One of the most exciting things about living with kitties is learning new things about these remarkable creatures. What I find particularly fascinating about our three cats is when they deign to reveal something completely new and unexpected about their interests and personalities.
Prior to my enlightenment I had absolutely no idea that Sir Hubble Pinkerton, Master Aki and Mr. Edgar Allen Poe were seeking employment. So I was totally shocked the other day when I discovered that they were surfing the ‘net reading the “Help Wanted” ads. But the truth be told; they all feel strongly that they possess special skills that are extremely marketable.
When I asked them about why they were looking for work, they explained that being employed in a position they find interesting and enjoying bolsters their emotions, keeps them occupied and chases away the doldrums. It also gives them a sense of purpose. And the more I thought about what they shared with me, I couldn’t help but to agree with them. After all, each of our kitties has been blessed with unique skills for which they should be paid.
And as I got to thinking about it, in reality neither my husband Marty nor I have given their remarkable talents the credence they richly deserve. In fact, until we were willing to delve deeply into the meaning of their behavior, we just considered their conduct to be just mischievous and attention-seeking. But once we realized these were not random acts at all; they were trying to tell us something very important. They wanted jobs!
For example, we never understood that Master Aki is an accomplished interior decorator. But after several times witnessing Aki dragging little throw rugs, small blankets or kitty beds around the house, it finally dawned on us that these were not just random acts. He was sharing precisely with us that he had no doubt about the most opportune places in which these object belong. No wonder he was scoping out the “Interior Decorator Wanted” section.
Mr. Edgar Allen Poe possesses a truly methodical mind. We were kind of frustrated with his constantly knocking things off the coffee table while we are watching TV. But the minute we were willing to be more flexible in our thinking we understood that all he was doing was a careful gravitational weight-value comparison of various objects. And once we appreciated his scientific gift he told us that he was working on his PhD and was writing a paper he was planning to submit to the National Animals are Smart Association (NASA).
The more we thought about Sir Hubble’s apparently bizarre behavior of chewing on Mr. Aki’s ears, we ultimately came to the conclusion that what he was really doing was providing Mr. Aki with a very unusual and unique type of acupuncture designed to promote relaxation and well-being. It then made purrfect sense to us that he was scoping out for a paid position at the local integrative veterinary practice facility.
Based on our experience, my only recourse is to suggest that all feline behavior must be carefully examined and never just taken at face value. Since our goal is forming strong and meaningful bonds with our kitties, there is a wealth of information with which they are flooding us; as long as we keep our minds open to receive these messages.
Have you ever experienced any similar insight about your kitties? So we can broaden our scope, please share them with us in a comment.