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What Cats Have to Teach Us About Being Better Humans

What Cats Have to Teach Us About Being Better Humans

People say cats find their owners, not the other way around. This is because cats know what certain people need at any given time and show up to teach them life lessons. At least, that is how the old wives tale tells it. Cats can teach people how to human better, if we are paying close enough attention to what they ‘say.’

Emotional Honesty

Cats have absolute honesty. They tell it like it is and that is that. Human beings like to hide feelings, but cats know what’s up. The simplicity and honesty of that transaction when you know what is expected of you and you of them, is refreshing. There is no need to go overboard and over-express feelings. There’s no clinging or pretence. It just is what it is, and that is beautiful. There may be no gratitude, but a little growl or snarl but sometimes that is because the cat is scared and vulnerability is scary.


Cats love alone time and are not afraid to ask for it. There is time to play, time to eat, time to rest. Don’t take away the cat’s down time because they need to refresh to feel sorted. Sometimes they just want to observe life away from the fray, so having a quiet place to go helps them feel at ease. Cats love and present this in many ways. This comes from glances, and brushing up against you, in a way that shows affection and willingness to connect.

Follow Curiosity

Cats and other animals don’t think about the past or future. They live in the right now, here and now (feed me, change my litter box). Cats follow their curiosity and explore. They have the ability to do this and no matter how you might feel, they are enticed by little things. Spontaneity is the name of the game for cats. Chasing birds, shadows, and seeing things in a new way are part of their exploration.

Cats are always up for a good time, but they know when to pull back and rest. They are also creatures of habit who love to have space to hang out with their favorite human and get some cuddle time. Taking self care ideas from a cat is a great way to explore how to honor yourself while also taking care of what needs to be done on a daily basis. Cats, in this way, can teach us how to live more mindfully and with greater calm than we ever thought possible.

Cats are excellent teachers. If you are struggling with self care, or how to explore new ways of living, think about how a cat would approach the situation. With curiosity and openness to learning. If you are ready and willing to learn, we can teach you how to live in sobriety and recovery.  Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401