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Top 10 Things Your Cat Wishes You Knew

FlourishAnyway is a kick-butt Cat Lady. If she won the lottery, she would spay/neuter both homeless cats and all the cat haters.

Cats make purrfect companions, but it's time you learned a few things about your four-legged friends. They're ready to dish.

Cats make purrfect companions, but it's time you learned a few things about your four-legged friends. They're ready to dish.

Let's Have a Nose-to-Nose Conversation

Cats are compelling "philoso-furrs," extraordinary companions, and the most trusted of therapists, but they do have job stress of their own, you know. It's time for a nose-to-nose conversation with your kitty, so pull up a lap and learn what cats are really thinking.

Not Judging You (Okay, Maybe a Little)

Kitty says there's no judgment here.  Okay, you do look a bit "fluffy" in your jeans.

Kitty says there's no judgment here. Okay, you do look a bit "fluffy" in your jeans.

10 Things Your Cat Would Tell You If It Could

  1. Yes, you do look fat in those pants.
  2. Being a people person is so over-rated.
  3. What's a little pee between friends?
  4. Cats really do run the internet.
  5. There's a reason why I follow you to the bathroom.
  6. Sometimes even I feel like you need to get out more.
  7. There are few things that cannot be cured with a good nap.
  8. I'm smarter than most fifth graders and way cuter.
  9. There's nothing like a cardboard box for hours of entertainment.
  10. You need me as much as I need you.

1. Yes, you do look fat in those pants. But chubby tummies make for better "biscuits."

You squeeze into last year's jeans and inch up that zipper, asking your significant other, "Do these pants make my butt look big?" But the mirror doesn't lie and neither, sista, do I. You're putting a serious hurtin' on those seams.

Call it fat, or call it fluffy. I just call it like it is, but don't you worry. Ain't no judgment between us friends. (Well, maybe just a little.) Chubby tummies make better "biscuits." I like the look and can just imagine kneading your doughy stomach with my paws right now.

2. Being a people person is so over-rated. You understand that.

No one ever accused cats of being team players, and cat people understand that being a "people person" is much over-rated. Dogs reliably run to the door to welcome their masters home. They put up with so much human nonsense: playing fetch, leashes, obeying orders, and dressing up in Halloween outfits and Christmas sweaters.

Not so much with cats. We're divas, lone wolves, the kings and queen bees of the pet world. We're all like, "Bow down to me, b*tches."

Cats don't take orders; we give them. If we don't like something, we'll let you know. We can go all Greta Garbo on you in a minute if we think you have visitors, unless, of course, there's a cat hater among them. That's our call to action. We'll sit on their lap just to watch 'em squirm.

Admit it. Somewhere in you lurks an evil something that appreciates all of our people-particular, high and mighty nuances. That, my friend, is what makes our relationship click.

Are Cats Effective Team Players?

A Strong Team Player ...A Cat ...

Is reliable and consistent; does his or her share of the work.

Reliably knocks items off your counter tops just to see you work.

Communicates positively, constructively and confidently.

Communicates volumes by yawning or turning his or her back to you.

Is flexible and adaptable to change.

Runs for cover when the doorbell rings. Even changes in the brand of kitty litter or food can send Kitty reeling.

Expresses respect for and commitment towards the team.

Rubs up against you to claim you as his/her property.

Considers the viewpoints of others.

Monitors your internet time by walking back and forth across the keyboard.

Shares information, expertise and experience.

Brings you dead animals as gifts because you're a terrible hunter.

Solves problems and focuses on solutions.

Sleeps an average of 15 hours a day (because no problem is worth losing sleep over.)

Stubborn Cat Plays Dead to Avoid Being Walked on a Leash

Pee Happens. Get OdoBan and Get Over It.

Look into these eyes and tell me you've never peed where you're not supposed to.

Look into these eyes and tell me you've never peed where you're not supposed to.

3. What's a little pee between friends?

Cats are the first to acknowledge that when there are major changes, we can come undone, become territorial. Being the creatures of habit that we are, sometimes pee happens. Out of the box. On that pile of dirty laundry laying on the floor. (Didn't someone tell you to pick it up anyway?) On the bathroom rug. Or up against a wall.

While we do appreciate your taking us to the vet to rule out medical problems like a urinary tract infection, the next best thing to do is just get some OdoBan and get over it. Seriously. What's a little pee between friends? And stopping changing things.

4. Cats really do run the internet.

Whether it's an adorable cat video, funny meme, or kitty eye candy, we cats dominate the internet, paws down. We'll never ask you to come outside and throw Frisbee. You don't even have to leave the comfort of your own couch unless it's to feed us. Instead, we beckon you to "like," "share," and simply stare and smile at us online.

Scientists suggest that humans' fascination with cats can be explained by felines' resemblance to human infants. We have dome-shaped noggins, large doe eyes, and tiny button noses that trigger the desire to nurture.1 (Ever wonder why so many cat lovers are women?)

But don't spend so much time online that you neglect your own four-footed wonders. Photos are wonderful, but stroking the downy underside of a cat you love is like touching the gates of heaven itself. That is until Kitty suddenly decides she has had enough affection and nips the hand that feeds her . . . then we just hope you got it on video.

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5. There's a reason why I follow you to the bathroom.

Do you want to know why I follow you to the bathroom?

You obviously know where my tail is. I flaunt it, swish it, slap it against the ground or bristle it as a warning sign. There's certainly no hiding this important communication tool.

But what about you? I am perplexed why you have your tail on backward. (And some of you seem to hide yours completely.) This is one of life's great mysteries for us cats.

6. Sometimes even I feel like you need to get out more.

I get it that we're close companions, snuggle bunny bed mates, even lunch buddies. We spend an awful lot of time together, and sure, I enjoy it, too.

Sometimes, however, even I feel like you need to expand your horizons. Get out more. Make more human friends. How about just one? (And don't tell me you've never heard this before.)

There's no way any fifth grader is cuter than these kittens!

There's no way any fifth grader is cuter than these kittens!

7. I'm smarter than most fifth graders and way cuter.

Let's face it. When it comes to superhuman abilities, cats are downright awesome. We can:

  • hear in ultrasound2
  • see in ultraviolet3
  • fit through small openings, and
  • (let's face it) we are clever as all get-out

Scientists have tried in vain to study cat intelligence. We frustrate their feeble attempts to understand us better because we won't cooperate with their petty tests.4 (Imagine that!) Let's just say that cats are smarter than most fifth graders and way cuter, too.

Cats are a gift that keep on giving.  A cardboard box and some wrapping paper can provide a world of entertainment.

Cats are a gift that keep on giving. A cardboard box and some wrapping paper can provide a world of entertainment.

8. There's nothing like a cardboard box for hours of entertainment.

Give a cat a cardboard box and you provide hours—if not days—of amusement and comfort. Cats aren't difficult to entertain.

Thus, instead of spending your hard-earned cash on a closet full of fancy cat toys and whirlygigs, why not rotate some cardboard boxes of various sizes through Kitty's world? Then, go ahead and spring for some catnip, ping pong balls, and a running water drinking fountain. She'll let you know what makes her happy!

Entertain Your Cat With These Inexpensive and Makeshift Toys

paper grocery bag

ping pong balls

toilet paper rolls

place catnip inside a lone sock and tie a knot in the end

walnuts in the shell

crinkle some aluminum foil into balls

plastic 2-Liter bottle caps

cardboard boxes

hot glue feathers onto a wine cork

9. There are few things that cannot be cured with a good nap.

There's nothing like a good nap to clear the mind, restore the body, and cleanse the spirit. Sleep confers important benefits. It

  • improves concentration;
  • clears the brain of toxins and;
  • enhances learning, concentration, and creativity.5

Rather than teasing cats about our love of sleep, why not get a little more sleep yourself? It could be the difference you've been looking for.

Cats are purr-fect companions.

Cats are purr-fect companions.

10. You need me as much as I need you.

Since cats were domesticated nearly 10,000 years, we have offered humans dividends in the gift of health and companion benefits. Cats

  • help ease levels of stress, depression, and anxiety;6
  • lower your blood pressure;7
  • decrease your risk of a heart attack or stroke by as much as 30%.

Research shows that sharing your home with a cat is the emotional equivalent of sharing it with a romantic partner.8 Cats are emotionally available. We listen without offering unwanted advice or criticism. We never say, "I told you so," and never demand that you change the channel.

If you snore, we'll consider it as loud purring. We overlook your morning breath even if it smells like the worst litter box ever because that's what real friends do.

In exchange, we need a safe, loving environment where we can reign supreme, with you always acting in our best interest from the time we're vulnerable kittens until we take our last ragged breaths, because that's also what real friends do.

My cat, Bay Bay, was a stray (we call him a "volunteer").  As a deaf 7 month old kitten, he was found following people who were walking their dogs in my neighborhood.  He is like a son to us.

My cat, Bay Bay, was a stray (we call him a "volunteer"). As a deaf 7 month old kitten, he was found following people who were walking their dogs in my neighborhood. He is like a son to us.

Locations With Names Associated With Cats

Notes

1Stein, Perry. "Why Do Cats Run the Internet? A Scientific Explanation." The New Republic. Accessed May 6, 2015. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/politics/101283/cats-internet-memes-science-aesthetics.

2Knapton, Sarah. "Sound of Crinkling Tin Foil Can Cause Seizures in Cats - Telegraph." Telegraph.co.uk. Accessed May 6, 2015. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11566131/Sound-of-crinkling-tin-foil-can-cause-seizures-in-cats.html.

3Lewis, Tanya. "Cats and Dogs May See in Ultraviolet." LiveScience.com. Last modified February 18, 2014. https://www.livescience.com/43461-cats-and-dogs-see-in-ultraviolet.html.

4Grimm, David. "Cat Intelligence and Cognition: Are Cats Smarter Than Dogs?" Slate Magazine. Last modified April 21, 2014. http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/04/cat_intelligence_and_cognition_are_cats_smarter_than_dogs.html.

5Markman, Art. "How Getting More Sleep Can Help You Solve Your Creative Problems | Business + Innovation." Fast Company. Last modified April 27, 2015. http://www.fastcompany.com/3045411/work-smart/how-getting-more-sleep-can-help-you-solve-your-creative-problems.

6Borchard, Therese J. "6 Ways Pets Relieve Depression." Psych Central.com. Last modified January 26, 2015. http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/05/19/6-ways-pets-relieve-depression/.

7Paddock, Catherine. "Cat Owners Have Lower Heart Attack Risk, Study Medical News Today." Medical News Today. Last modified February 25, 2008. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/98432.php.

8Benjamin, Kathy. "8 Benefits of Being a Cat Owner." Mental Floss. Last modified June 14, 2001. http://mentalfloss.com/article/51154/8-benefits-being-cat-owner.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2015 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 04, 2020:

Peg - I bet they are checking on your safety.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on September 03, 2020:

Many of those little cat faces look familiar as I imagine the treachery behind those doe eyes. Our Ring alarm goes of regularly from the visiting cats association with those who hang out under the hubby's truck. Sometimes they investigate the front porch, too.

Your cute article explains many of their unique behaviors.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 03, 2020:

Sankhajit - Glad you enjoyed this.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on July 01, 2020:

interesting fact about cats....

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 25, 2020:

Shawindi Silva - Cats are pure heaven, although very independent little souls. When you get one be sure to have him or her spayed or neutered. It's essential.

Shawindi Silva from Sri lanka on June 22, 2020:

I didn't knew about the above things. It's my dream to have a cat as my pet. You gave me a great knowlede. I think it will help me to be good to my cat one day. Thank you....

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 22, 2020:

Mona - Oh my God. That sincerely breaks my heart that your dogs have killed multiple cats that you tried to love. I hope you are sweet to those cats from afar rather than trying to bring them into your home since your dogs will not co-exist with them. The best cat I ever had, my four-legged soulmate, was killed by a neighbor's pitbull who came up on our porch. I still grieve his death. He was like my son.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on June 22, 2020:

I love all your cat photos. Also, you have made me (finally) an educated person about cats. Our dogs tend to kill the cats we try to adopt, I don't know why they do that. but they're friends with the cats across the street. I suspect they get territorial when it comes to cats at home.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 29, 2017:

Gemini Descendent- Can't you just imagine them saying that? Mine want to know why I'm doing my business in a perfectly good water bowl.

GalaxyRat on April 29, 2017:

The bathroom thing about the tail is hailarious!!!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 12, 2016:

breathing - I'm so glad you love cats as well. I was awakened this morning at 5 am by my orange cat, Simon, softly purring as he kissed at my face with the breath of cat food left over from the night before. When I didn't get up immediately he gently batted softly at my face then finally in desperation licked my underarms until I laughed like crazy and had to get up. They are funny and cute little companions.

TANJIM ARAFAT SAJIB from Bangladesh on March 11, 2016:

Cats are on top of the most favorite domestic animal lists. They also have something of their own which we can hardly understand. This hub is a great resource of what things we should understand so that our cat can have a good happy life with us. They also have lives and we seem to forget this fact at times which is not at all a good thing! By using the tips mentioned here we should apply them with our cats and build up a more intimate relationship with the very favorite pet of ours! After all they are no less than our family members!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 01, 2016:

Poetryman6969 - The awesome thing about cats is that they've trained us not to care and to put their needs above all! Smart little buggers! And cuddly too!

poetryman6969 on March 01, 2016:

Most humans who are fed and who have servants to clean their bathroom for them are either invalids and infants--the rich aren't most people. And besides the wealthy make a case in point if compared to pets. There is a case to be made that pets, especially pets that don't do much are the real top of the food chain.

By the way cat people, yes, I can smell your cat the second I walk in your door. Your friends don't tell you this because they want to remain your friends.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 22, 2016:

elle64 - Cats and their cat people are special! Glad you enjoyed this.

elle64 from Scandinavia on February 21, 2016:

I love. Cate too,funny and quirky hub.

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

MizBejabbers - Cats are so awesome and much smarter than we give them credit for. I've got a cat who can open drawers with his "hands" when he's motivated enough. (We keep cat toys, treats, and catnip in a drawer and he stands on his back feet and opens the drawer with his front paws.) Thanks for the follow and for stopping by.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on January 28, 2016:

Absolutely love it! (BTW, I thought I was already following you, sorry, at least I am now.) The kitty in the video just kills me. My cat played dead to avoid learning to walk on a leash. We gave up. As for no. 7, cats are much better at trigonometry than humans. Have you ever watched one sit on the floor and calculate a rare angle to hop onto the top of a crowded table or your ironing board? Great and well-researched.

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

Snakesmum - I cannot remember the last time I used the restroom at home without an audience. Even at night, I have a four-legged escort scurrying from the beg to the bathroom to watch (or listen) to me do my business. They must think we are crazy for not covering it up and for doing it in our water bowl.

Snakesmum on December 22, 2015:

Love the pic with "Cats: The Audience In The Bathroom" - what a beautiful animal. Like all the pics though, and you've really captured the nature of the cat. Wouldn't be without my rescue girl!

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

Julie - Glad you enjoyed this. They are beautiful little rascals. I have one that faithfully wakes me at 3:50 a.m. each day but he's so sweet I can hardly blame him.

Julie K Henderson on December 20, 2015:

I enjoyed this. The picture with the caption "WHOA! So that's where kittens come from!?!?" made me laugh out loud. Thank you for sharing.

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

Lady_E - Thank you for the compliment. Glad you enjoyed!

Elena from London, UK on August 27, 2015:

A very unique hub that gave me lots to laugh about.

Awesome photos too. Thanks.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 14, 2015:

Nadine - Sophie sounds like quite a character. Cats are such bosses, in quiet or not-so-quiet ways. I have a polydactyl with curly whiskers named Spanky that chatters incessantly. I do wonder what he is trying to share. The fountain is awesome. Our cats love the constant running water and it saves me from turning on the water faucet!

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on August 14, 2015:

Funny,awesome and a great read! Everything you wrote about cat's behavior is so very true. We have a Siamese and Sophie is the greatest talker. She knows when its coffee time or dinner time, because that is her lap time. In between she drapes herself around my partner's neck when he is packing books for the courier. I have never heard of a Drinkwell or a Pet Fountain. Must find out if our pet-shop has such a product. Yes Sophie is the real boss in our home and she knows it!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 30, 2015:

Dolores - Hooray for Banjo for showing you how terrific cats can be. I know of many people whose hearts have been changed by a cat who was willing to work at them patiently. Thanks for reading!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on July 30, 2015:

I never really wanted a cat but our Banjo showed up one dark and stormy night, a half starved kitten who stole our hearts. I enjoyed this take on cats and found it so interesting that cat's faces resemble the faces of babies. That explains a lot!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 15, 2015:

Jackie - Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful week to you and your furry ones!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 15, 2015:

I'm a cat lover and I sure love your article and pictures!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 29, 2015:

AnnaCia - Thank you for visiting and for your kind compliments. Have a great week!

AnnaCia on June 27, 2015:

Oh, my dear God. this is so funny, and the way you write as if it is a cat talking to you. HAha. I do have a cat who is such smart. Great hub.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 25, 2015:

Rajan - I'm sure that dog is your good buddy. My daughter has always been surrounded by cats and all she wants is a dog! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 25, 2015:

Aww Flourish I just wish I had a cat to get a feel of ... btw, I just have a dog and I sure do need a change. lol!

Loved reading this. You just made me want to keep a cat.

ezzly on June 18, 2015:

I love your writing Flourish. Voted up and funny. "Pee Happens" is hilarious but true. My hubbies uncle acquired his neighbors 'old cats'. They peed everywhere, destroyed the carpets. Apparently they get very incontinent when they are literally dying of old age. His naughty neighbor I guess didn't want the trouble of the poor things.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 07, 2015:

Kamalesh050 - Thank you for stopping by to read my cat hub. Have a wonderful week.

Kamalesh Chakraverty from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India on June 06, 2015:

I love cats, they are so cute and intelligent. Enjoyed the hub. Excellent and so funny! Well done. Best Wishes.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 03, 2015:

Rebecca - Thank you! I'm glad it can show through even a top 10 list. Have great week with the bow-wow.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 02, 2015:

Oh, Flourish...this is HOTD material and much more. What a wonderful sense of humor your writing shows! I use to have cats, can't have one now, gotta a mean dog. I miss them.

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

sgbrown - Yes, they do! Thank for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on May 21, 2015:

This is so cute and so true! I love both cats and dogs, they are so different in so many ways! Cats do have an attitude that you just don't find in dogs!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 20, 2015:

Catherine - The little divas are wonderful to keep company with. Thank you for stopping by and for voting.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on May 20, 2015:

I don't have cats, but I loved this. It is so funny. Also it explains why I don't have cats. voted up++.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 20, 2015:

MartieCoetser - Just when I began to feel awful for him, it became obvious he was just playing possum. Cats are so beautifully stubborn. I just love them.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 20, 2015:

ktnptl - Thank you for stopping by.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 20, 2015:

Supuni Fernando - Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the visit.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on May 20, 2015:

FlourishAnyway, what an enjoyable hub about cats. That cat playing dead in the video takes the cake. Thanks for this beautiful, enlightening and delighting perspective on cats :)

ktnptl from Atlanta, GA on May 19, 2015:

very informative and very funny.

Supuni Fernando from Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 19, 2015:

This is pretty much entertaining I enjoyed it.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 18, 2015:

Audrey - Meow to you and to Annie, too. I'm sure she makes your heart sing.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 18, 2015:

I read this hub to Annie my cat. She concluded that it passed her cat-jeopardy-test. But seriously I just adore the entire article. The videos, photos and content. Excellent! Purrrrrfect!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 17, 2015:

Mary - Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and for sharing, voting, pinning. Have a wonderful week and give that doggie a pat for me.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 17, 2015:

I only have one spoiled Min. Schnauzer. Whenever I want to have a good laugh, I do to a daughter's house. Her cat is very intertaining!!

You really took a lot of time to write this Hub, and included some awesome photos.

Voted this UP, and shared. Pinned to my pets board.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 16, 2015:

MonkeyShine75 - What a smart kitty! Thank you for telling us about him. Give him a pat on the head for me!

Mara Alexander from Los Angeles, California on May 16, 2015:

I love this hub. I'm a cat person, and love my cat who is so human. He acts like he understands everything, and although he loves me, he is crazy about my brother Ryan, and will do anything he tells him. He acts like a dog in a way because my brother even taught him to do tricks. He started using our toilet when he was a very young kitten, and I don't have to buy cat liter.

Great hub Voted up

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 16, 2015:

savvy - Yea, girl. Cats are very Beyonce-like. Bow down, bow down, not bow wow. Thanks for your kind kudos. Glad you enjoyed it!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 16, 2015:

Carolyn - Thanks so much for reading, voting and sharing.Have a great weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 16, 2015:

ologsinquito - You are so right. I think they have sympathy for us mixed with love and a little disdain. They are such prize animals. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are doing great. Have a wonderful weekend.

Yves on May 16, 2015:

"We're all like, "Bow down to me, b*tches." Now that made me laugh out loud. It's as if that is the supreme right of a cat to think highly of him/herself. None of that tail-wagging, you can treat me bad and I'll still love you nonsense. Sigh. A a cat is like a savvy girl after my own heart. She expects to be treated right---Damn straight.

BTW, Bay Bay is quite the handsome, dapper fellow. Voting up. This hub is so entertaining. I loved it.

ologsinquito from USA on May 16, 2015:

I love this one. My daughter and I have had recent conversations about how cats think. She tells me they view us as big cats who aren't able to hunt very well, and not very good at what we're supposed to be doing. In other words, we're failures as cats.

This one is going on one of my cat boards.

Carolyn Emerick on May 15, 2015:

This was such a great hub! It was so entertaining but also some great tips for cat owners! Upvoted and shared :-)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 14, 2015:

Heidi - Thank you for the warm comment! Cats are such good, relaxing company. And kittens are wild fun, of course, best served up in twos! I hope an awesome cat picks you as his or her family when you're ready. The black ones are especially needy for good homes. I've had more black ones over the years than anything else because no one seems to want to adopt a black one, no matter how sweet. Not fair. Have a great rest of your week!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 13, 2015:

(Sorry for the delay in commenting! Had my comment all queued up yesterday and then *poof* browser crashes. Didn't want to duplicate my comment!)

This is soooo cute! After 2+ decades wrangling big dogs, I am so ready for cats as my "retirement" pets. :) Love all the adorable photos (especially of your own kitty-kins). Thanks for sharing the feline fun! Voted up, funny, awesome and beautiful!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 13, 2015:

Genna - You know that as soon as you're not looking she is all over that coffee table and she uses your toothbrush to get her back teeth especially good. I do hope you leave it out on the bathroom counter for her, bristle side up in a cup by the sink! If so, yeah she uses it.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on May 12, 2015:

“Not judging you…okay, maybe a little.” Yes – maybe just a little. I loved this super-funny and super-clever hub. My calico is fond of giving me the “what’s the big problem eyes” when I sternly remind her that she can’t jump up on the coffee table. I must print this out for her. Lol.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 12, 2015:

PegCole17 - High five to that awesome aging kitty who can still jump on the bathroom counter to drink from the spigot! They are delightful creatures and I even enjoy their evil streak (do they channel the inner frenemy in all of us?). Have a splendid week ahead!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 12, 2015:

PeggyW - My sympathies on the loss of your sweet friend, Dusty. May he rest in peace in everlasting fields of fresh catnip. Poor Peaches, I'm sure, is grieving his loss. I've seen the grief process with my own cats. Hugs to you.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on May 11, 2015:

Cute and funny lowdown on these creatures that seem to be everywhere on Facebook. I try not to watch the videos but can't help myself. Cats can be really cool or not, depending on their mood. My aunt has a cat who is over seventeen years old and still loves drinking out of the bathroom water spigot.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2015:

Loved reading this although it touches a particular chord right now as we had to euthanize our pal Dusty who adopted us some 15 years ago. His feline pal Peaches...along with us...are missing him terribly. Both came to us as strays and have enriched our lives immeasurably.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 11, 2015:

Stephanie - Now how could I forget Kitty Hawk? I've been there several times! Meow to you and yours!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 11, 2015:

MsDora - Thank you for your kind praise. Have a wonderful week ahead!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 11, 2015:

Audrey - Thank you for both your encouragement and for sharing this. Have a wonderful week, poetess!

Stephanie Henkel from USA on May 11, 2015:

I've always loved cats, and I'm certain that there are many things on your list that my kitties wished I knew! Enjoyed your very funny (and true!) hub! Oh, and do add Kitty Hawk, NC to your list of places!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 11, 2015:

Creative, interesting, balanced mix of serious and funny! Totally enjoyable and insightful. Great talent here!

Audrey Howitt from California on May 11, 2015:

Aww--I love kitties! And so, so funny! I so enjoyed this and am passing this around!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 11, 2015:

Linda - Glad you enjoyed the cat nose-to-nose. My feline alarm clock (Bay Bay) had me up at 4 a.m. today. Oh, if they weren't so cute they'd be in trouble. Have a wonderful week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 11, 2015:

Bill - Thank you for stopping by. I am glad you have a cat in your life, even if not in your home. Have a wonderful week!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on May 11, 2015:

Hi Flourish. Hilarious hub. Sounds like we could learn a lot from our feline friends. We don't have a cat but our kids do and this hub describes them perfectly. Great job, have a great day.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 10, 2015:

This is another funny and very creative hub, Flourish! Thanks for the entertainment and for sharing the information and the cat photos.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 10, 2015:

peachpurple - So glad to know you enjoy them as much as I do! Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on May 10, 2015:

I am a cat lover too. I think cats love laptop because it is warm

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 10, 2015:

Frank - Thanks for reading! I'm both a cat mom and a regular one, too, so thank you there too! Have a great weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 10, 2015:

Snakesmum - How very true! Thanks for reading and have a Happy Mother's Day!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on May 09, 2015:

Im not a cat person, but this was a great hub.. I love the pictures too : voted up and shared Frank oh, and Happy mother's day to you if it applies :)

Snakesmum on May 09, 2015:

Cats! Can't be without one. They give so much to us, and don't really ask a lot in return, just to be warm, fed, and played with. :-)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 09, 2015:

Faith Reaper - George sounds adorable. Cats seem to know exactly what we need, from entertainment to companionship. They are so intuitive. I'm glad George found his way into your life. Thank you for reading and sharing so widely. Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 09, 2015:

Kathleen - Thank you for the up vote and the kind comment. Cats are truly a blessing. I cannot imagine life without them. Glad you have two who love you. Happy Mother's Day.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on May 09, 2015:

Oh, how adorable and hilarious. I love cats. They are a constant amusement and possess great intelligence. Our George is very picky about his drinking water. Although we place fresh water in his bowl every morning, he wants to jump on the tub and drink it from the tub facet! LOL. So, we have to let it drip just for him to have fresh drinking water. He is not afraid of water and lets is run on his head too. He is the first cat we have that actually reclines when he get in the recliner with my hubby. LOL He's a trip. He loves outdoors now, though, and we worry about him being out and about, but so far he returns home.

Excellent article and we sure can learn tons from cats.

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Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Kathleen Kerswig on May 09, 2015:

Love this hub and voted up! I have two cats and they rule the roost. Of course, I let them because I adore them. Their unconditional love for me is always a demonstration of how I can be with the people I come in contact with on a daily basis. Thank you for sharing. Blessings!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 09, 2015:

susi10 - Must be the catnip! I've got an entire grocery bag right now that I have dried and am reducing to flakes for my cats and you should just see the attention they're giving me. I've got more help than I can handle! Have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for reading!

Susan W from The British Isles, Europe on May 09, 2015:

Wow! This was absolutely hilarious! I guess we really can learn a lot from cats. They've got such an attitude, and can be really "sassy" at times - but in the end, they're hard to ignore.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 09, 2015:

quicksand - ... and the clumsiest. They feel sorry for us. We're big, dumb clumsy cats who cannot hunt. poop in our water bowls, and walk ungracefully on two legs instead of the usual four.

quicksand on May 09, 2015:

I have reason to believe that cats think that humans are the dumbest creatures on earth!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 08, 2015:

Larry - Thank you for the kind encouragement. Have a wonderful weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 08, 2015:

Perspycacious - "It" (compliments of spay/neuter) is the only gender to be when you're a cat. Mau-Mau sounds like an intellectual feline terrorist. Stay on Mau-Mau's good side!

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on May 08, 2015:

Mau-Mau, our resident terrorist so named after those of Kenyan fame, saw this and it (that's right) said it is a howl! It sleeps in the crook of my arm while I'm dozing off for a catnap.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on May 08, 2015:

What a wonderful and amusingly written article. Great work!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 08, 2015:

Susie - Divas, darlin'. Total divas. =^..^=

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on May 08, 2015:

Internet divas? - I have the giggles.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 08, 2015:

Sha - I felt sorry for the poor dear until the very end when it just got up and ran away. Obviously he was playing possum really well. Bay Bay appreciates the kind compliment. He is good at sitting on my keyboard and somehow flipping the screen to vertical layout mode (HOW?) or turning the audio on so that with every keystroke it announces exactly what is happening (really annoying if that's not what you want). Cats! Have a terrific weekend, and thanks for reading.