I have two of ’em – and they adopted me. Both were abused, and then abandoned in my neighborhood, both decided on mine as their new home. Obviously a good choice, because they’ve been living here for many years, now.
Both are now in fine health and living the good cat life: I am their concierge, feeder of exactly the right foods (or they shall not deign to eat it), back scratcher when they want attention & ignorer when they don’t, etc.
I’ve always been of the opinion that cats serve no useful purpose as companion animals – they don’t:
- “come when you call” (although mine do sometimes…sort of…)
- make you feel needed (more like tolerated when you do all of your cat-caring duties properly)
- act like they care whether you live or die (see bullet #2)
But I have discovered something very important for our human well-being that I learned from them – just noticed it, actually.
When they are in their most relaxed state is when they groom themselves. And then as a cyclic thing, grooming themselves perpetuates their state of relaxation.
With humans, one of the first outward signs of stress is letting go of our appearance – ignoring our “grooming”…
So, conversely, perhaps one of the best stress-reducers is grooming – whether going for the standard soak in a hot tub, or just taking some time to get (or give yourself) a manicure/pedicure, get your hair done, or taking some extra grooming steps at home as a treat.
Try it…and let me know how it works out!