As you know, cats aren’t much into self-improvement. Why should we be, when we are already perfect as we are? So when humans work on cultivating virtues, it’s mystifying to us. It’s artificial and shows a lack of inner understanding. I mean, if these qualities are so important for living well, aren’t they already within you? So why don’t you let that be your guide instead of forcing yourself into an idea of what you should be?
We cats accept ourselves as we are, and we’re fine with that. When I look over a list of human virtues, I don’t relate to many of them… but surprisingly, some of them actually do ring true! I thought you might like to see which virtues confuse us kitties, and which ones resonate with us. Here you go — but if you decide to live like a cat, I take no responsibility. Hey, responsibility is another virtue we kitties don’t relate to!
Human Virtues That Cats Think Are Pointless
Patience. Have you ever seen a cat wait patiently to be fed? Oh sure, we wait — but because we have to, and we’re not always polite about it either. If you want something, why sit there twiddling your thumbs (since you are human and have them)? Go for it! Demand it! Take action!
Discipline. According to the dictionary, discipline is “the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.” None of this is relatable to cats. We don’t follow rules, we make them. Punishment does not work on us. Discipline? Who needs it!
Moderation. Cats always know when to stop — and when we don’t, who cares? It’s fun to get crazy and out of control! Eat your lunch, and the other cat’s too. Get into the hidden treat cabinet. Play until you’re panting wildly. It’s fun! If the humans get mad, maybe it’s because they are jealous since they working so hard on moderation.
Acceptance. Cats refuse to accept things they don’t like. In fact, they will do everything they can to change it. That may involve nagging for an earlier dinnertime, screaming on the way to the vet, or fighting tooth and nail when they are getting a bath (something, by the way, I would never do — I’m good about baths). Acceptance, in a cat’s world, is for sissies.
Modesty. We cats prefer to let it all hang out. If you’ve ever seen us kicking back on a hot summer day, you already know this. Comfort wins over modesty, always.
Human Virtues That Cats Can Relate To
Tenacity. When we cats want something, we go for it, and we don’t let anything get in our way. We always have workarounds, and we’ll work them thoroughly. We are the kings and queens of persistence, and we could probably teach humans a thing or two about it.
Respect. The best way to forge a relationship with a cat is through respect. And if you give it, you will get it in return. In our feline world, respect is definitely a virtue to live by.
Loyalty. You think only dogs are loyal? Then you must not have spent much time with cats. We cats are some of the most loyal, devoted creatures around. There is a catch, however — like respect, loyalty must be earned. But once you have earned loyalty from a cat, you’ve received a special gift. Never take it for granted.
Authenticity. We cats are nothing if not authentic. We don’t know how to be anything else. I mean, have you ever heard of a cat being fake? Me neither. What you see is what you get, and if you are nice, you may get more than you expected. And if you are not nice, you may get more than you expected too — except you won’t like it.
Cleanliness. Of course! We cats are incredibly clean beings. A cat can spend up to half her waking time grooming herself. You humans are the dirty ones by comparison.
What do you think of my list? Did I miss any virtues that you think your cat might relate to — or hate?
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