5 Lessons I’ve learned from my cat

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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.

This is when we first met Duffey

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.

When we first brought Duffey home

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?

  1. 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

I said she was weird. Lol


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

Tanya xoxo

37 thoughts on “5 Lessons I’ve learned from my cat”

    1. I completely agree. I’m a huge animal lover. I see 2 cats and a dog on my walk to/from work most days. Love them so much <3

  1. We adopted a dog six months ago and best decision of our lives! The top I learned from him is basically to love unconditionally. He loves us so much and I just wish everyone could feel the same way and he looks at us. <3 Merry Christmas!

    1. Ineya, that is very true. Animals are full of unconditional love. I’m so glad you decided to adopt your dog. You are all very lucky to have each other

  2. I love cats and I always had at least one cat growing up. I never thought about what I learned from them, but now that I read your post I think they taught me many things. Maybe the most important things that I learned were to completely relax and not to care what other people think.

  3. Your adotion story reminds me a lot of that of my Nicki cat, only she lived her entire 2-3 years alive in rescues. I too wondered why such a sweet kitty got passed up? Nicki trills and loves to be petted. She causes no trouble. She is not big on playing. She just loves to snuggle. When she came up to me at the rescue, I was told she never acted like that before. I think she picked me. She is the best kitty. I love her so much, and she loves me.

  4. What a gorgeous kitty! I especially love the pic of her in the chair! Our fur babies can teach us so many important life lessons as well as bringing us tons of joy! xx

    1. I’m with you Renee. It always perplexes me when people say things like “there just a cat”. I just think and…… you’re just a “human”, so what? Lol

  5. These are so lovely. Particularly asking for what you want. I think we too often forget that we have a right (to a certain degree) to certain things. We have a right to have our voices heard. We have a right to put ourselves first. Obviously within reason but there seems to be a point in our lives when growing up when we start learning to put ourselves last.

    1. I noticed the exact same thing Emma, and honestly pretty much any “professional” will tell you that’s complete bs. (Some) people (cough, cough, me) tend to put themselves at the bottom of the list putting everyone else’s needs ahead of their own. This really isn’t good practice. As the saying goes “you can’t pour from a empty cup”.

  6. Great piece, it’s awesome how much you care and pay attention to your fur baby and in turn learning things that t could better yourself

    1. Thanks Jess, Duffey is my #1 (besides my husband), she’s like a emotional support cat, 85% there when I need her. Lol

  7. I loved this! We no longer have a cat in the house but interestingly enough toddlers are a lot like cats!

    1. Haha, you mean overflowing with curiosity? OR the second you tell them not to touch something that’s all they want to do? :p

    1. You are completely right! Awww, thanks we think shes pretty great, although she does sometimes try and trip my husband when hes walking down the hallway. Lol

  8. I love the way you wrote this post. It makes a lot of sense. Cats really are great to learn from! They unapologetically love themselves and are the shining star in their own universe!

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