The saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear” attributed to both Buddha Siddhartha Gautama Shakyamuni and the Theosophists could not be more appropriate as a preface to this article.
I say this because the other day while I was looking for some odd feline-related info while surfing the internet, I “accidentally” ran across an extremely humorous, well-written article, “What I wish I had known before getting Cats” published on Medium by Zulie Rane.
After I finished reading it, I felt compelled to share it with our two highly intelligent cats, Mr. Aki Pataki-Baracki and Mr. Edgar Allen Poe. I wish you could have seen the expression on their faces as they were listening to me trying to read it to them. I was chuckling so loudly that I could hardly get the words out.
But what really shocked me was their immediate reaction to the story. The first thing they both agreed on was Zane’s unparalleled, sage advice for new cat owners, cautioning them that the most important thing to remember when they adopt a kitty, is that they are not “getting a cat”; that the cats are “getting them. “
Although this rule is one of the most important things that new owners must learn, both cats felt while the article certainly has merit, they were driven to “tell it like it really is” from a feline purrspective.
The first thing Edgar Allen piped in was, “While trampling onto a soggy trichobezoar (hairball) could be highly shocking and disgusting, to annoy their hoomans cats prefurr to make loud, purrturbing noises and jump all over them at two AM insisting they are hungry.” He added, “It really takes a motivated and patient hooman who, in the middle of the night will say “no” to their apparently “starving” kitty and place a pillow over their head, turn over and go back to sleep. You see, with purrsistence, hoomans will ultimately put an end to this behavior- darn it.”
Mr. Aki couldn’t resist putting in his two cents as well. He said, “Hoomans must learn that felines crave attention, and if we don’t get enough of it, the only way we can convey our feelings is to jump into the middle of your newspaper, step all over your computer keyboard, and find other creative ways to interrupt whatever you’re doing. It’s not being naughty as some hoomans might interpret our behavior; it is the only way we can communicate our needs.”
However, both cats highly agreed with Ms. Zulie’s article which humorously describes hoomans who choose to and open up to be owned by kitties. They will surrender into a very special and unique relationship that entails falling in love with them, cherishing and caring for them, and even spoiling them because that is what all cats truly deserve.
So if you are thinking about “getting a cat”, you now have a preview of the amazingly powerful journey upon which you will embark upon. This journey is never long enough so you must enjoy every moment.
Still gonna “get a kitty” or do you already have one or more? Tell us a little about your journey into the world of cats.