12 “Purrfect” Things Writers Can Learn From Cats

by | Oct 29, 2014 | Humor For Writers, The Writing Life | 26 comments

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A cat is the “purrfect” writing—and reading—companion, whether sitting on your lap or warming your computer keyboard. Even if you’re not a cat person, you’ll love the funny felines in these GIFs. We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of the lessons cats can teach creative writers about staying curious, being flexible, and always landing on your feet. As we celebrate National Cat Day, tell us in our comments section what YOU have learned from your favorite creative kitty!

Take Leaps Of Faith—Even If You Fall, You’ve Learned Something

01LeapsOfFaith

Approach Each Task With Enthusiasm And Excitement

02HaveFun

Networking Pays Off: Never Turn Down The Chance To Meet Someone New!

03NetworkingPaysOff

You Can’t Rush Success

Be Prepared—Don’t Be Surprised By The Unexpected

05HonestLookAtYourself

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Remember To Give Yourself A Break

06GiveYourselfBreak

Sometimes You Can Be Your Own Worst Enemy

Take Full Advantage Of Technology

08ComputerTime

If Your Writing Career Is Going In Circles, Try Something Different

09GoingInCircles

Even If You’re The Cat’s Meow, Don’t Let Your Head (Or Tummy) Get Too Big

10GetTooBig

Meet Obstacles Head-On

11Meet Obstacles

Eschew Routine; Try Something New Every Day

12TrySomethingNew

 

Writer QuestionsQUESTION: What have you learned from a cat in your life?

26 Comments

  1. Debra

    what have I learn take one day at a time and see what it becomes. don’t let things bother me so much when something upsets me take a deeps breath, exhale, take a walk and feel the pressure leave and you’ll feel refreshed.

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  2. Barbara Trainin Blank

    Be persistent. Even if your “owner” (ha, ha) doesn’t seem to want to give you attention, keep at it till he or she gives in.

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  3. Kevin

    Persistence pays off with Tuna Fish!

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  4. Gaye Fontoura

    “Ask (meowing over and over) and you will be given.”

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  5. Betty

    Sit back and watch the world. It will come to you in time.

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  6. Bob Cohn

    I’ve always suspected that cats knew things that I didn’t!

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  7. Violet Niggl

    From someone who once called herself “A Dog Lover”, I became a convert. When I lost my husband, a cat adopted me. Our journey together was life-changing. I always knew that the essence of true love is patience, care and compassion. So it is too with feline-human bonding.

    I am an author.In my book ANGEL IN DISGUISE,I preface my story with a Premise which follows:

    If man’s best friend is a dog,
    the is woman’s best friend a cat?
    The concept does seem reasonable.
    That being the case, might it also be probable
    that cats and dogs are angels in disguise?
    Obviously, evidence is required to support
    this conclusion–so that you can judge for yourself.

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  8. Noah August

    Aways look at life on a broader perspective.

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  9. Joy Dent

    So cute and inspirational! I especially love #3. I used to raise chickens and never have one of my chicks loved on any of my cats!

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  10. yeshi

    If don’t handle your cat friendly she will scratch you and that is painful, so be nice to your cat.

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  11. Heather

    Cuddle every chance you get!

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  12. Tania Cleary

    I have three cats who are my constant reading and writing companions. The one, Owna, will often choose to sit on top of my research, looking out the window at the garden, even if there are much more comfortable spaces available. She reminds me to stop and smell the roses, and to not take my work too seriously, I mean, she’s putting her bum on it, for heaven’s sake!

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  13. farhan ahmed

    really cat is a wonderfull animal created by the nature mostly people have fun by taming this animal

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  14. Salwa

    I dont have cats as my pet. But pets really make you feel peaceful and safe. They bring peace to your mind. And cats love their owners a lot. We should be what we are and show our true talent in different ways possible. 🙂

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  15. Shinann Earnshaw

    If it is raining, and life seems to be going nowhere, sleep. In winter, my cat sleeps for about 18 hours out of 24. I can’t quite do that, but sometimes a good nap helps.
    Also, if you press enough keys on the computer keyboard, maybe something will come of it.

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  16. Bruce Gordon

    More reasons why I love kitties.
    =^. .^=

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  17. Gifford MacShane

    No matter how badly you screw up, your cat will still love you.

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  18. Lisa

    In honor of my kitty, who “flew up to heaven” long ago:
    she was loyal, playful, sincere and intelligent. She taught me many things and we spent many fine mornings together watching the sun come up.

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  19. Anna

    I had a cat, named Popsy . My mum, didn’t like cats. While I was away @ school, mum made the cat go away far away , so it never come back again to our home. I cried , when I saw my cat was not there when I returned home. I prayed for her safety. After six months , my cat returned at our gate, all dirty , unfed, neglected.,but the love and care, “Never Give Up” , policy she followed.My mum apologised and we have the cat now, well loved by my mum. She had made the cat be thrown about 50 miles away from our place .How did the cat find the way back- a chapter to write about it.
    Anna

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  20. Daniel

    Ostensibly staying calm and contented, yet with lightning-like reflexes when the occasion calls for it!

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  21. Warren Rosenbaum

    My lovable rescue cat adopted me and her love inspired my book that is based on building a strong, loving, parent/child relationship. It includes a child safety verse and verses that build basic values, just now being published.

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  22. ktcatpaws

    This is an awesome post! Thanks for the great info.

    Cats have so much wisdom, so many lessons we can learn.
    I would like to add one more. When times get tough… take a brief time out. Find the cat and get a pats and belly rubs in…it is good for the mindset and the soul.

    🙂 Peace, Purrs & Hugs!

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  23. ann hagen

    My first cat Honeycakes was always there for me. Let me dress him up in dollclothes and wheel him around in doll carriage. Brought me gifts of silky dead moles I could pet and suck my thumb to while he sat next to me and purred with pride at his wonderful gift. One day when I was five was getting him water from outside spicket, and he turned around and looked at me and I heard him say, “I love you Ann, but I have to go now.” I screamed and cried ’til my mother came out on the porch and asked me what was wrong. I said, “Honeycakes is leaving and he is never coming back.” She told me he would come back like he always did. Guess what. He never came back. I think he was some kind of angel that stayed with me til I could stand on my own two feet! Always love him, and there will always be room for a cat in my life, even tho they can be so annoying, like coming to curl up on your paper when you are trying to write!

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  24. steve thomas

    One of the things I learned from my cat(s) is, they were NEVER domesticated. They have voluntarily come to cohabitate with humans. Whenever I get depressed about not being able to write (or write the may I want to write) I remember this. I chose to be a writer. It wasn’t thrust upon me, no one said, “You will be a writer.” It was my decision, my choice. The responsibility for how it all turns out is mine, and mine alone. My cats are the same way; always reminding me they are here voluntarily and they can, if they choose, be somewhere else.

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  25. David

    cats remind me there is a time and a season for everything.

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  26. Angela O'Looney

    What I’ve learned from cats is trust only those who can feed, home, pet, comfort and most importantly, love you. And reward them with your company only if they deserve it.
    And never commit unless you’ve had a look at the possibility of ambush.

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