and brought her home. She cleaned up nicely.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on December 22, 2015:

Cats are good teachers. Love your list of what we canlearn from these darlings. I really like #7. Stella is quite the godde ss.!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 21, 2015:

Aw, Jackie. Your fifth in just a few years. I've read that sad hub about your baby who you dedicated so much love to and who flew away to be with the angels. They are with you for a reason, sweet cat lady.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 21, 2015:

I had one cat for almost 20 years; up until a couple of years ago and since then I am on my 5th with a few casualties sort of. I have two now and they fill my days! (Sometimes nights!) I can't imagine life without a cat! Great HOTD material!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 21, 2015:

Nadine - Cats are wise beyond their nine lives. I don't know where I'd be without my 7. Tell Sophie "meow" for us.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on December 21, 2015:

Ha Ha we have a Siamese named Sophie and she is just adorable and everyone loves her. Very talkative and yes Cats are a whopping success on the social media circuit.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 06, 2015:

Nadine - Yay for Sophie! Although it's sad that she took over the space of a much beloved dog who died, I'm glad she could help fill a void of loneliness in your heart. Cats are such phenomenal creatures. I've got one typing with me right now, although he is one of my less phenomenal ones. Have a wonderful weekend!

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on November 06, 2015:

Great article. I've always been a dog person , but for the last five years, after our 17 year old male spaniel passed on, Sophie our Siamese has taken over his space in every way. Love the photos and videos.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 02, 2015:

Sara Krentz - Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment, Sara. Meow to you!

Sara Krentz from USA on March 01, 2015:

Great hub!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 01, 2015:

Monkey Shine75 - Black and white tux cats are wonderful. Shep is so human I tell him he is my son. He came from a hoarding situation where a man with cancer didn't spay and neuter his cats and they basically took over the house. Nurses and other home healthcare workers came and went but never got involved in the sick man's situation until his estranged family members became reconnected with the sick man. They were horrified at what they found but tried to get help. Shep was part of a litter of kittens that made it out. His sisters were adopted out (spayed and neutered already) but he had neurological issues, likely from inbreeding. So he is happily a forever family member. He's been with us 12 years and is better than gold.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 01, 2015:

Audrey - Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate you kind compliments and your sharing. Have a wonderful rest-of-the-weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 01, 2015:

Peg - Thank you! Have a great Sunday!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 01, 2015:

Carb Diva - Thank you for your kind kudos. Stella appreciates them too. She was once a feral cat. My husband rescued her from a paper mill that was closing down. There were some workers who fed her but couldn't touch and soon she wouldn't be fed. She cleaned up nicely.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on March 01, 2015:

Cats really have a handle on the things that are important. This was funny, informative and entertaining. I loved the photos, too. Congratulations on the Hub of the Day for this one.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on March 01, 2015:

A big congratulations on your HOTD! After reading, I can see why your hub was chosen. Just love the photos. Sharing.

Mara Alexander from Los Angeles, California on February 28, 2015:

Oh my goodness, I love this hub. The very last cat you have in your hub looks like my Tuxedo Cat, big whiskers and all. He is so human, and so sweet. I got him just after he was weaned from his (real :) ) mom, when his ears were the biggest thing about him (like the ears of the cute gray kitten in your hub). He was so hard to resist (and still is).

Than you for sharing, I voted it up

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on February 28, 2015:

I love kitties, and this hub is absolutely brilliant. HOTD is well deserved. (BTW Stella is gorgeous!).

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 28, 2015:

traveleze - I appreciate your reading.

Lee John from Preston on February 28, 2015:

How beautiful!! that's my saying for cats :) I loved this hub voted up

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 28, 2015:

nancynurse - Love them from afar? I often wondered what I would do if I were told I had cat allergies. (I think I'd have to suffer and just take Zyrtec.) Thank you for stopping by.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 28, 2015:

ArtDiva - I am happy to help you. Updating the hubs often helps with traffic, I have found.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 28, 2015:

LongTimeMother - Cats have long outnumbered people in my house. I grew up with parents who appreciated cats and so did my husband. I used to do spay/neuter outreach and cat rescue, and several of our cats are "leftovers" who never got adopted because they had disabilities. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 28, 2015:

Linda - Thank you for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 28, 2015:

sujaya venkatesh - Meow!

LongTimeMother from Australia on February 28, 2015:

You certainly are the Cat Lady, with seven rescue cats. How lucky they are to live at your house! Congrats on HOTD.

Melissa Reese Etheridge from Tennessee, United States on February 28, 2015:

While not a cat lover myself, I truly enjoyed your well-written article. The organization is logical. The photos are appropriate. I have several students who would enjoy this.

sujaya venkatesh on February 28, 2015:

very catty

Nancy McClintock from Southeast USA on February 27, 2015:

Great hub. I love cats but have allergies to them. May have to figure out a way around them.

Thanks for sharing

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 27, 2015:

Congratulations on your very well deserved HOTD, Flourish! This is an excellent hub.

ArtDiva on February 27, 2015:

Thanks for the info, Flourish. As easy as copying the url. Wow, never knew. You've been at this far longer than I, guess it's never too late to add new content. My cat, Inu, claims my computer chair, and if I look like I'm taking it over, there's a mad dash to see who gets there first. I find myself sitting on the edge. Cats rule!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

Snakesmum - I like that she has a favorite chair. One of my cats, Shep, is so possessive of his furniture he'll run and sit there before anyone else does. If we even look like we want the space, he'll go claim it. Thanks for reading!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

ArtDiva - I wrote this early when I knew little about SEO. Now that I've learned a bit, I could afford to retool some hubs with some of the things I've learned. To answer your question about Youtube videos, just go to youtube.com, type in whatever keywords you're looking for, and look at a lot of videos to find the right one. When you have found the one you want to use, copy the url (the www address). In your hub, insert a video capsule (like you do an Amazona, text, poll or other capsule). You'll see where to paste the url from Youtube. Save the capsule. I hope that helps.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

justthemessenger - I'm so happy those cats keep finding you. They can sense good people. Thank you for reading and stay warm this weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

Faith Reaper - I always appreciate you and your kind support! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.

ArtDiva on February 27, 2015:

Lots of cat stuff here in relationship to humans. Interesting your comment in reference to traffic. As popular a subject as cats are, I've found the same. Very odd. Market must be dominated by dog people, eh? Loved your videos, and how do you access these for use in articles? Fun read!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

RoadMonkey - Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. It may take us awhile to learn that tip, but it's a very valuable one to know! Have a lovely weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

Jay C O'Brien - To answer your questions: 1) Meow and 2) meow. Thanks for reading.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

ladyguitarpicker/Stella - I love the name Stella, as one of my favorite cats (the calico beauty who brushes her own teeth) is named Stella. Thank you kindly for reading. (Dogs are people, too. We don't have them, but we appreciate them, too.)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

Mary, Thank you SO MUCH! This is one of my personal favorite hubs that I've written, but for whatever reason it hasn't gotten the traffic that I wished that it would have. I appreciate your support!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on February 27, 2015:

I just came back to let you know: I shared this on FB, and so many of my friends and family are cat lovers. They are loving it!

I'm glad to see you are able to receive comments on this Hub!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

Au fait - We are all wise in our own way (some much more than others -- cats, people, and other animals). I have one cat who needs to be shown his food bowl every day, bless his heart. Thanks so much for stopping by!

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on February 27, 2015:

Hi, I loved your hub and found it to be interesting. This was a fun read for me as I love animals and use to have cats most of my life. We just got a new dog. I really like the photo of cute Sheppard. Congratulations on HOTD. Stella

Faith Reaper from southern USA on February 27, 2015:

Congrats on the HOTD, Flourish! I have always loved this hub. Excellent.

A good way to start of the weekend! Woo hoo ...

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

Patricia - Thank you for stopping by again. (I'm not sure what was up this morning.) Have a terrific weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

Jennifer-Louise-W - Thanks for stopping by! Meow to you!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

2besure - I love multi-cat households. If one cat is good, several are even better. Thanks for stopping by, and have a terrific weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

Dressage Husband - Many thanks. I have cat editors and co-writers that inspire me. Some even walk across the keyboard in disapproval, bemusement, or just because. I had to get a desk with a pull out shelf (where the keyboard used to go, but now I have a laptop). It's a perfect set-up. A cat usually sits between me and the what I'm writing.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

BarbaraCasey - Thank you for stopping by! I'm a psychologist, so there's nearly always a tie-in!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

Bobbi - Animals are such wonderful teachers. If I don't seem like I'm listening well enough, my cats often meow louder to get my attention. I have 7 rescues. Thank you for your kind kudos and for sharing so generously.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

Dbro - Thank you for stopping by! Cat people and dog people alike are welcome here.

Snakesmum on February 27, 2015:

Love the photos in this hub - you have chosen some beautiful cats. They certainly do have a lot to teach us. Mine is currently asleep on her favourite chair.

Congrats on HOTD ! :-)

Jennifer-Louise from Nottingham on February 27, 2015:

This is brilliant :) Congratulations on the HOTD too.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

Thelma - Thank you. One is in my lap right now and sends his appreciation as well.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on February 27, 2015:

Wow! Those are cute cats. Congratulations on the HOTD! A well deserved one.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

Roberta - Thank you. Cats do make terrific companions. Within the past year, I have lost several of my older cats to age-related health issues such as heart and thyroid disease, and I miss them like I do other family members who have passed.

James C Moore from Joliet, IL on February 27, 2015:

I am a stodgy, boring dog person. But, everywhere I've lived at least one of those independent felines would stop by my place knowing that I would feed them. I figure even those with "cattitude"can use a break. Good hub.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

Kristen - Thank you! Cats are the best, and I cannot imagine where I would be without them in my life.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

Jackie - Thank you so much. My cat George Clooney (the Maine Coon in the lead photo) loves being the center of attention. He loves the fact that he's front and center. It's hard to believe he was a stray once. I hope your kitties are staying warm and dry in this cold winter.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

DreamerMeg - Thank you! Cats are some of my most favorite philosophers, and they tend to be way more attractive than the stodgy old men who have a life full of lessons to share (not that I have anything against them).

RoadMonkey on February 27, 2015:

Great Hub. I like tip#7, never settle for less than you deserve. That's a great lesson to learn.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

Mary - I'm not sure where all my comments disappeared to, but I appreciate the alert and the congratulations. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for sharing!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

Laura - Thank you for stopping by!

C E Clark from North Texas on February 27, 2015:

Every person and every animal has their own wisdom collected through experience, don't you think? Congratulations on HOTD!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 27, 2015:

Congrats on HOTD I read this early in the day and could find no place to comment.

I love this!!! I am a huge fan of cats and do know we have so much to learn from our feline family members ...

Angels are on the way to you this evening....you deserve HOTD for sure ps

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on February 27, 2015:

You've got cats down pat! As I am writing this two of my three cats are taking a nap. I also like to stay clean and nap often LOL! Very nicely done hub!

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on February 27, 2015:

The cats stole the show! Well done on The Hub Of the Day. So realistic ad I loved the videos.

BarbaraCasey on February 27, 2015:

Terrific hub. Congratulations on HOTD. Really like your investigation of the psychological tie-ins.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

Heidi - Thank you so much. I really needed a pick-me-up like this with all that has been going on with my mother's health.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 27, 2015:

Bill - Thank you! My cats and I appreciate it!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 27, 2015:

Congrats on the HOTD. Well-deserved!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on February 27, 2015:

This is just flat out awesome! Totally love the cat pics. Congrats on Hub of the Day (again)... well deserved as always!

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on February 27, 2015:

Hi,

This was a delight to read and since I am an animal lover it made me smile a lot.

Lessons can be learned from animals---if people were as kind to each other as animals---this world would be amazing.

I voted up++++ and I will share with Twitter and re-pin on my Pinterest board. And, share with H+ and G+.

I am happy this hub was chosen for HOTD---you did a great job.

Until Later,

Bobbi Purvis

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on February 27, 2015:

Woohoo, Flourish! This hub is a purrrfect HOTD! :)

RTalloni on February 27, 2015:

Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this neat post. That cats do not have a needy attitude but they love us anyway (though they keep their independent spirit) makes them great companions for people like me. That they offer loads of lessons to us due to the way they were created is worth thinking about so thanks for some interesting thoughts.

Dbro from Texas, USA on February 27, 2015:

Great article and great advice, FlourishAnyway! I think you're right about the difference between "cat" people and "dog" people. I am a dog person, and I recognize myself in your description of us as being less open to experience, perhaps more comfortable with predictability and the safety of the known.

Whether a cat person or a dog person, the advice you give here is still sound. Thanks for sharing this charming article.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on February 27, 2015:

Great hub, Flourish! Congrats on the hub of the day award. Lovely insight on how to live life with lessons from our cats.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on February 27, 2015:

Congrats on HOTD and especially loved this being a cat lover myself! Great tips and greater was your way to show them to us. Up and sharing!

Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on February 27, 2015:

Very entertaining article.

Lesson 8: Live Like You're On Your Ninth Life

Cats may have nine lives, but humans have just one, so make yours count.

All religions teach we have a soul which does not die, but continues to live forever. Some religions teach we have one life on this earth and some teach we may have many lives to work on ourselves. Atheists teach this is the only life we will experience. Which is true?

Sleep is indeed very important, but many are sleep deprived. They are sleep deprived due to the necessity of work. Employers order their employees to work overtime, sometimes 16 hours a day at the risk of losing their job. What to do?

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on February 27, 2015:

Fantastic hub, really enjoyed that.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on February 27, 2015:

This is a wonderful Hub! I read and tried to comment about an hour ago, but there was no comment section! I wanted to say what a great job you did with this Hub with your great photos, and all the references you gave.

Congrats of HOTD; well deserved. I love cats! The video was certainly entertaining as well. Voted UP, etc. and shared on HP, Google+, and on FB

Laura Smith from Pittsburgh, PA on February 27, 2015:

This is really cute. I loved reading the statistics.

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