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Cats have a lot of wisdom and knowledge about life, that if we humans would adopt would make us a lot happier and healthier, here are some things that we can learn from cats which might benefit us.

Independence

Cats have always been independent animals, they hunt alone, can live alone, cats only need themselves to make it through life. However, they do like being social, which many people do not notice. Cats can be completely fine on their own, but they don’t mind having companions.

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Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/26524778@N02/

Love yourself

Cats love their owners but they love themselves more, they make sure to look after themselves. Take a few tips from cats and try to get enough sleep every night, set high standards, eat well, pamper yourself and just look after your physical and mental health at all costs.

By Mike Lehmann, Mike Switzerland 09:35, 26 December 2006 (UTC) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1493221
By Mike Lehmann, Mike Switzerland 09:35, 26 December 2006 (UTC) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1493221

Be fearless

Cats climb the tallest trees, sneak around late at night and even start fights with big scary cats. You, like cats, shouldn’t be afraid to take a different path in life, it isn’t always about the destination, it is about the journey – and you will always find your way home. Fear of the unknown isn’t a trait cats or humans should possess.

Photo: David Doidge / Pixabay
Photo: David Doidge / Pixabay

You are royalty

Never, ever, be treated as anything less than royalty. Always speak out about things you don’t agree with, always demand a certain level of decent respect from people and don’t let people walk all over you or push you around.

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Photo: allen watkin / Flikr

Never settle for less

Cats will literally bother you in the morning until you feed them, they will claw and meow forever until they get their own way. If you really want something, you have to do everything in your power to get whatever that is, people can help you achieve your goals and there is no shame in that.

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Spend time indulging yourself

Cats spend hours cleaning their fur and having ‘me’ time, and you should do the same. Spend a bit of money and time on yourself every now and then, it will make you feel more confident and feel like the royalty you are.

Photo: Ashaneen / Pixabay
Photo: Ashaneen / Pixabay

Always look forward

Cats are never afraid of falling because they always land on four feet. The same applies for your setbacks in life. Don’t over analyse anything, just stand up from your fall, dust yourself off and carry on moving forward – just like a cat would do.

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Photo: panli54 / Flikr

There is nothing wrong with asking for help

Cats are always so dignified and yet they see no shame in asking for food or to open a door. We can all rely on somebody for a little help, asking for help can lead to so many more opportunities and knowledge.

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Photo: hehaden / Flikr

Cats have very practical and useful traits which every single one of us could adopt to make us that little bit wiser and happier. Jumping for your goals, not fearing obstacles and never staying down after a fall are all things which can help us achieve our goals and staying in control of our lives. Who knew that our greatest teachers were meowing in front of us?

Oh I am a cat that likes to
Gallop about doing good
So
One day when I was
Galloping about doing good, I saw
A Figure in the path; I said
Get off! (Be-
cause
I am a cat that likes to
Gallop about doing good)
But he did not move, instead
He raised his hand as if
To land me a cuff
So I made to dodge so as to
Prevent him bringing it orf,
Un-for-tune-ately I slid
On a banana skin
Some Ass had left instead
Of putting it in the bin. So
His hand caught me on the cheek
I tried
To lay his arm open from wrist to elbow
With my sharp teeth
Because I am
A cat that likes to gallop about doing good.
Would you believe it?
He wasn’t there
My teeth met nothing but air,
But a Voice said: Poor Cat
(Meaning me) and a soft stroke
Came on me head
Since when
I have been bald
I regard myself as
A martyr to doing good.
Also I heard a swoosh,
As of wings, and saw
A halo shining at the height of
Mrs Gubbins’s backyard fence,
So I thought: What’s the good
Of galloping about doing good
When angels stand in the path
And do not do as they should
Such as having an arm to be bitten off
All the same I
Intend to go on being
A cat that likes to
Gallop about doing good
So
Now with my bald head I go,
Chopping the untidy flowers down, to and fro,
An’ scooping up the grass to show
Underneath
The cinder path of wrath
Ha ha ha ha, ho,
Angels aren’t the only ones who do not know
What’s what and that
Galloping about doing good
Is a full-time job
That needs
An experienced eye of earthly
Sharpness, worth I dare say
(if you’ll forgive a personal note)
A good deal more
Than all that skyey stuff
Of angels that make so bold as
To pity a cat like me that
Gallops about doing good.

Stevie Smith

Tambako The Jaguar / Flikr
Tambako The Jaguar / Flikr

Although The Galloping Cat seems like a cute and fun poem about a playful cat, the underlying message is a little bit deeper. The cat is supposed to represent workaholics in the modern day, the cat is a do-gooder with lots and lots to do, not being fazed by any banana skin. The crushing of the flowers represents the workaholic’s dismissal of all things beautiful because of how busy they are “galloping” around.

For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry.
For he is the servant of the Living God duly and daily serving him.
For at the first glance of the glory of God in the East he worships in his way.
For this is done by wreathing his body seven times round with elegant quickness.
For then he leaps up to catch the musk, which is the blessing of God upon his prayer.
For he rolls upon prank to work it in.
For having done duty and received blessing he begins to consider himself.
For this he performs in ten degrees.
For first he looks upon his forepaws to see if they are clean.
For secondly he kicks up behind to clear away there.
For thirdly he works it upon stretch with the forepaws extended.
For fourthly he sharpens his paws by wood.
For fifthly he washes himself.
For sixthly he rolls upon wash.
For seventhly he fleas himself, that he may not be interrupted upon the beat.
For eighthly he rubs himself against a post.
For ninthly he looks up for his instructions.
For tenthly he goes in quest of food.
For having consider’d God and himself he will consider his neighbour.
For if he meets another cat he will kiss her in kindness.
For when he takes his prey he plays with it to give it a chance.
For one mouse in seven escapes by his dallying.
For when his day’s work is done his business more properly begins.
For he keeps the Lord’s watch in the night against the adversary.
For he counteracts the powers of darkness by his electrical skin and glaring eyes.
For he counteracts the Devil, who is death, by brisking about the life.
For in his morning orisons he loves the sun and the sun loves him.
For he is of the tribe of Tiger.
For the Cherub Cat is a term of the Angel Tiger.
For he has the subtlety and hissing of a serpent, which in goodness he suppresses.
For he will not do destruction, if he is well-fed, neither will he spit without provocation.
For he purrs in thankfulness, when God tells him he’s a good Cat.
For he is an instrument for the children to learn benevolence upon.
For every house is incomplete without him and a blessing is lacking in the spirit.
For the Lord commanded Moses concerning the cats at the departure of the Children of Israel from Egypt.
For every family had one cat at least in the bag.
For the English Cats are the best in Europe.
For he is the cleanest in the use of his forepaws of any quadruped.
For the dexterity of his defence is an instance of the love of God to him exceedingly.
For he is the quickest to his mark of any creature.
For he is tenacious of his point.
For he is a mixture of gravity and waggery.
For he knows that God is his Saviour.
For there is nothing sweeter than his peace when at rest.
For there is nothing brisker than his life when in motion.
For he is of the Lord’s poor and so indeed is he called by benevolence perpetually–Poor Jeoffry! poor Jeoffry! the rat has bit thy throat.
For I bless the name of the Lord Jesus that Jeoffry is better.
For the divine spirit comes about his body to sustain it in complete cat.
For his tongue is exceeding pure so that it has in purity what it wants in music.
For he is docile and can learn certain things.
For he can set up with gravity which is patience upon approbation.
For he can fetch and carry, which is patience in employment.
For he can jump over a stick which is patience upon proof positive.
For he can spraggle upon waggle at the word of command.
For he can jump from an eminence into his master’s bosom.
For he can catch the cork and toss it again.
For he is hated by the hypocrite and miser.
For the former is afraid of detection.
For the latter refuses the charge.
For he camels his back to bear the first notion of business.
For he is good to think on, if a man would express himself neatly.
For he made a great figure in Egypt for his signal services.
For he killed the Ichneumon-rat very pernicious by land.
For his ears are so acute that they sting again.
For from this proceeds the passing quickness of his attention.
For by stroking of him I have found out electricity.
For I perceived God’s light about him both wax and fire.
For the Electrical fire is the spiritual substance, which God sends from heaven to sustain the bodies both of man and beast.
For God has blessed him in the variety of his movements.
For, tho he cannot fly, he is an excellent clamberer.
For his motions upon the face of the earth are more than any other quadruped.
For he can tread to all the measures upon the music.
For he can swim for life.
For he can creep.

-Christopher Smart

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By Unknown – National Portrait Gallery: NPG 3780, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7302242

For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry was a touching tribute to Smart’s own cat called Jeoffry. Christopher Smart was confined in a mental asylum for many years and Jeoffry was his only friend during this confinement.

She sights a Bird – she chuckles –
She flattens – then she crawls –
She runs without the look of feet –
Her eyes increase to Balls –

Her Jaws stir – twitching – hungry –
Her Teeth can hardly stand –
She leaps, but Robin leaped the first –
Ah, Pussy, of the Sand,

The Hopes so juicy ripening –
You almost bathed your Tongue –
When Bliss disclosed a hundred Toes –
And fled with every one –

-By Emily Dickinson

Photo: Sponchia /Pixabay

This is a really sweet poem about a cat who instinctively tries to catch a bird. Unlike most of Dickinson’s poems, death does not play a part in this and this is thought to be down to her love for birds.

She sights a Bird – she chuckles is a gorgeous poem which simply but brilliantly describes the movements of nature. Emilly Dickinson was incredible at emotively describing nature, love and death. This poem is seen as a warm up to her later poems which , like She sights a Bird – she chuckles, were wrote in the Civil War.

A 16-year-old cat called Rosinka has adopted a baby monkey after it was abandoned by its own mother in a Russian zoo.

Cat- Monkey snuggles. Photo credit: APTN

The baby squirrel monkey had a tough start when its mother refused to carry him on her back which is absolutely essential  for it to survive and make it through the first months of its life. This is all down to natural selection and whether the mum believes that looking after its baby will favour herself. Also, some mammals do not develop maternal skills which results in them being disinterested and a little bit confused about the whole situation. There doesn’t necessarily have to be anything wrong with their baby for them to be rejected.

For fears of the monkey’s life, who is named Fedor, the director of Tyumen Zoo decided to carry out an experiment in a hope that it would save Fedor’s life. The director introduced the monkey to a cat called Rosinka who has never had babies herself, Rosinka is 16 years old meaning she is considered mature and not as excitable as younger cats.

To everybody’s surprise and relief the cat thankfully adopted the little monkey and the pair have been living together ever since that moment. Fedor is on Rosinka’s back all the time except for when he needs to be fed his baby milk. The images and video of the two are just too adorable for words.

Tatyana Antropova, the director of the zoo has stated that Fedor will continue to stay with the cat and now his new mum, for approximately one more month to ensure he is fit and strong and then he will be transferred back to the zoo in the enclosure with all his other relatives, where he will develop the traits and skills of a squirrel monkey.

Fedor and Rosinka will have to part once he is strong enough. Photo credit: APTN

This isn’t the first time a cat has opened their heart and adopted another totally different species of animals, there have been stories of cats adopting ducklings, rabbits and squirrels – and not the monkey kind.

People have tried to make educated guesses on why cats and other animals adopt animals who really need help. Some animals by instinct will adopt one of its own species, they do this to help them survive and pass on the family DNA.

Animal behaviourists have also suggested that animals adopt when they will benefit also, and this benefit can come in various different forms such as social companionship without the risk of their being competition or threat and in the wild, this added member can also secure more food and protection.

Mum’s are also more likely to adopt because when they give birth their bodies release a high level of oxytocin which is known as a “bonding” hormone, which is why Rosinka, who has never had kittens, adopting the adorable baby monkey was such a surprise.

Either way, this heartfelt story shows the beauty of cats and how the 16-year-old feline had her chance of being a mother and saving a precious life. You can watch the video below if you want to see the two gorgeous animals together.

Photo credit: APTN

Macavity’s a Mystery Cat: he’s called the Hidden Paw—
For he’s the master criminal who can defy the Law.
He’s the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad’s despair:
For when they reach the scene of crime—Macavity’s not there!

Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity,
He’s broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
And when you reach the scene of crime—Macavity’s not there!
You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air—
But I tell you once and once again, Macavity’s not there!

Macavity’s a ginger cat, he’s very tall and thin;
You would know him if you saw him, for his eyes are sunken in.
His brow is deeply lined with thought, his head is highly domed;
His coat is dusty from neglect, his whiskers are uncombed.
He sways his head from side to side, with movements like a snake;
And when you think he’s half asleep, he’s always wide awake.

Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity,
For he’s a fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity.
You may meet him in a by-street, you may see him in the square—
But when a crime’s discovered, then Macavity’s not there!

He’s outwardly respectable. (They say he cheats at cards.)
And his footprints are not found in any file of Scotland Yard’s
And when the larder’s looted, or the jewel-case is rifled,
Or when the milk is missing, or another Peke’s been stifled,
Or the greenhouse glass is broken, and the trellis past repair
Ay, there’s the wonder of the thing! Macavity’s not there!

And when the Foreign Office find a Treaty’s gone astray,
Or the Admiralty lose some plans and drawings by the way,
There may be a scrap of paper in the hall or on the stair—
But it’s useless to investigate—Macavity’s not there!
And when the loss has been disclosed, the Secret Service say:
It must have been Macavity!’—but he’s a mile away.
You’ll be sure to find him resting, or a-licking of his thumb;
Or engaged in doing complicated long division sums.

Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity,
There never was a Cat of such deceitfulness and suavity.
He always has an alibi, and one or two to spare:
At whatever time the deed took place—MACAVITY WASN’T THERE !
And they say that all the Cats whose wicked deeds are widely known
(I might mention Mungojerrie, I might mention Griddlebone)
Are nothing more than agents for the Cat who all the time
Just controls their operations: the Napoleon of Crime!
-By T.S Eliot

TS Eliot.  By Ellie Koczela - http://blog.bookstellyouwhy.com/t.-s.-eliot-nobel-laureate-and-voice-of-the-lost-generation, CC BY-SA 4.0,

T.S Eliot owned many cats himself and had a profound love for cats. He named his cats funny names like Pettipaws and Wiscus, he wrote insane verses of poems about cats for his godchildren wich actually inspired the highly popular Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s musical ‘Cats’. This poem, Macavity: The Mystery Cat, talks about a mastermind criminal feline.