|Natasha, one of the "feline masterpieces" in our home.|
We missed the official National Respect Your Cat Day—it was March 28. But we’ve been thinking about how we can respect our cats and any other pets we have and thought we would go ahead and post about it even though we’re late.
Here are some ways that we came up with to show respect to our cats:
- Admire them. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day care of our pets, so much so that we forget to take time and just look at our cats. Notice the way they walk, the movement of their ears, the way their eyes change with mood, the way they look when they jump from one surface to another. We agree with Leonardo da Vinci: “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”
- Accept that they are not little humans. Sure, we write stories about our cats and imagine them doing things like humans. But even then, we recognize that these creatures in our care are not human. They are a different part of our animal kingdom, but no less special.
- Accept each individual cat for who he or she is. Not every cat is a lap cat, no matter how much you want him to be. Your cat will not enjoy every new toy you bring into the house. Your cat may prefer to watch you from afar rather than hang out close by. And all of this is fine. We need to let our cats be who they are. My Thunder Cat, Waddles, and Sam were never lap cats. They did like to sit close by though. Chase Bird was a lap cat. We had loving relationships with all of them—just in different ways.
- Treat your cat like family. To us, cats are not like family. They ARE family. We do our best to provide a calm, safe, and happy environment for them. When they walk into a room, we greet them. We tell them goodbye when we leave the house and hello when we return. We play with them, give them good food, and talk to them. We hope they feel our love!
What have we missed? What are some other ways we can show respect to our cats or any of our pets?