Last week I wrote a post about easy tasks that my cats make difficult. Today I turn it around and highlight some of the tasks that are challenging (for me, anyway) that my cats make more simple. The cats are not really trying to make things easier for me — because why would they do that? But by using their sometimes selfish methods, they help me along during the day. Here are five such tasks; I think you can relate to at least five of them.
1. Getting out of bed
Surprise: I don’t always want to get out of bed in the morning when my alarm sounds. I’m quite certain I’m not the only person for whom this is true. Cats, however, make the choice of dragging my butt out from under the covers easier because they tell me — in no uncertain terms — when it’s time to wake up. Even if my phone alarm isn’t set, my cat alarm has a forever-life battery. The kitties want breakfast and, as far as I can tell, have no snooze button. And as of this moment, I haven’t figured out a way to reason with a feline. If you’re holding onto any tips, please pass them along to the rest of us.
2. Being still
Like many of us, I sometimes fall into go-go-go mode. I work from home, so it’s not uncommon for me to fold laundry or load the dishwasher while on a break from writing. I sometimes forget to slow down and let my mind and body take a break and just be quiet. I meditate most every morning, which is an invaluable way for me to start my day, but short breaks during the course of the day keep the chill vibe going and promote that feeling of balance I always seek.
Cats have no problem making sure I sit for a spell. As soon as they park their fuzzy little butts on my lap, I’m not going anywhere. Certainly, I could move them and go about my busy schedule, but I’m not a complete monster. They’re comfortable, I’m comfortable, and they’re a purring reminder for me to slow the hell down.
3. General routine
A cat’s inner timing is probably more accurate than an atomic clock. They know when it’s time to eat, and they’re clear about when it’s time for us to go to bed. We hapless humans occasionally run late with feeding or stay up late watching a movie, and cats do their best to alert us when we’re off schedule. My cats use the “eyeball laser beams that bore straight into me” method. Sometimes they’re up-close-and-personal when they go about this not-so-subtle nudge. On days when my brain veers off track or I find myself lost in an activity, my cats pull me right back on schedule, laser-beam style.
4. Putting my stuff away
Phoebe is the queen of swiping my stuff. She’s fond of jumping onto my desk or the kitchen counter, swatting a “treasure” onto the floor, and then playing with it until I’m pretty sure it has fallen into some hidden wormhole — because I cannot find these stolen items. She particularly enjoys my pens, jewelry, emery boards, and other assorted highly battable items. I’m not sot great at putting my belongings in their proper drawers and storage spots, so I guess I’m to blame for the thievery. I mean, they’re readily available and she’s readily available, so I shouldn’t be surprised.
If my wormhole theory isn’t true, then she probably has a hidden lair somewhere in my place where she likes to wear my necklaces while filing her nails and using my pens to write lists of the next items on her “to steal” list. The bottom line is: I should learn to put my belongings where they belong.
5. Sweeping and vacuuming
My apartment has concrete floors and rugs. Cat-hair “tumbleweeds” are a common sight. They like to collect in corners and then occasionally roll out when company’s visiting. I’m not a lazy housekeeper — I just need to sweep and vacuum every day, which I usually don’t do because I don’t like to do it and forget to do it and so on and so forth. The “tumbleweeds” are my cue to grab the broom and vacuum cleaner and give the place a clean sweep.
How do your cats make challenging tasks easier for you? Tell us in the comments!