Only those who love felines have figured out a few ways to live more joyfully … once the litter box is finally clean that is!
Happiness Secret 1: Fickle expressions of love can be quite gratifying.
Your cat has ignored you all day, but then… the sudden weight landing on the bed, just as you’re tumbling to sleep, the little cat’s feet pick-pocking over your own and the warm lump curling up behind your knees.
Happiness Secret 2: You and your cat have your own secret language.
Studies on feral cat colonies have turned up the surprising fact that cats living together in the wild, without humans, don’t meow to one another. They rarely vocalize at all. Researchers believe that cats meow to us because we talk to them. Each cat and its owner gradually develop an individual ‘language’ that they both understand, but that is not shared by other cats or other owners.
Happiness Secret 3: The world is so much better with you around.
The proof being your cat, waiting for you at the end of a long, exhausting day, standing on his hind legs at the patio door, stretching up toward the handle. Once you get inside, there’s the official dance of welcome, as he does his best to weave between your legs as you do your best to walk down the hall carrying the groceries. This is, of course, before he decides to punish you for your abandonment by ignoring you until he hears you open the can of cat food.