I recently adopted a cat and it has honestly been one of the most amazing and eye opening experiences in my life. I think every day is a blessing now (where before I often felt that every day was generic or adequate) and sometimes I just want to get down on the ground and kiss the Earth out of thanks. To me, having a cat is really a reflection of motherhood on SO many levels. I can’t help but see this beautiful pattern between the way mother nature created our animals and our maternal instincts. It’s just so wow!
For those of you who don’t already see where I’m going with this, allow me to extrapolate with 5 ways in which cats are like motherhood (plus some pictures of my cute new kitty, omg!)
A cat’s day revolves around sleep
One thing of the biggest things I’ve come to learn about motherhood is that a new mom will NEVER get enough sleep! It’s like you’re constantly trying to snag any spare seconds for a quick nap- much like cats (though they are the opposite because I’m pretty sure they get more than enough sleep).
Cats can fit into tight quarters
My boyfriend, A, was telling me just the other day that his wife had to crawl under their bed to get his son unstuck (why a kid would be under a bed in the first place is beyond me, obviously A isn’t teaching him that you sleep ON TOP of the bed…). Anyways, that really got me to thinking: a mother is often forced to crawl into small spaces to save their kid or get them out from a playground tunnel or help them out of a well, etc. Cats can also fit into a tiny area when they want to.
Cats drink water, not milk
This one is so crazy! See when I think about cats I think of milk. When I think of mothers, I think of milk- both are SO synonymous with milk BUT BOTH DRINK WATER! I can never get over that one! You see it’s the babies that drink the milk. I felt pretty embarrassed when I learned that from A (though I still don’t believe him that it’s common knowledge because Primrose had no idea either!!).
Cats have great balance
After seeing many movies with moms in them, I have come to the conclusion that mothers (especially young mothers) have to deal with a lot of daily stress. They are constantly being bombarded by their child and society- which means their lives require a lot of patience and a lot of balancing. Cats may lack the patience aspect… but they have really good balance and never fall off things!
Cats can be temperamental
I think this one is really self explanatory. Everyone knows mothers can be super crazy and emotional and moody, just like cats (though cats always play it cool and I think sometimes mothers lose their cool). I bet if Primrose’s and my mother had been around more often she would have been temperamental as well!