My cat Duffey is one of the best things to ever happen to me. I just happened to be scrolling Facebook when I saw this post from the SPCA looking for winter coats for the dogs at the shelter to wear during walks. At the top of the post they had a picture of a two year old tuxedo cat. It said that she was only two years old and had been at the shelter awaiting a home for seven months.
My first thought when I saw her picture was “why does no one want this cat?” So I immediately contacted the shelter and inquired about her. They told me she was friendly with humans, loved attention, and would sometimes trill.
The next day my husband and I arrived at the shelter 3 minutes after they opened. I needed to see this cat in person. I connected with the feeling of not being wanted and as long as she liked us, I wanted to end that feeling for her.
Our first meeting with our cat
When I saw her sitting in the storefront I thought she was perfect. She had a serious look of “catitude” on her face which I thought was just great. I stayed at the shelter and played with her for two hours while my husband looked on. After that I signed the paperwork, paid the adoption fee and brought her to the vet.
When we got her home after the vet checkup she fit right in. She walked out of her carrier, looked down the hall and walked in to the living room and laid on the rug. She never had a “adjustment” period. Oddly she acted like she had always been with us and that this was just her life.
She brings me happiness everyday, whether it’s from her ridiculous antics, her catitude, her need for attention the very second I start doing something (seriously , I could sit on the sofa doing nothing for hours and she wouldn’t care. The second I go to get up however, that’s a different story.)
So, what has my cat taught me exactly, you ask?
- Don’t be afraid to ask (or demand) what you want. My cat is great for asking (or rather demanding) things she wants. Duffey will not be ignored. If for some reason we don’t get it right the first time she will demand again.
- Myself personally, I am terrible at asking for things I want/need. We need to get over the feeling of “bothering” people. People will not know what you require unless you tell them. They are not mind readers.
2. Rest when you need to. You are no good to yourself or anyone else when you are running on empty. Don’t be afraid to take some alone time to recharge your batteries.
3. Curiosity is a good thing. Remember when you were little and filled with child like wonder? What happened? Never stop learning or exploring.
“Even if you fall on your face you’re still moving forward.” ~ Victor Kiam
4. Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. Sometimes life will through you a curve ball. It’s how you react and handle situations like that those that counts.
” We can not direct the wind but we can adjust the sails” – Dolly Parton
5. Always be yourself. There’s no other way to put it, my cat is weird! She’s one heck of a oddball, but that’s part of her charm. She never worries if anyone will like the real her.
” To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
so what is the take away from this?
I want to be more like my cat. Duffey is unapologetically herself. Isn’t that what we all should be? You shouldn’t be afraid to be weird, or curious or “demanding” a.k.a knowing what you want and when.
what are some lessons (if any) you have learned from a animal? Let me know down in the comments below.
Till next time