Playmate


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In my experience, cats tend to do better when they have a playmate their own size. A playmate can be anyone who plays with a cat without hurting them. A playmate is willing to play all the games a cat wants to play while giving them companionship and exercise.

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Most cats, when they are Out want to be In, and vice versa, and often simultaneously. —Louis F. Camuti, DVM

Obviously, cats want to defy physics and be in two places at once. A closed door drives them nuts. They have to know what’s on both sides at the same time. I know this and when the cat doesn’t want to come into a room, I just nearly close the door. They come into the room every time wondering why I nearly shut the door on them.

The phrase “domestic cat” is an oxymoron. —George F. Will

Only someone who hasn’t lived with a cat would ever call them a “domestic cat.” They have no idea how wild cats can be especially when they don’t think any humans are watching them. The cats night prowl and get up to all sorts of capers while we sleep. Often leaving behind traces such as used litter boxes and less food and water left into their bowls.

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The cat is domestic only as far as suits its own ends. —Saki (H. H. Munro)

I’ve live with cats for too long to believe they are domesticated. Time and time again they prove to me they aren’t. They run around like crazy. They knock books off the bookcase. They jump on all the furniture. Clearly they demonstrate they aren’t domesticated.

We cannot without becoming cats, perfectly understand the cat mind. —St. George Mivart

I’ve tried to understand the cat mind. I don’t think I’ve fully gotten it yet. But I do know that not all cats are exactly the same. They have different personalities and have different reactions to the same situations.

Servant


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To a cat, a servant is someone who takes care of them. Cats are such wonderful companions that I don’t mine playing servant to them. Sir Socks trained me well and now I don’t tend to have much trouble taking care of cats. Cats are people and therefore can’t be owned by anyone.

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Most beds sleep up to six cats. Ten cats without the owner. —Stephen Baker

Cats certainly will sleep in a bed if they want to. Seems to me they will take over the bed if they like the human who sleeps in it. I do like it when they sleep with me, but I can’t count on as cats do as they please whenever they want.

Of all animals, he alone attains to the Contemplative Life. He regards the wheel of existence from without, like the Buddha. There is no pretense of sympathy about the cat. He lives alone, aloft, sublime, in a wise passiveness. —Andrew Lang

I’ve watched cats for years and I know they are wise. They know how to meditate and can do yoga without being taught. I’ve done my best to learn the wisdom of the universe from cats.

Vet


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A vet is a doctor for animals. Cats don’t always like to visit them unless they like traveling and meeting strangers. Vets can and do give life saving vaccines which is preventative medicine cats need to live longer lives. With such good things, I do hope cats can tolerate it. I know I don’t always like seeing doctors either. I do understand why cats don’t always like to see a vet as I’ve had some bad doctors. Hopefully, cats will only see the good vets and their lives improved with better health and happiness.

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One reason we admire cats is for their proficiency in one-upmanship. They always seem to come out on top, no matter what they are doing, or pretend they do. —Barbara Webster

Cats are inspiring. They inspire me to write about them and admire how well they come out on top even when they technically fail and manage to recover quickly. Perhaps they aren’t willing to give up on themselves and are motivated to do better next time. They certainly do learn not to make the same mistake twice.

The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat. —Jules Reynard

Cats are good at lying and sitting quite still. Combine that with a purr and I feel as if I’ve reached Nirvana with them leading the way. Cats don’t have to study how to meditate. They are born knowing how. I’m still learning from them.

Laughing


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Laughing is something some cats do. They play happily and will laugh as they are playing. They laugh when they are around their favorite human. They are the kind of cats who have to play and love to be around others. They tend to be much more outgoing than I am. Cat laughter doesn’t sound like human laughter. It’s quieter, but can still be recognized as such.

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In the beginning, God created man, but seeing him so feeble, He gave him the cat. —Warren Eckstein

Of course God gave us cats to guide us and teach us better social skills. Who better than to teach us than cats? With their emotional honesty and simple view of the world, I’ve learned more from them than living with humans.

There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat. —Tay Hohoff

When cats aren’t ignoring me, it is a real blessing to be greeted by them when I get home. Any cat I’ve lived with is usually quite happy to see me when I get back to their house, especially if I’ve been gone for hours.

Head Butts


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When a cat approaches a human and head butts the human, it’s a form of affection. It’s a way for the cat to tell the human how they feel. It is just one of the many things a cat will do to a human to tell the human the cat loves them. It’s not a form of abuse. Cats tend to play rough each other and their favorite humans. Cats tend to treat their favorite humans as honorary cats. That’s why cats give their favorite humans head butts.

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