Have you ever wondered...
why your cat takes so many catnaps throughout the day? Did you ever consider the possibility that you might be the cause? Maybe taking care of you is exhausting, and naps are the only way your cat can cope with the situation. It makes sense when you consider all that your cat has to do on a daily basis.
Just waking you up in the morning takes multiple head butts, loud mews, paw pats, and pacing. Then, there is the constant weaving in between your legs to keep you moving in the direction of the kitchen. If your cat strays too far away or pauses to plop down on the floor, you will never make get a chance to eat a good breakfast before leaving for work - whether you work in or out of the home.
If you are like me and spend a considerable amount of your day working from home, your cat is responsible for making sure you take sufficient breaks to avoid work related burnout. Think of how much energy goes into crawling all over your computer keyboard, hopping onto your shoulders while you are typing, head butting you and the screen, shoving objects out of your way, and taking a few minutes in between to remind you that a snack for everyone might help your productivity.
And of course, your cat wants you to stay physically fit. She pretends to be interested in catching small birds attached by a string to plastic sticks in order to help you tone your arm muscles. Items are repeatedly knocked off a counter so you can get in your daily set of squats and build up those leg muscles.
Making sure you never experience loneliness while at home is also a top priority for your cat. That is why he or she is willing to follow you from room to room and sometimes help you with small chores such as unmaking the bed or unfolding the clothes. Even the possibility of an unpleasant smell will not deter your cat from keeping you company in the bathroom.
As the day draws to a close, your cat takes on the responsibility of making sure you finish your day with a good meal. Once again using the "weave between your legs while you try to walk" method, your cat guides you safely to the kitchen and helps you prepare an evening meal - one for you and one for her. If you are lucky, she will take it upon herself to make sure all of the ingredients going into your meal smell good. And if necessary, she might add an extra ingredient to your meal that you didn't even realize you needed.
I know that I have barely touched on all the different tasks a cat must undertake to care for his or her human. But, I am sure that I have made my point. Without catnaps, our feline friends would not have enough energy to care for us every day.
Enlightening comments about today's thought are welcomed, so please feel free to share.
Until next time, remember...
We cannot without becoming cats, perfectly understand the cat
- St. George Mivart