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10 Happy Lessons From Cats – Mom Edition

You may be a cat lover, cat mom, or totally glad you don’t have a cat. If you fit in any of these categories, there are specific lessons from cats that just might help you be a better mom no matter your loyalty or affinity to the feline family. These life lessons I learned from my cat will hopefully help you take a few minutes to smile and slow down.

From my earliest childhood days, we had a cat in our family.  I remember squatting down next to the cat while he lapped water from his dish and trying to figure out how in the world he could drink water with his tongue!  I love to watch cats and try to figure out what they are thinking and why they act the way they do.  I’m not claiming that all I need to know I learned from my cat, but there are definitely lessons from cats that apply to a mom’s life.

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10 Simple Things I Learned from My Cat

If you’ve ever compared your life as a mom with that of a cat, you may not have seen many similarities. Cats tend to be pictured as taking endless cat naps in the sun and not earning their keep while moms seem to never be done with everything they need to do, short on sleep, and running ragged a fair bit of the time.

First Lesson From Cats – Look Your Best

Oh, it’s so easy to stay in your jammies in the morning and maybe even into the afternoon, but preparing for the day, getting dressed, doing your hair and makeup will help you feel better and be more successful at getting things done throughout the day. 

Black and white cat curled up in a sink

If you’ve been struggling with getting things done at home during the day, getting dressed to shoes is one of the most important things you can do in your day to help you be productive, have a clean house, and get things done.  Take the time to look your best.  Your family loves to see you looking your best and you can be successful when you start the day on the right foot.

Second Lesson from Cats – Play Every Day

Find something that captures your attention and interest and spend time refreshing your mind with creativity.  Play with your kids.  Take them to the park, play a game, laugh, and read a funny story. 

Laughter is good for the soul and playing, whether physically or mentally, is an excellent way to recharge your brain and help you have a positive outlook on life.  Take time to do something that is relaxing or rejuvenating for you as well.  When your mind and soul are well content and happy, you will be able to enjoy the moments in life that you might otherwise miss when you are not rested and content.

black and white cat ready to jump out of a box.

Third Lesson form Cats – Enjoy Nature

Take time every day to enjoy nature.  Watch the birds, rabbits, squirrels, or anything else that moves outside the window.  My cats are indoor cats who feel like they are very powerful and fierce.  They spend hours watching the birds at the bird feeder and occasionally even chatter at the deer and rabbits in the backyard. 

Spending time enjoying nature every day helps to reset your brain from the electronic world we live in and helps you feel more rested and relaxed.  Hang up a bird feeder by your window, and plant a flower box or patio pot with flowers or veggies.  Get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

Lessons from cats - enjoy nature - cat looking out the window at the birds

Whether you spend time inside looking out your window, or outside in the sunshine, find ways to pause and enjoy the creation around you. As you spend time with your family outside, you will have the opportunity to explore and expand your knowledge and curiosity. As you slow down and enjoy the fresh air with a walk, gardening, or playing tennis, your body and mind will be relaxed and this, in turn, will help you sleep better and feel better.

Fourth Lesson from Cats – Love Your People

Take every opportunity to show your love to those around you.  Sit close to them, hold hands, hug, and just spend time being near your family.  Life can get so busy that if you aren’t intentional, you may find that opportunities to touch and love your family can slip by without you realizing it.  Your children grow up very quickly and your spouse may be busy, so be intentional about loving your people every day!

Black and white cat on lady's shoulder.

Make sure you intentionally plan time every single day to love your people. Learn the ways your kids or spouse respond to love by learning their love language. This may be spending time, physical touch, giving and receiving gifts, or something else. Take time to study your people so you will know how to show your love to them every day.

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Fifth Lesson from Cats – Talk To Your People

Put your phone down, close Facebook and Instagram, turn off the TV, and talk to your people.  Instead of texting, make a phone call or stop by and visit your friends and family and take time each day to talk to the ones who are important to you. 

Face-to-face conversation with your spouse and children is critical for building strong relationships.  Take time to look into their eyes and really listen to what they are saying.  Take time to hear their heart and see their emotions.

Calico cat with mouth open

Just like a chatty cat, one lesson I’ve learned from my cat is that the more you have a conversation, the more you will learn about the other person and what they are thinking. While this is a lesson I’ve learned from my cat, I still don’t always know what she’s saying!

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Sixth Lesson from Cats – Stand Up To The Things That Scare You

As a mom, there will undoubtedly be times when you will be scared. Scared about being a mom, afraid about something for your child, fearful that you won’t measure up or be good enough.

But just like this lesson from the cat, fluff out your tail and arch your back.  You can do this!  As a mom, there are going to be lots of things in life that are scary.  You have a choice to run and hide or stand up and face your fears. 

Black and white cat standing on hind legs looking out the window.

The more you face your fears and move forward, the easier it gets to be strong.  Surround yourself with people who support you and will help you to be strong.

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Seventh Lesson to Learn From the Cat – Take a Nap

Rest when you’re tired – especially in the sunshine.  A mother’s job never ends and some days you just really need a nap!  Take care of yourself and get the rest that you need so you can give your best to your family. 

Some days my cat finds a quiet corner in the closet or under the bed and other days he sleeps on the kitchen chair in the midst of the hubbub.  Either way, do what you need to so you can take care of yourself.  If momma’s not happy – nobody’s happy and that’s not a fun place to be in. 

Make sure you are going to bed at night and getting enough rest at night as well so you can set a happy tone in your home.

Black and White cat sleeping - lessons from cats

Eight Lesson from Cats – Eat When You’re Hungry

Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full.  Life is always going to be busy so take time to plan out your menu and grocery shopping so that you will have the nutritional foods that will help you have optimal health. 

If you don’t plan ahead, you may find yourself with a crew of starving people and end up eating something that isn’t as healthy just because it’s quick to run through the fast-food drive-through, pull some package out of the cupboard, or freezer. After you eat, relax and enjoy some time together.

Black and white cat lounging on a fuzzy blanket.

Ninth Lesson from Cats for Moms ~ Find a Good Box

I’m not suggesting that you actually get in a box or stay in your box, but do what you can to make your home and your space comfortable and inviting.  The funny thing about cats is that as soon as you put a box on the floor, they are determined to get into it.  This is one of the lessons from cats that I’ve seen in every single cat I’ve known!

Create that type of space in your home – a place where your kids and your husband love to be.  Make it a place that is more fun and more comfortable than anywhere else. And yes, sometimes it’s fun to play in a box as well!

Black and white cat curled up in a too small box.

Tenth Lesson from Cats ~ Purr and Express Your Happiness and Joy

Obviously, we don’t purr like a cat, but when a cat purrs, they often gently close their eyes and give a hint of a smile.  This is a sign of contentment.  In life, you don’t always get to choose what happens to you but you can choose how you will respond.  Choosing to be happy and contented with life, looking for the things to be intentionally thankful for will help you have a happier life. 

Rather than being stuck in situations, you will be able to shift your thinking to look for the good.  Shifting your thinking and taking time to be grateful can totally change your attitude about your situation and help you to see the good things in life rather than the challenges.

Calico cat in basket

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Learning from our Pets

There are so many things we can learn from our pets that can help us to live happier, more productive, and contented lives.  Maybe all you need to know isn’t from your cat, but there are life lessons from cats that can help put your life in perspective and enjoy each day.

The lessons from cats can apply to your life today. I hope you enjoyed the things I learned from my cat. I’d love to hear about your cat. What have you learned from your cat?

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9 thoughts on “10 Happy Lessons From Cats – Mom Edition”

  1. I read this with humor and laughed at a few things written. Cats are interesting animals I don’t look for a box but my bed will have to do.

  2. Oh I just love all of these! Especially, talk to your people. Having 3 very talkative kitties and 2 very talkative children, it’s definitely important! Not only for strong relationships, but to build vocabulary. I’m sure that my children are so good at speaking because of the conversations they have with their people.

  3. Aww,We can say it a cute article.I had one pet cat few years back but after her death, I have never planned to have another one. She was very beautiful that is the reason I just loved your article and the way you have uploaded the images are seriously fantastic.

  4. Such a cute and original way to help moms remember to take care of themselves. If only we could all be as easy going as cats, the world would be a much happier place!

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