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15 Things Cats Teach Us About Life

Kelly Sundstrom
Dec. 9, 2015

Here are 15 lessons you can learn from your cat about how to live a happy, fulfilling life!

You can learn a lot by observing your cat! After all, your furry friend is quite the expert on living a happy life. The next time you need a little inspiration or motivation, look no further than your feline companion.

Here are 15 things cats teach us:

  1. Make Sure You Always Have a Curious Spirit

    Make Sure You Always Have a Curious Spirit

    Though your cat's curious nature can often get him into a bit of trouble, it also allows him to take advantage of all that the world around him has to offer. Why not try tapping into your adventurous side by exploring the woods behind your house or researching a topic that has always interested you?
  2. Choose Your Friends Wisely
    Your cat knows who she likes and who she doesn't -- and she's not afraid to show it! While you may not want to wear your heart on your sleeve, being choosy about the company you keep is a good lesson to learn.
  3. Get Plenty of Rest

    Get Plenty of Rest

    There's a reason a short snooze in the middle of the day is called a cat nap. Take a page out of your pet's book and make sure you always get enough sleep.
  4. Maintain a Well-Groomed Appearance

    Maintain a Well-Groomed Appearance

    Cats always want to look their best. After all, they groom themselves repeatedly throughout the day. Make sure to follow your pet's example!
  5. Don't Forget to Show Your Appreciation
    Cats show you their gratitude in a number of ways: a loud purr, a squinty smile, a dead mouse at your feet. Learn from your cat and show your appreciation for those you love -- maybe just not with a mouse.
  6. Eat More Fish

    Eat More Fish

    Cats can't get enough of that fishy flavor, which is a good thing. Fish contain healthy omega fatty acids. You should try to include more in your own diet, as well.
  7. Stay Aware of Your Surroundings

    Cats are always alert, which allows them to sense any nearby danger and act accordingly. You should follow suit when you're in a new or unfamiliar area.
  8. Spend Time Soaking Up the Sun

    Spend Time Soaking Up the Sun

    Your cat probably loves to sit in a sunny window to bask in the warm light. Get inspired by your pet and go outside to soak up some vitamin D! Just be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen.
  9. Take the Time to Really Notice Things
    Have you ever seen a cat just sit and stare at a wall? What are they looking at? Maybe they're just taking in every detail. People should take the time to do the same.
  10. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

    Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

    Your cat knows how to live in the moment and enjoy all the little wonders of the world. You can apply this motto to your own life by trying to just go with the flow -- whenever possible. There's no sense in worrying about minute things that won't matter in the long run!
  11. Stretch Regularly

    Stretch Regularly

    If you want to stay as limber and flexible as your cat, you should stretch on a daily basis. You could even try taking a yoga class!
  12. Ignore the Little Things That Tend to Irritate You

    Ignore the Little Things That Tend to Irritate You

    Your cat knows just how to deal with life's troubling distractions -- just ignore them!
  13. Look Before You Leap
    Cats are very cautions animals. They won't take a step without first assessing the situation. It's a good habit for humans to have, too!
  14. Don't Lose Your Playful Energy

    Don't Lose Your Playful Energy

    Even adult cats enjoy acting like frisky, energetic kittens every now and then. And they've got the right idea! After all, a playful spirit can help keep you feeling young and fit throughout your life.
  15. Don't Get Discouraged

    Don't Get Discouraged

    The next time you get knocked down in life, you should follow your cat's example and get right back up on your feet. Everyone makes mistakes, but it's important that you don't let them prevent you from future successes.

It's clear that one of life's greatest teachers may come in a small, furry package. For more information on what your cat can teach you, check out 10 Love Lessons to Learn from Your Pet.

Can you think of any other things cats teach us about life? Let us know in the comments!

Kelly Sundstrom is an award-winning journalist, author and artist. As the caretaker of two dogs, five cats and a bearded dragon, Kelly often learns life lessons from her pets. Follow her on Twitter.

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