These following images are cartoons created by illustrators Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar. These images, part of their new cat series, “Tess & Lion,” show all the life lessons our feline companions teach us on a daily basis.
I can’t tell you how true this image is. Cat’s really don’t like the mystery of what lies beyond the door, even though it’s the living room that they’ve seen a million times.
Sometimes after coming in from a cold winter NYC day, I’ll find my cat comfortably resting, curled up into a little ball on my couch. Then I proceed to rub my ice-cold face into her belly. That is a little ball of fluff that is emitting some serious heat. I don’t know how they do it, but those little guys are like natural hot stones.
My mother even suggests putting a cat on the stomach for menstrual cramps. I’m sure this falls under some bizarre Soviet homeopathy, but I’m not above doing it.
Cats like being involved with dinner time. They think it is very rude that you sit down at a table and not invite them to join. Every time I have people gathered for a meal I always feel my cat breathing down the back of my neck. I actually do, because she claws her way up the back of my chair and plops herself directly behind my head.
Well, I’m not sure that toilet paper being the enemy is a real life lesson. I’m pretty sure that it’s been a savior in desperate times for us all. But, for creatures who insist on cleaning their dirty butts with their own mouths, toilet paper is just an insult.
Yes, cats sleep for the majority of the day. But they always happen to find themselves wide awake at the absolute worst times at night. But, yes if anything my cat has taught me that attention is nice. I enjoy giving it to her, but then I find myself looking for attention from people by rubbing my head against them and meowing.
Cats are incredibly finicky about what they eat, where they sleep, what they play with and the list goes on. If anything, my cat has taught me to appreciate quality… in certain areas. See, I'll splurge on the expensive toilet paper but I'll date an assembly line full of disappointments.
So yeah, my cat has taught me that I am a luxury most can afford.
Cats are almost reptilian in the way they seek out warmth. They gravitate towards the sun and even if it’s the smallest patch of sunlight on your living room floor, the cat will find it and bask until she can bask no more.
Cats are incredibly curious…I think there’s even an expression about it, I’m not sure. There is always something to discover and explore for cats, even if it’s something small. There is always something to be excited about.
Cats can teach us it’s okay to take some room for yourselves from time to time. Cats are narcissistic creatures and despite what dog people think, they love attention. More specifically, they love being at the center of it. So go ahead, spread yourself out, take up the whole room.
Yes, some cats can be high-strung. But there are plenty of pretty chill cats that you can do anything with or to. Cats are just so calming to look at, too. I can get into a trance just staring at my cat moving around.
Finally, and most importantly, my cat has taught me a lot about love. A cat purring in your ear after a bad day somehow makes it all better. I never thought that such a tiny creature could fill me with such love. Having a cat has made me more patient, kind and nurturing.