The last two years have been a trial for all of us.
Whilst moaning to myself about this ongoing viral siege, I noted that Smokey had not been affected at all.
What could I learn from the cat to get through this time with more peace?
I compiled a list…
1. Eat. Smokey has never missed a meal because he was overly stressed about current events. He dines at the same times every day and does so with gusto. Go and do likewise.
2. Stay hydrated. You need water. The Big Smoke drinks a lot of fresh water and if he deems the water in his bowl is not fresh enough, he stands beside the bowl and looks at me with a firm, but patient glare until the water is made fresh. Smokey knows the importance of proper hydration…
3. Maintain a regular sleep schedule. Smokey goes to bed at 9:00 PM. That means I go to bed at 9:00 PM. At about 8:45 he jumps on the bed and moves to his space on it. He then stares at me until I get the hint. We rise at 6:00 AM. We sit together on the side of the bed together until I can function, then I prepare him First Breakfast…which he eats in bed.
4. Exercise. Immediately after First Breakfast, Smokey goes outside for his morning constitutional and to relieve himself. This keeps him healthy and prepares him for Second Breakfast, which is served immediately upon his return.
5. Self care and hygiene. After Second Breakfast, it’s time for a bath. Bathing takes up energy, so a nap afterwards is appropriate and prepares you for First Snacks before First Lunch.
6. Enjoy what you can. The weather has been pleasant so Smokey finds a nice sun pool outside and allows the sun to warm his old bones. When the weather is inclement he enjoys the warmth of an electric blanket. He likes regular snacks and sometimes more snacks than he should. The key is to enjoy whatever makes you feel better and to do so without guilt…life is short when you’re a feline.
7. As much as it’s up to you, be at peace with all men (or cats). Fat Parker is the neighborhood bully cat. He comes around because my mom feeds him and he likes to incite Smokey to brawl on his visits. Fat Parker is huge and has done Smokey damage in the past. These days, Smokey observes him without response and simply avoids him or comes inside when he comes calling. He knows Fat Parker won’t mess with me…so he leaves the battle to the boss…
8. Don’t take the bait. Every day when Cleo comes in to eat, she stops and spits at Smokey on the way in and on the way out. She even spits at him when we’re asleep. Smoke just stares at her for a second and goes back to sleep. Some cats just like to start stuff…ignore them.
9. Let people know what you need. Smokey is a very polite cat. Cleo, not so much. If Cleo wants fed, she tap on your arm to get your attention. If attention isn’t given, she’ll bite you. Smokey simply sits by his dish and waits. If he wants petted, he’ll let you know. if he wants company, he’ll let you know. If he wants to be left alone, he lets you know. Politely. Both cats get what they need…because they let you know. Don’t expect people to read your mind.
10. Love. Get it and give it. Smokey takes part of every day and spends time with me…just hanging out close to me or letting me know he wants to be petted and loved on. He lets me know he’s glad I’m here and I let him know the same. Take care to fill up so you can give out…stay close to those who bring comfort and life.
This is of course, an incomplete list, but most of these things have been told to me by my own physicians and friends.
My question is…who told Smokey?
Make your own application…