What can a cat teach us about being present?

Being present — you will learn about my purring

Just because a cat purr doesn’t necessarily mean they are happy. Purring may also indicate that your cat is nervous, in pain, or manipulating you to feed them.

Being present — you’ll understand I’m meowing at you

Kittens are known to meow when they seek their mother’s attention, but adult cats rarely meow to communicate with other cats, instead, they may be trying to communicate with you.

Being present — you will learn about my moisture needs in foods

Cats generally do not have the same water needs as other animals as they get the majority of their liquid through their food. You can try to serve your kitty high-water-content frozen treats (such as beef stock ice cubes) and wet foods and see how much they would enjoy it.

Being present — you will learn I’m not as hungry as I pretend to be

Cats are very good at pretending to be very hungry when they actually need only a little amount of food. They know they’ve got you wrapped around their paws; as experience as taught them. But when it comes to food, you may indulge them beyond what they need.

Being present — you’ll learn I love being indoors

Although cats are known to be wild, outdoor animals historically, the domestication and industrialization of our present society have made it much safer for cats to prefer to stay indoors.

Being present — you’ll learn I need mostly meat

Cats may have to take meat in their daily diet, and that’s simply because they are obligate carnivores. They need more protein and fewer carbohydrates than we humans.

Being present — you’ll learn my teeth need to be cleaned

You may think dental health is only important to humans and not animals. But that’s not true as your cat’s teeth need regular cleaning. And it is not fun but necessary as it helps you save money on vet bills over time.

Being present — you’ll know that I don’t just like to scratch, I need to

Cats generally love to scratch and it is important to get them a proper scratching post. The Humane Society of the United State notes that cats scratch for several reasons, including:

  • Cats scratch to mark their territories.
  • Cats scratch to remove the dead outer layers of their claws.
  • Cats scratch to flex their feet and claws and stretch their bodies.
  • Cats scratch when they’re excited, like after naps, or when you arrive from work.

Being present — You’ll understand that showing you my tummy doesn’t mean I want you to touch it

The tummy of a cat is the most vulnerable part that you must respect. Although they might show it to you as a sign that they feel safe and contented to be in your presence, it is not an invitation to start touching this body part.

Being present -You’ll understand I love to share my territory

Cats are solitary animals in the wild, but they’re often willing to share their territory if they will not be completely displaced. Your cat can allow other cats to come into their territory as long as they will not claim that space.

Conclusion

Cats may not be able to speak as humans do, but they sure want you to learn a lot of things about them while being present. You need to pay attention to their body language and signals over time to help them live peacefully with you and other pets that you might have around.

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