Guest Blogger: Curtis Q.Purrhead III writes about self-care
Meet Curtis Q. Purrheadd III. He is a cat with a few things to say about taking care of ourselves.
A Cat Explains Good
Self-Care to Humans
Curtis Q. Purrhead III
I laugh when people say they hate cats (and then I usually rub
through their legs or otherwise subtly ignore them). If these folks (and
others) would stop and think about it, their feline foes have many lessons to
share about good self-care. I am a classic example of good self-care so let me
begin with my story.
My name is Curtis Q. Purrhead III and I am 15 years old which
is pretty impressive for a cat but even more impressive for one who has the
Feline AIDS Virus. I demonstrated good self-care from the moment I met my human
(Jane Freund) 13 years ago. I wanted food and shelter on a permanent basis,
which she had, so I sat on the ledge outside her kitchen window and meowed
until she let me inside. She did so and my basic need was met which is a
measurement of good self-care.
But my good self-care did not end there but rather only just
began. Let me make my case with another classic saying about cats: "Dogs
have owners and cats have staff" is spoken to say that cats have
expectations that others will help them out. Well DUH, of course we do!
Self-care isn't limited to doing things for ourselves. For example, I can't
operate a can opener to get food so I have to rely on somebody who can (such as
a human with opposable thumbs).
Another example of cats as self-care experts is that we sleep
so much. That's because we have lowered expectations which is also important in
good self-care. The people I've seen who lack good self-care often have to-do
lists that are longer than their arms. Some folks should be called human
"doings" instead of human "beings'. We felines don't have that
problem as we choose relaxation over trying to finish terminal to-do lists.
They don't call them "cat-naps" for nothing!
Also, cats keep self-care pretty simple such as demonstrated by
how we play. Have you ever noticed that cats can turn just about anything into
something to play with? We make toys out of string, balls of paper, rubber
bands and the list goes on. Even dogs can practice good self-care and entertain
themselves for hours by chasing their tails. Play and thus good self-care comes
easier when a game can be made out of most anything.
Finally, we cats practice good self-care by showing our
feelings. When we are threatened, we hiss, arch our backs and sometimes even
growl. When we want to be petted or picked up, purring and circling through a
human's legs often gets the job done. Yes, we may seem to demonstrate our
feelings by looking at a human like s/he is dumb. But if a human values a cat's
opinion to determine self-worth then s/he should spend more time looking within
himself or herself and less time staring at a cat. Perhaps when I'm not
practicing good self-care, I'll blog about that topic.