For when you need 10ccs of cat cuddles, STAT.
An emotional support animal (ESA) is a pet that helps to mitigate the negative symptoms of a person’s emotional or psychological disability by calming and reducing emotional distress. ESAs are not considered service animals, and as such do not necessarily require training. An ESA can be any domesticated animal: cat, dog, rabbit, snake, pig, etc. An emotional support animal must be prescribed by a licensed mental health professional (therapist, psychiatrist) and have written documentation showing they are part of the individual’s treatment plan.
Cats are ideal candidates for those in need of an emotional support animal. They are calm, intelligent and affectionate animals that can provide their owners with a soothing, comforting presence.
And for people who struggle with anxiety, depression and other conditions that severely affect mood and mental well-being, some days it might be difficult to even get out of bed. The world is busy and noisy, full of pressures. Sometimes it seems impossible to lift your head, open your eyes and face the day, especially if you have to face it alone.
But imagine hearing the gentle, soothing rasp of a purr in your ear. Imagine feeling a warm, furry body tucked against you, and as the looming thoughts of the day surround you, picture running your fingers through soft, smooth fur. Suddenly, you don’t feel so alone. In all the noise and tumult of the world, you know that there is someone who needs you, someone who relies on you; and as you feel those little paws gently tapping your cheek, maybe even the lightest tickle of a whisker or a damp little nose, followed by a mew that says, “It’s time to get up. I’m hungry.”
Getting up doesn’t seem so impossible now.
This is just one scenario in which cats can offer important emotional support to their guardians, showing how vital a cat (or pet) can be to the well-being of their owner. Studies have shown that petting a cat can produce a hormonal relaxation response in people that helps to reduce stress and cortisol levels by lowering the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.
Cats tend to have a naturally docile nature can be the perfect pets for people in need of an emotional support animal, as they exude an aura of complete and utter calm, while at the same time having bright, unique personalities that can provide hours of entertainment and laughter.
What sets an ESA apart from a regular pet cat are the rights emotional support animals are given. While registration of an ESA is voluntary and not compulsory, ESAs with proper documentation are the only animals that will be provided with these rights. The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 and the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 are the laws that protect an emotionally disabled person and his/her ESA.
Under these laws, ESAs are able to accompany emotionally or mentally impaired persons on airplanes without incurring a fee, and cannot be turned away from no-pet housing situations. Emotional support animals on flights are expected to have some public training, however, so that the pet is safe and comfortable, as well as other passengers.
While they do provide emotional and mental support for their owners, an ESA is not considered a service animal, and businesses and public places are not legally required to allow access to your ESA.
Some public places and businesses have become somewhat hostile towards service animals and ESAs alike as people are falsely claiming their untrained and ill-behaved dogs as service animals. In taking advantage of the laws in place to protect the rights of people in need of service animals and ESAs alike, many people are now viewing those with actual service animals and ESAs as fraudulent and irresponsible owners who just want to take their dog with them to a restaurant or their cat on the plane for free. According to the dailymail.com, “A team of reporters at KUTV in Salt Lake City were able to register a stuffed dog … as an emotional support animal so it could be brought on board a plane.”
These fake service animals and the issues they cause can make going into public even more challenging and difficult for the people who actually struggle with disabilities. If you are thinking having your cat approved as an ESA, please only do so if you have spoken to a mental health professional and they recommend you need an ESA.
By: Cortney Licata
Get your kitty off the couch and into action.
Mewton’s First Law does state that a cat will remain at rest unless acted upon by an external force (read: treats). We know it can be difficult to uproot those lazy couch potatoes, especially once the youthful energy of kittenhood is behind them.
Whether the goal is some quality one-on-one time with your kitty or to work off a few of those holiday pounds, even the laziest of kitties has a hunting instinct hidden away somewhere underneath all that fluff. It’s just a matter of accessing it and figuring out how to activate that cutest of kitty booty wiggles.
First, find out what style of play your cat craves. Do they like to leap? Chase? Maybe they like to keep it more low-key and bat at a string while sitting in their comfy chair. Or drag themselves along the carpet. (Never skip leg day.)
Remember that cats have the instinct and eyes of a hunter, keen vision that is drawn to quick, prey-like movements. If you see those pupils dilate and that booty start to shimmy, you know you’ve got your cat’s attention.
Different strokes for different folks applies to cats, too! Snowflake might like to chase his special, crinkly sparkle ball around the house because it sounds like a squirrel running through the leaves.
(Note: don’t allow your cat to play unsupervised with yarn or loose string. Yarn can easily be swallowed but not easily passed and can lead to serious complications for your cat!)
Missy likes to jump and climb to unimaginable heights after her favorite flying mouse. We know mice can’t fly, but let Missy have her dreams.
While Peaches likes a battery-operated toy that flails around in wild circles and chirps like a bird because it’s fast-paced and unpredictable, Boots finds the sounds a li’l too spooky and prefers a nice, quiet fishie on a string held by his favorite person (he’s sensitive, you know.) Or maybe your cat is like Gus, who prefers to become one with the ball - to be the ball.
Some cats will only play if they get something out of it. Try using some treat-stuffed toys to get the party started. A lot of cats are food-motivated, after all. If you shake a bag of treats in the woods and no one’s around to hear it, does it make a sound? Sure it does. Just ask one of the 20 cats that just materialized at your feet.
If your immovable catloaf is a foodie at heart, hide some of their favorite tasty treats inside a special treat ball (or make a DIY version!), give it a rattle and let ‘em dig it out.
Catnip is another treat to get your kitty hype for some play. But who wants to deal with the mess? Roll one of their favorite fuzzy toys in some catnip and let the fun begin. Who knows, your cat might be able to find out what color tastes like … Catnip is a heck of a treat, man.
We all know the frustration too well -- find a cat toy that looks so fun to us humans, but the cats won’t touch it. Well, you can test what kind of toys your cat really digs without having to break the bank! Try attaching some feathers or old leaves to a long piece of string and see if your cat bites.
If you do use leaves, though, make sure that the leaves are non-toxic for cats in case your kitty accidentally ingests a leaf or two. Other ideas are finding a material that crinkles (like plastic or parchment paper) or rustles to see if your cat’s ears perk up and those pupils expand. And of course, watch for the impending rump shimmy, the dead giveaway to a pounce-in-progress.
Once you find out how and what your cat likes to play with, let the good times roll! If you’re playing keepaway with your kitty, make sure not to tease them too much. Get them rarin’ to go and champin’ at the bit to catch that flying mouse, make them work for it, but be sure to let them catch it every now and then! Cats can get frustrated if their prey eludes them too often. Give them that successful feeling of catching their prey and get those kicky paws working over-time.
It may take some time for you and your cat to get into that most perfect of playtime grooves, but don’t be afraid to try various things and change it up every now and then and you’ll be there in no time!
You can also check out our For Cats section to pick from some of the best cat toys & treats you can get your paws on! Like our uniquely designed Paw Cat Laser and Ciao Cat Treats!
By: Cortney Licata
Find out what your cats get their paws into while you’re at work.
Start the day out right with a self-motivational pep talk.
Gonna do it! Gonna climb the tallest thing! … Now what?
I know: Sleep!
Maybe indulge in a post-nap snack.
Perhaps even a quick post-snack nap.
Hide favorite toys under the couch for later cataloging.
Stare into space and contemplate what it truly means to be “cat.” Narrowly avoid existential crisis of epic proportions.
Sleep it off.
Get that beauty regimen on lock.
Practice for when they’re Instafamous.
Plot the downfall of the neighbor’s dog (the one who always calls them fat).
Raid the human’s drawers and steal their socks: Only one sock from each pair, though, so they don’t get suspicious.
Try to make friends with the crazy neighbors.
Protect the house from infiltrators.
Write a scathing review on their blog about that “plenty of fishies” site not having any fish at all.
Search for the secret stash of goods.
Enjoy the secret stash of goods.
Clean up the evidence.
Make sure still fits in favorite sits.
Prepare to show human how much they were missed!
By: Cortney Licata
Your Rosetta Stone for understanding catspeak.
Okay, so we didn’t actually carve these tips on an ancient rock and wait for archaeologists to uncover it. But we do have some helpful insights into understanding what your witty kitty may be trying to tell you.
After all, cats aren’t quite the mysterious, inscrutable creatures they’ve been made out to be. I mean, they might have knowledge that stretches beyond the known limits of our universe and simply don’t have the language to express it. Probably not, though.
Cats, like most animals, communicate through a mix of vocalizations and body language. By learning to read the various cues your cat is giving you, you’ll be able to decipher the mysteries of catspeak in no time at all.
Behold, the humble meow. Your cat’s meow is its main way of communicating with you. Funnily enough, adult cats only meow to communicate with people. As such, the meow is your cat’s version of a Swiss Army knife, if you will, a sound used to tell you various things. A meow can be a simple greeting, a cry for attention, or even just a bored cat lookin’ for some fun. But let’s be honest: usually it’s a demand for more food.
“I can see the bottom of my bowl, Martha. Do you want me to starve?”
A chirrup or trill is somewhere between a meow and a purr. It’s a common way for cats to greet each other, or for queens to get their kittens to follow. If your cat trills at you, it might want some love and affection. A trill will often be accompanied with a tail raised high in greeting. Your cat might also be trying to lure you toward that most sacred of food bowls.
Chattering is that strange sound your cat makes when it stares longingly out the window at the birds and the squirrels, dreaming of the day it can finally get them in their claws. It’s a sound driven by cats’ innate hunting instinct; Some scientists say it replicates the killing bite that cats use to take down their prey.
Purring is mostly a sign that your cat is comfortable, relaxed and content. Cats might purr when they’re injured or feeling sick to comfort themselves. But usually, purring is just your cat really getting into that R&R groove. Purring is often accompanied by a cat kneading their favorite blanket (or their favorite human). Kneading is a behavior learned as kittens who knead their mother’s belly to stimulate the flow of milk. Kneading is always a sign of a happy, comfortable cat.
Yowling or caterwauling is the long, drawn-out meow you might hear echoing through your hallways at 4 o’clock in the morning. Cats yowl for various reasons. Excessive yowling could also be a sign of distress in older cats and may warrant a vet check-up. Or if your cat isn’t spayed, she may be yowling because she is in heat. It might even be that your cat’s internal hunting clock might be wired for the wee hours of the night, and they’re just lamenting that there’s nothing but dust bunnies to hunt.
Communicating with your cat is about more than just being a good listener: You also need to be observant. Body language is a huge part of how your cat communicates with you. Body posture, ear, tail and whisker position are all subtle cues that you can learn how to read to better understand how your cat is feeling.
Behold the Catloaf. Seeing your kitty like this should make you feel all warm ‘n toasty inside because your kitty is quite content. A cat in this loaf-like position isn’t ready to run away. It feels safe and secure enough to get all tucked in for a midday siesta. It’s also a convenient way to conserve body heat (unless you’ve got someone’s laptop to snuggle up to).
While akin to the catloaf, this body language isn’t nearly as heartwarming. A wide-eyed cat whose body is scrunched up with its tail wrapped tightly around its paws is exhibiting anxious behavior. A happy, confident cat will also keep its ears pointed forward. A nervous cat will have its ears slanted backwards and downward. You will notice the tension in your cat’s body as they plan some tactical escape maneuvers.
Tails can be tricky. A wagging tail does not a happy cat make! When your cat’s tail gets a-lashin’, get ready for a-scratchin’. Unlike a dog, a cat thrashing its tail wildly doesn’t mean it’s happy. Your cat is telling you it’s frustrated or over-stimulated and wants to be left alone.
A cat slowly twitching its tail or swaying it from side to side is not a sign of frustration or aggression. It means something has caught your cat’s keen attention and they’re focused on it.
A cat with its tail held up high above its head, with its ears and head held high and whiskers pointed forward is givin’ off friendly vibes and wants some Class-A pets. Your cat might even lift its tail when you call its name from across the room, signaling its happy to hear your voice and is ready for some lovin’s.
If your cat’s back is arched and their bristling tail is held low, this is a sign that your cat feels threatened or upset and may be getting ready to attack. Their eyes will also be wide and their pupils fully dilated, and cats will stare down whatever they think is the threat.
And finally, the infamous tummy trap. As hard as it is to resist, a cat lying on its back and showing you its belly is not an open invitation for pets. When Mr. Mittens rolls on his back and shows you that fluffy tum, what he’s really trying to tell you is that he feels completely safe around you. He trusts you not to touch his belly. In the wild, a cat would never show its vulnerable underbelly to someone it regarded a threat. That belly may say pet me, but those claws say “Get the Band-Aids, Bob. Mr. Mittens got me again.”
By: Cortney Licata
Although we call the world’s most popular pet “domesticated,” there are ongoing debates about how domesticated our feline companions truly are.
There’s no question that cats still have a bit of the wilderness in them. It’s evident in the way they play, prowling through our houses as if they’re stalking prey in the wild, keeping their claws honed and sharpened, ready to strike at anything that moves.
Studies show that domestic cats, unlike dogs, don’t really need human care to survive. They are some of the world’s most effective hunters, after all, with nearly 70 percent of their hunts ending in success. If cats can survive (if necessary) without us now, did they really need us way back when? If they didn’t need us to survive, why did they decide to stick around? How did they become the pets we know and love today?
Recent studies show that our fluffy companions likely became domesticated some 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, by farmers in the Middle East, after strolling onto our farms and into our homes in their confident feline fashion. And ever since, they’ve been wandering their way into our hearts, too.
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Geneticist Carlos Driscoll says that cats “just sort of domesticated themselves," content to meander about the farms some 12,000 years ago, catching mice, rats and other pests that destroyed the farmers’ crops. Cats essentially became protectors of the harvest and an important part of agricultural life for humans.
It’s likely that cats chose to become a part of human life and actually allowed themselves to be domesticated. People probably weren’t going out into the wilderness to forcibly capture cats and keep them as pets. It’s hard enough to keep a cat inside our homes today without some type of barrier. Imagine trying to keep a cat inside a house 12,000 years ago!
Now, fast forward a few thousand years. When people started traveling to distant lands, their cats came with them. On the island country of Cyprus, the preserved remains of a 9,5000-year-old cat were found buried alongside its human. Cats aren’t native to Cyprus, indicating that people brought their cats with them. Cats were steadily becoming our close companions.
It was in Ancient Egypt, however, when early domestic cats were at the pinnacle of society: almost rivaling the undeniably adorable power of our modern-day Internetz gods.
A treasure trove of feline artifacts from some 4,000 years ago reveals that cats were a sacred part of everyday life in Ancient Egypt. Cats were venerated as symbols of Bast, a goddess of protection and fertility, and other deities like Sekhmet and Ra. Countless statues and hieroglyphs of cats reveal their roles in Ancient Egyptian life; And carefully mummified cats buried alongside the great Pharaohs indicate that Egyptians took great care of their companions, ensuring they would be safe even in the afterlife.
Even with all the evidence at hand, it’s difficult to tell if we domesticated cats or if they just trained us really, really well to take care of them.
By: Cortney Licata
Can cats be vegan? The answer is complicated, as feeding cats a vegetarian or vegan diet can be somewhat problematic.
Veganism is the practice of abstaining from eating food made from animals or animal by-products (such as eggs and dairy). It is a lifestyle dedicated to sustainability and nonviolence toward animals. For us omnivorous humans, who can survive and thrive on both meat and veggies, going vegan is entirely possible and even admirable. But while going vegan might be the right choice for you, it might not be the right choice for your cat.
Forcing a cat to maintain a strict vegan diet, if not done correctly and responsibly, can be dangerous to its health and happiness. There have been cases where cats have nearly died after being fed a vegan diet. According to the Herald Sun, a kitten fed a strict vegan diet of potatoes, rice milk and pasta nearly died of malnutrition. Thankfully the owners brought the wee kit to the vet in time. It made a full recovery after getting some much-needed meat. This type of vegan diet is dangerous for cats, and owners need to be careful and thorough in research if deciding to change their cats to a vegan diet.
So … Do cats really need meat? The long and short of it is: yes. Cats are what’s called obligate carnivores, meaning they need meat to survive and thrive. That’s right: They needz that cheeseburger.
“Hold the bunz and veggie and chees tho, pls.”
Cats’ evolutionary adaptation as carnivorous hunters is reflected in their physiological and biochemical makeup. As obligate carnivores, there are several nutrients cats can only attain through eating animal tissue. Namely, cats cannot naturally produce taurine or arginine, two essential amino acids necessary for proper feline health. In fact, even one meal without the appropriate levels of arginine can to lead to a buildup of ammonia in your cat’s body and result in some troubling health issues. Taurine, the amino acid imperative to eye, heart and reproductive health in cats is not found in plant tissue and is absent in a natural vegan diet, unless synthetic taurine is added.
While it is true that cats can survive on plants and veggies in the wild, they only do so out of absolute necessity to avoid starvation. And if you’ve seen your kitties at home nibbling on some sweet, succulent cat grass, chances are they’ll soon be making a beeline for the nearest carpet or bedspread to let fly the kitty chunks. Simply put, cats eat grass as a digestive aid. They lack the necessary enzymes to properly digest most plant matter, and eating grass basically helps them toss their cookies (or hairballs).
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There are commercial vegetarian and vegan cat foods available. However, some Vegan-only cat food companies, like VeganCats, have amended their official recommendations that not all cats benefit from a vegan diet, namely male cats who are prone to urinary tract issues, and recommend supplementing their vegan kibble with non-vegetarian canned meat in some instances.
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Veterinarians also recommend that when switching a cat companion to a vegan diet, they should be closely monitored. One to two weeks after switching to a vegan food, cats should have their urine pH level tested by a vet, and then once a month for several months after to ensure their levels are stable and no urinary tract problems develop. While this can seem tedious, it is necessary to ensure that your cat is getting all the nutrients it needs.
Ultimately, it’s your decision what to feed your cat. But be sure to do the research and know you’re making the safest, healthiest choice for your beloved pet!
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By" Cortney Licata
These felines have taken the Internet by storm with their attention-grabbing looks. Whether it’s a heart-shaped nose or a hidden message in their fur, these cats aren’t afraid to show what makes them different.
Stache the Cat is an Oriental Shorthair who’s been likened to such celebrities as Adrien Brody and Groucho Marx. When I first saw Stache, the irreverent Charlie Chaplin came to mind.
Hamilton the Hipster Cat is not throwin’ away his shot at Interwebs fame, making his debut with a delightfully twirled mustache marking, reminiscent of the artist Salvador Dali.
Meet Sam. Sam has eyebrows. Sam looks a little worried. It’s okay, Sam. Who wouldn’t be worried in this economy?
Like Sam, Lilly’s got a pair of expressive brows, making it hard to tell what she’s really thinking. Is she happy? Angry? Judging my life choices? I can tell you what I’m thinking, though: “This cat has better eyebrow game than I do.” Maybe she should be judging me.
This cat's marking looks like it comes from a galaxy far, far away … Rebels watch out for incoming TIE Fighters.
Scrappy – source This is one cat whose transformation is hard to believe. Known as Scrappy, this cat was born your run-of-the-mill black cat. Around age seven, his black fur began to turn white. The reason for Scrappy’s color change was unknown by his owners until recently when, at the amazing age of 19, he was confirmed to have vitiligo. Vitiligo is a skin condition that doesn’t really affect health or cause any pain, but it does result in the beautiful lace or cobweb pattern. Pigment begins fading from the skin and fur of the animal, turning it white. Cats aren’t the only ones who can be born with vitiligo: dogs, horses and even people can exhibit this stunning coloration!
You’ve heard of “Inception,” starring Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio. Now get ready for Catception, starring … Well, a cat within a cat! I can only imagine what a Russian nesting doll cat would look like: a cat within a cat within a cat within a cat …
To finish up this line-up of fantastically colored felines, we’ve got Thor the Bengal cat. While he’s got the stripes and spots common for his breed, his colors make him look closer to a Bengal Tiger than a Bengal cat!
By: Cortney Licata
Cats have paced the dusty annals of history alongside humans for thousands of years; Some archaeologists even estimate we go as far back as 12,000 years! That’s a long time to perfect the art of naming our precious companions. If you’re a hiss-tory buff who likes to keep on the punny side of life, these names may be right up your alley.
Since the time of the Pharaohs in Ancient Egypt, cats have often been linked with royalty. Is it any wonder that, even today, female cats are often called queens? If your cat needs a royally inspired name, we’ve got some ideas for you!
1. Cleocatra: A rather fitting name for any spoiled, blue-blooded cat who can be a real pain in the asp.
2. Neferkiti: While Neferkiti’s namesake, Nefertiti, isn’t directly linked to cats in Ancient Egyptian history, we simply couldn’t resist. Ancient Egyptians did revere cats as symbols of the Goddess Bast (or Bastet), and for a while it was punishable by law to harm a cat in Egypt.
3. Meowrie Antoinette: a name truly fit for a queen! The perfect title for any glamorous, trend-setting feline with a taste for only the most decadent of lifestyle.
4. King George the Purred: Without him (or George Pawshington, for that matter), Ameowrica might not be the country it is today.
While some might consider their cats worthy of such royal titles, maybe your furry companion needs a more rugged name to match its intrepid spirit. For those cats who have the heart of a lion and paws that itch for adventure, try these names on for size.
5. Pounce De Leon: For an ambitious cat sporting a mustache even Tom Selleck would envy, or maybe just a cat who’s just gotta pounce!
6. Fuzz Aldrin: To boldly go where no cat has gone before. Actually, Félicette of France beat you to it, Fuzz. She was the first cat launched (and recovered) into space in 1963.
7. Meriwhisker Lewis and William Clawrk are excellent choices for two inseparable feline friends who can’t help but explore. Of course, you might need to walk in the shoes of Sacagawea herself and act as their guide!
8. Butch Catsidy and the Sundance Kit’ are choice names for those rough-and-tumble tomcats who can’t seem to keep their whiskers out of trouble. Perhaps you and your cat are more bookishly inclined? While names like Bark Twain have gone to the dogs, we feline litter-ary lovers have the Bard himself:
While names like Bark Twain have gone to the dogs, we feline litter-ary lovers have the Bard himself.
9. William Shakespurr: “Out, damn'd Spot! Out, I say!”
10. Perhaps Fyodor Moustoyevsky might suit your philosophical fancy a bit more?
By: Cortney Licata
1. The cat sets the agenda.
When you come home after a hard day at work (or a moderate day, or even a great day), there is no joy like that the first touch of Mr Kitty will give you. He passes by, and all at once, the emotional charge can seem overwhelming: you notice the delicate ears, the communicative tail, and if you are most fortunate- the glory itself- a turned up belly of fuzz.
Just reacting alone, you may want to jump in for the end game, a pile of cuddling, but you know that Mr Kitty may not have the same plans. Take your time in the approach, and let Mr Kitty set the tone.
2. Mirror the cat’s communication
Once you have approached Mr Kitty with his energy in mind, he will be ready to respond more freely. Just as with a human, observe the behaviors Mr Kitty will make, and begin to mirror them. If he slows his movements, you can repeat.
When you two feel more aligned, you will notice that subtle things you do are reflected by Mr Kitty. Follow the pace. At a point of synergy, you may notice that Mr Kitty is taking cues right back from you.
3. Detailed Petting
Once Mr Kitty is fully receptive, he will let you know he is ready for some love. Many cats develop favorite spots to be touched, and he will direct you as to where you go. This also means he may not want to be pet where you want to pet (that belly will have to wait).
Places that are out of Mr Kitty’s reach (behind the ear, under the chin) or that have a large number of tactile receptors (get at those cheeks) often provide Mr Kitty the most pleasure, and after all, it is for his pleasure that gives you most pleasure. Please Mr Kitty
Written By: Dylan Denmark
Need some help tackling that New Year’s Resolution list? Here’s a few ideas from our nine-lived felines who know what it means start off the Mew Year!
New Year, New Me: We’ve all heard it before. And now that the wild paw-ty’s have settled down and everyone’s back to work, some of us face the daunting task of self-reflection and introspection that is crafting a New Year’s Resolution list. But fret not, dear readers! We here at Meowingtons have got some paw-sitively great resolutions to add to your list.
1. Get in shape.
Unless, of course, you’re already in shape. And, y’know, per the authority that is the angelic ball of fluff below, round is technically a shape: an adorable shape. One could argue it’s the best shape.
It’s hard to argue with that logic (and that adorable face). There is also, I suppose, the need to “get fit.” Well, friends, don’t forget about the ol’ adage, “If I fits, I sits.” This fella is clearly fit.
2. Eat healthier.
You know what they say: A bite of catnip a day keeps the vet away. I’ve also heard it said that a glass of feline wine makes you feel divine.
3. Find your own way to meditate.
This creative kitty is artfully combining yoga and meditation to catch some Zs. Yes, of course the “Z” stands for Zen. This cat is obviously in the midst of clearing his mind, focusing on his breathing … Yeah. Okay, maybe he’s just taking a catnap. But, hey, whatever his method may be, there doesn’t seem to be one bit of tension or stress left in this cat.
4. Read more.
Whether it’s a novel or adorable articles on the ‘Net, you can explore a hundred different worlds and expand your mind with just the turn of a page. Don’t be like this cat, who slowly realizes (after about 100 pages) that this might not be the instruction manual it was made out to be. Try not to judge a book by its cover (or its title, for that matter)!
5. Try new styles.
Be bold. Be daring. Be brave like a lion -- or like a cat who’s ready to face the New Year with some fierce, flashy threads and shine just a little bit brighter.
6. Go on more adventures.
As hard as it is tear ourselves away from binging on that sweet, sweet Netflix, the world is out there waiting for us. Follow in the paw steps of these brave cats and find a new adventure, whatever it may be. Even taking a stroll through the woods or to the park down the street can be an adventure if you choose to make it one.
7. Make new friends.
While cats, and sometimes cat people, tend to enjoy their solitude, getting out there and meeting new people is an enriching way to start the New Year. New friends come in all manner of shapes and sizes: Even doggos can be friends. Who knew?
8. Give back more.
Our feline friends may not always seem the most giving of creatures, but even they find small ways to show they appreciate us. Take a note from this kitty and give back to the people in your life to start 2017 off on a warm, fuzzy note. Though maybe consider something a little less menacing than leaving a dead mouse on their doorstep.
9. Get more restful sleep.
In this age of bright, blue screens and instant access to the world and all its news at our fingertips, it can be difficult to get a good night’s rest. If there’s one thing cats can teach us, it’s how to sleep; Especially considering cats can sleep anywhere from 16 to 20 hours a day.
10. Enjoy the simple things.
Cats know that life isn’t all about the most expensive bed or the trendiest toy. Sometimes it’s good to appreciate the simple things in life, like the free bonus cardboard box!
With nine lives to lead, it’s no wonder cats seem to have all the answers to life’s more challenging tasks. Happy Mew Year, everyone!
Written By: Cortney Licata