8 Things Moms Can Learn From Cats


When I die, I want to come back as a cat.

But I must be adopted by one of my sons.

I’m training them already (the boys that is – my attempts at training cats have always been unqualified failures.)

They know how to feed on demand, clean the litter tray (pity they’re not so adept at cleaning their own toilet,) give lots of hugs and pets;  they even get cramps in bed to allow a kitty yet more sleep time – like they need that, right?

When we brought home our first kitten, Star, she was quickly renamed Princess Star because she would settle down on a particular towel that had a rather elegant gold and green tasseled edge. In order not to stress her and break her bond with her towel, we would carry her around on it.

Ah yes, it’s great being a cat in our house.

Eating whenever, sleeping all day, the whole household revolving around you: A mom’s manifesto, if you ask me.

We could learn a few things from cats.

They don’t care what’s going on for you. They are totally and utterly self-centered. All they care about are their own needs – to sleep, to pee, to eat. I need more of that in my life.

8 Things Moms Can Learn From Cats

  1. To sleep.
  2. To pee.
  3. To eat.
  4. To stop when we are full.
  5. To ask, nay, insist on being loved, petted, stroked.
  6. To be put first now and again (I know cats expect it all the time but they live in a parallel universe.)
  7. To occasionally pick our kids up by the scruff of the neck and give them a little shake (I’m not talking literally here, you know what I mean.)
  8. To have our boundaries respected.

Are there more? Can you think of any? Am I the only cat owner and mom who watches her cats and wonders, ‘Hmm, I learn a lot here?’ Let me know in the comments!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Darlene April 29, 2010 at 10:57 am

Try a dog for balance.
They like to be spoiled but they also give a lot.
Dogs can make you feel very loved.
Will look forward to the next blog.


alisongolden April 29, 2010 at 11:07 am

Hi Darlene:
A dog? Now there’s a thing. I hadn’t thought of that. The thing I like about dogs is their owners *love* them soooo much. People light up when they talk about their dogs in a way they don’t do when talking about the other loved ones in their lives. As a cat lover, that has really struck me. Have you noticed? Glad you’re enjoying my posts 🙂


Green Bean
July 21, 2011 at 9:53 am

Cute! As a cat mom and foster mom, I couldn’t agree more.
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Alison Golden September 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm

The more I watch my cats, the more I think it’s true. We moms have a lot to learn. Aren’t you a kid mom, too? 😉


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