During the month of June you will probably hear the usual reasons to adopt a cat from a shelter. Don't get me wrong. They are all good reasons. For example, you will be providing a shelter cat with a warm and dry and safe place to live. We all want that, don't we? And don't forget, you will be providing the adopted cat with delicious, well-prepared meals and fresh water to drink. We all need that, don't we?
You may even be providing your adopted cat with a little attention and love and affection. Who wouldn't want that?
My point of view, however, is focused on what you, the human who adopts the shelter cat, gets out of the deal.
Cute? Cuddly? Affectionate? Sure. Everyone knows that cats are the cutest pets alive, and the most huggable and petable. Of course, cats are also the most affectionate and loyal pets imaginable.
What you may not be aware of is that cats are the best teachers!
Cats spend most of their time (when they are not cat-napping) trying to teach their human companions about things they should know in life. Here are just a few examples of life's lessons that a talented cat can illustrate.
Life Lessons for Humans from Cats
- Actually, cat-napping itself is a good lesson.
"Get plenty of rest, and you will be ready for anything," I say.
- Ever watch a cat wash himself?
"Personal hygiene is essential."
- Where would the world be without healthy curiosity? Who would discover the next great invention without curiosity?
"Learn to be curious, and you will expand your horizons."
- Patience. Ever watch a cat watching something?
"Patience and self-control will enlighten your life."
- If a cat wants something, he won't give up until he has it.
"You have to overcome any obstacle to get where you want to be."
- Cats are the best at playing. All it takes is a little piece of string.
"Playing and having fun add spice to life."
- Finally, and most importantly, a cat is above all a little ball of love.
"Love is the most important lesson of all."
A Cat Named Wellington.
(Author of the book, "A Cat Named Wellington: His Lessons for Life," co-authored with New Jersey author Deborah Amedick.