Today is Cat Appreciation Day. Well, maybe. Facebook says it is but a search of Google, Bing, and additional sites say it can be/ was July 16, August 8, postponed indefinitely or there isn’t one.
No matter, we just can appreciate our cats. Period.
Cats love us. They may not show it by slobbering on our shoes like a dog, and some call them haughty, but look into their eyes and love shines out. A discriminating love conquers all.
Cats enjoy social contact. That is why they sleep on the dining room table while you are paying the bills, hover beside the laptop trying to chew on your flash drive, and swat away your pen two seconds before you need it. They are telling you to be more social. Bills, the internet, and opposable thumb instruments are out of their league and you aren’t playing in theirs when they think you should be. They are telling you to prioritize.
Cats keep you healthy. You may think it is annoying when kitty jumps on your tummy at 5 AM but she is telling you to eat. She knows you need to fuel up for your busy day and an early wake up gives you time for a hearty breakfast. Coincidentally, you can fix her breakfast, too, while yours is cooking.
Cats keep you fit. Swatting the piles of paperwork you just organized onto the floor gives you more opportunity to flex the abs and tone up. The same idea applies with sleeping in the clean laundry. If you have to rewash it to remove cat fur clumps, carrying the basket back to the washer will pump up those biceps.
Cats test your mental acuity. Have you ever suddenly realized the cat is in your lap and you don’t know how or when she arrived there? She waits until you are distracted by a catnap (haha) or disruption in the Force and then unobtrusively sneaks into position.
Cats help you stay on budget. See The Electronic Cat (http://joltleft.com/cats-in-new-york/getting-a-charge-from-your-cat) for details on electric usage. Also, if kitty is sitting on your cell phone, you won’t be texting over limit, thus reducing your extra fees. Nationwide coverage is so over rated. Kitty-wide coverage is all that matters- kitty is wide enough to cover the phone.
Cats warm your feet. But cats are somewhat confused about the anatomical location of human feet. Judging by where they frequently roost during the night, cats think feet go on your pillow or sprout off the small of your back.
Cats provide for their humans. Chipmunks dead and alive, squirrels, birds, an occasional miscellaneous reptile all are gifts from the diligent kitty for us. After all, we give them kibble and water; they are just returning the favor.
Cats comfort us. When they are scared cats give us ample opportunity to find them in remote hiding places while they yowl or hiss or growl. Once reunited, you can catch your breath while they get comfortable in your favorite chair. Isn’t that comforting?
Cats protect us. They stare down dust motes from atop the fridge, swat at our toes from under the bed just to make sure they are staying in the shoes, prevent us from descending the stairs too fast by lying on the middle step, make sure the air pressure is balanced in the house by demanding we let them in or out repeatedly, and make sure we eat slowly by trying to share our meals.
So appreciate your cat today and every day for all she does to show you her side of I Love You!