The Drama Llama of the Apocalypse must have been on tour last week, because everywhere I turned, people were having meltdowns and wigging out over this, that, and the other thing. The only thing that kept me from tilting over into the abyss of drama queendom myself was the fact that my three kitties were right by my side.
Here’s how my cats (and all cats in general, I’m sure) provide the perfect reprieve from the foolishness of the world.
Nobody needs to tell a cat when it’s time to get away from whatever’s driving them crazy — and they’re happy to share their wisdom with you.
Every day my cats sit on my lap as I watch a movie or read a book. Thomas, in the foreground, is by far the most experienced purr-and-poke therapy practitioner in my gang.
You know how there are people who seem to see you only as a wall that they can rant at about their latest conspiracy theories or fume about the news of the day, their landlord, or their boss? There’s a LOL for that.
Or maybe you’ve got a friend or relative who only calls you when they want to bleed all over you about their latest woes ÔÇô- and it’s just the same tale of tragedy again and again, with different antagonists each time, until you just want to say …
After all, they don’t have jobs. And when I come home at the end of the day, my cats approach me with compassion and love (and empty stomachs). The act of concentrating on the feline feeding ritual helps me wind down from a long, stressful day at the office.
If I sit down after my day’s errands, particularly if those errands involve a few hours of volunteer work at the animal shelter, they’re always eager for me -ÔÇô well, actually, my clothes — to tell them all about it.
If I could take criticism — even personal attacks and verbal abuse — from real human beings with the same aplomb (and LOLs) with which I greet Internet trolls, my mental health would be much better. My cats are happy to provide me with an object lesson.
How can I stay stressed out or linger at the edge of a nervous breakdown when I can look next to me and find this?
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About JaneA Kelley: Punk-rock cat mom, science nerd, animal shelter volunteer, and all-around geek with a passion for bad puns, intelligent conversation, and role-play adventure games. She gratefully and gracefully accepts her status as chief cat slave for her family of feline bloggers, who have been writing the cat advice column, Paws and Effect, since 2003. JaneA dreams of making a great living out of her love for cats.
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