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Cat Mindfulness: How My Cats Teach Us To Be Mindful Every Day

Written by: Rachael Gerkensmeyer

Last Updated on May 6, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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Cat Mindfulness: How My Cats Teach Us To Be Mindful Every Day

The idea of “mindfulness” means paying attention to what’s happening at the moment. I’m not thinking about the troubles of the past or what might happen in the future. While paying attention to the moment at hand, I can consider my feelings and those around me to better understand the emotional sensations that said feelings provide me, whether I like it or not. The American Psychological Association defines mindfulness as “the awareness of one’s internal states and surroundings” in the present moment1.

So, I don’t think I’m too far off when it comes to defining “mindfulness” for myself. One thing that I’ve discovered is that my cats teach and remind me of mindfulness on a daily basis, which is just one more reason that I love and appreciate them so much!

Are you wondering how your own cat(s) might be able to teach you about mindfulness? Read on to learn about my experiences and therefore, what you might be able to expect from your own kitties!

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How Cats Teach Us Mindfulness Every Day


One way that my cats teach me about mindfulness is through adaptation. While cats are typically creatures of habit like we humans are, they face challenges that include an unexpected change in routine or expectations and tend to do so by quickly adapting to said challenges. For example, if dinner is not served at the expected time, a cat is likely to accept the situation and figure out something else that they can do to take care of their needs.

If I’m washing my cat’s bedding and they want to take a nap, they’ll go to their nap spot and realize that no comfort is available at the time. Instead of pouting and meowing about it, they head to the couch or my bed and curl up for a nap, anyway.

We humans might get “hangry” and upset if dinner isn’t served when expected. In fact, such a scenario can ruin our entire night if mindfulness isn’t in play. I find that being mindful of such a situation can help me put everything into perspective so I don’t react as if it is the end of the world. Adaptation helps keep me grounded and take a realistic look at the situation.

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Another way that my cats help teach me mindfulness is when they display their true patience in situations that could otherwise be distressing. For example, they might be waiting for a treat or an opportunity to play with a certain toy. If they don’t have access to such things right when they want that access, they won’t usually spend much time dwelling on it.

Instead, they will find something else to do while they wait—even if that just means snoozing for a bit. Unfortunately, I tend to want what I want, when I want, no questions asked. So, I can get frustrated when things don’t go my way right away. But taking lessons from my cats, I can take a step back and decide to be patient rather than irritated, and things tend to go much better for me in terms of mental health and happiness when all is said and done.


Being content with my situation and surroundings can be tough when things are not going my way. Fortunately, my cats help teach me how to be content through mindfulness. I watch my cats figure out what the situation is, even when it isn’t ideal, then accept the situation and figure out how to gain contentment out of it overall.

They might want to eat dinner, but I’m busy finishing up work, so it’s going to be a bit late. Instead of sitting around and pouting, they’ll come to me and ask where the food is with their eyes. If they don’t get results from that, they’ll simply lie down and hang out with contentment until the dinner bell rings.

I have friends who say that their cats don’t seem to display contentment when they are expecting something like food, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for my feline family members, which is good for me, as the contentment provides me with a good example of a positive frame of mind that I can practice in my own life.

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It can be easy to get comfortable with our surroundings and stop exploring the outdoors or even the closets of our own homes as time goes on. It’s more convenient to hang out and watch television or only handle the most urgent chores while ignoring the thought of exploring what is all around us. Without this interest, we can miss many awesome things that make us happy and feel content in the world that we live in.

My cats love to explore, even when they can’t get outside of the house. They take the time to check out every new item that enters our home, and they will re-explore objects and spaces repeatedly to see if anything new has developed. If I am not mindful and make a point to be aware of my surroundings, I don’t typically have an urge to “explore” anything at all. However, the actions of my cats help me to encourage my explorative side, which can be fun and eye-opening.

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Final Thoughts

Cats are great teachers in a multitude of ways, including being mindful. Mindfulness is something that we can all benefit from, so it’s a pleasure to learn a few lessons from a feline that doesn’t have a clue how much we need mindfulness in our lives! If you’re interested in being more mindful overall, make it a point to observe your kitty and learn how they incorporate mindfulness into their life.

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